The Newsroom is the latest addition to the Macomb Audubon Web Site. Here we'll post links to interesting bird and environment related stories from news publications around the globe. We'll try to keep it up to date, so stop in frequently to see what's new.
So many bird and environment related news stories were flowing in that they were overwhelming The Gallery, so we've now split them into two separate pages. The Gallery will continue to showcase contributions by Macomb Audubon members, friends and family. The Newsroom will specialize in news stories.
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Recent News Stories updated 10/3/2010
Falcon News updated 10/3/2010
The Rouge River Bird Observatory updated 11/12/2007
Cranes, both Whooping and Otherwise updated 10/3/2010
The Kirtland's Warbler updated 9/19/2010
Ivory Billed Woodpeckers updated 5/7/2010
North wind best time to see hawks. new 10/3/2010
Hawks are still making their way through southern Ontario, especially along the north shore of Lake Erie. It is interesting to compare notes of birds seen at three hawk watches there. From The London Free Press, 10/2/2010.
How the penguin got its tuxedo. new 10/3/2010
Fossilised feathers from a giant, extinct penguin reveal this species' unusual coloration and offer clues to how modern penguin feathers evolved. From The Guardian, 10/2/2010.
Bird's record journey tracked. new 10/3/2010
Scientists use 'geolocator' to document red knot's 26,700-kilometre migration. From The Vancouver Sun, 9/30/2010.
Prodigal yellow-rumped warblers return to Northeast Ohio each fall duller, but in large numbers. new 10/3/2010
Some sure signs that fall has arrived in Northeast Ohio: the leaves are starting to turn, the apples are ripening, and the yellow-rumped warblers have returned in force. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/29/2010.
Martha tragedy brought about change. new 10/3/2010
Advice to highly endangered bird species: Stay clear of Cincinnati. Fly around it. Don't land. In particular, avoid the Cincinnati Zoo, my choice for the saddest place in our country's ornithological history. From Chicago Daily Herald, 9/28/2010.
Hurricane relocates hummingbird. new 10/3/2010
Probably the most interesting bird spotted in Nova Scotia after the passage of hurricane Earl, was a Calliope hummingbird from the American western mountains, where they are uncommon at best. From London (ON) Free Press, 9/27/2010.
More predators doesn't equal more danger for urban bird nest. new 10/3/2010
While birds living in urban areas face more predators than do those in rural areas, that doesn't mean urban birds face more danger from nest robbers. From Physorg.com, 9/23/2010.
Confusing fall warblers -- mostly blackpolls -- are pouring through Northeast Ohio. new 10/3/2010
The most common warbler on my trip to Alaska this past summer was the blackpoll, a handsome black and white little bird with a distinctive thin, nasally voice. Three months later, in Northeast Ohio, the most common warbler is a dull, yellow-breasted bird with a dingy green back that rarely emits any sounds at all -- the blackpoll. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/20/2010.
Duck with arrow escapes again, rescuers ask for calls if spotted. new 10/3/2010
Wildlife rescuers Peg and Roger Markle came close this morning to capturing the arrow-in-the-chest duck, but the mallard bolted as the Grand Rapids couple closed in. From The Grand Rapids Press, 9/20/2010.
Rescue plan for duck still alive after being found shot through the breast with hunter's arrow. new 9/19/2010
Residents in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are looking for a duck that was discovered with a hunter's arrow through its chest yesterday. From The Daily Mail, 9/19/2010.
Point Pelee migration area must remain safe for birds. new 9/19/2010
Warbler pass-through reaches peak Sept. 12 with almost 20 species seen, most at Mud Lake. From The Ottawa Citizen, 9/19/2010.
Rare bird getting plenty of attention at Goose Pond FWA. new 9/19/2010
Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area, located south of Linton, has an interesting and rare bird guest who is attracting a lot of attention among watchers and photographers. From The Greene County (IN) Daily World, 9/15/2010.
Go native to attract the greatest variety and abundance of birds to your home gardens. new 9/19/2010
At least once a week I receive a phone call or e-mail from a birder with variations on the same theme: Why have all the goldfinches that were so abundant in my backyard this summer suddenly disappeared from my thistle and sunflower feeders? And where have they gone? From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/13/2010.
Rare birds arriving in waves to Northeast Ohio just in time for fall migration birding. new 9/19/2010
The kids are back in school, the pools are closed for the summer, and the Indians are in the cellar, counting the days until the end of the season -- all signs that it's time to get out in the field and start birding again! From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/8/2010.
In the Archives: Fluffy Sparrow Heads. new 9/19/2010
In the late 19th century, an interloper was committing thievery across Michigan. Glimpsed now here, now there, the miscreant evaded capture, flitting away. Finally in the late 1880s the state responded to residents’ outrage and levied a bounty on the culprit’s head. Its tiny, fluffy head: the offender was the English or house sparrow. From The Ann Arbor Chronicle, 9/8/2010.
An ill wind on Lake Erie. new 9/19/2010
The McGuinty government’s response to wind turbine opposition at Point Pelee reveals a green-energy policy in disarray. From The (Toronto) Globe and Mail, 9/6/2010.
Bird-watchers rush to catch duck's rare Ohio appearance. new 9/19/2010
Once or twice a year, a bird never before spotted in Ohio makes an appearance. These vagrants always cause rarity fever to erupt among hard-core bird-watchers, all of whom madly plot the chase. Workdays are truncated, appointments broken, dinners missed and families abandoned - all for the thrill of adding a species to one's state list. From The Columbus Dispatch, 9/5/2010.
Bird's apparent decline concerns species recovery biologist. new 9/19/2010
Eastern Loggerhead Shrike population in Napanee area drops from about 10 pairs to five this year. From The Kingston Whig-Standard, 9/1/2010.
Rare raptor in Ohio comeback. new 9/19/2010
Ohio birdwatchers have discovered the nest of a rare Mississippi kite raptor (sic), proving the birds are returning to a former habitat, researchers say. From UPI, 8/29/2010.
End of Alaotra grebe is further evidence of Sixth Great Extinction. new 5/29/2010
Species are vanishing quicker than at any point in the last 65 million years. From The Independent, 5/26/2010.
Resident sparrows cause a flap at Detroit Metro Airport. new 5/29/2010
Talk about your frequent fliers. There's no getting rid of the birds that live inside Detroit Metro Airport's McNamara Terminal. From The Detroit Free Press, 5/29/2010.
Determined birders overcome cold, wet, wind. new 5/29/2010
Birders had difficulties this month with the weather turning cold, wet and windy. This last week has been the best one of the season, but unfortunately many of the birds have flown over. It took determined birders to find what they did during the previous two weeks. From The London Free Press, 5/29/2010.
Canada's Carolina gets back to nature. new 5/29/2010
Dozens of endangered species face improved chances for survival after donation allows Nature Conservancy of Canada to purchase sensitive land. From The Toronto Globe and Mail, 5/27/2010.
Bright colors, song spice birding trip. new 5/29/2010
I have just returned from a weeklong trip with some friends during which we viewed the song-bird migration from both the Ohio shore and the Canadian shore of Lake Erie. From The Columbus Dispatch, 5/23/2010.
The endangered piping plover. new 5/29/2010
Twenty-five years ago this spring, I found my first piping plover nest. It was camouflaged in sand and cobble on the west side of High Island, in northern Lake Michigan. Recognizing the rarity of this species, I knew I had discovered a great treasure. Quickly, I retreated to a distant dune to watch the female return and settle on her eggs. From The Detroit Free Press, 5/24/2010.
Bird lover on quest to darken night skies. new 5/29/2010
Bird lover on quest to darken night skies. From The Akron Beacon Journal, 5/23/2010.
Bird-watching tourism takes off at Point Pelee and beyond. new 5/29/2010
What, did somebody spot J-Lo in the bushes? There were so many binoculars and whispers that it had to be a celebrity. It was -- for bird lovers. From The Detroit Free Press, 5/23/2010.
Canadian geese launch amphibious assault. new 5/29/2010
They poop everywhere, peck cars and hiss at children, but don’t frighten the birds: It’s illegal. From The Toronto Globe and Mail, 5/21/2010.
Tip Of Leelanau A Bird Respite. new 5/29/2010
Spring migration is underway, and one of the important places for songbirds in the region is the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula. It offers migrating birds an undisturbed habitat in which to rest and feed on a long flight north to their nesting grounds. From Interlochen Public Radio, 5/21/2010.
Plovers making their home near Waukegan. new 5/29/2010
A couple of piping plovers have done it again. Two plovers — an endangered species of bird — have started nesting on the shore of Lake Michigan near Waukegan and are calling it home for now. From The Lake County News-Sun, 5/11/2010.
Top 10 choices for Canada’s national bird. new 5/29/2010
No national bird in Canada – what a pity. From The Toronto Star, 5/6/2010.
State appeals judge’s ruling in deer-feeding case. new 5/29/2010
State wildlife officials are appealing a judge’s decision to throw out a case against a man charged under Michigan’s ban on baiting and feeding deer in the Lower Peninsula. From The Detroit Free Press, 4/29/2010.
Is this the end of migration? new 5/29/2010
Climate change is affecting bird behaviour at a staggering rate. Some 20 billion have already changed their flight plans. From The Independent, 4/18/2010.
RSPB fake nests aim to lure ospreys to southern England. new 5/29/2010
Conservationists are attempting to lure rare ospreys to new nesting sites in southern England using polystyrene models of the birds in "show homes". From The BBC, 4/23/2010.
Eagle Watch. new 5/29/2010
Ohio's growing population includes many nesting in north central Ohio. From The Mansfield News-Journal, 4/22/2010.
Bird watching along the Huron River. new 5/29/2010
More than 200 species of birds make their home for some part of the year in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. Many resources are available to help you build a life list of species you have seen or just to figure out what you're looking at. From AnnArbor.com, 4/19/2010.
Turbines for the birds. new 5/29/2010
The people pushing industrial wind farms won't be too happy once this gets out, but one of their machines killed a bald eagle in Ontario last summer. From The Windsor Star, 4/15/2010.
Springing from the ashes: Carefully executed fires across Southwest Michigan fields invigorate natural areas. new 5/29/2010
By August, the prairie grasses will tower over a tall man’s head, and the heavy scent of meadow wildflowers will fill the air. From The Kalamazoo News, 4/13/2010.
Native plants and the critters that love them. new 5/29/2010
When you see a native plant (or, for that matter, any plant), does the plant itself cause you as much excitement as seeing a colorful caterpillar or butterfly on the plant? How about your back yard? Do you enjoy just the plants, or the wildlife that may also be a part of it? I get a big thrill from the emergence of the plants or their blooms, but I get a huge thrill if I see a caterpillar hiding under a milkweed leaf, or a bird perching on a native plant I’ve put out there. From AnnArbor.com, 3/16/2010.
A Base for War Training, and Species Preservation. new 5/29/2010
Under crystalline winter skies, a light infantry unit headed for Iraq was practicing precision long-range shooting through a pall of smoke. But the fire generating the haze had nothing to do with the training exercise. From The New York Times, 2/21/2010.
10 birds of prey found poisoned in Irish Republic. new 5/7/2010
Ten protected birds of prey have been confirmed poisoned across the Irish Republic in recent weeks. From The BBC, 5/3/2010.
Birds, travelers ready to take flight. new 4/11/2010
There’s a giddiness in the air, and it seems to keep building as the weather warms and blossoms sprout. “It feels like the Friday night of the whole year,” a friend recently said. And with wildflowers and morels already sprouting in the northern Michigan woods, there does seem to be a sense that a long stretch of fun awaits, ready to be planned. From MLive.com, 4/11/2010.
Gaylord Man Wins Case Against State Baiting Ban. new 4/11/2010
A Northern Michigan judge has made an important ruling that affects the Michigan Baiting Ban. From 9 & 10 News, 4/8/2010.
Alaska eagle survives plunge after mating dance. new 4/11/2010
An acrobatic display of passion proved too much for a pair of eagles engaged in a mating dance over Alaska's Prince William Sound. From The (Findlay, OH) Courier, 4/8/2010.
Rainy Days Stress Out Birds. new 4/11/2010
If there's one thing a rainforest bird shouldn’t mind, it's rain. But a new study finds that torrential downpours stress out the white-ruffed manakin—and that may be why it and other tropical birds migrate up and down slopes. From Science Now, 4/6/2010.
Grand Rapids Audubon Club members tend to more than 300 bird boxes in rite of spring. new 4/11/2010
James Ponshair is accustomed to giving squatters the boot. Signs of unwanted tenants appear each spring in his bluebird and tree swallow boxes on the Muskegon County Wastewater Management System property -- mostly seed debris from deer mice. So, Ponshair and fellow members of the Grand Rapids Audubon Club evict the rodents and dump their belongings to make room for more desirable occupants. From Grand Rapids Press, 4/4/2010.
Spring Hawk Watch a 35 Year Tradition in Niagara. new 4/11/2010
Avid Members Scan the Sky and Count the Returning Raptors. From Suite 101, 4/1/2010.
Sparrow songs another herald of spring. new 4/11/2010
Keep a close eye on the sparrows in your neighbourhood these days. There are lots of changes going on. From Newsdurhamregion.com, 3/31/2010.
For wetlands and waterfowl in Northeast Ohio, the place to bird-watch is Holmes and Wayne counties. new 4/11/2010
No act of man has a more devastating impact on birds than the destruction of natural habitat. And no habitat in Northeast Ohio has been destroyed over the years more than wetlands. Ninety percent of the state's original 5 million acres of wetlands have been drained. All of which underscores the significance and beauty of the marshes, ponds and flooded fields scattered across Holmes and Wayne counties. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/30/2010.
The first rare bird of the spring spotted in Eganville. new 4/11/2010
The first rare bird of this spring migration was reported by Terry and Joanne Hoelke of Eganville. In early March, the Hoelkes spotted a Tundra Swan swimming in the Bonnechere River near the filtration plant in Eganville. The sighting was confirmed by Chris Michener of Golden Lake. From The Pembroke Daily Observer, 3/30/2010.
Michigan Important Bird Areas program takes flight to identify and monitor species. new 4/11/2010
There is a 50-acre cattail marsh in Berrien County that is full of surprises. It's not only home to the Least Bittern -- Michigan's pint-sized and threatened fish-eating heron -- but it's home to a lot of them making it a bird habitat of unusual importance. From The Grand Rapids Press, 3/28/2010.
Whip-poor-will joins ranks of birds facing declines. new 4/11/2010
"Kumlein could start the whippoorwills any night by playing his flute," my father said. "Far across the fields we heard the, the old man with his flute, his son playing the violin, and hundreds of whippoorwills calling--that's music to remember." It made me sad that I could not have known Kumlein, and walked the woods with him, learning every bird and flower and insect. I had been born too late, it seemed, even to hear a whippoorwill." Rascal, by Sterling North, 1963. From The Lindsay Post, 3/26/2010.
It's prime time for bird-watching in Sault & area. new 4/11/2010
A red-breasted robin tugging on a worm in the lawn is one of the most promising signs of spring's arrival. For the roughly 125 members of the Sault Naturalist Club, and countless amateur birders in the Algoma area, April and May are prime months to observe a variety of bird species as they migrate north after their winter sojourn in southern climes. From Sault Ste. Marie This Week, 3/24/2010.
Bird-watching season arrives at Muskegon County wastewater site. new 4/11/2010
With the snow diminished and temperatures warmer, bird-watchers are visiting the Muskegon County Wastewater Management Facility to see the winged travelers as they return to the area. From Muskegon News, 3/22/2010.
Birds herald the return of spring with songs and courtship rituals. new 4/11/2010
The first day of spring isn't till Saturday, but harbingers of its arrival had already started to appear in Northeast Ohio last weekend. And I don't mean robins -- many of which never left here. As if to celebrate the end of another long, snowy winter, birds began singing again, animals were getting frisky and flowers were emerging from the thawing earth. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/16/2010.
Bird feeders beware - some visitors prove costly. new 4/11/2010
You all know by now that feeding deer in the Lower Peninsula - whether it's to shoot them, or merely to ogle them - is against the law. But if you're a bird feeder, try telling the hungry deer in your neighborhood - the same deer who see the world as their salad bar - that those tasty sunflower seeds aren't for them, and they must stay out of your backyard. From The Lansing State Journal, 3/12/2010.
Bird feeders run afoul of deer-baiting ban. new 4/11/2010
Gaylord man heads back to court over sunflower seeds. From The Traverse City Record Eagle, 3/11/2010.
Eagles are becoming more common in metro area. new 4/11/2010
Eagles are increasingly making themselves at home in metro areas, including ours. Still, these massive, majestic raptors are far from invulnerable. From The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 3/9/2010.
Study of migratory patterns may help state economically. new 4/11/2010
Starting this spring, Philip Xie will be watching bird-watchers along Lake Erie. Xie, an associate professor of recreation and tourism at Bowling Green State University, said he is more interested in their spending habits than he is in their mating behavior or plumage. From The Columbus Dispatch, 3/8/2010.
Why migratory waterfowl may abandon Ohio River. new 4/11/2010
Human alterations to the landscape have dried up more than half of US wetlands. Now a new study predicts a warmer climate will also disrupt wetland ecosystems, and ducks will be on the losing end. At a popular stopping point for migratory waterfowl along the Ohio River in western Kentucky, one scientist is noticing changes in migration patterns. Micah Schweitzer reports for the Ohio River Radio Consortium. From WKMS News, 3/5/2010.
Would dew believe it: The stunning pictures of sleeping insects covered in water droplets. new 4/4/2010
Glistening in the early morning, these insects look like creatures from another planet as dew gathers on their sleeping bodies. From The Daily Mail, 3/31/2010.
The economics of birdwatching in Ohio. new 4/4/2010
The average birdwatcher in Ohio is a Baby Boomer with an average individual income over $50,000, often with at least one college degree. With numbers like those, the state’s 2.4 million birdwatchers are obviously an important segment of Ohio’s $39 billion tourism industry, but until now, no one has studied exactly how much they impact the state’s economy. From Columbus Other Paper, 3/1/2010.
The amazing crowned Kinglets. new 4/4/2010
Ruby and Golden are each ‘one tough little bird'. From The Toledo Blade, 2/28/2010.
"Lets Go On A Lark". new 4/4/2010
Sorry for the misleading title. We are not going on a serendipitous joyful excursion. This month’s article is about horned larks. From Findlay Living, 2/28/2010.
Robins from up north to give way to 'natives'. new 4/4/2010
Many people have been seeing robins across central Ohio this winter. I know robins are always here in winter, but they seem more numerous this year. We always find them when we do the Christmas bird count. From The Columbus Dispatch, 2/28/2010.
Tawas Point Birding Festival features state conference this year. new 4/4/2010
You want birds? The Tawas Point Birding Festival has birds, and the Michigan Audubon Annual Conference this year. From The Bay City Times, 2/25/2010.
Blue herons return to Cuyahoga Valley. new 4/4/2010
The great blue herons are back in the Cuyahoga Valley. And, despite Northeast Ohio's wintery conditions, they are already doing what the herons do at this time of year. From The Akron Beacon Journal, 2/24/2010.
Mute swans muscling way in along Lake Ontario. new 4/4/2010
For most birders, it was a Trigger Bird that inspired their passion for feathered creatures. But for me it was a Trigger Trip to Magee Marsh more than 30 years ago that got me started. From RocNow, 2/25/2010.
For raptors in winter, few birding habitats in Ohio are better than the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area. new 4/4/2010
For most birders, it was a Trigger Bird that inspired their passion for feathered creatures. But for me it was a Trigger Trip to Magee Marsh more than 30 years ago that got me started. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2/23/2010.
Squirrels feeding on winter cache as birds shiver through winter. new 3/6/2010
Furry friends in winter. From The Rhinelander Daily News, 1/29/2010.
Warblers best viewed at Magee. new 3/6/2010
There is a very interesting article in this month's magazine published by the American Birding Association -- the article is called Magee -- Anatomy of a Migrant Hotspot. From The London Free Press, 1/30/2010.
