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Birding and the Border Patrol – a Rio Grande encounter


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
While birding the Lower Rio Grande Valley a few weeks ago, we visited a number of out-of-the way places where illegal aliens routinely cross the border from Mexico into the United States.  It’s one…

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Why Keystone XL should be approved


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
I’m very much in the minority among my environmentally conscious brothers and sisters in that I am convinced that the Keystone XL pipeline should be approved without further delay.  The controversial pipeline resolution was…

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What’s in the yard: 2 January 2017


Stillwater, Payne, Oklahoma, US Jan 2, 2017 8:50 AM – 2:50 PM Protocol: Traveling 0.25 mile(s) 27 species Northern Bobwhite  3 Cooper’s Hawk  1 Red-shouldered Hawk  1 Red-tailed Hawk  1 Mourning Dove  3 Barred Owl  2 Red-bellied Woodpecker  2 Downy … Continue reading

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2017 AOS/SCO meeting announcement


Two venerable ornithological societies, the American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society, merged in 2016 following protracted discussions on the topic over the last several years. Next summer will be the first meeting of the newly merged society, the American … Continue reading

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What’s in the yard, 1 January 2017


Most birders get excited to start fresh with every new year and keep track of all species seen over the next 12 months.  I don’t year-list anymore, but I do make a point to start off the year right with … 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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December 31 – The LAST DAY — Lynn Barber’s Alaska Big Year – and Beyond


https://videopress.com/embed/KEhIefaN?hd=0&autoPlay=0&permalink=0&loop=0 My Alaska big year is over! I love planning and taking trips, and it will be hard to cut back and be more “sensible” about chasing birds in the new year. But, now that I have again begun to … Continue reading

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