Birds Got Swing: A Musical Experiment > I hope Cornell does more with these two. Fascinating to hear their interpretation of bird song.
Best Binoculars of 2013: Cornell Lab Review
To some extent I expected a small state like Vermont to dominate a metric like this. In a state with such a small population it wouldn’t take too many dedicated birders to really improve the numbers for their state. What I didn’t expect, however, was that one state would completely lap the rest of the field with a score more than double its next closest competitor.
The Sensitive Birder
With a winter storm of snowy owls this past season and now a garganey duck at Ethan Allen Homestead, it’s important for all nature enthusiasts to take a moment to think about wildlife watching ethics.
Our enthusiasm to “get a closer look” or to “capture the perfect shot” as photographers, can sometimes get the best of us. And that can be bad news for the object of our attention.
My plea is not only us as individuals to be more sensitive birders, but to start kindly calling each other out when we are not. Really, it’s not about you or me, it’s about the birds.
Follow the American Birding Association’s Birding Code of Ethics and share these practices with other birders and wildlife watchers.
So, give that garganey a little extra space, leave the bad-ass goshawk alone to nest, and maybe keep your next sensitive species sighting on the down-low so it doesn’t become the next species of special concern.
Gotta love eBird Hotspots, a great way to find a fabulous birding spot during the spring migration. Type “Vermont” into the location field and ta-dah! Tons of great spots to get your bird groove on.
Your welcome. :)
I live in a small city in Vermont and each year during spring migration my backyard continues to amaze me. Warblers drop in as the need a rest and I am constantly on the look out with my bins in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. I love early mornings on my deck.
One of my favorite Vermont photographers wrote a thoughtful post called A Common Sense Approach to Respectful Wildlife Photography. Thank you John Vose!