Spotlight on the Least Bittern, Smallest of North American herons listed as threatened species. new 3/6/2010
The following is the first of a series of features on Species at Risk. The pieces are provided by the Grenville Land Stewardship Council. From EMC St. Lawrence, 1/28/2010.
Fewer feeder birds are visiting area this year. new 3/6/2010
What am I doing wrong? I cleaned my feeders thoroughly and filled them with good quality seed. Why are there no birds coming to my backyard? I had lots of birds last year. From Northumberland Today, 1/29/2010.
Buzzards in northwest Ohio blew in on a southwester. new 3/6/2010
Buzzards, Hinckley, Ohio, and March 15 form one of the best community public relations gigs this side of Punxsutawny Phil and Groundhog Day. From The Toledo Blade, 1/29/2010.
'On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow'. new 3/6/2010
Winter's white blanket traps sounds that explode in summer. From The Columbus Dispatch, 1/24/2010.
Master Gardeners: Draw birds to your yard year-round. new 3/6/2010
During these blustery, cold days of winter, it is heart warming that people maintain bird feeders full of sunflower or thistle seeds. This helps many varieties of birds while snow covers their normal seed supplies. Many kinds of finches, chickadees, juncos, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals and blue jays bring their beauty close to our windows while they seek food. Holders filled with suet pieces result in parades of woodpeckers, such as downy, hairy, red-bellied and, occasionally, the exotic pileated. But what about the other seasons of the year? Does your yard invite birds to stay? Is it planted to help them survive? From The Cleveland-News Herald, 1/24/2010.
"Everglades’s restoration project…estimated to take until 2017…." new 3/6/2010
The Everglades is an endless plain of Jamaica swamp sawgrass in shallow, slowly moving water that extends to the horizon. It is almost feature less. Here and there is a hummock (a tree island); here and there a mound of earth in the marsh that represents an alligator's den-digging work. From The Naples Daily News, 1/25/2010.
And then there were none. new 3/6/2010
Atlee Yoder’s purple martin houses are in storage, out of the raw Ohio weather, awaiting spring and the first scout of the new season. But herein lies the rub — Yoder’s houses did not come down until last week. From The Smoky Mountain News, 1/20/2010.
Northern hawk-owls hide in plain sight. new 3/6/2010
The Northern hawk-owl, one of the few owls that hunts during the day, has been making itself visible in Minnesota this winter. From The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1/19/2010.
Bird Spotted Just Twice in 139 Years Found Breeding in Northeastern Afghanistan. new 3/6/2010
The remote and rugged Pamir Mountains surrounding the Wakhan Corridor in northeastern Afghanistan are among the planet's highest peaks. Known as the "Roof of the World," the region supports a small population of nomadic herders -- and, as it turns out, the first known breeding area of a small bird previously spotted just twice in nearly a century and a half. From Treehugger, 1/15/2010.
A peril of bird watching. new 3/6/2010
Of all outdoor activities, birdwatching might seem to be the most innocuous. How can one possibly get into trouble watching birds? From The Martinsburg Journal, 1/17/2010.
Find the food, find the birds. new 3/6/2010
Annual count bountiful around city but seedless forests keep Petroglyphs bare. From The Peterborough Examiner, 1/14/2010.
Birds harder to spot this winter. new 3/6/2010
As predicted, most have flown the coop. From Newsdurhamregion.com, 1/14/2010.
Reports of planes striking birds are on a record pace. new 3/6/2010
’09 total for US may top 10,000; some were fatal. From The Boston Globe, 1/13/2010.
Endangered birds and quirky lists. new 3/6/2010
Like most birds, the cerulean warbler is a fussy sort. The tiny creature, just inches long, nests only in the tops of deciduous trees, those that lose their leaves in winter. With males a vivid sky blue, it's a "gorgeous bird," says ornithologist Jeffrey Wells. From The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/11/2010.
Watching winter birds with Whitby's Margaret Carney. new 3/6/2010
Looking out to Lake Ontario from Margaret Carney's front yard, it's easy to see why she's an avid bird watcher. From Newsdurhamregion.com, 1/11/2010.
Welcome mat isn't out for house sparrows. new 3/6/2010
Meyerson-column-mug.jpgPerfect, I thought, pouring myself a cup of coffee. It was New Year’s Day, time to relax and watch the birds in my backyard. I reached for the blind, wondering just which would be the first birds of the New Year. From The Grand Rapids Press, 1/10/2010.
Act now to save our birds. new 3/6/2010
Birds have always been endowed with symbolic portent – from Chekhov to Hitchcock to Twitter. We ignore their decline at our peril. There are glimmers of hope, but only if we act now urges Margaret Atwood. From The Guardian, 1/9/2010.
London flying high as Canada’s cardinal capital. new 3/6/2010
The results are in and you needn't look far for the cardinal capital of the nation. From The London Free Press, 1/11/2010.
Ottawa winter bird count third lowest in 30 years. new 3/6/2010
Snowy winter woods and fields in Eastern Ontario are quiet this year because of a drop in the number of birds in the region, according to recent local bird counts. From The Ottawa Citizen, 1/8/2010.
Farmer granted owl access. new 3/6/2010
Ramara cattle farmer John Smith is being praised by the Ontario Field Ornithologists for his contribution to the bird-watching community after a northern hawk owl took up residence on his property last winter. "I feel honoured to receive this award. It's nice to know that my property contributed something," said Smith, who enjoyed the novelty of his winged visitor. From The Orillia Packet & Times, 1/8/2010.
Bird count finds some species scarce. new 3/6/2010
Goodbye berry pickers and forest dwellers. Hello garbage-eaters and warm-weather stragglers. Those were the general findings of the 60 volunteers in the area who broke out the binoculars this winter and started counting the birds as part of the 75th local Christmas Bird Count. From The Waterloo Record, 1/7/2010.
He writes about the birds and the trees. new 3/6/2010
Naturalist Sibley branches out in a new setting. From The Boston Globe, 1/7/2010.
Birders bid a fond farewell to 3 fabulous birds that departed Northeast Ohio over the New Year. new 3/6/2010
With the melody of Auld Lang Syne reverberating through my head -- "Should old acquaintance be forgot. . ." -- I am sad to report the passing of three of our most memorable bird species of recent days. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/6/2010.
Thinking of becoming a birder? Get these basics. new 3/6/2010
It's been a week since you made that New Year's resolution to lose weight, work out daily at the gym or quit smoking. If past experience is any indication, chances are you've already stumbled and returned to your previous state. But here's one resolution for 2010 I'm willing to bet you will want to keep forever: Become a birder! From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/7/2010.
Wind farm backers say report affirms there's minimal threat to marbled murrelet. new 3/6/2010
Public utilities planning Western Washington's first large wind farm declared Tuesday that they've shown with solid science that the towers would kill less than one threatened marbled murrelet a year over the long run. The claim was greeted with skepticism by state and federal agencies that must OK the project. From The Longview Daily News, 1/5/2010.
Bringing trumpeters back from the brink of extinction. new 3/6/2010
One moment the young trumpeter swan had its head underwater, greedily gobbling up corn kernels at the edge of Burlington Bay. The next, Ray Kingdon had its long neck in one hand and its black, webbed feet in the other as he hoisted the honking creature ashore. From The Guelph Mercury, 1/5/2010.
Arctic bird makes rare appearance. new 3/6/2010
Northern wheatear usually spied in Arctic. From The Corpus Christi Caller Times, 1/6/2010.
Greater white-fronted goose lingers north for the count. new 3/6/2010
Although the results of the London CBC are not fully in , certainly the best bird on the count was the greater white-fronted goose discovered on the north branch of the Thames River by Cathy McCrae, Barb Yeo and party. From The London Free Press, 1/4/2010.
Area rich in bird species. new 3/6/2010
Long Point Christmas Bird Count. From The Tillsonburg News, 1/5/2010.
Wayward Winter Finches of the Boreal Forest. new 3/6/2010
Among the species for which avid bird watchers keep their binoculars handy this time of year are the group of northern seed-eaters called the winter finches. From The Toledo Blade, 1/3/2010.
Half a Lifetime Spent in Pursuit of Waterbirds. new 3/6/2010
Twenty years ago, Theodore Cross traveled 16 time zones, from New York to Moscow, Irkutsk and Yakutsk, and finally to the tundra of the Kolyma Delta, in northeastern Siberia, to catch a coveted glimpse of an Arctic bird, the Ross’s gull. Mr. Cross did spot one gull, but its nest was overtaken by a parasitic jaeger before he could return with his blind and his long telephoto lens. The trip was a failure. Two weeks later, the unexpected happened: a Ross’s gull showed up in Baltimore. Thousands of birders converged on the spot for the rare sighting. From The New York Times, 12/14/2009.
Black-backed woodpecker a birding highlight. new 1/3/2010
Cold, dark and dramatic. Already our Canadian winter is living up to its reputation, with record-breaking snowfalls shutting down great swaths of Ontario cottage country, including Minden. Just in time for the Christmas Bird Count. From Newsdurhamregion.com, 1/2/2010.
Rules to protect rare orchid ignite land rights debate. new 1/3/2010
Owners refuse to allow inspectors access to property. From The Ottawa Citizen, 12/30/2009.
A Lucky Wren In A Warehouse. new 1/3/2010
For a bird lover like essayist Julie Zickefoose, finding a parched, tired and scared Carolina wren in a carpet warehouse was heartbreaking. Freeing it, though, was liberating. From KUAR, 12/31/2009.
Huge waterfowl numbers headline Western Cuyahoga Christmas Bird Count. new 1/3/2010
It's never a good start to a birding day when two of the first birds you see are blasted out of the sky by duck hunters. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/30/2009.
Wild birds in winter - outside our windows. new 1/3/2010
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. It is winter. Cold. Gray. Short days. Arctic conditions. Walking in the sub-freezing temperatures and blasts of wicked wind don't make us want to spend much time outside. From The Mirror, 12/30/2009.
Barn owl makes a surprise visit. new 1/3/2010
Endangered bird rarely seen in Wisconsin is on the mend in Fredonia after being found injured in the middle of condominium construction site. From The Ozaukee Press, 12/30/2009.
'What do you say, doubters?' new 1/3/2010
I felt a sense of pride and knew good things were happening as I viewed the new 2010 Goose Pond calendar and heard about Marsh Madness, a community-based bird festival scheduled in March. It made me wonder if "doubters" of the Goose Pond restoration project were having second thoughts as to its potential. From The Greene County (IN) Daily World, 12/29/2009.
Four rare birds land locally. new 1/3/2010
Local ornithologist Joe Kaplan recently discovered, not one, but four vagrant birds from the west called Audubon's Warblers, which have rarely been seen in Michigan. The birds usually head south for the winter, but instead made a surprise landing in Delta County. From The Escanaba Daily Press, 12/29/2009.
Best holiday birds found right at home. new 1/3/2010
Christmas Bird counts (CBCs) dominated the bird news last weekend. London's count results are not all in, mostly the feeder sightings. But at the moment the total stands at 70 species, not bad for an inland location. From The London (ON) Free Press, 12/28/2009.
If you see a hummingbird, tell officials. new 1/3/2010
Christmas for Ohio and Pennsylvania Birders Pennsylvania and Ohio birders must have been particularly good this year. In mid-December they got an early Christmas gift. On almost the same day, an Allen’s hummingbird showed up in Holmes County, Ohio and Lancaster County, Pa. From Farm and Dairy, 12/28/2009.
Get Into Nature: Christmas for Ohio, Pennsylvania birders. new 12/27/2009
Pennsylvania and Ohio birders must have been particularly good this year, because in mid-December, they got an early Christmas gift: On almost the same day, Allen's hummingbirds showed up in Holmes County, Ohio, and Lancaster County, Pa. From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12/27/2009.
Owl sightings a thrill for Durham residents. new 12/27/2009
Like getting the best Christmas present ever. That was the level of excitement in Betty Pegg's voice when she phoned to report a barred owl in her backyard the other week. Betty lives near the Claremont Conservation Area in north Pickering -- perfect barred owl habitat -- with a wonderful maple bush behind her house that she and her husband, Edge, tapped to make syrup in days gone by. From Newsdurhamregion.com, 12/24/2009.
West Coast Allen's hummingbird a surprising sight in Ohio. new 12/27/2009
Evidence of the amazing hardiness of birds appeared in some of the unlikeliest of places in Northeast Ohio over the past weekend. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/23/2009.
Neighbors make waves over turbines. new 12/27/2009
State officials, residents caught off guard by plan. From The Deroit Free Press, 12/23/2009.
GPS helping keep track. new 12/27/2009
Wildlife researchers using technology to follow birds, animals. From The Oklahoman, 12/22/2009.
Executive director of Black Swamp receives prestigious award. new 12/27/2009
Kimberly Kaufman, executive director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory, Oak Harbor, was recently presented with the Naturalist of the Year Award from the Toledo Naturalists' Association. From The Beacon, 12/21/2009.
Past year brought sightings of birds that seldom visit Ohio. new 12/27/2009
Each year, Ohio bird-watchers catch sight of rare birds. Here are those of note for 2009. From The Columus Dispatch, 12/20/2009.
Injured wildlife get a second chance at Howell Nature Center. new 12/20/2009
Compassion for wildlife has a name, and it's the Howell Conference & Nature Center's Wildlife Rehabilitation program. From AnnArbor.com, 12/17/2009.
Duck banding is no quacking matter, it touches lives. new 12/20/2009
The greatest thrill to a waterfowl hunter is to harvest a “banded” bird. The US Fish and Wildlife Service traps and puts metal bands on the feet of thousands of ducks and geese each year. Hunters who shoot a banded bird can call an 800 number or type in the band number on the internet and find out when and where their bird was banded. Information gained from harvested bands is very valuable to wildlife biologists in learning about waterfowl migrations. From The San Marcos Daily Record, 12/17/2009.
Bird counts have become an important conservation tool. new 12/20/2009
Christmas Bird Count season in upon us again. The Port Hope-Cobourg count, co-ordinated by Willow Beach Field Naturalists, is on Dec. 19 and the Presqu'ile-Brighton count is on Dec. 20. These are the only two counts held in Northumberland County. From Northumberland Today, 12/18/2009.
Wanderlust: The Christmas Bird Count. new 12/20/2009
Honoring a cherished holiday tradition, an army of volunteers will rise at dawn this month to brave cold, rain and perhaps snow to contribute to the world's largest ongoing wildlife survey: the Christmas Bird Count. From San Jose Mercury News, 12/17/2009.
Surveying bird biodiversity from space? new 12/20/2009
A fundamental rule of wildlife ecology says that diverse habitats foster greater biodiversity: The Amazon has far more species than Greenland. But how do habitat and biodiversity relate in a state like Wisconsin, with its range of farms, forests, wetlands, cities, suburbs and highways? From PhysOrg.com, 12/16/2009.
Resident magpies get first honors from bird group. new 12/20/2009
The yellow-billed magpie has had a rough couple of years. The oak woodland landscapes that it calls home have diminished, pesticide use has increased and three years ago, the West Nile Virus wiped out almost half of its population. But Californians love this dynamic state native, and their devotion was evident when the yellow-billed magpie was voted Audubon California’s first bird of the year in 2009. From The Santa Maria Times, 12/15/2009.
Maybe a heated bath for a feathered friend on your list? new 12/20/2009
It certainly isn't too early to choose your holiday gift for a birding friend. These days, the economy makes us economize, but there are still good buys that will please on Christmas Day. From The London (ON) Free Press, 12/14/2009.
Birders beat the winter blues by participating in Christmas Bird Counts. new 12/20/2009
Every year about this time I start hearing variations on the same theme: "What do birders do during the winter?" From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/14/2009.
Fight or Flight. new 12/13/2009
Falcon and owl aerial battle caught on camera. From The New York State Conservationist, 12/2009.
Are bird lovers on your holiday list? new 12/13/2009
Many gizmos available to help them identify feathered friends. From The South Bend (IN) Tribune, 12/12/2009.
Got a gardener on your Christmas list? new 12/13/2009
This is the time of year when I’m expected to offer gift suggestions for gardeners — which is a challenge as I’m not a good consumer. From The Guelph Mercury, 12/12/2009.
Avian aficionados warm up to cold-weather counting. new 12/13/2009
The birds of central Ohio haven't all moved south for the winter. From The Columbus Dispatch, 12/10/2009.
Rare birds found. new 12/13/2009
Local naturalist and bird researcher Tom Kashmer made ornithological history this fall when he became the first person in Ohio to capture and band two shorebirds that are uncommon in the east and midwest. From The Port Clinton News Herald, 12/9/2009.
Count birds at Christmas time. new 12/13/2009
Have yourself a Merry Christmas: Count birds. From The Toledo Blade, 12/6/2009.
Banding together for research. new 12/13/2009
A northern harrier rides the west wind along the Lake Michigan shore, its white underwings and black tips like neon against the cobalt November sky. From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/5/2009.
Christmas Bird Count season approaching. new 12/13/2009
For 110 years participating in Christmas Bird Counts is a Christmas tradition of bird watchers across North America. It is as important as the other Christmas festivities such as choral singing and Christmas dinner to thousands of birders. From The North Bay Nugget, 12/4/2009.
At scandal's core is a legitimate debate. new 12/13/2009
The fracas over the Toronto Humane Society is complex and layered. In most accounts, it is portrayed as a gothic tale of fearsome animal abuse. "House of horrors," was the description one investigator used after provincial animal welfare officers and police raided the society's downtown headquarters. In the media, the label stuck. From The Toronto Star, 12/5/2009.
Who goes there? State Park naturalists band Sawwhet Owls. new 12/13/2009
Think of it as a ghost, passing silently through Duneland’s forest fastnesses and deeps on cold clear nights in October and November on its way south to a winter roost. From The Chesterton (IN) Tribune, 12/4/2009.
Christmas bird counts planned across Sea to Sky. new 12/13/2009
The National Audubon Society will host its 110th Christmas Bird Count this year, a tradition that goes back all the way to 1900 when 27 observers set up watching posts in 25 areas of the U.S. and Canada. The purpose of the count, as always, is to identify and count bird species over a large geographic area to get a sense of each species' ranges, migration and the overall health of different birds. From Pique newsmagazine, 12/2/2009.
British birdfeeders split blackcaps into two genetically distinct groups. new 12/13/2009
In the forests of Germany live large numbers of blackcaps, a small species of songbird. They all look very similar, but they actually belong to two genetically distinct groups that are becoming more disparate with time. For the moment, the best way to tell them apart is to wait for winter. As the cold sets in, one group of blackcaps flies southwest to Spain, while a smaller group heads northwest towards Britain. From Science Blogs: Note Exactly Rocket Science, 12/3/2009.
Guardsman to talk about birding in Iraq. new 12/13/2009
Maj. Randel Rogers of the Ohio Army National Guard will present "Birding from the Trenches" at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. From The Fremont News Messenger, 12/2/2009.
The snowbirds are back in Michigan. new 12/13/2009
Even though the weather has been on the balmy side the birds have been working over the feeders like it was blustery midwinter. From The Niles Daily Star, 12/2/2009.
Wildlife taken from humane society. new 12/13/2009
All of the wild animals held at the Toronto Humane Society's River St. headquarters have now been removed as an investigation into the organization's practices continues. From The Toronto Star, 12/1/2009.
Northeast Ohio authors and artists provide an impressive library of birding books/gift ideas for the holidays. new 12/13/2009
With Christmas just about three weeks away, it's a good time to start thinking about gifts for the birder in your life. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/30/2009.
Scientists trying to find out why warblers are dwindling. new 11/29/2009
As many as half a million tiny golden-winged warblers used to make the annual round trip flight from Latin America to the Midwest. Now, the number is down to 200,000, and an international consortium is trying to find out why. From The Chicago Sun Times, 11/28/2009.
Giving thanks to the talented birders who make Northeast Ohio the top birding location in the state. new 11/28/2009
Regular readers of this column know that it's as much about birders as it is about the birds. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/25/2009.
