Birding News #60

:: Lights Out programs in Washington, DC, and Baltimore are gathering important data to learn more about bird strikes

:: The Seattle Times reviews The Things With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human by Noah Strycker; reviewer David B. Williams says the book “will encourage you to take a closer look at the natural world around you, and perhaps learn more not only about what you see but who you are”.

:: The Wall Street Journal on David Sibley and the second edition of his Sibley Guide to Birds

:: Florida wildlife rescuers are warning about a type of fishing gear, called a Sabiki rig, that they say is killing and maiming seabirds such as pelicans, cormorants, herons, terns, and egrets.

:: While Texas Tech University students are enjoying spring break week, school staff will be busy using a propane-powered noise cannon to try to scare pesky birds away from campus. Officials are calling it “a bird relocation program.”

:: Opening this Friday, March 21st, is “Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown”, part two of The New-York Historical Society’s three-part series, “Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock”, showcasing masterpieces from the museum’s collection of John James Audubon’s preparatory watercolors for the The Birds of America

:: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has launched a new website — All About Bird Biology

:: A New Jersey volunteer for Toms River Avian Care has been charged with animal cruelty for failure to provide proper care, after she was discovered to be hoarding hundreds of dead birds, including gulls, pigeons, sparrows, and doves, in her mother’s house.

:: Great posts in birding blogs this week: 

:: From Redgannet at 10,000 Birds: A Red-naped Sapsucker and a Townsends Warbler

:: From Bob at Bob’s Gone BirdingWrong Turn, Right Place

:: From Dave at the ABA BlogOpen Mic: A Birder’s Guide to Everything as an Avenue to Birding

:: From Tim at Bird CanadaLast Hurrah for Winter (hopefully!)

:: From Victoria at the All About Birds BlogOur Review: Best iPhone Apps for Learning Bird Songs

:: From Jeff at NeoVista BirdingVagrant Black-and-white Warbler in Gilbert, AZ

:: From Ashley at Views from the Urban Lake: Birds in the Mist

Feathers on Saturday

Sorry for the late post!

If you would like to join me for my Feathers on Friday meme — even though it’s Saturday! — please put the link to your blog post in the comments and I’ll add the link to my post.

Yesterday, I saw my first a Canada Goose of the year — a sure sign of spring, and of course the Snow Geese won’t be far behind. A large flock of Snow Geese from last spring,

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More Feathers on Friday Posts:

:: From Eileen at Eileen Gidman ~ Watercolour & Textile ArtistCarving a Winter Wren

:: From Josiah at Birds in Your Backyard: Feathers On Friday

:: From Sheila at Wolf Song BlogFriday’s Feathered Friend ~ Laughing Gull

“BirdWatch Canada” Monarch Butterfly Article

Part of my Young Ornithologist Internship last fall, at the Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario, was a personal research project on the Monarch Butterfly migration at Long Point, which is one of three Monarch Butterfly reserves in Canada.

Instead of a final report, I was asked to write an article for BirdWatch Canada as part of that, I had to learn Excel to help update Monarch data from LPBO from 2007 to 2011. The other part was writing the article based on that data and my fall project, to update an article Tara Crewe wrote in 2007.

Getting the article ready involved a lot of work with a fairly short deadline, but just like the Young Ornithologist Internship, it was an amazing opportunity for a young naturalist to get involved with research and to be trusted with some serious work. I had lots of great support and help from the LPBO staff — Stu, Dayna, Tara, and Janice. My research project article was just published in the Winter edition of the quarterly Bird Watch Canada, from Bird Studies Canada. Here it is! — click to enlarge.

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Birding News #59

:: The American Birding Association just announced the winners of the Young Birder of the Year contest

:: The House Sparrow is a thriving species in North America, but its population is declining in its native land. To raise awareness of the population decline, the Nature Forever Society has launched World House Sparrow day on March 20th — mark your calendars to help save a declining species!

:: A Kakapo chick has hatched out of an egg that was crushed by its mother and then mended with glue and tape by park rangers. The Kakopo is a critically endangered species with only 125 birds left.

