Oh my…and so it goes. I remember bringing kids from the Audubon Center in Huntington to see Bob and his fabulous carvings at the Birds of Vermont Museum. We’d hike up the road, spend some time looking at the birds at the feeders and then visit him in his carving shop. Such love and detail for every bird. You will be missed but you’ve left us so much. Thanks Bob!
1. If you shake hands with an evergreen tree and the branch bites you, that’s a spruce.
2. Insects rule the world, but they don’t talk about it.
3. The reason the ocean is salty is because all the animals have been peeing right in it since before there was even time.
4. One of our grandmothers is dead, and now she is growing flowers.
5. Dad says all beings are holy in the same proportions, except the Los Angeles Lakers, who are demonic.
6. The best way to eat a worm is to have another kid do it.
7. A shrew is like a mouse with a bad temper.
8. Dad says every time you go for a walk in the woods you ought to get credit for a full day of college.
9. Anyone who thinks people are cooler than animals should remember that a lot of animals can eat people.
10. The reason that scrub jays and conifer jays bicker all the time is because they love each other.
11. The way to tell a mammal from an amphibian is snot.
12. Mom says camping is a way to see God up close, but Dad says God loves us and wants us to shower daily and sleep in a bed.
13. Plants are smart because they can eat sunlight and we can’t.
14. Dad says people still kill whales for money even though whales have languages and songs.
15. If you find poop in the woods and it’s tiny round balls, it’s a rabbit. If the balls are larger, it is a deer or elk. If they are really large, you should come home.
16. Eagles can see so well they can see what you did yesterday.
17. Dad says evolution is working to make us less violent and make animals more forgiving.
18. The more money you have, the less you pay attention to plants and birds.
19. Dad says some kinds of trees can drink clouds.
20. If you can’t make a new ant, don’t kill an old one.
21. If you are really sad, go outside and you will feel better after about an hour.
~as seen in the September/October issue of Orion magazine
Learning about Timberdoodles Biologists... - USFWS_Migratory Birds | Facebook -
Otter Creek Audubon pointed out that you can track the migration of one particular timberdoodle from Louisiana to Addison County, Vermont. Cool!
Common Loon -
Global warming threatens the birds we love, including the Common Loon But if we band together, we can build a brighter future for birds and ourselves. Take action today by spreading the word.
"Nowadays, people are so jeezled up. If they took some chamomile tea and spent more time rocking on the porch in the evening listening to the liquid song of the hermit thrush, they might enjoy life more."
- Tasha Tudor
Eastern Whip-poor-will -
By 2080, Audubon’s climate model projects this species to lose 78 percent of breeding range and 55 percent of non-breeding range, with almost none of either season’s range remaining stable. The bird’s numbers are currently in decline, largely due to the loss of the open-understory forests they depend on, and its fate may be tied to how climate change affects its already disappearing habitat.
Our challenge now is to protect the entire ecological fabric, not just individual threads. It’s time to build on the successes of the past century by updating existing revenue streams (the price of a Duck Stamp has not changed since 1991) and expanding the funding base beyond hunter-generated dollars. The 47 million birders in America could be a more powerful source of conservation funding. — Lessons from the State of the Birds Report 2014
Annual Fall Bird Show tomorrow at noon on VPR’s Vermont Edition.
As the 21st century progresses, the Hermit Thrush is more likely to appear in the Green Mountain State only in the winter. This is a complete reversal of its usual behavior – it usually only spends the summer in Vermont. — 10 States That Could Lose Their State Bird, Thanks to Climate Change
If you enjoy wildlife be sure to make plans to attend the annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison, VT on Saturday, October 4.
The Winter Finch Forecast is in! Check it out here and figure out who you need to be on the watch for this winter.
Sunset Jackson Lodge, Canaan VT
Arrived for Doe Camp at Jackson Lodge, Vermont.
Hawk migration on Vermont Public Radio’s Outdoor Radio this morning had me smiling all the way to work! Listen online to Kent and Sarah from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies as they visit Putney Mountain to talk with the folks counting raptors on their way south.