Never mind being a Juke Box Hero, this is sooo much better. Great for folks trying to tackle bird song this season.
“Listen closely to featured songs and match each with the correct spectrogram visualization. You’ll be harnessing the power of the visual brain to help you recognize the unique qualities of each song and commit sound patterns to memory.”
“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.”—~Josh Adams, eBird By the Numbers from The Rare Become Common
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.
“Since the 1960s, the Wood Thrush population is estimated to have fallen by 62 percent, from 13 million to about 5 million. This bird faces threats to its forest habitat on both its breeding grounds in eastern North America and on wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America.”—
“La Sorte and his colleagues did no field work at all to arrive at their results; instead, they analyzed the sightings of thousands of bird watchers who contribute to an online checklist program called eBird, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Using some 2.3 million records from 2007–2011, the researchers calculated an average location for each species on each day of the year. Though the resulting measurements of speed and direction are coarser than for individuals tracked by satellite, they represent major shifts by thousands or millions of birds that would be impossible for any one scientist or bird watcher to detect on their own.”—
“Chick loss to intruder loons has always been a major source of “natural” mortality. There are indications that intruder loons are having more impacts on nesting success and chick survivorship as the population continues to grow, but it is difficult to quantify.”—
“One day as I checked on them, an adult loon and then a second adult came around the island. As they swam closer, I could see two little chicks bobbing between them. The family swam on, staying close to each other, relocating to a nearby cove where they would raise their chicks. They made it against the odds.”—Loons: Symbol of the Northern Wilderness by Jane Oglivie as posted on New England Photography Guild’s website.