Cleveland's peregrine falcon perishes after 12 years nesting on the Terminal Tower. new 11/28/2009
Buckeye, believed to be one of the country's oldest and most prolific peregrine falcons, died last week after apparently striking a building near its urban nest on the Terminal Tower. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/23/2009.
UF’s bird sound recordings to go digital, online with help of grant. new 11/28/2009
University of Florida ornithologists are preparing to digitize nearly all of UF’s analog bird-sound field recordings, one of the largest collections in the Western Hemisphere with 23,650 cataloged recordings representing about 3,000 species. From The University of Florida News, 11/23/2009.
A good night for netting saw-whet owls. new 11/28/2009
I have a new favorite bird -- the northern saw-whet owl. Until last week I'd never seen one in the wild. But on Wednesday Joey Herron invited me to his banding station at Valley Falls State Park, just east of Fairmont, W.Va. From The Charleston Gazette, 11/21/2009.
Save your money; plant flowers that feed the birds. new 11/28/2009
Let’s see. You could spend $50 on a bird feeder and unending cash on seed. Or you could take that money and feed the birds, permanently, without lifting a hand. From The Norwich Bulletin, 11/20/2009.
Bird watchers unduring (sic) the November doldrums. new 11/28/2009
November is often the birding "doldrums" and it has certainly proved to be this year. Most of the migrants have moved through and the wintering birds have not settled in to stay. From Northumberland Today, 11/18/2009.
The stories that birds could tell. new 11/28/2009
With the ground littered with acorns and the trees offering a smorgasbord of seeds, nuts and berries, the birds are mostly ignoring my gourmet bird food. These days, two chickadees, a wren, a cardinal and a house finch constitute a veritable feeding frenzy. From The Savannah Morning News, 11/18/2009.
Indiana Dunes threatened by climate change, report warns. new 11/28/2009
Experts say some noticeable changes already affecting plants, wildlife. From The Chicago Tribune, 11/18/2009.
Michigan Tech Graduate Student Aids International Bird Rescue Effort. new 11/17/2009
Conservation could be Amber Roth’s middle name. She loves anything to do with nature. Birds, trees, grasses, ecosystems: she’s fascinated by it all. From Michigan Tech News, 11/17/2009.
Birds' eyes, not beaks, sense magnetic fields. new 11/16/2009
New study pinpoints migratory songbirds’ magnetic compass in a specific brain region. From Science News, 11/21/2009.
Helping migrating birds navigate Chicago's glass walls. new 11/16/2009
Flocks of volunteers make sure migrating birds safely navigate our city. From The Chicago Tribune, 11/15/2009.
Who's coming to your bird feeder this winter? new 11/16/2009
Track the comings and goings for Project FeederWatch. From NewsDurhamRegion.com, 11/12/2009.
Brown pelican no longer endangered: US. new 11/16/2009
The brown pelican, listed as an endangered species even before the 1973 U.S. Endangered Species Act existed, is officially back from the brink of extinction, the Interior Department said on Wednesday. From Reuters, 11/11/2009.
Lake Erie birding can be unsurpassed in the fall. new 11/16/2009
It's times like these that remind me how lucky I am to be a birder in Northeast Ohio. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/9/2009.
Backyard hobby heats up in winter. new 11/16/2009
They may not be considered a pet in the traditional sense, but for those who love to attract and observe wild birds, nothing can compare to the experience of watching the animals in their natural habitat. From The Marietta Times, 11/5/2009.
Go-ahead given for wind turbines near Hamilton. new 11/16/2009
Three giant wind turbines – each more than 100ft higher than Hamilton’s County Buildings – are to be erected on greenbelt land overlooking the town. From The Hamilton Advertiser, 11/5/2009.
Winter visitors flocking to Northumberland. new 11/16/2009
Since my last report to you, the winter birds have been arriving in numbers. The large number of red-breasted mergansers reported last time were mostly passing through. There are still red-breasted mergansers to be seen on the Lake Ontario, but in much reduced numbers. From Northumberland Today, 11/6/2009.
Lending a helping hand to western grebes. new 11/16/2009
A loud, fluting call from a playa at the base of Willard Reservoir's west dike grabbed my attention. It's a place where only the salt flat-loving snowy plover belongs, but this was no snowy plover call. From StandardNet, 11/3/2009.
Sandy Ridge as birdy and beautiful as ever while development creeps closer. new 11/1/2009
I returned to the Sandy Ridge Reservation in North Ridgeville over the weekend and found my home birding base as beautiful and birdy as ever. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/26/2009.
Cities help migratory birds by turning off building lights. new 11/1/2009
You've experienced a form of it yourself while driving at night: oncoming headlights make it hard to see. It turns out migratory birds flying at night can be disoriented by building lights and sometimes fly into them. From OregonLive.com, 10/19/2009.
Sparrows flocking to Northeast Ohio deserve birders' love. new 11/1/2009
Here's the latest in an occasional series of birding confessions: I used to turn up my nose at sparrows. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/19/2009.
The fight against Malta's illegal bird hunt. new 11/1/2009
Malta is an important way-point for birds migrating between Europe and Africa. But the spring and autumn migrations attract illegal hunters, who pick off the birds as they fly overhead. There has been a huge rise in illegal hunting in recent years, prompting conservationist group BirdLife Malta to set up camps to deter illegal hunters. Volunteer Steve Butler reports on his experiences at this year's camp. From The BBC News, 10/17/2009.
Whip-poor-will numbers declining in Ontario. new 11/1/2009
The welcome call of a whip-poor- will of a summer's night is no more in many areas. From The North Bay Nugget, 10/17/2009.
Mentor Marsh restoration lures in birds. new 11/1/2009
As if we needed further proof that the Mentor Marsh habitat- restoration project is a stunning success, a few more great birds dropped in there over the past week. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/15/2009.
Scientists study birds killed by wind turbines. new 11/1/2009
When it comes to generating green energy from the wind, Texas leads the way. But in the pursuit of cleaner energy, there's also an environmental cost: Dead birds and bats killed by turbine blades. From WFAA - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, 10/13/2009.
Saving birds at Point Pelee. new 11/1/2009
God may send His love on the wings of a snow-white dove, but His advice goes out wrapped around the ankle of a Canada goose. From The Toronto Star, 10/13/2009.
75 years ago, Hawk Mountain slaughter ended. new 11/1/2009
Every autumn they came to Hawk Mountain, the men carrying shotguns, rifles, ammunition, and whiskey, the women toting picnic baskets and children. From a rocky vantage point, the sharpshooters took aim at the migrating birds that, by instinct, came flapping, soaring, and hovering along the narrow ridgetop. From The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/12/2009.
Researchers flock to study of birds. new 11/1/2009
How do birds regulate body fat as a fuel for long distance migration? How does eating affect their flight performance? How do the aerodynamics and physiology of bird flight change as they fly at higher altitudes? With the opening this week of the world’s first hypobaric climatic wind tunnel for bird flight, The University of Western Ontario’s Advanced Facility for Avian Research (AFAR) is ready to seek the answers to these and similar questions essential to our understanding of the increasingly fragile world of birds. From Western News, 10/8/2009.
Look and listen for migrating birds in the fall. new 11/1/2009
All it takes is a north wind to carry them. From Newsdurhamregion.com, 10/8/2009.
Bird watching. new 11/1/2009
The cold rains come, night temperatures drop towards freezing; it is October and no question that the summer is gone. We are two weeks into “statutory fall,” which at this latitude is no legal fiction. It is my favourite time of the year — the spectacle of the leaves, the autumnal lighting, the coolness, and I would add the poignancy of the silences. Our songbirds have gone. From The Ottawa Citizen, 10/6/2009.
At-risk birds land top-flight seats at former Coliseum site. new 11/1/2009
Good things are happening in the grassy field off state Route 303 near Interstate 271. The area where the Coliseum — with its sporting events and concerts — stood until 10 years ago has become a thriving home to at-risk grasslands birds, and that thrills wildlife biologists in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. From The Akron Beacon Journal, 10/5/2009.
A bird in the hand. new 11/1/2009
Local study tracks migration. From The Rochester (NY) City Newspaper, 9/30/2009.
Feed birds an array of seed and fruit for the best variety of species. new 11/1/2009
I picked up 60 pounds of bird seed from the feed store over the weekend. But in reality I never stopped feeding the birds in my Lakewood back yard. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/28/2009.
The osprey has re-landed in Wayne County. new 11/1/2009
Sightings said to be the 1st since 1890s. From The Detroit Free Press, 9/29/2009.
"Awesome" photo a hit for Westminster birder. new 10/7/2009
Pat Gaines actually felt sorry for the red-tailed hawks at Bonny Lake State Park this summer. From The Denver Post, 9/30/2009.
The Big Question: Are so-called 'extinct' species really extinct, and will we rediscover any? new 9/28/2009
Why are we asking this now? Because ornithologists have just launched an international quest to rediscover a large group of "lost" bird species – believing that some may not be lost after all. From The Independent, 9/28/2009.
Osprey nest is cause for celebration. new 9/28/2009
Pair are 1st of their kind since 1890s, officials say. From The Detroit Free Press, 9/28/2009.
Do wind turbines kill birds? new 9/27/2009
Avian mortality and wind energy has received far more attention than the avian deaths associated with coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power, even though this study suggests that wind energy may be the least harmful. From REVE - Regulación Eólica con Vehículos Eléctricos, 9/27/2009.
Butterfly 'GPS' found in antennae. new 9/26/2009
North America's Monarch butterflies use a 24-hour "clock" in their antennae to help navigate the 4,000km to overwinter in Mexico, say scientists. From The BBC News, 9/25/2009.
Flocking to Hawkfest. new 9/26/2009
Holding a camera and books about birds, Laura Herold admitted she has been a hawk fan for most of her life. From The Monroe News, 9/25/2009.
Conservationists seek to connect Ohio woodlands. new 9/26/2009
Locals call it "the Edge," a 14,000-acre nature preserve that hugs the Ohio River in southern Ohio's Adams County and teems with rare birds, bobcats, salamanders and unusual plant life. From Forbes, 9/25/2009.
Birds' annual migration time can often bring surprises. new 9/26/2009
Fall migration continues. The clear skies of most of the past two weeks have made it difficult to detect passing migrants. Clear skies at night are a boon to migrating birds. They can continue on their journey as long as their energy lasts. Only when they need to refuel is it necessary to land. This is good for the birds, but frustrating for earthbound observers. From Northumberland Today, 9/25/2009.
Young hawk takes flight with help from humans. new 9/26/2009
Banished from his nest, bird heals from injuries, returns to home in Akron. From The Akron Beacon Journal, 9/21/2009.
Bird aficionado seeks diversity in birding. new 9/26/2009
Kenn Kaufman, an internationally renowned birding authority, naturalist, and author, knows diversity when he sees it in the bird world, and that in part is why he is troubled with a lack of diversity in the birding world. From The Toledo Blade, 9/20/2009.
Sighting of rare bird had many atwitter. new 9/26/2009
I saw a remarkable bird last week in the heart of Ohio's Amish country. The northern wheatear is a smallish thrush with rather long legs that breeds on the tundra along the northernmost part of North America, above the Arctic Circle. From The Columbus Dispatch, 9/20/2009.
Rare wheatear lands in Holmes County. new 9/26/2009
Ohio birders hit the jackpot when a Northern wheatear -- a perky, buff-breasted Arctic thrush -- appeared as if by magic in Holmes County on Saturday. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/14/2009.
Rossellini makes a `Porno' with Web short films. new 9/13/2009
Isabella Rossellini has established herself as the world's most prominent porn artist specializing in the lusty behavior of bugs, barnacles, shrimp and starfish. Her "Green Porno" short films have become a Web sensation, offering morsels about the reproductive habits of insects and ocean life and a clever dose of low-budget filmmaking that takes its cue from old-fashioned arts and crafts classes. From The Associated Press, 9/11/2009.
Warblers, lark sparrows spotted in Cleveland area over Labor Day weekend. new 9/13/2009
Driven by desperation, waves of warblers passed through Northeast Ohio over the Labor Day weekend. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/10/2009.
Why do gulls congregate in parking lots? new 9/13/2009
I've noticed for years that lots of gulls seem to hang out in the parking lot in front of JoAnn Fabrics and Burlington Coat Factory on Odana Road. It seems like there is some attraction there and I can't imagine it is the Burger King in the same lot. Why would gulls tend to congregate there? From The Wisconsin State Journal, 9/6/2009.
Ontario's famous diving bird. new 9/13/2009
The eared grebe is part of a large family of diving birds, many of which we see regularly in Ontario. From Canoe.ca, 9/1/2009.
Some birds are becoming city dwellers. new 9/13/2009
Most serious birders know that if you're going to look for birds in Northeast Ohio, you'd better be prepared to put up with noise, traffic and smelly exhaust. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/16/2009.
To Avoid Bird Strikes, Just Tell The Birds To Move. new 9/13/2009
When US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the Hudson River in January after hitting geese, it turned the spotlight on so-called bird strikes — a longstanding problem of aircraft colliding with birds in flight. Airports try a lot of tricks to keep birds away, but now some researchers are shining light on a possible solution. From NPR, 8/16/2009.
Vulture population takes a dive as starvation sets in. new 9/13/2009
Numbers of tawny vultures in the Hoces del Río Riaza National Park in the north eastern corner of Segovia have taken a 33% dive in the last five years as the birds literally starve to death thanks to European regulations on removing dead animals. From Think Spain, 8/17/2009.
Martins flock to Nimisila. new 8/15/2009
Thousands of birds return each night to rare roost on Summit reservoir. From The Akron Beacon Journal, 8/15/2009.
Hummingbirds Cause Quite a Buzz at Ohio Park. new 8/15/2009
It was amazing," said Cheryl Rozzo. "I want to cry." The Youngstown, Ohio, resident had just spent several minutes sitting in Zenlike silence in front of the small visitors center at Ohio's Lake Hope State Park with one arm outstretched, cradling a floral tube filled with sugar water in her hand, hoping to entice ruby-throated hummingbirds to come and feed, up close and personal. From The Washington Post, 8/16/2009.
Shorebirds flock to feed on Lake Erie wetlands. new 8/15/2009
The world's most formidable long-distance fliers are making pit stops in Northern Ohio this month and next. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/10/2009.
Wind study results needed quickly. new 8/15/2009
As interest continues to grow in wind power in West Michigan, a study by a Grand Valley State University research team will play a major role. From The Muskegon Chronicle, 8/6/2009.
The call of the loon lures bird-watchers north. new 8/15/2009
Nothing symbolizes the exhilarating lure of the north woods of Canada like the call of the common loon. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/6/2009.
Scio Twp. investigates swan deaths. new 8/15/2009
Residents in this township south of Ann Arbor were mobilizing today to find out who is responsible for killing three trumpeter swans found dead or fatally injured this weekend in what appears to be shotgun-related. One of two babies survived. From The Detroit News, 8/3/2009.
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge brings peace, not power plants. new 8/2/2009
John Hartig gets animated when he talks about the future. There is a visitor center to build and miles of trails. A canoe and kayak launch is planned and a spider web of bike trails that eventually will lead visiting cyclists through the country's first international wildlife refuge. From The Grand Rapids Press, 8/1/2009.
New 'bald' bird discovered in Laos. new 7/30/2009
A "bald" bird discovered in Laos is Asia's first new species of bulbul, a type of songbird, in more than 100 years, scientists say. From Yahoo 7 News, 7/30/2009.
Hummingbird Festival to stir buzz in Colon. new 8/2/2009
A beloved winged animal tiny in size but huge in popularity is expected to draw a significant following Saturday at the third annual Hummingbird Festival at River Lake Inn. From The Kalamazoo Gazette, 7/23/2009.
Toucans use their enormous bills to keep their cool. new 8/2/2009
Researchers claim the birds don't primarily use the huge appendage for sexual display, or as a tool for getting at hard-to-reach fruit, or to scare other birds – but as a giant radiator. From The Guardian, 7/23/2009.
Birders have clout, survey finds. new 8/2/2009
With a mixed sense of optimism and cynicism, I read the latest report on birding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It's not that I don't believe that birders are growing in numbers, influence and buying power. It's just that I find some of the survey's numbers hard to believe in contrast to what my eyes see when I'm birding in the field. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/20/2009.
Erie solitude. new 8/2/2009
Canadian island offers visitors peaceful, natural place. From The Columbus Dispatch, 7/19/2009.
Point Pelee branded 'ugly' by parks study. new 8/2/2009
Point Pelee National Park has been deemed "ugly" in a rating of Canada's provincial and national parks by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. From The Windsor Star, 7/18/2009.
Banding requires a gentle touch for the fragile hummingbirds. new 8/2/2009
A specialized, gentle touch is required when handling a hummingbird, a much more fragile creature than the songbirds Brenda Keith has been working with for the past two decades. From The Kalamazoo Gazette, 7/18/2009.
Seedy Business: Diet Secrets of the Goldfinch. new 8/2/2009
Last weekend Ron and I were on the front porch late in the afternoon when we heard an unfamiliar bird call: not the towhee, not the wren, not a lesser goldfinch; something different. The source was revealed when an adult male American goldfinch flew out of the mulberry tree and onto a utility wire, followed by a second bird, greenish and frowsy-looking, fluttering its wings and repeating the odd call. It was a fledgling begging its father for food. From The Berkeley (CA) Daily Planet, 7/16/2009.
Airport to mow fields short to discourage birds from nesting. new 8/2/2009
The Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport would rather not have birds call it home. From The Kalamazoo Gazette, 7/14/2009.
Snipers to protect Sydney's penguins from fox attacks. new 7/18/2009
Night watch on endangered species in Australia after nine birds mauled to death. From The Guardian, 7/13/2009.
Rare birds are a matter of perspective. new 8/2/2009
I was asked what was the rarest bird that I have ever seen. That's a difficult question. First, I had to qualify the term "rare." Is it rare in the world? Or is it a more local question? From The Daily News of Newburyport (MA), 7/10/2009.
Warbler's numbers are abundant, so enjoy. new 8/2/2009
I often get e-mails and questions from people asking me why a certain bird species has not been coming to their yard or why some particular species is showing up much more frequently than usual. From The Memphis Commercial Appeal, 7/10/2009.
Birding at the Migration Mainline. new 8/2/2009
When birders gather conversation invariably turns to great birding locations and someone is bound to announce, "Well, for my money nothing beats Cape May, New Jersey." Because the final word in world-class birding sites has just been uttered. From The Atlantic County Woman, 7/8/2009.
Buckeye birders have cause for excitement. new 8/2/2009
With so much to grumble about in the Buckeye State these days, it's nice to find something to embrace and be proud of for a change. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/6/2009.
Late spring in the Arctic could nail bird population. new 8/2/2009
Will the "Big Chill in Churchill" spell doom to several avian species? From The Evansville Courier & Press, 7/4/2009.
100 seagulls found dead outside Ont. store. new 8/2/2009
Environment Canada to investigate deaths in Windsor, Ont. From The Vancouver Sun, 7/3/2009.
Swift colony residing in Temiscaming chimney. new 8/2/2009
Last weekend the province-wide chimney swift count was conducted by Bird Studies Canada. The mayor of Temiscaming, Philippe Barette, reported to us the status of the chimney swift colony in the St. Theresa Church chimney in Temiscaming. He noted the roost contains more than 200 swifts. From The North Bay Nugget, 7/2/2009.
Fossil Feathers Revealing Extinct Moa's True Colors. new 7/2/2009
A new stash of fossil feathers is yielding a wealth of information about Moas, the extinct giant birds that once roamed ancient New Zealand. From Discovery Channel News, 7/1/2009.
Trumpeter swans may again grace Bay's waters. new 7/2/2009
Arrival of bird from Ohio raises hopes that more can be trained to fly here. From The Chesapeake Bay Journal, July/August 2009.
Birding Northeast Ohio's precious green spaces. new 7/2/2009
Most active birders in Northeast Ohio are familiar with the birdiest trails and the best tracts of productive habitat available on local public lands. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/29/2009.
