A little autumn album

Here are some November photos from our lovely new spot on the east side of Stillwater.

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Garden Bird Survey begins Sunday!

Here in the States we’re started to plan our Christmas Bird Counts in a few weeks.  Meanwhile, our friends in Ireland are ready to begin the Garden Bird Survey in a couple of days.  Best wishes to my birding comrades across the ocean!

May your hearts be warm, your bellies full, and your hedgerows alive with feathered friends this winter.

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New protected area for beach-nesting birds in Florida

I’m always happy to learn that some little sandbar has received protection on behalf of beach-nesting birds.  Read about Second Chance Sandbar and add one more thing to be thankful for this week!

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Too many candidates? Here’s a simple solution.

In just about 1 year, Americans will elect a new president.  Some people think we have too many candidates. How to choose among them?  I’ve devised this quick and handy flow-chart that in one question can help you winnow out the crazies who shouldn’t be president of their homeowner’s association, let alone the leader of the free world.  Use it in good health!

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2015 Natural Areas Conference

This week, I’ll be speaking at the 2015 Natural Areas Conference in Little Rock, AR.  I’m looking forward to interacting with some boots-on-the-ground conservationists, but first I’ve got about 99 things to do before I leave town!

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Only thing worse than being labelled ‘deadly’, is not being called anything at all

Originally posted on ConservationBytes.com:

11034-Snake-BiteI had an interesting exchange on Twitter today that deserves some discussion, not because the brief internet argument that ensued offers some insightful wisdom (internet debates rarely do anything more than identify all those involved as fuckwits), but because it raises an interesting issue in conservation.

The abbreviated (and slightly expurgated) main message of the exchange was whether drawing attention to the potential for a species to cause harm to humans is good or bad (for the species in question).

The elasmobranchologists in particular usually become apoplectic whenever anyone calls a shark ‘deadly’, or some such similar adjective. As it turns out, the ophidiologists appear to be equally sensitive. I admit that they do have a point — it’s probably fair to assume that films like Jaws and Anaconda (or, Darwin-forbid, Sharknado) haven’t done much to make most people appreciate the amazing diversity, evolutionary adaptations and wonderful life histories of these subclasses & clades (respectively).

In fact, most

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Environment for the Americas – Sep. 2015 Newesletter

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Planning for International Migratory Bird Day 2016 is underway.  Think about events that

you could hold to celebrate our migratory birds.  Next year will mark 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act – that’s a century of multiple countries working together on the conservation of our shared natural resource in migratory birds!

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Get involved – take the survey!

Celebrate scissortails on International Migratory Bird Day!

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