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Aug 11

“Are you short on space? Do you think you don’t have the room to provide a source of antioxidant-rich berries for our feathered friends? Think again.” — Citizen Science Blog » Attract Birds With These Berry-Bearing Plants For Your Container Garden

Aug 05

(via Citizen Science Blog » Does It Matter To Birds Which Berries I Plant?)

(via Citizen Science Blog » Does It Matter To Birds Which Berries I Plant?)

Aug 03

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Jul 24

Vikings stadium glass a threat to birds -

From Twin Cities.com >

Are you kidding me?

Welcome Vikings fan, oh yeah, sorry about all those dead birds you had to wade through outside before the game.

Let’s support Minnesota Audubon and the Vikings to make a difference. Maybe they should think about bragging about a LEED certified sport stadium?

Jul 21

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Jul 17

8 Migration routes to help you get your summer bird groove on. Cornell Lab of Ornithology breaks up our misconceptions about migration by explaining molt migrations and postbreeding dispersal. COOL!

8 Migration routes to help you get your summer bird groove on. Cornell Lab of Ornithology breaks up our misconceptions about migration by explaining molt migrations and postbreeding dispersal. COOL!

Jun 11

Help the Kirtland’s Warbler! -

From Greg Miller Birding - Read on peeps! It’s not over if they are delisted.

Jun 10

It’s that time of year! Use this handy (and humorous) chart to help you help baby birds. LOVE illustrator Rosemary Mosco, follow her on Tumblr at birdandmoon.com

It’s that time of year! Use this handy (and humorous) chart to help you help baby birds. LOVE illustrator Rosemary Mosco, follow her on Tumblr at birdandmoon.com

May 20

Bird Song Hero -

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.”

May 14

Best Binoculars of 2013: Cornell Lab Review

Great tips on what to look for and then recommendations broken down by price range. Happy to see my Viper Vortex bins on the list!

May 13

determination of bird skulls -

Ooo, I could have some fun with this. I just happen to have a skull on my desk!

May 06

“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

May 05

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. 

For more on protecting and respecting sensitive species, read this recent post by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

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.

May 04

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.  :)

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.  :)

May 03

Great article by Kenn Kaufman from Audubon Magazine about how to hone in on migrating songbirds.
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.

Great article by Kenn Kaufman from Audubon Magazine about how to hone in on migrating songbirds.

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.