More than 500 gulls found dead in Cuyahoga River. new 6/27/2009
This was supposed to be a triumphant week for the Cuyahoga River. Instead — during the week of the 40th anniversary of the June 22, 1969, fire on the river — it turned into an ecological nightmare. From The Youngstown Vindicator, 6/27/2009.
Landscaping can be natural way to attract birds. new 6/27/2009
Bird feeders do the trick. But there are more natural ways to attract our fine feathered friends. From The Ironton (OH) Tribune, 6/25/2009.
Family of hawks halts mail delivery in Liberty. new 6/27/2009
Neighbors hadn’t received mail for about a week because of the birds. From The Youngstown Vindicator, 6/19/2009.
Federal money coming to restore wetlands in Midland and Saginaw counties. new 6/27/2009
Michigan will receive $282,200 through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Conservation Commission for wetland restoration in areas including the Saginaw Bay watershed. From The Bay City News, 6/19/2009.
2,500-year-old bird's nest found. new 6/27/2009
A 2,500-year-old bird's nest has been discovered on a cliff in Greenland. The nesting site is still continually used by gyrfalcons, the world's largest species of falcon, and is the oldest raptor nest ever recorded. From The BBC News, 6/17/2009.
What is killing the loons across the Great Lakes? new 6/27/2009
The sun was sinking toward the horizon over Lake Ontario, its fading light painting the autumn sky orange and lavender, when the icon of the North filled the air with its haunting yodel. The bird broadcasting the call was not visible from the beach at Henderson Harbor in northern New York. Still, there was no mistaking that a common loon, Gavia immer, was nearby. From The Muskegon Chronicle, 6/21/2009.
You need a keen eye to catch chimney swifts. new 6/27/2009
You expect to find nature in the country, far from city lights. Well, here's a great opportunity for anyone living near the downtown core of any community in Durham Region: a blitz on swifts! From Newsdurhamregion.com, 6/18/2009.
Mountains of Pacific Northwest provide peak birding delights. new 6/27/2009
I'm writing this column from my desk in Cleveland, but my head is still in a land of snowcapped mountains, towering firs and orchards as far as the eye can see. The Pacific Northwest offers some of the country's most diverse habitats and is one of North America's most bountiful birding destinations. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/18/2009.
Birds Thrive in Suburbs, Study Finds. new 6/27/2009
A recent review of North American bird life by the U.S. Interior Department and Audubon Society found steep declines in migratory bird species and forest-breeding birds over the past 40 years. Loss of habitat due to development is a leading reason. From Voice of America, 6/12/2009.
Suddenly, volunteer staff not good enough. new 6/27/2009
If you stopped to visit the popular Sportsmen's Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area on Sunday, you found its doors closed. From The Toledo Blade, 6/9/2009.
Death of 10,000 Songbirds Fuels Feud Over U.S. TV, Phone Towers. new 6/27/2009
AT&T Inc. and General Electric Co.’s NBC television are fighting calls for more regulation of U.S. communications towers like the one conservationists blame for the deaths of 10,000 Lapland Longspurs. From Bloomberg, 6/3/2009.
Marketing plan aims to attract bird-watchers to area. new 5/31/2009
Local economic and conservation officials hope the county's avian population will draw more visitors to the area and are looking to make it Jackson's tourism niche. From The Jackson Citizen Patriot, 5/27/2009.
Spring migration ends, slowing bird sightings in Northeast Ohio. new 5/31/2009
The unofficial start of summer also marks the tail end of the spring migration, which can put a damper on an otherwise festive and much-anticipated season. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/28/2009.
A banquet for birds. new 5/31/2009
Successful bird-feeding has some of the same challenges as running a good restaurant: assembling good recipes and offering the right presentation. From The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 5/16/2009.
Mimicking nature. new 5/31/2009
Re-create natural habitats with native plants. From C&G Newspapers, 5/13/2009.
Songbird decline shows need to protect boreal forest, environmentalists say. new 5/31/2009
Songbirds living in the boreal forest are declining at a rapid rate and need protection by federal and provincial governments, according to a group of environmentalists and scientists. From CBC News, 5/12/2009.
Mitigating windmills' threat to birds. new 5/31/2009
Like most environmentally enlightened birders, I'm excited by the prospect of erecting a string of colossal power-producing windmills in Lake Erie. Wind is infinite and plentiful on the lake, and immeasurably cleaner than coal-burning power plants. Birders know better than most the terrible impact on birds of acid rain, mercury and global warming. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/11/2009.
Spring kicks off bird-watching season in Michigan. new 5/31/2009
Judy Bach thinks Ludington is a largely unrecognized birder's paradise. From The Grand Rapids Press, 5/9/2009.
Wave of birds expected soon at Lake Erie. new 5/7/2009
If the weather cooperates, the annual International Migratory Bird Day events Saturday should prove to be exquisitely timed. From The Toledo Blade, 5/5/2009.
Backyard scientists use Web to catalog species, aid research. new 5/7/2009
As a hobby, Suzie Jirachareonkul, a teacher and mother of two, spends many of her nights searching for endangered toads on the country roads near her home outside Cape Town, South Africa. She often finds them flattened on the street. From CNN, 5/4/2009.
Compromise on cormorant control. new 5/7/2009
Cormorants don't seem to think there's a cormorant problem in Michigan. The big, black waterfowl are quite happy to fly to our waters each summer, gobble down huge amounts of sport fish and raise ever-increasing numbers of offspring. The problem lies with people who would like to see every one of the big fish-eaters wiped out, others who want to protect what they see as a valuable native species, and state bureaucrats caught in the middle between those two groups. From The Detroit Free Press, 5/3/2009.
Cull of 211 Canadian birds cost $616 each. new 5/7/2009
A cull of 211 cormorants on Canada's Middle Island in Lake Erie last year cost $130,000, or $616 per bird, national parks officials said. From The United Press International, 5/1/2009.
Local bird life is constantly changing. new 5/7/2009
During the past three weeks, hundreds of rednecked grebes have been gathering on Lake Ontario. They have been reported from sites all along the lakeshore throughout the length of Northumberland County. From Northumberland Today, 4/24/2009.
F.A.A. Data Show Multiple Bird Strikes Every Day. new 5/7/2009
Twenty times a day, pilots nationwide report that birds have hit their airplanes, according to a national database of wildlife strikes released Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration. From The New York Times, 4/24/2009.
Volunteers band birds at Shaker Lakes to study migration. new 5/7/2009
Julie West carefully removed the squirming golden-crowned kinglet from the net, carefully examining the tiny bird which weighs about as much as a nickel. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/22/2009.
Scouting for the first birds of spring. new 5/7/2009
One of the first waves of spring migrants -- some birders call them "scouts" -- arrived in Northeast Ohio over the weekend, and a crowd of Kirtland Bird Club members were there to welcome them. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/21/2009.
Rare Sighting Thrills Ohio Birdwatchers. new 5/7/2009
Birdwatchers have been turning out in force at a park in Toledo, Ohio, for a treat -- a look at a mountain bluebird, which is rare to the area. From AOL News, 4/20/2009.
Spring songbirds are on the way. new 4/19/2009
Spring songbird migrations - a grand aerial ballet with several dramatic acts - should begin in earnest in the next week or so on the heels of some warm, southwest winds. From The Toledo Blade, 4/19/2009.
Rare birds' pit stops offer unique spring thrills. new 4/19/2009
The best time to see a rare or unusual bird in Ohio is during the spring and fall migrations. From The Columbus Dispatch, 4/19/2009.
More concern over Middle Island bird cull. new 4/19/2009
Officials of Cormorant Defenders International are demanding the cancellation of a cull on Middle Island in Lake Erie scheduled to begin today. From The Chatham Daily News, 4/18/2009.
Blinking tower lights could save birds. new 4/19/2009
Changing the lights on communication towers may be all it takes to significantly reduce the number of bird deaths that result from night-time collisions, says a US study. From ABC Science Online, 4/17/2009.
Birds face longer migration due to climate change, experts warn. new 4/19/2009
Journey could increase by 250 miles, posing serious threat to many species. From The Guardian, 4/15/2009.
Bluebird attracts birders to Toledo. new 4/19/2009
A turquoise vision from the West has graced a field near Toledo for the past week. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/14/2009.
Cormorant cull planned for Pelee. new 4/19/2009
Staff at Point Pelee National Park are preparing to kill thousands of double crested cormorants on Middle Island in Lake Erie beginning this week. From The Chatham Daily News, 4/14/2009.
Spring Bird Walks mark prime time for Northeast Ohio birders. new 4/19/2009
It doesn't matter if you're a grizzled veteran or a fresh-faced rookie: Any birder can tell you that the more sets of eyes looking for birds, the better. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4/9/2009.
Birding close to home offers rewards. new 4/19/2009
Ornithologists say it's rare to see as many Arctic birds as Northeast has this winter. From Vermont Public Radio, 3/31/2009.
Birding close to home offers rewards. new 4/19/2009
For everyone who has ever fired off an e-mail message to me, jotted a snail mail note or picked up the phone and called with a sighting report, I couldn't write this column without you. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/31/2009.
SUNY ESF study: Migrating bird species range farther north in reaction to climate change. new 4/19/2009
For decades, Dorothy Crumb knew she could count on finding Canada warblers, small but vocal songbirds, when she visited Labrador Pond in Fabius. From The Syracuse Post-Standard, 3/29/2009.
Wise birders don't wait for May. new 3/26/2009
For all of the birders waiting for May to break out their binoculars, field guides and hiking boots (which is probably 90 percent of you) here's a news flash: You're missing a lot of great birds. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/25/2009.
Spring has sprung: Ohio's waterfowl. new 3/26/2009
One of the spectacles of early spring is the return of waterfowl: swans, geese, and ducks. Ohio gets plenty – nearly every species of quacker, honker, and swan known to occur in North America has materialized here at some point. All told, we’ve had 43 species show up, including some species rarely seen in the state. From Cincinnati.com, 3/24/2009.
Trumpeter swan sighting is worth, well, trumpeting. new 3/26/2009
Sixteen years ago, a young trumpeter swan was released in northwestern Wisconsin. Last week, that bird's great-grandchild, now 3 years old, gave Hoosiers along the Wabash River a bit of excitement. From The Henderson (KY) Gleaner, 3/22/2009.
Upcoming conference is for the birds. new 3/26/2009
A flock of scientists and experts from across the state will gather for the birds. Or, at least to talk about birds. From The Traverse City Record Eagle, 3/20/2009.
Songbirds dying in alarming numbers. new 3/26/2009
A bit of feeder-cleaning will go a long way in preventing local songbird deaths, biologists and bird enthusiasts said. From The Traverse City Record Eagle, 3/19/2009.
The state of birds in the U.S.. new 3/26/2009
North America's bird populations have declined significantly in the past 40 years as bulldozers have flattened forests, rolled over grasslands and filled wetlands, according to a study released Thursday that is the first comprehensive analysis of the state of the nation's birds. From The San Francisco Chronicle, 3/20/2009.
Tundra swans return to Southwestern Ontario as migration starts. new 3/26/2009
The tundra swans are back in Ontario. From The London Free Press, 3/19/2009.
Jump-start spring birding by heading south to Holmes and Wayne counties. new 3/26/2009
The easiest way to jump-start the spring birding season is just an hour and a half away. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/17/2009.
On Business, but Checking Out the Local Airborne Fauna. new 3/26/2009
Jonathan Rosen, then an editor at a Jewish newspaper, The Forward, was in Boca Raton, Fla., about 10 years ago for a four-day conference about literature and the Holocaust when he and a colleague decided to play hooky for a while. “I had never in my life seen a reddish egret before,” said Mr. Rosen, the author of “The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008) and now the editorial director of Nextbook, a Jewish book series. “I felt a little guilty,” he recalled. “But my father quoted Deuteronomy to me: ‘Choose life!’ ” From The New York Times, 3/16/2009.
Four Arrested in Killings of Eagles and Other Protected Birds. new 3/26/2009
Undercover Investigation Reveals Significant Black Market for Feathers and Other Bird Parts. From Scientific American, 3/14/2009.
Bisexual Species: Unorthodox Sex in the Animal Kingdom. new 3/26/2009
Homosexual behavior is common in nature, and it plays an important role in survival. From Scientific American, 7/2008.
Even more than robins, killdeer heralds spring in Northeast Ohio. new 3/26/2009
Heralding American robins as indicator species of spring is so passe. Even the most casual birders must have noticed by now that flocks of robins don't even bother to fly south during the winter anymore. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/11/2009.
Birdwatchers atwitter over geese sighting. new 3/26/2009
A record number of Ross's geese seen at one time in southern Ontario were spotted Monday at Hillman Marsh Conservation Area. From The Windsor Star, 3/10/2009.
Ill. corner a soar spot for mighty bald eagle. new 3/26/2009
This city girl is happy just to see a blue jay or hear a crow in the post-West Nile Virus era. So imagine my joy on a recent weekend when I experienced more than 50 bald eagle sightings. All it took was a road trip to southwest Illinois, one of the best places in the world to view these majestic birds. From The Chicago Sun-Times, 3/1/2009.
John Switzer commentary: Eagles not only critter on rise again in Ohio. new 3/9/2009
It's good news that eagles are prospering in Ohio and have been moved from the state's endangered list to "threatened" status. From The Columbus Dispatch, 3/5/2009.
Watching the birds for signs of spring. new 3/9/2009
Nothing puts the change of seasons into perspective as well as the birds. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/3/2009.
Enigma of the golden eagle. new 3/9/2009
Researchers hope GPS will help track birds' migration. From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/28/2009.
Pine siskins invade Connecticut. new 2/27/2009
It's not exactly an invasion. Birders and biologists call it an irruption—a sudden, mass migration of birds to an area in which they're not usually found in large numbers. Among American birders, perhaps the best-known irruptions are the occasional, southerly migrations of various boreal finches that typically spend their winters in Canada. Pine grosbeaks, crossbills, and redpolls are some of the finches that will, in unusual years, irrupt across the border, delighting birders in the northern states. This year, in Connecticut, it's pine siskins. From The Examiner.com, 2/17/2009.
Red-breasted nuthatches stayed north. new 2/27/2009
You've probably been entertained by white-breasted nuthatches this winter, but their cousins, the red-breasted, may not have made it this far south. From The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2/24/2009.
More trumpeter swans finding new homes in Arkansas. new 2/23/2009
More young trumpeter swans are finding new homes in the wild in Arkansas. Eleven swans brought in from Iowa were released Tuesday at Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, near Dardanelle, and four were released Wednesday at the Boxley Valley mill pond on the Buffalo National River in western Newton County. From The Log Cabin Democrat, 2/23/2009.
Scotts recalls bird food amid salmonella scare. new 2/18/2009
Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is keeping an eye out for birds and bird-lovers. From Business First of Columbus, 2/17/2009.
Robins not necessarily spring sign All-year survival possible. new 2/18/2009
Q: Yesterday I saw three robins in the backyard. What do they eat when the wild berries are gone and there is snow on the ground? - Dorothy Querbach. From The Ann Arbor News, 2/16/2009.
Migratory songbirds at long last leave a trail. new 2/18/2009
Tiny, light-sensitive devices strapped to the backs of purple martins and wood thrushes in their Pennsylvania breeding grounds have yielded the first clear picture of songbird-migration routes and over-wintering areas, information that could help pull songbird populations out of a long tailspin. From The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 2/13/2009.
Get ready for Great Backyard Bird Count and Rusty Blackbird Blitz. new 2/18/2009
Two extremely important birding projects are happening this week. Both will contribute to the survival of birds for generations to come. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2/12/2009.
Birds’ movements reveal global warming threat, says report. new 2/18/2009
The northward and inland movement of North American birds, confirmed by thousands of citizen-observations, provides new and powerful evidence that global warming is having a serious impact on natural systems, according to new analyses by Audubon scientists. From La Prensa, 2/14/2009.
Pentagon Issues 'Credits' To Offset Harm to Wildlife. new 2/18/2009
Payouts to Landowners Draw Criticism. From The Washington Post, 2/9/2009.
Vulture World: From a continuing series on revolting creatures. new 2/18/2009
A few weeks ago, I spent a surprisingly pleasant morning watching vultures in the "Birds of Prey" section of the Bronx Zoo in New York City. The birds, juvenile females named Patsy and Dolly, were calm and curious, dropping down to the front of the cage every time someone stopped. When lunch came, they used their big, flat feet to steady packages of recently thawed rat carcasses as they undid them with their hooked bills. (Zookeepers wrap the dead rats in paper, tightly tied with string, to make the dining process more interesting.) A point of contention with the zoo categorization of Patsy and Dolly: They aren't really birds of prey—they're birds of clean-up. From Slate, 2/2/2009.
Citizen Scientists Get Involved in Great Backyard Bird Count. new 2/8/2009
Common robins or rare raptors - whatever birds fly through backyards, schoolyards and parks - are being counted and reported February 13 through 16 in the 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. From The Environmental News Service, 2/2/2009.
Chasing rare birds is risky business. new 2/8/2009
Eight years ago, I wrote a front-page story about my friend Larry Rosche's 25-year quest to see an ivory gull -- and the frustration he experienced in his many missteps along the way. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2/3/2009.
Woodpeckers a sure sign of winter. new 2/8/2009
When I was a little boy, one of my favorite cartoons was Woody Woodpecker. I used to love to imitate his trademark laugh, while munching on my Saturday morning Cheerios — dedicated to my cause of collecting enough box tops to get a Lone Ranger adventure mask and badge. From The Petoskey News-Review, 1/29/2009.
Cold, dark mornings rewarded with owl sightings. new 2/8/2009
Jamie Acker became an owler by default. From The Seattle Times, 1/29/2009.
Crossbill invasion in Northeast Ohio draws birders to cemeteries. new 2/8/2009
It's not widely discussed outside of birding circles, but many of us are spending a lot of time this winter navigating around tombstones and over grave sites in pursuit of white-winged crossbills. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/29/2009.
Identifying the Bird, When Not Much Bird Is Left. new 2/8/2009
Clues from the wreckage from US Airways Flight 1549, which crashed in the Hudson River, are going to the best investigators in the world: the black boxes to the National Transportation Safety Board, the engines to the manufacturer’s experts and a bird feather to a Smithsonian museum. From The New York Times, 1/24/2009.
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge gets $2M in federal funds to improve auto tour through heart of preserve. new 2/8/2009
It's not lions and tigers and bears, although you might spot a bald eagle, egret or deer. The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge will spend $2 million to improve a 7.5-mile auto tour that whisks visitors through the heart of the nearly 9,500-acre federally protected nature preserve, officials said. From The Saginaw News, 1/25/2009.
Endow Kirtland's warblers with the means to survive. new 1/24/2009
The little Kirtland's warbler is a bird in need of a foundation. From The Bay City Times, 1/23/2009.
Mystery of the British penguins that are marching towards oblivion. new 1/21/2009
An endangered species of penguin is mysteriously disappearing from a remote British island in the South Atlantic at a rate of 100 birds every day. About two million northern rockhopper penguins have vanished from Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island, part of the British overseas territory of St Helena, in half a century. From The Times On Line, 1/15/2009.
Rare ivory gulls sighted in Massachusetts. new 1/21/2009
While many people were inside trying to keep warm Saturday morning, birdwatcher Jeremiah Trimble was stepping out of his car at the Eastern Point lighthouse in Gloucester to take a look at the line of gulls perching on the breakwater. It was "absolutely freezing," he said. But what he saw through his binoculars at about 11:30 a.m. was well worth the pain. From The Boston Globe, 1/20/2009.
Birding on a sub-zero day. new 1/21/2009
Life birds weren't the only landmarks reached Saturday by a motley crew of 115 bundled-up birders crazy enough to risk frostbite and windburn to participate in the fourth annual Winter in the Wilds field trip. I can safely say that for most of us -- and definitely for me -- it was the coldest day we had ever spent bird-watching. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/19/2009.
