Category Archives: Christmas Bird Count

Binocular advice for birders


I’m frequently asked about my recommendations for binoculars. My first recommendation is yes, you should get a pair. Sure, you can do a lot of birding without binoculars – and 90% or more of the birds I encounter I detect … Continue reading

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2016 Christmas Bird Count – Stillwater, Oklahoma


The brainchild of ornithologist Frank Chapman at the American Museum of Natural History in 1900, the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count was among the first true citizen science endeavors. Today, with more than a century of data under … Continue reading

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Bird Education Network – BEN Bulletin for January 2016


BEN – Bird Education Network Some Lessons from the Jr. Audubon Clubs by Paul J. Baicich From the very start of the anti-feather-trade bird-protection movement of the late 1800s, there was an interest in winning over the sympathies of children. … Continue reading

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Birding Community E-Bulletin, January 2016


Welcome to the first Birding Community E-Bulletin for 2016!  There’s a lot going on, so read on and enjoy. The Birding Community E-bulletin is distributed to active and concerned birders, those dedicated to the joys of birding and the protection … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Waterthrush Podcast #20: Little Martha


Today, 1 September 2014, is the centenary of the death of Martha, the very last Passenger Pigeon.  In an op-ed published today by the New York Times, executive director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology John Fitzpatrick shares his thoughts … Continue reading

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eBird ease, and power


Are you eBirding?  Here’s why I think you should be.  I wrote the following in response to some questions about eBird on our OKbirds listerv.  The eBird-hesitant tend to worry that the learning curve is steep for eBird or that … Continue reading

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Talking Birds on the Radio: Bird Calls on Stillwater’s Morning Scramble, 12/9/13


I had another nice chat with Steve Daniels today doing “Bird Calls” on Stillwater’s Morning Scramble. Steve and I talked a bit of sports, a little bit about the Nutcracker, and then we got around to Christmas Bird Counts, our … Continue reading

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Audubon’s Online Guide to North American Birds


The National  Audubon Society has published a new Online Guide to North American Birds, and it’s worth a look.   At a glance, the guide contains similar content to what birders expect in field guides:  images (photographs) of birds, descriptions … Continue reading

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Results of the 2012 Stillwater CBC – 97 species


Results of the 113th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count The National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count is the world’s longest-running citizen science project for wildlife population monitoring.  From humble beginnings in 1900, there are now about 2300 count circles … Continue reading

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Stillwater Christmas Bird Count – 2012


As I have for several years now, I led a group of hopeful owl-watchers in the field on Saturday to one of my favorite local birding spots:  Lake Carl Blackwell.  In this, the 113th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, I … Continue reading

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“Bird Calls” on the radio: 12/4/12


Thanks to Steve Daniels, host of Stillwater’s Morning Scramble radio program, for letting me come on and advertize our upcoming Christmas Bird Counts for Stillwater and Sooner Lake. We enjoyed a great conversation with Jess Barnes on the ethics of … Continue reading

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Payne County Audubon Society – Jan. 2011 Feathers Newsletter


Here’s the latest newsletter of the Payne County Audubon Society, relatively hot off the presses: 01Jan11Feathers

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Birding Community E-Bulletin – December 2010


THE BIRDING COMMUNITY E-BULLETIN December 2010 This Birding Community E-bulletin is being distributed to active and concerned birders, those dedicated to the joys of birding and the protection of birds and their habitats. You can access an archive of past … Continue reading

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Simple pleasures, important pleasures: birding


It’s a singular irony that many folks who have pursued careers as professional ornithologists seldom have time to just go birding. Blue-winged Teal at Teal Ridge Wetland in Stillwater, OK. That’s why I try to steal a couple of hours … Continue reading

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3rd Annual Rusty Blackbird Blitz


Ron Howard photo. It’s time to start gearing up for the 3rd Annual Rusty Blackbird Blitz.

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Playa Post #8


September newsletter of the Playa Lakes Joint Venture.

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Birding Community E-Bulletin: September 2010


HE BIRDING COMMUNITY E-BULLETIN September 2010 This Birding Community E-bulletin is being distributed to active and concer= ned birders, those dedicated to the joys of birding and the protection of b= irds and their habitats. This issue is sponsored by … Continue reading

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NABCI All-Bird Bulletin


Latest bulletin downloads as a pdf from here.

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NABCI meeting notes – August 2010


Follow this link for the latest update from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.

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