:: The hybridization zone of Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees is moving northward as a result of climate change

:: A team of international scientists has created the first comprehensive global database to track avian flu outbreaks

:: Something new with Spring in the air: a podcast from the most recent episode of CBC Radio’s comedy show, Laugh Out Loud, featuring (in the last five minutes or so) comedian Pete Zedlacher on the American Eagle vs. Canada Goose.

:: More waterfowl seeking open water this winter, this time in Vermont

:: A video story about an Australian wildlife group which is asking volunteers to knit sweaters for penguins caught in oil spills

:: Budgerigars have a built-in bias when flying to avoid obstructions when flying

:: An 81-year-old Florida woman remains in jail for feeding a bear and other wildlife, after she allegedly violated the terms of her probation by feeding birds

:: The National Wild Turkey Federation in East Texas is now also involved in habitat restoration and preservation projects for quail, pheasant, grouse as well as wild turkeys

:: Author Christopher Irmscher on the recent Bien Chromolithographic edition of Audubon’s Birds of America

Great posts in birding blogs this week: 

:: From Cory at 10,000 Birds: Ten Things about the New Sibley

:: From Mia at On the Wing PhotographyEthics for Nests and Chicks

:: From Ted at the ABA BlogBirding Ethics, Going Forward

:: From Larry at The Brownstone Birding BlogTry Asking The Locals Where To Find Birds

:: From Scott at Learn Outdoor Photography: Ruby-crowned Kinglet

:: From Nicholas at Hipster BirdersScoter Trifecta!

:: From Sharon at BirdchickBirdchick Podcast #165: Owls Again and Eggs

New Bird Canada Blog Post

My monthly post is up at the Bird Canada blog, about great opportunities for young birders this summer. Come over and join us!

A banded Northern Parula from my internship at the Long Point Bird Observatory last September,

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Feathers on Friday

If you would like to join me for my Feathers on Friday meme, please put the link to your blog post in the comments and I’ll add the link to my post.

A sketch of an American Woodcock from last fall,

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More Feathers on Friday Posts:

:: From Ethan at Bird BoyFeathers On Friday

:: From Josiah at Birds in Your BackyardFeathers On Friday

:: From Sheila at Wolf Song BlogFriday’s Feathered Friend ~ (Brown Thrasher)

Birding News #58

:: New York State’s Mute Swans get a reprieve

:: New research, from the University of Sheffield and University of Bristol, finds an even earlier origin for birds, at least 20 million years before the famous Archaeopteryx

:: Female Brown-headed Cowbirds are better than males at navigating, according to a new study

:: The first New Zealand Storm Petrel egg has been found by scientists

:: Republican Congressman James Langford of Oklahoma, who is running for the U.S. Senate, is worried about the financial, rather than environmental, impact of the Endangered Species Act on his state (especially when it comes to oil and gas development and ranching), particularly concerning the vanishing Lesser Prairie Chicken

:: A murmuration of Starlings is making a mess of a neighborhood in Hereford, England

:: According to France’s Bird Protection League, more than 21,000 sea birds have died since the end of January on the country’s Atlantic coast because of storms, in what the BPL calls the worst “slaughter” in a century.

:: More waterbirds in Michigan than usual are stranded and struggling this exceptionally cold winter

:: An American Airlines plane at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport declared an emergency and returned to the runway after a bird strike on takeoff

:: A remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds” is under way

Great posts in birding blogs this week: 

:: From Laura at Laura’s Birding Blog: Baiting Owls

:: From Kenn at Birding with Kenn and KimberlyThe new Labrador Duck theory: Unlikely

:: From Jennifer at the ABA BlogOpen Mic: 9 Things to Know to Help Save a Species

:: From Amber at Underneath the Canopy: Adventures in the Great White North 

:: From Mia at On the Wing Photography: Feeding Habits of Red-breasted Mergansers

:: From Julie at Birding is FunPenguins Galore in Antarctica: Part 2