Boreal Birds in Peril. new 1/16/2009
Birds descending from the vast boreal forests that cover a billion acres of Canada have brightened up the past several winters in Northeast Ohio. Common redpolls, evening grosbeaks, white-winged crossbills and pine grosbeaks have invaded our area in extraordinary numbers, joining the annual waves of boreal visitors such as tree and white-throated sparrows, dark-eyed juncoes, saw-whet owls and Bonaparte's gulls. But as Obi-Wan Kenobi says, there is a "great disturbance in the force." From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/13/2009.
Sites where birds of prey poisoned shown on map. new 1/13/2009
A number of "hotspots" where some of Scotland's endangered birds of prey have been poisoned have been highlighted in a new map designed to step up the fight against wildlife crime. From The (Glasgow) Herald, 1/12/2009.
An ode to starlings, our most misunderstood bird. new 1/13/2009
They sing incessantly, regard your car roof as a toilet, and cluster in groups of hundreds. From The Toronto Star, 1/11/2009.
Bobolink sighting amazes Yuletime bird counters. new 1/13/2009
A bobolink is one of the last bird species you might expect to turn up in a Christmas Bird Count in northwest Ohio, but observers of the Toledo Naturalists' Association did just that during the annual holiday-season tally. From The Toledo Blade, 1/11/2009.
Birds from all over now visiting Ohio. new 1/13/2009
Before I learned anything about birds, I routinely and erroneously called gulls seagulls. I still hear people refer to ring-bill, herring and other local gulls as seagulls. Many of those gulls have never seen a sea. They are just plain gulls. Now that I've said that, there is a gull that has been hanging out at Hoover Reservoir with other gulls this winter that you could rightly call a seagull. From The Columbus Dispatch, 1/11/2009.
Rare owl in Ottawa lures birders from afar. new 1/13/2009
A winter snowstorm didn't discourage a pair of bird enthusiasts from journeying from Toronto to Ottawa in the hopes of glimpsing a rare northern hawk owl in Ottawa's west end. From CBC News, 1/7/2009.
California brown pelicans found frail and far from home. new 1/13/2009
The coastal birds have been seen on highways, runways and in backyards, and they share symptoms of disorientation, fatigue and bruising. The phenomenon is stumping experts. From The Los Angeles Times, 1/6/2009.
Some birds forgot to migrate for winter. new 1/13/2009
Birds that in the spring or fall wouldn't make us look twice are causing excitement right now in Northeast Ohio. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/5/2009.
Frost bites for Britain's birds. new 1/13/2009
The cold snap makes survival tough for Britain's birds – but also balances out the impact of successive mild winters. From The Guardian, 1/5/2009.
The robin that pops in for a cuppa with his old chinas. new 1/4/2009
A robin has found its perfect perch in a crockery shop – a mug covered in pictures of a robin. From The Daily Mail, 1/3/2009.
Participants in annual count warmed by what they see. new 1/4/2009
The Lake Michigan beach sand whipped into the faces of the birdwatchers Friday, Jan. 2, as they trudged through along a path in Holland State Park despite 20 mph winds and 30 degree temperatures. From The Holland Sentinel, 1/2/2009.
The birdwatcher who travelled to Norway to spot a rare bird... then found one in her Cornwall garden. new 1/4/2009
As a keen birdwatcher, Janet Davies thought nothing of travelling 500 miles to Norway to catch a glimpse of a snow bunting. Unfortunately, however, the bird proved elusive, and she returned home disappointed. So imagine her delight when she looked out into her garden one morning to find one sitting on her fence. From The Daily Mail, 1/2/2009.
Oh deer! Guard the bird feeders. new 1/4/2009
You might enjoy looking at them, but their presence can cause complications -- minor and major. This is the time of the year when deer make increased appearances on roads and in residential neighborhoods, eating ornamental shrubs and causing hazards on the road. From The Kalamazoo Gazette, 12/27/2008.
Birding popularity is flying high, report shows. new 12/26/2008
A few weeks ago, I visited my neighborhood Landmark store to pick up some bird-feeding supplies. I hauled the bags to the checkout counter. Nothing exotic: a 25-pound bag of black oil sunflower seed and two 10-pound bags of thistle and a wild bird mix. The total: $48.46. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/23/2008.
Record 114 species seen in Rondeau count. new 12/26/2008
A number of Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) took place last weekend. The largest and most productive was at Rondeau Provincial Park in Kent County. Despite heavy south winds and some showers, the 20 participants did remarkably well and tied their all-time high of 114 species. From The London Free Press, 12/20/2008.
Quiet communities count on blasts of noise to scare crows. new 12/26/2008
About 20 Bellefontaine residents, including the chief of police, who was armed with blanks in his shotgun, volunteered to scare off an estimated 5,000 crows that have come home to roost in the downtown trees. From The Columbus Dispatch, 12/20/2008.
Bird count volunteer dedicated. new 12/19/2008
Volunteers at area Christmas bird counts are so determined, they'll even bundle up, wake up early and search for birds on New Year's Day. From The Windsor Star, 12/18/2008.
Wings of Wonder rescues young eagle. new 12/19/2008
It was a young eagle known as "Glen" and his unlikely misadventures into a sludge storage tank that brought Rebecca Lessard and her raptor rescue program to the attention of Waste Management employees. From The Grand Traverse Herald, 12/16/2008.
Birds Abound for Christmas Counts. new 12/19/2008
A bevy of birds and waves of nasty weather kicked off the opening week of Christmas Bird Counts in Northeast Ohio. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/15/2008.
Spotting crossbills not hard after long search. new 12/19/2008
Some of the oddest birds nature has to offer can be found in Ohio and other northern states this late fall. From The Columbus Dispatch, 12/14/2008.
Large bat on isles poses riddle. new 12/12/2008
A birdwatcher is believed to have made the first recorded sighting of a species of bat not previously seen on the Western Isles. From The BBC News, 12/11/2008.
Major Nature. new 12/12/2008
National Guard officer takes his interest in birds, animals, plants to air base in Iraq. From The Columbus Dispatch, 12/9/2008.
Think Crossbills for Christmas. new 12/12/2008
Northeast Ohio birders will take to the fields, the woods and the lakefront beginning this weekend -- the kickoff of the annual Christmas Bird Counts. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/8/2008.
Songbird at risk of extinction, warns UN. new 12/12/2008
The first time Bruce Di Labio heard the distinct song of the cerulean warbler, he could not see the bird itself. It was tucked away high in the canopy of trees, and Di Labio left without catching a glimpse of the bright blue ball of feathers. That was in 1973. From Canada.com, 12/6/2008.
Volunteers unite for Christmas bird count. new 12/6/2008
The National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count is a citizen-science project that begins its 109th consecutive year this month. From The Houston Chronicle, 12/5/2008.
Birders' feast from Headlands to Huntington comes to bitter end. new 12/6/2008
Northeast Ohio birders had much to be thankful for last week - but also an incident to mourn. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/4/2008.
Ground-breaking talks between bird groups. new 12/6/2008
A Ground-breaking meeting has taken place between representatives of the pigeon fraternity and bird conservationists. It follows an incident near Glenarm in August in which a live pigeon was apparently tethered as live bait to kill peregrine falcons at a long-established nest at Dickeystown Road. From Larne Today (UK), 12/4/2008.
To catch a hummingbird. new 12/6/2008
Backyard mystery attracts expert, amateur birders eager to spot new species in Ohio. From The Columbus Dispatch, 12/2/2008.
Home for the holidays - Winter birds flock to feeders across Ontario! new 12/6/2008
Cash registers at local bird stores have been ringing lately with the first blast of winter in southern Ontario. The mercury was falling as fast as the snow in many areas, and bird lovers changed gears on the fly from watching the fall migration to winter bird feeding. Stocking up on sunflower seeds and suet has become as much a seasonal ritual as stringing holiday lights as bird lovers prepare for cardinals, finches, nuthatches, woodpeckers and the like. From The Waterloo (ON) Exchange Morning Post, 11/28/2008.
Fly Up and Be Counted! new 11/27/2008
This winter, while it is too cold to garden, I will be counting birds for Project FeederWatch, a survey run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, N.Y., and Bird Studies Canada, a nonprofit research group in Ontario. I am one of about 15,000 volunteers across the continent who will be keeping a record of the birds that show up at their backyard feeders from November to early April. From The New York Times, 11/27/2008.
Winter winds don't blow away birding chances. new 11/27/2008
Pull on your long johns, bundle up and venture outside. The calendar may say it's fall, but our eyes tell us the winter birds have arrived in force in Northeast Ohio. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/25/2008.
Bald Eagles in Catskills Show Increasing Mercury. new 11/27/2008
Less than two years after the bald eagle was removed from the federal government’s endangered species list, an environmental organization in Maine has found an alarming accumulation of mercury in the blood and feathers of bald eagle chicks in the Catskill Park region of New York. From The New York Times, 11/24/2008.
Norwich son, dad find fame in a finch. new 11/16/2008
The lead author of an article about finches nesting on a Peruvian glacier in a scholarly bird journal is affiliated with the Geosciences Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The other's affiliated with the Marion W. Cross School in Norwich. From The Times-Argus, 11/17/2008.
Rondeau not just for summer fun. new 11/14/2008
Rondeau Provincial Park is one of southwestern Ontario's true gems, filled with stunning nature and wildlife. From The Toronto Star, 11/11/2008.
Hawaii's digital TV switch is early for the birds. new 11/14/2008
Nesting for endangered 'petrel' won't be interrupted by towers' teardown. From MSNBC, 11/10/2008.
Surprise! Seven cave swallows roosting in Rocky River. new 11/10/2008
If only I had known the best birds seen over the past weekend would show up on Lake Erie about a 10-minute drive from my house. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/10/2008.
Snowbirds tell us it's about that time. new 11/9/2008
Snowbirds have arrived at my feeders, always a signature event in the fall for backyard bird observers. From The Columbus Dispatch, 11/8/2008.
Birds and birders enjoy indian summer. new 11/8/2008
A short spell of Indian summer weather this week made for some pleasant birding. Open water, good fishing for many water birds and even frogs were still about for the herons that are still here. From The Ottawa Citizen, 11/8/2008.
Effort to save rusty blackbird takes wing. new 11/8/2008
It's easy to rally the environmental troops behind crusades to save sexy birds such as the bald eagle, peregrine falcon, whooping crane and Kirtland's warbler. But try to launch rescue efforts for anonymous ugly ducklings like the rusty blackbird and you can expect a lot of shrugs and blank faces. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 11/4/2008.
Peregrine falcons are back to roost. new 11/3/2008
The afternoon sun was all wrong, too low in the west to illuminate the bird swooping off Reitz Hill across the Ray Becker Parkway. From The Evansville Courier & Press, 11/3/2008.
Natural wonders of little-known Long Point. new 10/31/2008
Birders and biologists delight as migratory flocks head south. From The Toronto Star, 10/30/2008.
Fun Birding on a Slow Bird Day. new 10/31/2008
Sometimes the birding is better than the birds. That was the case Sunday when sightings were scarce but the experience was like jamming with Eric Clapton, talking books with Annie Proulx or playing catch with Omar Vizquel. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/27/2008.
A call to arms: Reject environmental medicocrity. new 10/26/2008
On a late-August day, the Bird Rock at Newfoundland's Cape St. Mary's sanctuary was swathed in mist and teeming with 60,000 gannets, kittiwakes and murres. From The Toronto Star, 10/25/2008.
Not Your Father's Song. new 10/26/2008
They’re teenagers, and they’re off somewhere listening to music. Fortunately for Chris Templeton, these are song sparrows, so he can put radio transmitters on them to figure out where they go. From Science News, 11/8/2008.
Birds Fly More Than 7,000 Miles Nonstop, Study Shows. new 10/26/2008
In Its Annual Fall Migration, One Godwit Traveled From Alaska to New Zealand in Eight Days. From The Washington Post, 10/22/2008.
Proper habitats in Northeast Ohio essential to migrant birds. new 10/26/2008
Every year about this time, it becomes apparent how vital it is to provide and preserve good birding habitat. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/21/2008.
Coast is paradise for birdwatchers. new 10/21/2008
Georgia’s coast this time of year is a birdwatcher’s dream. Hundreds of thousands of songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and other feathered creatures are migrating along the shore, following the Atlantic flyway to their winter homes as far south as South America. From The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 10/19/2008.
Local birders hit the jackpot. new 10/21/2008
irdwatching during migration is a bit like putting coins in a slot machine. Mostly, it is a predictable affair, encountering the “usual suspects,” but every once in a while, the lucky observer will stumble on something that is truly rare or unexpected - the proverbial jackpot. From The Northumberland News, 10/14/2008.
Saving threatened species? Priceless. new 10/21/2008
What price would you place on the beautiful, musical and probably extinct ivory-billed woodpecker? Of course, all the world's gold couldn't bring the bird back. But suppose you could time travel back 60 years to the shrinking Southern swamps, where the last pairs were definitively seen. And suppose you made an economic argument for saving the birds' habitat. How much would you say the ivorybill was worth? Come on, let's hear a bid for the bird. From The Seattle Times, 10/14/2008.
When bird meets building. new 10/21/2008
Millions of them die by smacking into well-lighted structures each year. From The Columbus Dispatch, 10/7/2008.
Ottawa National Refuge a wildlife watching wonderland. new 10/21/2008
Although spring is the traditional time for bird watchers to flock to Ohio's north shore, the fall also is excellent for seeing wildlife at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. From The Dayton Daily News, 10/5/2008.
Birds at their peak during fall migration. new 10/21/2008
Migration for most things at this latitude including birds, butterflies, dragonflies, marine mammals and fish this past week has been hitting full stride. From The Washington Post, 10/3/2008.
On the Sunny Beaches of Brazil, A Perplexing Inrush of Penguins. new 10/12/2008
Not everyone in Rio de Janeiro has taken to the penguins quite the way Cecilia Breves has, but even for her, there is a learning curve. From The Washington Post, 10/3/2008.
Dinosaurs had bird-like breathing system. new 10/21/2008
Scientists say the remains of a 30-foot-long dinosaur discovered in Argentina support the theory that birds evolved from dinosaurs. From The UPI, 10/2/2008.
Birds arrive to Northeast Ohio in new waves. new 10/21/2008
The winds shifted over the weekend, and with them came a whole new mix of migrants. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/29/2008.
Loss of bird species points to environmental crisis: Report. new 10/21/2008
Common birds are in decline across the world, sending a clear signal there is something very wrong with the basic health of our environment, says a new report. From The Calgary Herald, 9/22/2008.
Black-crowned night-heron just love fish. new 7/6/2008
The bird was as grey as a cloudy day, lightly streaked and staring down into the water. With its eyes close together, right above its long black pointed bill, it seemed custom-built for spearing prey. Yellow stick legs suggested it was a stalker. From Newsdurhamregion.com, 7/5/2008.
Migrating Birds Understand "Foreign Languages". new 7/4/2008
Like avid travelers picking up local languages, migrating birds appear to learn and understand the common calls of unrelated bird species that they encounter during their long journeys, new research reveals. From National Geographic News, 7/2/2008.
Abundant Canada geese a menace. new 7/5/2008
North American resident bird population explosion runs afoul of conservationists. From The Vancouver Sun, 6/24/2008.
Chicago locals beware the birds. new 7/5/2008
Chicago residents have been sharing tips about how to avoid coming under attack by dive-bombing blackbirds. From The BBC, 6/24/2008.
Florida to buy chunk of Everglades from sugar firm. new 6/24/2008
The state of Florida announced on Tuesday it intends to spend $1.75 billion to buy a large chunk of Everglades land from U.S. Sugar, one of a number of sugar companies blamed for polluting the precious wildlife habitat. From Reuters, 6/24/2008.
French Region Saves Iconic White Storks From Brink. new 6/22/2008
Population Hits 270 Pairs After Dwindling to Nine. From The Washington Post, 6/22/2008.
Next battle in St. Paul: Pigeon contraception. new 6/22/2008
St. Paul is experimenting with pigeon birth control to reduce the population and lower the fowl output. From The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 6/19/2008.
Pigeons Show Superior Self-recognition Abilities To Three Year Old Humans. new 6/22/2008
Keio University scientists have shown that pigeons are able to discriminate video images of themselves even with a 5-7 second delay, thus having self-cognitive abilities higher than 3-year-old children who have difficulty recognizing their self-image with only a 2 second delay. From Science Daily, 6/14/2008.
Birds Communicate Reproductive Success In Song. new 6/21/2008
Some migratory songbirds figure out the best place to live by eavesdropping on the singing of others that successfully have had baby birds -- a communication and behavioral trait so strong that researchers playing recorded songs induced them to nest in places they otherwise would have avoided. From Science Daily, 6/19/2008.
Oldest eagle dies. new 6/21/2008
31-year-old bird’s carcass was found along Vilas lake. From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/17/2008.
Migratory Bird Wetland Habitat Expanded With Duck Stamp Dollars. new 6/21/2008
The federal Migratory Bird Conservation Commission today approved $4 million to purchase more than 18,000 acres of prairie wetland and grassland habitat for the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Minnesota. From The Environment News Service, 6/12/2008.
Warbler find. new 6/21/2008
Few birds have the power of the golden-winged warbler to get Northeast Ohio birders excited. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/12/2008.
Ravens return to rejuvenated Ohio forests. new 6/19/2008
Researchers discover nesting pair and at least 5 young birds. From The Toledo Blade, 6/1/2008.
Eagles take a firmer hold in Ohio with a new batch of hatchlings. new 6/19/2008
The first time a person lays eyes on a young eagle, size is the surprise. How could a baby, a creature recently living in an egg, grow so quickly to be nearly as big as its parents? From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 5/28/2008.
Remote-control phones listen in to rare birds. new 6/19/2008
SYDNEY: An innovative Australian project is using a network of mobile phones to monitor a population of rare birds and send the data back to researchers. From Cosmos, 5/27/2008.
Deal will preserve Leelanau habitat. new 6/19/2008
More than 50 acres of critical bird habitat and close to 1,400 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline at the tip of Leelanau Peninsula will be preserved in a multimillion dollar land deal this summer. From The Traverse City Record Eagle, 5/25/2008.
Future of Ohio's beautiful parks not very bright. new 5/24/2008
The former Crane Creek State Park, which now is being managed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife for much-needed migratory bird habitat along western Lake Erie, is the poster child for a struggling state parks system in dire need of reliable, long-term funding. From The Toledo Blade, 5/20/2008.
Quoth the raven: 'I'm back'. new 5/24/2008
Missing for a century, is gently rapping, rapping at Ohio's door. From The Columbus Dispatch, 5/20/2008.
Birders flocked to Tawas. new 5/24/2008
The Tawas Point Birding Festival. From The Iosco County News Herald, 5/21/2008.
Last call for flight 2008 to Europe.... new 5/24/2008
They are the true jet-setters. Twice a year they set off on journeys most only dream of. Many cross the equator and still more switch continents, following the sun. Some go from one polar region to the other. From The Independent Online (Cape Town, South Africa), 5/11/2008.
A birder's mecca. new 5/24/2008
'This is the best,' says one of the thousands at Pt. Pelee. From The Windsor Star, 5/12/2008.
Lake shorebird rebounds from protected to pest. new 5/24/2008
If pigs could fly. ... They might be confused with dark-colored birds called double-crested cormorants. From The Toledo Blade, 5/11/2008.
Cull angers bird lovers. new 5/24/2008
Proposal targets growing cormorant population that has ravaged Leslie St. Spit trees, vegetation. From The Toronto Star, 5/11/2008.
'Shocking' bird cull underway. new 5/24/2008
The shooting of double-crested cormorants on Middle Island began Wednesday afternoon. From The Windsor Star, 5/1/2008.
Sick loons may be out-of-state visitors. new 4/30/2008
Botulism poisoning killed an estimated 7,500 native and migrating birds -- loons, ducks, gulls, cormorants and endangered piping plovers -- last year along the shorelines between Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, the Straits of Mackinac and along the southern coast of the Upper Peninsula. From The Traverse City Record-Eagle, 4/29/2008.
