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A Wandering Week in Newfoundland – Part 4 of 4: To The Wilds


The culmination of our week in Newfoundland, and our entire reason for being there, was the Davis/Murphy family reunion. Warmed and sated from my piping hot bowl of moose stew from the Gannet’s Nest in St. Brides, we headed inland … Continue reading

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A Wandering Week in Newfoundland – Part 3 of 4: The Fog Rolls In


For two days we had explored the eastern Avalon around St. John’s, in glorious sunshine punctuated by a profusion of blooming fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) that provided vibrant color against the green and blue of forest and sea. Our host for … Continue reading

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The 90-mile Raptor Loop


I had the rare opportunity this past week to do some birding with my bright young nephews (14 and 11) (plus their mom and grandfather) who are really coming into their own as serious birders.  They arrived with lists in … Continue reading

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How they do it in Colombia – bird conservation and kids


International Migratory Bird Day Celebrations:  Just look at those angelic faces, turning out to celebrate their unique place in the world as a home to migratory birds! Here’s a description of International Migratory Bird Day from the link above, but … Continue reading

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Welcome Back Scissortails!


This post is a couple of weeks late, but we hosted the 2nd Annual (more or less) “Scissortail Celebration” back on April 18th.  Unlike the first one (October 2010) in which we bade our scissortails farewell for the winter, this … Continue reading

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Timothy Egan discovers “nature deficit disorder”


Illuminating piece (and discussion comments from readers) from Timothy Egan on the topic of nature deficit disorder.

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Birding goes Hollywood: The Big Year


It’s important to me that kids know their birds. It’s even more important to me that my kids know their birds. I don’t need them to be birders, I just want them to know that it’s a “cardinal” singing outside … Continue reading

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Live from the AFO/COS/WOS Meeting in Kearney, NE


So I’m here at a big ornithological meeting that brought three societies together for several days of scientific talks, posters, workshops, and plenary lectures. Everything’s been great – high quality and thought-provoking research presentations, potential research collaborations, people working together … Continue reading

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Look closely – cool geese at Boomer Lake


We’ve had a couple of pelicans hanging out at Boomer Lake recently, so I’ve headed over there a couple of times to check them out. Here they are: It’s supposed to get a lot colder next week, so these birds … 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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Cornell Lab of Ornithology e-newsletter – 10/28/10


Cornell Lab eNews October 28, 2010 Through the Lens: White-tailed Ptarmigan White-tailed Ptarmigans by Gerrit Vyn View the incredible terrain on Mount Ranier’s alpine tundra and see stunning images of the ptarmigans that live there. Watch a short narrated piece … Continue reading

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Celebrate Urban Birds – October 2010 eNewsletter


Celebrate Urban Birds eNewsletter October 2010 What a mouthful! American Robin by Janie Ferguson Take the Bird Chow Challenge! Birds can have funny eating habits, just like we do. Show or describe any odd, unexpected, and hilarious bird eating behaviors … Continue reading

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NABCI All-Bird Bulletin


Latest bulletin downloads as a pdf from here.

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Celebrate Urban Birds eNewsletter


The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology has posted its latest e Newsletter for the Celebrate Urban Birds program.

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Painted Bunting – always a thrill


I admit it. I really like these Painted Buntings. Sure they’re persistent singers with a pleasant, scratchy warble. Sure they’re long-distance migrants and the western population engages in migration molt following monsoons in Arizona and Mexico. Sure they exhibit delayed … Continue reading

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Birding Community E-Bulletin – July 2010


Now that it’s August, I’ve got some July newsletters to share! THE BIRDING COMMUNITY E-BULLETIN July 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 … Continue reading

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Aves y Conservacion


Check out BirdLife Ecuador – lots going on, some of it with direct bearing on the conservation of “our” birds.

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PCAS FEATHERS e-newsletter – January 2010


The January 2010 e-newsletter FEATHERS has been posted to the PCAS website: http://www.paynecountyaudubon.com/. Many thanks to PCAS President and FEATHERS Editor Susan Walker for getting the newsletter out in such a timely fashion. Susan has included updates from both the … Continue reading

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Bird Education Network Bulletin #23


Bulletin #23 of the Bird Education Network is posted here.

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Environment for the Americas – December news


Latest news here.

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