Bird cull foes have day in court. new 4/30/2008
A federal judge is expected to make a decision next week on whether a cormorant cull could be held on Middle Island in Lake Erie. From The Windsor Star, 4/26/2008.
The delicate dance of 2 species, and climate change. new 4/25/2008
Ignoring our observation plane circling above the frozen Lake Superior wilderness, the eight gray wolves seemed as harmless as pooches cavorting in the yard. They nipped and pawed each other, pausing occasionally to roll in the snow. From The South African Star, 4/25/2008.
The great migration crisis. new 4/24/2008
Many of the birds that migrate to Britain and Europe from Africa every spring, from the willow warbler to the cuckoo, are undergoing alarming declines, new research shows. From The Independent, 4/21/2008.
Low emissions, but critics claim other environmental concerns. new 4/24/2008
Install some wind turbines, generate energy with almost no emissions and everyone's happy. It's easier said than done. From The Scotsman, 4/20/2008.
Lewis wind farm vetoed – but green target 'will still be met'. new 4/24/2008
SCOTLAND is still on course to hit its renewables target, the energy minister insisted last night, after he pulled the plug on plans for Europe's largest wind farm. From The Scotsman, 4/22/2008.
Bird-protection laws end wind energy plan. new 4/24/2008
Scotland rejected British Energy Group PLC's only wind energy project because it wouldn't be allowed under European Union bird-protection laws. From The Toronto Star, 4/22/2008.
Barry County festival embraces warbler. new 4/24/2008
A small, globally vulnerable songbird is the mascot for a new birdwatching festival in Barry County this summer. Birdwatchers from all over the Great Lakes region are expected to come to get a glimpse of, or learn more about, the Cerulean Warbler. From MLive.com, 4/18/2008.
Researchers Fear Southern Fence Will Endanger Species Further. new 4/20/2008
The debate over the fence the United States is building along its southern border has focused largely on the project's costs, feasibility and how well it will curb illegal immigration. But one of its most lasting impacts may well be on the animals and vegetation that make this politically fraught landscape their home. From The Washington Post, 4/20/2008.
This turkey story is no jive. new 4/19/2008
Wild turkeys are running wild in London. Just ask any of the dozens of morning commuters who saw them running around Fanshawe Park Road West or Clarke Road near Trafalgar. From The London Free Press, 4/17/2008.
Researchers name urban suspects in songbird mystery. new 4/19/2008
"Some people are concerned that if you create a park in an urban area, you create an ecological trap -- it looks great to animals that go there, but they end up doing poorly," said Amanda Rodewald, an associate professor of wildlife ecology at Ohio State University. From The Columbus Dispatch, 4/15/2008.
Birdfeeders Can Both Help And Harm Bird Populations. new 4/14/2008
Millions of people tend bird feeders in their backyards each year, often out of a desire to help the animals. But a new survey of research on the topic finds that feeding may not always bring a positive outcome for the birds. From Science Daily, 4/7/2008.
Meet Woody, the bird with a massive pecker that's triple the normal size. new 4/13/2008
Without its beak, a woodpecker would be up a gumtree. But as the well-endowed fellow shows, it's possible to have too much of a good thing. From The Daily Mail, 4/10/2008.
Avian aficionados take novices under wings. new 4/11/2008
Almost 48 million Americans enjoy spotting sparrows and eyeing eagles. Although those figures -- from the 2006 National Survey of Fishing Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, published by the Census Bureau for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- prove that bird-watching is a popular pastime, Mike Flynn would like to boost it into the top spot. From The Columbus Dispatch, 4/10/2008.
Rare South American bird seen at Southmost Preserve near Brownsville. new 4/8/2008
A rare South American bird called a fork-tailed flycatcher took up residence for 15 days at The Nature Conservancy’s Lennox Foundation Southmost Preserve here in late March, drawing more than 200 birdwatchers from throughout the country to the 1,000-acre nature preserve. The species has been officially sighted in Texas fewer than 20 times since 1879, based on bird records from the Texas Ornithological Society. From The Nature Conservancy, 4/9/2008.
10 great places to experience spring on the wing. new 4/8/2008
You know it must be springtime when you wake up to the sound of singing birds instead of snow blowers. To help usher in this season of warmth and renewal, John Flicker, president of the National Audubon Society, shares his list of favorite spring bird-watching sites with TimSmight for USA TODAY. From USA Today, 4/4/2008.
Public say on bird cull 'a joke'. new 4/8/2008
Group fighting proposal to shoot cormorants on Middle Island complain to federal minister. From The Windsor Star, 4/7/2008.
A Natural Treasure That May End Up Without a Country. new 4/8/2008
At the very bottom of this country, where the Rio Grande loops up and down as if determined to thwart territorial imperatives, there sits a natural wonderland called the Sabal Palm Audubon Center. Rare birds of impossible colors dart about the rustling jungle, while snakes slink, tortoises dawdle and the occasional ocelot grants a rare sighting. From The New York Times, 4/7/2008.
Birds of prey flourishing in Ohio, officials say. new 4/4/2008
Wildlife habitat restoration in Ohio is paying off for the state's birds of prey, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday, April 3. From The Dayton Daily News, 4/4/2008.
Public comment invited on bird cull. new 4/4/2008
The three-week comment period on a proposed cormorant cull on Middle Island began Thursday, a day after a federal judge ordered no cull could be held until a further order of the federal court. From The Windsor Star, 4/4/2008.
American songbirds are being wiped out by banned pesticides. new 4/4/2008
The number of migratory songbirds returning to North America has gone into sharp decline due to the unregulated use of highly toxic pesticides and other chemicals across Latin America. From The Independent, 4/4/2008.
Judge delays cormorant cull. new 4/3/2008
A federal judge in Toronto has put the brakes - temporarily - on a proposed cull of cormorants on Middle Island, prompting two animal protection groups opposing the cull to claim a minor victory. From The Windsor Star, 4/2/2008.
Some migratory birds just don’t like urban areas: Study. new 4/2/2008
A six-year study in the United States has come up with fresh evidence that the populations of some species of migratory birds are threatened by urbanization, countering the age-old explanation of why urban areas are so hostile to some kinds of birds. From TopNews, 4/2/2008.
Point Pelee turning into 'sliver'. new 4/2/2008
Loss of land, decline in visitors, habitat loss cited in first State of the Park report. From The Windsor Star, 4/1/2008.
A grand passage of geese. new 3/28/2008
For weeks, birders have reported seeing enormous flights of Branta canadensis — or Canada geese — all across the western part of the state. From MPNnow.com - Rochester,NY, 3/28/2008.
Wake up, people! Don't you know it's spring? new 3/27/2008
Despite the snow on the ground, a sure sign of spring is a flicker drumming on a metal chimney at 5:30 a.m. From The Christian Science Monitor, 3/26/2008.
A new push to avert cell-tower bird strikes. new 3/27/2008
As many as 50 million birds are killed annually in US cell-tower collisions. As more towers go up, builders and researchers eye solutions. From The Christian Science Monitor, 3/26/2008.
Bird count species record set. new 3/25/2008
Last month's 11th annual continentwide Great Backyard Bird Count set a record, with participants identifying a phenomenal 635 species of birds. From The Toledo Blade, 3/25/2008.
Migrating swans visit southwestern Ontario. new 3/25/2008
Thousands of swans making a joyful noise during stopover on 4,500-km journey. From The Toronto Star, 3/22/2008.
The sights and sounds of spring. new 3/22/2008
With the lengthening days, the magic rebirth of the wild city is underway as you look and listen. From The Toronto Star, 3/22/2008.
New bird discovered in Indonesia. new 3/15/2008
A small greenish bird that has been playing hide-and-seek with ornithologists on a remote Indonesian island since 1996 was declared a newly discovered species on Friday and promptly recommended for endangered lists. From Reuters, 3/14/2008.
The early human sometimes catches a bird. new 3/14/2008
Scientists gather at Weeks Bay Reserve to receive training on how to flush out secretive marsh dwellers with recorded bird calls. From Gulf Coast Newspapers (AL), 3/13/2008.
Volunteers gear up to rescue birds as window-kill season approaches. new 3/11/2008
Armed with only paper bags and nets, volunteers will soon walk the streets of the Loop each morning, searching for birds in need of rescue. This spring – as in every other year – thousands of birds passing through Chicago will crash into windows during the early hours of the morning. About half of those birds will be killed on impact, while many others are critically injured. From Medill Reports (Chicago), 3/12/2008.
Return of wild turkeys sparks Ontario debate. new 3/11/2008
Wild turkeys have returned to eastern Ontario in unprecedented numbers, a development that has conservationists cheering but some farmers crying "fowl." From CBC Ottawa, 3/11/2008.
Bird decline shocks experts. new 2/24/2008
Birds that eat flying insects are in a shocking and mysterious decline, says the co-editor of the new Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ontario. From The Windsor Star, 3/7/2008.
After 160 years, a wild gray wolf turns up in Mass. new 3/5/2008
A wild Eastern Gray wolf shot in Shelburne last year was the first wild wolf found in Massachusetts since the mid-1800s. From The Boston Globe, 3/5/2008.
In the extinction of the Carolina parakeet is a parable on the relationship of man and nature. new 2/24/2008
Once upon a time, there were parrots living in America. Not the escaped kind we know today that steal away from airports and apartments to find improbable refuge in Brooklyn or Chicago, but wild parrots that evolved here in their own slow, mysterious way. From The Los Angeles Times, 2/24/2008.
King penguin faces extinction due to climate change. new 2/17/2008
The prospect that the King penguin will go extinct as a result of climate warming is rising inexorably, scientists say today. From The Telegraph, 2/11/2008.
Bats Could Fly Before They Had 'Radar'. new 2/16/2008
A fossil found in Wyoming has apparently resolved a long-standing question about when bats gained their radar-like ability to navigate and locate airborne insects at night. The answer: after they started flying. From USQ Today, 2/14/2008.
Stripped, reclaimed and reborn. new 2/16/2008
Former surface mine in southeastern Ohio attracts unlikely trio of raptors. From The Columbus Dispatch, 2/12/2008.
Great Backyard Bird Count fun, very valuable. new 2/16/2008
I surely do enjoy seeing that slate-backed, red-eyed, buff-and-streak-breasted Cooper's hawk, perched regally on one of the limbs above my bird feeders. From The Toledo Blade, 2/10/2008.
Winter birds swarming all over the area. new 2/16/2008
I had a few updates on the winter's great northern finch invasion worth sharing this week. From Newsdurhamregion.com, 2/10/2008.
Few options for bird die-offs. new 2/9/2008
It's a sobering topic for wildlife and fishery scientists and conservationists who gathered in Roscommon: Outbreaks of Type E botulism in Lake Michigan are killing thousands of birds, and apparently there's little that can be done but monitor the deaths and collect the bodies for study. From The Traverse City Record Eagle, 2/7/2008.
Birds Flew Over Dinos, Gene Study Claims. new 2/9/2008
Modern birds likely first emerged around 100 million years ago, well before dinosaurs became extinct, according to a new genetic study that indicates birds have been around for a lot longer than previously thought. From Discovery News, 2/7/2008.
Did Birds Originate When Dinosaurs Went Extinct, Or Have They Been Around Far Longer? new 2/9/2008
Did modern birds originate around the time of the dinosaurs' demise, or have they been around far longer? From Science Daily, 2/8/2008.
Researchers prepare for more bird deaths. new 2/9/2008
Dead birds on Lake Michigan shorelines indicate a serious problem in the water, and both researchers and northern Michigan residents are taking an interest. From The Traverse City Record Eagle, 2/5/2008.
Saving our boreal forest. new 2/4/2008
Many species at risk as habitats vanish. From The Waterloo (ON) Record, 1/31/2008.
New atlas contains some surprises on Ontario bird populations. new 2/4/2008
The new Atlas of Breeding Birds illustrates some dramatic changes over the past 20 years, Tom Spears reports. From The Ottawa Citizen, 1/31/2008.
Bird counts puzzle experts. new 2/4/2008
Ontario survey shows steep decline for some songbirds, but trend improving for raptors. From The Toronto Star, 1/30/2008.
Bald eagle, peregrine falcon soaring in Ontario while swallows fall. new 2/3/2008
A new study shows Ontario's bald eagle and peregrine falcon populations are soaring while swallows are becoming more scarce. From The Toronto Globe and Mail, 1/29/2008.
Eagle a beautiful sight on winter day. new 2/3/2008
It was 2:57 p.m. Friday in downtown Toledo and a memorable outdoors moment was in the making. From The Toledo Blade, 1/29/2008.
Solving the problems of tracking birds. new 2/3/2008
Just 25 years ago, tracking migratory birds using radio transmitters was a dream to most biologists because the technology was so expensive and batteries were short-lived. Today these problems have been resolved, and the price of transmitters has become almost reasonable. The Youngstown Vindicator, 1/26/2008.
A Restaurant for the Birds Welcomes All. new 2/3/2008
When we feed birds, spread seeds on the ground and pour them into various feeders, we expect finches and chickadees to show up. Here in southeast Ohio, a good snow may bring 70 northern cardinals to our feeders, stunning testament to the ecological impact of our little seed restaurant. Sometimes, though, a customer swaggers into our vegan bird restaurant, plops down and orders a steak, rare. The waitress, in her table-waiting uniform of flannel pajamas and rubber boots, is taken aback. She puts down the bucket of seed she was carrying. "I'm sorry, sir. We don't serve meat here." "That's all right," he grunts. "I'll get it myself." From NPR, 1/25/2008.
Ohio bald eagle population is 'growing exponentially'. new 2/3/2008
Ohio's bald eagles are spreading their wings and spreading out. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/24/2008.
And few birds sang. new 2/3/2008
'If you are a birdwatcher, you know the Earth is in trouble,' says author Graeme Gibson, who sees their decline as bad for the globe – and our souls. From The Toronto Star, 1/23/2008.
What constitutes a species? new 1/20/2008
In conversations with readers over the past three years, your writer has been asked on several occasions about what is meant by species. From The Wilmington (OH) News Journal, 1/17/2008.
Swans accent record bird tally. new 1/20/2008
Last week's flooded corn stubble set the table for a birding feast - the sight of small flocks of big, white, graceful tundra swans gliding in and feeding. From The Toledo Blade, 1/13/2008.
Scientists seek key to rare bird's future. new 1/20/2008
Engulfed in a chilly fog, hundreds of shorebirds skittered along the island beach in a dense cluster, provoked by the slow steps of Canadian ornithologist Mark Peck, who used a cell phone to report the movement of the birds toward a hidden trap. From The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 1/9/2008.
Caught on the wing; First sighting of rare seagull made in Gloucester. new 1/20/2008
Gloucester may boast some attractive tourist destinations, but local birdwatchers are wondering which one might have brought a pair of rare seagulls that could have come from as far as Siberia to hang out around the harbor. From The Gloucester (MA) Daily Times, 1/8/2008.
These birders up for the count. new 1/20/2008
Annual Christmas tally of bird population a boon for researchers and a thrill for counters. From The Toronto Star, 12/31/2007.
Making a home for Carolina wrens. new 12/31/2007
Sometimes a simple act can produce significant results. From The Youngstown Vindicator, 12/29/2007.
Chain reaction killing loons in Great Lakes. new 12/31/2007
Experts cite Type E botulism traced to mussels. From The National Post (Toronto, ON), 12/29/2007.
Wintering on the Grand River. new 12/31/2007
The eagle has landed . . . in Cambridge. From The Waterloo (ON) Record, 12/27/2007.
Rare warbler's appearance makes birders sing. new 12/31/2007
For the second time in a month, a rare songbird that should be wintering in warmer climes has turned up on Vancouver Island. From The South Lyon Herald, 12/27/2007.
RIDGERUNNER REPORTS: Wildlife adapting to winter extremes. new 12/31/2007
It seems that in spite of the tough conditions created by the frozen snow that formed earlier this month, many animals and birds are coping with the situation. From The West Salem (WI) Coulee News, 12/26/2007.
Brown thrashers seen hanging around. new 12/24/2007
Having a white Christmas may delight a lot of humans, but for certain birds it can present a problem. From Newsdurhamregion.com (Durham County, ON), 12/23/2007.
Volunteers needed to monitor wetlands. new 12/23/2007
It may be time for you to get down and dirty for the sake of wetlands. Bird Studies Canada is seeking volunteers to be trained as regional coordinators to help oversee wetland monitoring in Monroe County. The Marsh Monitoring Program (MMP) is a long-term U.S.-Canada initiative that has contributed important information toward wetland conservation efforts in Michigan since 1995. From Monroenews.com, 12/19/2007.
Ready for Christmas bird count. new 12/23/2007
When Millie Struik started describing the six birds she had visit her feeder the other week -- birds she’d never seen before -- I got more excited than she did. I knew right away they were pine grosbeaks, almost before the words “pink and grey, with white wing bars” came from her mouth. She couldn’t see me over the phone, but I kept nodding my head, picturing her deck and the robin-size strangers that miraculously dropped by for lunch one day. From Newsdurhamregion.com (Durham County, ON), 12/16/2007.
A Murder of Crows. new 12/16/2007
Every winter, they descend on towns across the country from Burnaby, B.C., to Charlottetown. They memorize garbage routes and their tormentors' timetables. They may be pests to some, but they're no birdbrains. From The Toronto Globe and Mail, 12/14/2007.
Latest report from the birding world. new 12/16/2007
"What's the buzz? Tell me what's happening!" Bird enthusiasts are always eager for the latest bird gossip. Who is seeing what? Where? When? Have the hummingbirds left? Have the goldfinches arrived? Has anyone seen anything rare? From The Savannah Morning News, 12/6/2007.
Christmas bird count will draw on citizen scientists. new 12/16/2007
What is billed as the longest running wildlife census in the world, the annual Christmas Bird Count of the National Audubon Society, is to be conducted across much of the Western Hemisphere between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. From The Toledo Blade, 12/2/2007.
A Concise Guide to Birdwatching. new 12/16/2007
What to Know Before You Go. From The Walrus Magazine (Toronto, ON), 12/2/2007.
A call to arms for birds. new 12/16/2007
25% of U.S. species need aid, groups say. From The Columbus Dispatch, 11/29/2007.
Monclova Township scientist saving at-risk species 1 byte at a time. new 12/16/2007
Computer software serves as match-maker for animals. From The Toledo Blade, 11/26/2007.
Long flights leave birds near death. new 11/25/2007
Must feed immediately after non-stop treks or they will perish. From The Edmonton Journal, 11/21/2007.
Canada's poor seed crop sends finches to Maine. new 11/25/2007
In the last column, I wrote about irruptive northern finches. In the past two weeks, birders across Maine have seen an influx of some of these birds. Common Redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins, Red Crossbills and White-winged Crossbills have all been seen at multiple locations in the state. From The Central Maine Morning Sentinel (Augusta, ME), 11/17/2007.
'Rangers' help loons survive. new 11/25/2007
It was a good year for the loons on Long Lake. The black and white birds occupied all four man-made nesting islands on the lake just west of Traverse City this spring. Remarkably, chicks fledged from all of them, said Kate Dalstrom, one of several "Loon Rangers" living on the lake. From The Traverse City Record Eagle, 11/15/2007.
City owl gets help. new 11/25/2007
A wayward and apparently ailing horned owl has been rescued from city perils in downtown Oslo. From Aftenposten (Oslo, Norway), 11/15/2007.
Rare Inca Dove Brings Out Bird Watchers. new 11/25/2007
At least 100 birders have made the trek to a Two Harbors neighborhood for a glimpse of the first Inca dove ever reported in Minnesota. From WCCO (Minneapolis), 11/13/2007.
More dead birds wash up on GT Bay. new 11/25/2007
State officials confirmed that hundreds of dead birds that washed ashore in Antrim County died from Type E botulism poisoning. From The Traverse City Record Eagle, 11/13/2007.
Hummingbird's Trek Ends in Illinois Zoo. new 11/25/2007
South American Hummingbird Spotted in Wisconsin. From NPR (audio), 11/13/2007.
Each fall, grackles flock together. new 11/12/2007
A homely strip of land in Methuen attracts millions of grackles. From The Boston Globe, 11/8/2007.
Bobolink is melodic 'rowdy of the meadow'. new 11/12/2007
In the middle of the 19th century, Emily Dickinson paid homage to bobolinks in her poems. She equated the bird's melodic morning song with the dawning of the day -- and when the birds migrated in fall, she declared that the "rowdy of the meadow" was gone. From Traverse City Record Eagle, 11/4/2007.
Migrating Birds Fatten Up in Big Apple. new 11/12/2007
Warblers, sparrows and thrushes are making their annual flight this fall from Canada to the Caribbean, but for the first time, the birds are being body-scanned en route so scientists can determine fat and lean body mass. From LiveScience.com, 10/25/2007.
Wildlife experts doubt claim that eagle killed cat. new 11/12/2007
The woman was sure of her facts: She'd found half a dead cat on her Worthington lawn, dropped by an eagle that undoubtedly had snatched the unlucky pet from a nearby yard and eaten the other half. From The Columbus Dispatch, 10/24/2007.
Look past the vulture vomit. new 10/21/2007
Vultures are returning to Radford. The much-maligned avian visitors were spotted recently, and their annual winter roosting in the city is about to start. Soon city officials will hear a flurry of complaints from people put off by the birds. This year, however, the vultures have some defenders too. From The Roanoke Times, 10/7/2007.
Wild turkey rules roost in Blaine. new 9/30/2007
The nameless fowl is quite aggressive, and so far has eluded capture by animal control. From The Minneapolis Star Tribune, 9/28/2007.
This year, you get a good look at hummingbirds. new 9/29/2007
In suburban backyards, wild bird supply stores and even among the ornithologically wise, the buzz in recent weeks has been, well, the buzz. From The Chicago Daily Herald, 9/29/2007.
Cities Breed the Toughest Birds. new 9/29/2007
Urban birds are regular tough guys compared to their country cousins. The avian urbanites adapt to changing environments and noisy, crowded habitats, a new study shows. From LiveScience.com, 9/27/2007.
Hawk heaven at Holiday Beach. new 9/29/2007
'We had a single day here with 10,000 broadwings.' From the Windsor (ON) Star, 9/22/2007.
Godwit makes huge Pacific flight. new 9/29/2007
It's official - the godwit makes the longest non-stop migratory flight in the world. BBC News, 9/11/2007.
Mississippi Kites Nest In Ohio For The First Time. new 9/22/2007
Raptor is rare in Ohio; only 15 sightings on record. News Release from the Ohio DNR, 9/10/2007.
Holiday Beach, Point Pelee to host Festival of Hawks. new 9/22/2007
Holiday Beach visitors will get to see birds of prey flying overhead and hawks and songbirds up close at this weekend's Festival of Hawks. From The Windsor Star, 9/19/2007.
Hawks fill the sky near Lake Erie. new 9/22/2007
Saturday was a big day in the annals of hawk migration at the northwest corner of Lake Erie with the recording of 73,610 hawks of 12 species. From The Toledo Blade, 9/18/2007.
Hawk-eyed spotters flock to mass migration. new 9/22/2007
Lake Erie ritual counts nearly 24,000 raptors kicking off the long journey south for winter. From The Toronto Star, 9/17/2007.
Weather conditions ideal for annual hawk migration. new 9/22/2007
The setup is about as good as it gets for the next several days, given the vagaries of nature, for a "big day" in the migration of hawks around the northwest corner of Lake Erie. From The Toledo Blade, 9/16/2007.
Lethal loggerhead shrike gets new chance in the wild. new 9/11/2007
Conservationists team up to save predatory songbird. From The Ottawa Citizen, 9/10/2007.
Osprey love Ohio: parents raised about 75 young. new 9/9/2007
Ohio Division of Wildlife biologists estimate that 75 ospreys have taken flight from at least 43 successful nests across the state this year. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 8/22/2007.
Bright lights, big moths. new 9/9/2007
Marriage of forest, creek and lamps draws giant lepidoptera (and scientists) to McDonald's in Madison County. From The Columbus Dispatch, 7/21/2007.
Audubon's warnings over disappearance of 20 bird species puzzling. new 9/9/2007
Sometimes when an environmental alarm sounds and the ring is hollow, it raises questions about why the button is being pushed. From The Toledo Blade, 8/5/2007.
Agency to review species decisions. new 7/21/2007
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday it will review eight endangered-species decisions that were "inappropriately influenced" by a political appointee of the Interior Department, throwing a lifeline to 18 species scientists had deemed to be in need of protection. From The Seattle Times, 7/21/2007.
Seagull becomes crisp shoplifter. new 7/20/2007
A seagull has turned shoplifter by wandering into a shop and helping itself to crisps. From The BBC News, 7/20/2007.
Ancient Arctic ponds drying up as climate warms. new 7/17/2007
Ancient ponds in the Arctic are drying up during the polar summer as warmer temperatures evaporate shallow bodies of water, Canadian researchers said on Monday. From Reuters, 7/2/2007.
The gall of the gulls. new 7/17/2007
Tens of thousands set up house in the urban centre, causing problems for both humans and other birds. From The Toronto Star, 6/29/2007.
Learning to fly. new 7/17/2007
Struggling to recover from an injury, a rescued bald eagle yearns to soar. From The Detroit Free Press, 6/19/2007.
Big song repertoire makes male sparrows sexier, says study. new 7/17/2007
The number of different songs that a bird can sing is a good indicator of its health, according to a new study. Scientists have found that male sparrows with big song repertoires have larger brains, stronger immune systems and are in overall better shape than their less-talented counterparts. From The Guardian, 6/13/2007.
Ohio plays host to wide range of neotropical birds that travel north from Central, South America. new 7/17/2007
"Hear that little hiccup? That's the Henslow's sparrow, the fast- est-declining bird in Ohio," said Jim McCormac, an avian specialist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. From The Columbus Dispatch, 6/12/2007.
Wild Neighbors: Role Models: Where Song Sparrows Learn Their Songs. new 7/17/2007
It may be a drab little brown bird, but the song sparrow has attracted a lot of scholarly attention. The song sparrows of San Francisco Bay alone support a kind of cottage industry. We have four distinct subspecies here, three confined to tidal marshes, the fourth to neighboring uplands. The marsh sparrows, generally smaller and grayer than the upland birds, have adapted to their environment by evolving a higher tolerance for salt water (although their insect prey appears to meet most of their water needs). From The Berkeley Daily Planet, 6/13/2007.
Mended eagle to train on tether this week. new 7/17/2007
The bald eagle that was rescued on Good Friday by two brothers near the Michigan-Ohio border continues to make small improvements, as he recovers from a broken wing. From The Detroit Free Press, 6/5/2007.
Northwest Ohio is a key stopover for many migrating birds. new 7/17/2007
They are called migratory stopover sites, but you can think of them as truckstops for birds. From The Toledo Blade, 6/3/2007.
A Hobby That Took Over. new 5/13/2007
This Michigan birder has been all over the world in search of "flying jewels." About local bird bander Allen Chartier. From Birds and Blooms.
Tawas Point Birding Festival takes flight this weekend. new 5/16/2007
Three days of field trips, seminars and an Important Bird Area designation are on tap this weekend during the second annual Tawas Point Birding Festival. From the Iosco County News Herald, 5/15/2007.
Injured eagle to have pins in wing removed. new 5/16/2007
The bald eagle rescued by two brothers near the Michigan-Ohio border on Good Friday will be taken to a veterinarian’s office on Thursday night to have the pins removed from its broken wing. “If everything goes right, the pins will come out Thursday,” said Dave Hogan, a bird rehabilitation expert who is taking care of the eagle at his home in Monroe County. “I think the wing will be just fine.” From the Detroit Free Press, 5/15/2007.
Wildlife observation deck dedicated at Humbug Marsh. new 5/16/2007
Conservation officials dedicated a new wildlife observation deck at Humbug Marsh on Saturday to mark "International Migratory Bird Day." The observation deck, within the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, provides views of Humbug Island and the Marsh and includes a spotting scope, an educational kiosk and interpretive panel about the area's wildlife. From the Monroe News, 5/14/2007.
Birders flock to new visitor center. new 5/16/2007
While celebrating International Migratory Bird Day and opening its new $3.6 million visitors' center, the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge received the title yesterday of "Important Bird Area." Not surprisingly, that official Audubon Ohio designation had little news value for the thousands of devoted bird watchers on site. From the Toledo Blade, 5/13/2007.
Rescued eagle's bone healing well. new 5/16/2007
The bald eagle rescued by two brothers near the Michigan-Ohio border on Good Friday is recovering from a broken bone in his wing. But another problem -- an injured wrist, possibly arthritis -- could keep the bird from being released into the wild. From the Detroit Free Press, 5/8/2007.
What is this Mystery Warbler?. new 5/16/2007
A New York bird-bander by the name of David Junkin caught a small songbird in his mist net and was completely stumped. It didn’t look like any bird he had ever seen. See if you can guess the identity of this bird - photos and a link to the answer are on the page. From Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Reserve would expand under deal. new 5/15/2007
A lush and marshy chunk of protected state land in northern Grand Traverse County may expand by about 42 acres. From the Traverse City Record Eagle, 4/4/2007.
What's the buzz, buzzard? new 5/15/2007
It's an ugly bird, but it brings with it signs of spring. From the Sandusky Register, 3/24/2007.
Breeding plumage makes ring-neck duck easy to spot. new 5/15/2007
When bird-watchers take a trip to see ducks and geese, they usually visit lakes, reservoirs and other big bodies of water because large numbers and varied species of waterfowl are more likely to be found there. Some ducks, however, stop to feed and rest on small ponds during migration. From the Columbus Dispatch, 3/18/2007.
Invader is linked to woes of robin. new 3/7/2007
Jim McCormac has a theory: Bush honeysuckle — a prolific berry producer overtaking public and private lands throughout Ohio — could well bear blame for the demise of so many robins during our recent snow and ice storm. From the Columbus Dispatch, 3/4/2007.
Eagles' Big Moment, Diverted by a Definition. new 3/1/2007
What could be one of the proudest moments in U.S. conservation -- the removal of bald eagles from the threatened and endangered species list -- has been delayed again as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service struggles to define a single word: disturb. From the Washington Post, 2/26/2007.
Genetics reveal 15 new N.American bird species. new 3/1/2007
Genetic tests of North American birds show what may be 15 new species including ravens and owls -- look alikes that do not interbreed and have wrongly had the same name for centuries, scientists said on Sunday. From Reuters, 2/18/2007.
Big, seldom-seen sparrow hanging out in Holmes County. new 3/1/2007
Only a special bird could attract almost 300 people to Holmes County during the recent harsh weather. I was one of them. The bird, a Harris’s sparrow, has been there since Jan. 25. It can be found among a flock of about 20 white-crowned sparrows. From the Columbus Dispatch, 2/18/2007.
Alabama's Bald Eagle Population Booming. new 3/1/2007
After 15 years of checking bald eagle nests from small planes, there are now an estimated 100 nesting pairs, up from 77 the previous year and 10 times the state's recovery goal under the Endangered Species Act. With the nest-to-nest status check by plane ending last year, the state now will start watching over a few dozen nests to monitor the eagles' health. From the Washington Post, 2/12/2007.
First robin of spring can be seen all winter. new 2/10/2007
Robins have been around for most of the winter, and judging by the comments coming to the outdoors desk that surprises some readers. From the Toledo Blade, 2/9/2007.
Lending Sonoran Desert Bats an Ear. new 2/10/2007
Researchers who record sounds made by bats in Arizona's Sonoran desert are creating a catalog to identify which species are in decline from habitat loss. Bats are major pollinators, so a drop in population has a wider impact on plants, too. This is an audio file. From NPR's Morning Edition, 2/7/2007.
Mommy's little scavenger. new 2/10/2007
Joyce Newman took Paulie under her wing. But then he disappeared. From the St. Petersburg Times, 2/5/2007.
Project brings back grassy fields — and raptors that hunt them. new 2/10/2007
As farming practices changed through the years, more fields were bare. As the small rodents’ habitat dwindled, so did their numbers. With that food source mostly gone, the Northern harriers, roughlegged hawks and short-eared owls went elsewhere. From the Columbus Dispatch, 2/4/2007.
Changes mostly positive in latest bird count. new 2/4/2007
The Columbus Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count has uncovered some dramatic trends in central Ohio avian populations. From the Columbus Dispatch, 1/21/2007.
Keep the faith, bird feeding fans. new 1/10/2007
Few birds. It has been a lean winter for feathered welfare cases at the seed stations. From The Toledo Blade, 1/9/2007.
Native birds winning the battle of city skies. new 1/6/2007
Native Australian birds are thriving in the gardens and parks of the nation's capital cities, but at the expense of their less robust cousins. From News.com.au, 1/5/2007.
Moths drink the tears of sleeping birds. new 1/6/2007
A species of moth drinks tears from the eyes of sleeping birds using a fearsome proboscis shaped like a harpoon, scientists have revealed. The new discovery – spied in Madagascar – is the first time moths have been seen feeding on the tears of birds. From New Scientist, 12/20/2006.
Parrots Have Colonized the Wilds of Brooklyn. new 12/28/2006
"They are a crazy bunch of immigrants, those birds." From The Washington Post, 12/28/2006.
Toledo locale offers many rare species for nations' bird-watchers. new 12/25/2006
A third of the "most wanted" birds on the wish-lists of birders across the country likely can be seen in the Toledo area or within a day's drive of here at some point during a calendar year. From The Toledo Blade, 12/24/2006.
Weather has chilling effect on bird count. new 12/17/2006
Between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, more than 50,000 birders will participate in the Christmas Bird Count, a National Audubon Society tradition for 107 years now. From The Sarasota Herald Tribune, 12/17/2006.
Ravens, crows and magpies: more than meets the eye. new 12/16/2006
Members of the corvidae bird family are year-round residents of the Wood River Valley. From The Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, 12/13/2006.
The Egg Snatchers. new 12/16/2006
What drives the thieves of rare birds' eggs to risk prison - and even their own lives - to feed such a bizarre obsession? Patrick Barkham investigates. From The Guardian Unlimited, 12/11/2006.
With leaves fallen, time to look up. new 12/16/2006
You're raking leaves or untangling a string of holiday lights when you see it -- a matted clump of leaves high up in the crook of a maple tree: It's a peregrine falcon nest! You drop everything and call the local wildlife center with the news. From The Boston Globe, 12/7/2006.
Cooper’s hawks like to raid feeders. new 12/3/2006
Last month while watching a football game on television, I noticed that a hawk flew into the woods behind my home and landed on a log. With binoculars I could see that it was a Cooper’s hawk and that it had a bright red cardinal in its talons. The hawk stayed a half-hour as it consumed the cardinal. From The Columbus Dispatch, 12/3/2006.
Outdoor gifts plant seeds for spring pleasure. new 11/25/2006
Gardens are slumbering, and gardeners are dreaming of lively holidays that set the stage for spring. From The Columbus Dispatch, 11/19/2006.
Unique look sets kingfisher apart. new 11/25/2006
While driving along Lake Logan in Hocking County this month, I caught a glimpse of a bird in flight, a belted kingfisher. From The Columbus Dispatch, 11/19/2006.
Nature Conservancy to open 1,000-acre preserve to the public. new 10/25/2006
Portions of an ancient glacial lake, known as Morgan Swamp, will be open to the public soon, for bird-watching, photography and hiking, by the Nature Conservancy, according to it's Ohio director, Richard Shank. From the Ashtabula Star-Beacon, 9/30/2006.
The woodpeckers of Southwest Florida. new 10/25/2006
Tenth in a series of visual guides to the region's natural resources. From the Naples Daily News, 9/28/2006.
Avocet puts on show year-round. new 10/25/2006
One of the most spectacular shorebirds that migrates through Ohio each spring and autumn is also one of the largest: the American avocet. From the Columbus Dispatch, 9/17/2006.
Listening for loon-y tunes. new 8/26/2006
Biologists monitor Common loons in the U.P. From the Traverse City Record Eagle, 8/26/2006.
Monarchs of the air float toward banner year. new 8/26/2006
Experts aflutter over butterflies' strong migration. From the Toledo Blade, 8/26/2006.
Extinction of 31 bird species has been prevented through efforts of conservators, research shows. new 8/26/2006
Conservation efforts have prevented the extinction of 31 bird species globally over the past 30 years, according to the most detailed analysis of conservation success ever conducted. From the Guardian, 8/25/2006.
Pull of the puffins. new 8/20/2006
MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND — If it weren't for the puffins, few people other than lobstermen and lighthouse keepers would make the trip out to this treeless, crescent-shaped island at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. From the Portland (Me) Press Herald, 8/13/2006.
Far from home. new 8/4/2006
Injured pelican gets a helping hand. From the Traverse City Record Eagle, 7/31/2006.
Seeing yellow-billed cuckoo is always worth the wait. new 7/29/2006
The yellow-billed cuckoo is one of my favorite Ohio birds. It’s shy and elusive, so when I finally see one perched in a tree, the wait is certainly worthwhile. From the Columbus Dispatch, 7/16/2006.
Seeing gull doesn’t mean it’s a sea gull. new 6/19/2006
Gulls seen in Ohio are frequently called sea gulls even though the state has no sea. But 19 species of gulls have been recorded in Ohio. Enormous flocks gather along Lake Erie from late November through December. Estimates of up to 170,000 ring-billed, 100,000 Bonaparte’s and 50,000 herring gulls have been reported. From the Columbus Dispatch, 6/18/2006.
Nighthawk puts on majestic show, flying, diving with greatest of ease. new 6/11/2006
An amazing bird is probably within earshot of nearly everyone reading this. It’s the common nighthawk, an unusual batlike, highflying insect-eater often found in urban areas. From the Columbus Dispatch, 5/30/2006.
Iosco draws birders from around the world. new 5/19/2006
Birders were not disappointed with last week’s Tawas Point Birding Festival, reported organizers, Kate Anschuetz of the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce and Peggy Ridgway, immediate past president of the Michigan Audubon Society. From the Iosco County News-Herald, 5/23/2006.
So Many Bald Eagles, So Little Room Left to Nest. new 4/19/2006
The dramatic aerial battle this month between two bald eagles contending for territory on the Potomac River south of Washington is a sign that their population rebound has been so successful they are running out of habitat. From the Washington Post, 4/17/2006.
Loons Change Tunes After Finding a New Home, Study Finds. new 4/11/2006
Birdwatchers know that male loons have characteristic calls that remain relatively stable from year to year. But a new study has found that when a male loon changes territories to find a new mate, he changes his call, too. Why this happens is a mystery. From National Geographic News, 4/11/2006.
Rare Condors Found Nesting in Redwood. new 4/11/2006
For the first time in more than a century, a pair of California condors has been spotted nesting in a hollowed-out redwood tree in the Big Sur region of northern California. From National Geographic News, 3/30/2006.
Osprey starts long journey home. new 3/17/2006
A male osprey, or "fish hawk," one of a pair that raised three chicks in a nest last summer in Delaware County, appears to be making its way back toward Ohio from its winter home in northwestern Brazil, some 3,500 miles to the south. From the Toledo Blade, 3/17/2006.
Beaver trapped to protect Magee Marsh's dikes. new 2/23/2006
From the Toledo Blade, 2/17/2006.
Science team finds 'lost world'. new 2/23/2006
An international team of scientists says it has found a "lost world" in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of new animal and plant species. From the BBC, 2/7/2006.
Gerhardt: Getting you to screech to a halt. new 2/23/2006
Hack boxes for Great Horned Owls at power stations. From the Rocky Mountain News, 2/4/2006.
How killer whales trap gullible gulls. new 2/23/2006
Orcas appears to learn trap-setting tricks from each other. From MSNBC, 2/3/2006.
Blame weather for the lack of birds at your feeder. new 1/29/2006
Where are my birds this winter? From the Toledo Blade, 1/27/2006.
Bird of prey killed Taung child - researcher. new 1/15/2006
The answer to an ancient question of how a hominid ancestor died. From the Independent Online (Cape Town,South Africa), 1/13/2006.
Bird die-off raised concerns. new 12/30/2006
Biologists said this summer's massive die-off of birds in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore signaled a shift in the Great Lakes ecosystem. From The Traverse City Record Eagle, 12/29/2006.
U.S. Wants Polar Bears Listed as Threatened. new 12/28/2006
The Bush administration has decided to propose listing the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, putting the U.S. government on record as saying that global warming could drive one of the world's most recognizable animals out of existence. From The Washington Post, 12/27/2006.
Cool sightings -- hummingbirds that don't go south. new 12/21/2005
Hummingbirds still being sighted in the Ohio valley. From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 12/11/2005.
Uncommon winter birds showing up. new 12/21/2005
Winter birds appearing in northern Ohio. From the Toledo Blade, 12/9/2005.
Corps Proposal for Gulf Draws Criticism From Scientists. new 12/25/2006
Ambitious federal plans to repair the Gulf Coast and defend it against future hurricanes are coming under fire from many coastal scientists who say they would only perpetuate a costly and wrongheaded approach to storm management. From The New York Times, 12/19/2006.
Warblers' numbers dwindling, but not enough to be 'threatened'. new 12/25/2006
The plight of the disappearing cerulean warbler, a bright blue migratory songbird embraced by the environmental community, is not grave enough to warrant protection as a federally threatened species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded. From The Florida Times-Union, 12/6/2006.
2005 hurricane season had some unusual effects on last Bird Count. new 12/3/2006
Naturalists and ecologists know that ultimately everything is connected, so perhaps it is no surprise that the devastating 2005 hurricane season revealed its links with continental bird distribution. From The Toledo Blade, 12/3/2006.
Backstory: Not wild about the turkeys. new 11/25/2005
Turkeys among the McMansions of the Boston suburbs. From the Christian Science Monitor, 11/21/2005.
Red-winged blackbird falls victim to climate change. new 11/15/2006
A red-winged blackbird population in Ontario, Canada, has fallen by 50 per cent in the past 25 years due to global warming, a US researcher has claimed. From InTheNews.co.uk, 11/14/2006.
Plan to rescue birds that hit skyscrapers is in the wings. new 10/16/2005
Chicago to build mini-hospital to treat injuries. From the Boston Globe, 9/4/2005.
If the Ivory-Billed Can Do It . . . new 10/16/2005
Woodpecker's Return Heartens Others On the Trail of the 'Presumed Extinct.' From the Washington Post, 9/4/2005.
Often Disparaged Pigeons Deserve Some Respect. new 10/16/2005
An interesting article on Pigeons. From the Berkley Daily Planet, 10/14/2005.
Feather maintenance, bathing keep birds busy. new 10/16/2005
Preening behavior in birds. From the Central Maine Morning Sentinel, 8/27/2005.
Ohio's trumpeter swan program surpassing goal. new 7/24/2005
In less than a decade the Ohio population of the largest waterfowl species in North America, the trumpeter swan, has gone from zero to at least 17 breeding pairs in a successful restoration program. From the Toledo Blade, 7/17/2005.
Endangered Species Act under fire from two directions. new 7/4/2005
Some hope to make it more difficult for plants and animals to receive protections, while others seek to strengthen the law. From The Christian Science Monitor, 6/28/2005.
Bird's alarm carries info on size, threat of predator. new 7/24/2005
There's more than meets the human ear when the black-capped chickadee lets its flock mates know a predator is lurking about by giving out its familiar "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" call. From Science Blog, 6/24/2005.
Once plundered, now priceless. new 6/11/2005
About a century ago, Tampa Bay's roseate spoonbills were decimated for their colorful plumes. Today, they are nesting again and spotting one is something to treasure. From The St. Petersburg Times, 6/2/2005.
How cuckoos became the con artists of the bird world. new 5/18/2005
They've been revered in Native American traditions, immortalized in the plays of Shakespeare and carved on Bavarian clocks. Now the diverse family of birds known as cuckoos is the subject of a 644-page book, complete with accounts of some species' sneaky habit of conning other birds into raising their young. From University of Michigan News Service, 4/18/2005.
Restoring The Marshes Of Eden. new 3/6/2005
In one of the rare good news stories coming out of Iraq, the country’s almost-decimated wetlands have begun rebounding under the efforts of local residents and the new government in Iraq, monitored by an international team of scientists. From The Science Daily, 3/5/2005.
Drunken robins bobbin' along. new 2/9/2005
Not all are party animals, but a lot of them are here, and some are drunk off their feathers on berries. From The St. Petersburg Times, 1/26/2005.
Project Feederwatch. new 2/9/2005
Regular people keep an eye on their bird feeders to document habits, diseases and migration of birds. From The San Francisco Chronicle, 1/15/2005.
Banding together for the birds. new 12/30/2004
Preservation efforts are under way to protect the vast North American breeding grounds known as the boreal forest. From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/22/2004.
Don't Knock the Birdbrains. new 11/13/2004
Three decades after researchers first fathomed the unusual brain power of songbirds, scientists are devoting big chunks of their careers to finches and canaries, hoping to understand how they manage to be among the only species that learn how to make new sounds. From Wired News, 10/29/2004.
Study confirms drop in number of birds. new 10/26/2004
The National Audubon Society has put in writing what Ned Keller has been seeing for years: The population of birds in North America is in serious decline. From The Cincinnati Enquirer, 10/25/2004.
It can't fly and sounds like a trumpet, but new bird delights ornithologists. new 8/27/2004
The discovery of the Calayan Rail. From The Guardian, 8/18/2004.
City Embraces the Bats Who Came Home to Roost. new 7/19/2004
How one man saved Austin's Mexican free-tailed bat colony - and turned it into a tourist attraction. From the Washington Post, 7/19/2004.
Boom in Mute Swans Spurs Calls for Culls. new 7/19/2004
The massive mute swan is creating ripples on both sides of "the pond." In both the U.S. and Europe, groups want to control booming swan populations to prevent them from overwhelming other species. Others say the bird is being made a scapegoat for environmental damage caused by humans. From National Geographic News, 6/21/2004.
Rare hawks may be after cicada buffet. new 6/6/2004
Sightings of Mississippi and Swallow-tailed Kites near Cincinnati are being attributed to this spring's cicada explosion. From the Cincinnati Inquirer, 6/5/2004.
One by One, the World Is Becoming a Lonelier Place. new 6/4/2004
The Mariana Mallard and the Guam Broadbill are no longer endangered. They are now extinct. From the Common Dreams Newscenter. Originally published in the Los Angeles Times, 3/15/2004.
No More Bobbin' for the Red, Red Robin.added 4/3/2004
An American Robin is (very) briefly seen in Merry Olde England. From the Guardian Unlimited, March 9, 2004.
In Europe, the Case of the Missing Sparrows new 12/27/02.
Those same House Sparrows we see every day are in sharp decline back in the old country.
Falcons: Peregrines, Merlins, Kestrels, etc.
19 attacks on birds of prey in Lancashire revealed. new 10/3/2010
Birds have been killed and chicks have been stolen in what has been described as 'one of the worst years for crimes against birds of prey' in a new RSPB report. From The Lancashire Telegraph, 9/25/2010.
Workers install nest box to boost falcon numbers. new 10/3/2010
After two failed attempts on Friday to install nest boxes on cliffs overlooking the Mississippi River to attract peregrine falcons, Bob Anderson finally succeeded in getting a box installed in Eagle Point Park. From The Quad City Times, 9/25/2010.
Downtown living proves perilous for peregrine falcons: Whatever happened to ...? new 7/26/2010
. . . the peregrine falcon family nesting at the Terminal Tower? From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/7/2010.
Witness alleges that worker struck adult falcon that died. new 7/26/2010
State investigators ask for tips from others. From The Columbus Dispatch, 7/7/2010.
Hurt Guernsey peregrine falcon was struck by gull vomit. new 7/26/2010
A peregrine falcon found injured in Guernsey and nursed back to health in Hampshire was probably left unable to fly after a seagull vomited over it. From BBC News, 7/6/2010.
Second Downtown falcon dies. new 7/26/2010
Three days after a juvenile peregrine falcon fell to its death from the 41st floor of the Rhodes Tower, its mother was found dead by state wildlife officials. From The Columbus Dispatch, 7/1/2010.
Dealers’ falcon chick plan is foiled. new 7/26/2010
A plot to steal a rare bird of prey has been foiled by eagle-eyed church volunteers. From The Lancashire Evening Post, 6/22/2010.
Rarest bird trio nests on Three Mile Island. new 7/26/2010
Where is the only place in Pennsylvania where rare bald eagles, ospreys and peregrine falcons are nesting near one another? Hint: It's on an island with a nuclear plant. From Lancaster On Line, 6/18/2010.
Falcons, fledglings put on a show. new 7/26/2010
Parents prod chicks into flight. From The Windsor Stars, 6/18/2010.
More squawking at the Ambassador Bridge...falcon style. new 7/26/2010
Squawking continues at the Ambassador Bridge — but this time it has nothing to do with plans to build a second span connecting the U.S. and Canada. From The Trucker, 6/15/2010.
Falcon Chick names honor Macomb County, Ernie Harwell. new 7/26/2010
Call them Packard, Harwell and Martha. Macomb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Paul Gieleghem named the chicks, the third set of ofspring for the county's resident falcons, Nick and Hathor. There are two male and one female chick. Additional photos from the Detroit News article are located here. From The Detroit News, 6/8/2010.
Falcon chicks named: Harwell, Packard, Martha. new 7/26/2010
State and county officials gathered high above downtown Mount Clemens on Tuesday to welcome three of Macomb’s newest residents — rare peregrine falcon chicks born May 12 and now known as Martha, Packard and Harwell. From The Macomb Daily, 6/9/2010.
Peregrine falcon chicks could take first flight in 10 days. new 7/26/2010
Bridgette, Lancer and Windsor, the three peregrine falcon chicks that hatched on the Ambassador Bridge this spring, could take their first flights around June 10. From The Windsor Star, 6/1/2010.
Peregrine chicks raise squawk over banding. new 7/26/2010
Amid squawking and dive-bombing peregrine falcon parents at the Ambassador Bridge, three chicks were banded and named Thursday. From The Windsor Star, 5/28/2010.
Volunteers trying to band 3 chicks face wrath of adult falcons. new 7/26/2010
Three baby peregrine falcons that were hatched on a marine terminal crane at the Port of Olympia were brought down to earth Friday afternoon so that identification bands could be attached to their legs. The parents, especially the female falcon, repeatedly dove and wailed at the intruders. From The (Tacoma, WA) News Tribune, 5/22/2010.
3rd falcon chick spotted at bridge. new 7/26/2010
A third peregrine falcon chick was spotted at the Ambassador Bridge this week. "We got confirmation on three chicks," Windsor Peregrine Watch Team site co-ordinator Dennis Patrick said Wednesday. From The Windsor Star, 5/21/2010.
Scorpio and P/D welcome three peregrine falcon chicks. new 7/26/2010
The MidAmerican Energy / WQAD Falcon cam caught some amazing images so far this year, including three chicks hatching from this year's eggs. From WQAD Quad Cities, 5/19/2010.
Baby photos in Jackson, falcon-style. new 7/26/2010
For now, here are a half-dozen photos of the baby falcons at 10 days old. From The Jackson Citizen Patriot, 5/17/2010.
Sky's the Limit for Young Peregrine Falcon Siblings Hatched in Lower Manhattan. new 7/26/2010
The four chicks, hatched downtown in March, were given commemorative names and identification bands. From DNAinfo, 5/14/2010.
Falcons back, with chicks. new 7/26/2010
Peregrine young seen Saturday at bridge. From The Windsor Star, 5/10/2010.
Peregrine falcon birth alert in Jackson! new 5/7/2010
The world is atwitter this morning with word that Jackson's most celebrated eggs have hatched. Three rare and brand new peregrine falcons are now nesting with their mother high atop the Jackson County Tower Building. From The Jackson Citizen Patriot, 5/5/2010.
Peregrine falcons nest on International Bridge. new 5/7/2010
Again this spring, the fastest animal in the world is nesting atop pier #22 under the International Bridge. A pair of peregrine falcons returned to the Sault to nest under the bridge. From The Sault Ste. Marie Evening News, 5/4/2010.
Peregrine falcon chick hatches at Derby cathedral. new 5/7/2010
The first of four peregrine falcon eggs has hatched at Derby Cathedral watched live by webcam viewers from around the world. From The BBC, 5/2/2010.
Peregrines fly the coop amid downtown construction projects. new 5/7/2010
Construction projects force church to board up the usual peregrine nesting boxes. From The Salt Lake Tribune, 4/26/2010.
Four peregrine falcon eggs hatch at Cathedral of Learning. new 5/7/2010
Four of five eggs at the Cathedral of Learning peregrine falcon nest in Oakland have hatched over the last two days and falcon parents Dorothy and E2 have begun feeding the chicks at the nest. From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 4/23/2010.
‘Falcon-cam’ captures life in UB nest. new 5/7/2010
For the second consecutive year, a female peregrine falcon has laid eggs in a nesting box in the tower of MacKay Heating Plant on the east side of the South Campus. From The UB Reporter, 4/7/2010.
Eggcellent news for Indy’s peregrine falcon parents: No’s 3 and 4 have arrived. new 5/7/2010
Peregrine falcon parents perched high above Indianapolis’ Monument Circle are caring for egg No. 4, which arrived this evening. From Examiner.com, 3/17/2010.
Cathedral a lover's nest for peregrine falcons. new 5/7/2010
The Cathedral of Learning is many things — a symbol of higher education, a quiet study area surrounded by Gothic Revival architecture and, quite literally, a lovers’ nest. From The Pitt News, 3/17/2010.
Peregrine falcons soar into homes on streaming video. new 5/7/2010
Not that these moms are keeping track, but Dorothy has beaten Tasha2 for the first time ever by laying an egg in her nest atop the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning. From The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 3/12/2010.
Peregrine falcons nesting and breeding atop the Jackson County Tower Building. new 4/4/2010
Predatory love has conquered the skies above Michigan Avenue. A pair of rare peregrine falcons has courted, mated and laid three eggs high atop the Jackson County Tower Building. From The Jackson Citizen Patriot, 4/1/2010.
Peregrine Watchers Wonder: Who's Your Daddy? new 4/4/2010
Clara, the matriarch of San Jose's downtown peregrine falcon clan, is expecting -- and everyone's watching. From NBC Bay Area, 3/3/2010.
Popular power plant peregrines are no snow birds. new 12/27/2009
Birders wonder if pair will stay all winter. From The Holland Sentinel, 12/26/2009.
More flame retardants found in urban peregrine falcons than their country cousins. new 12/20/2009
Cosmopolitan peregrine falcons in California have higher levels of flame retardants than ones living on the coast or in the country. From Environmental Health News, 12/15/2009.
Good year for Ohio peregrine falcons. new 9/13/2009
63 chicks leave nests, two short of the record. From The Akron Beacon Journal, 8/26/2009.
New threat for peregrine falcons? new 9/13/2009
What do your computer and a peregrine falcon have in common? For most of us in rural New England, it isn’t speed. Rather it is polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), a group of chemicals used as flame retardants. There are dozens of varieties of PBDE. Furniture foam contains penta-BDE, computer plastics use octa-BDE, and TV cases and upholstery often have deca-BDE. From The Bennington Banner, 8/30/2009.
Mansfield a blackspot for peregrine thefts. new 9/13/2009
Bird lovers are backing a campaign to stop wildlife crimes against peregrine falcons after a report identified Mansfield as a blackspot for the persecution of the endangered species. From The Mansfield Chad, 8/25/2009.
Peregrine sighted on Riverside Drive may not be missing raptor. new 9/13/2009
A healthy male peregrine falcon was sighted on a Riverside Drive East apartment building last week — but the local wildlife rehab centre is doubtful that the bird is the missing young falcon hatched on the Ambassador Bridge this spring. From The Windsor Star, 8/24/2009.
Falcon sightings doubted. new 8/15/2009
Rehab centre gets reports of escaped bird. From The Windsor Star, 8/12/2009.
Injured falcon disappears. new 8/15/2009
Hole found in rehab centre cage. From The Windsor Star, 8/11/2009.
Peregrines make love nest in city. new 8/15/2009
Two birds have been causing a stir among shoppers and workers by shunning cliffs for a city centre location. From The Sentinel, 7/28/2009.
Legislation to Ensure Bird Killers Become Jailbirds. new 8/15/2009
It was one of the most shocking and sickening scourges of bird-related crime since Congress passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918. A 14-month undercover investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's law enforcement division revealed that thousands of peregrine falcons, Cooper's hawks, and red-tailed hawks were deliberately killed in California, Oregon, and Washington. The culprits were members of "roller pigeon clubs" -- enthusiasts of domestic pigeons specially bred for their seizure-like ability to do rapid backward somersaults while flying. To protect their aerial acrobats from any chance encounter with a predator, these callous club members killed the protected birds of prey by shooting, trapping, poisoning, clubbing, baiting birds into glass panels, and even baiting birds with pigeons rigged with fishing hooks. From The Huffington Post, 7/8/2009.
UM-Flint has unofficial mascot in 'Maize.' new 8/15/2009
Lynne Ihrig, a systems administrator intermediate for Information Technology Services (ITS) at UM-Flint, was looking out her window on the fifth floor of the North Bank Center at the Durant building, which is kitty-corner to her. She noticed a pair of peregrine falcons and what looked like a possible nest. Ihrig was concerned for the falcons, which have been in the Flint area for quite sometime due to the ongoing construction at the Durant. From The Michigan Times, 7/7/2009.
Falcon restoration at Grand Haven Board of Power and Light nest effort deemed a success. new 8/2/2009
Although it might not look like much, the unassuming wooden box erected 240 feet up on the Grand Haven Board of Light and Power's 360-foot chimney is a castle to a family of peregrine falcons. From The Muskegon News, 7/11/2009.
Falcons are in need of a love nest in downtown Jackson. new 7/30/2009
Falcons must be tricky birds, because they fooled me. They fooled smart people, too. Rare peregrine falcons swoop down from the Jackson County Tower Building so often I, along with some actual experts, assumed they must have a nest up there. Wrong. From The Jackson Citizen Patriot, 7/8/2009.
Peregrine falcons add a touch of nature to downtown Jackson. new 7/2/2009
Predators are loose in downtown Jackson. From The Jackson Citizen Patriot, 6/29/2009.
Baby falcon falters in flight in downtown Salt Lake City. new 7/2/2009
A fledgling is rescued after it ends up in a flower bed. From The Salt Lake Tribune, 6/30/2009.
Ambassador Bridge falcon injured. new 7/2/2009
A week after his sister died, the male peregrine falcon that was hatched under the Ambassador Bridge this spring has suffered an injury that could permanently affect his future in the wild. From The Windsor Star, 6/29/2009.
Peregrine falcon chick 'Bridget' perishes under bridge. new 7/2/2009
Tragedy and triumph have marked the lives of the family of Peregrine falcons that nested under the Ambassador Bridge this spring, with one fledgling now dead and the other having taken flight. From The Windsor Star, 6/26/2009.
Peregrine falcon family has flock of followers. new 7/2/2009
Bridget, the female peregrine falcon fledgling nesting under the Ambassador Bridge, had birdwatchers so worried this week they were talking about an intervention. From The Windsor Star, 6/17/2009.
Finally, falcons . new 7/2/2009
At the top of Bay State Milling’s tallest tower, a stoic female peregrine falcon was spotted sitting on a perch last month; a curiosity for most passersby but very big news for Maggie Lubinski. From The Winona Post, 6/14/2009.
Peregrine falcon family drama is internet hit as millions watch them live on council CCTV. new 7/2/2009
A family of peregrine falcons who have made their home on a church spire in Worcester have become an internet hit, after the council rigged up a webcam near their roost. From The Daily Mail, 6/13/2009.
Peregrine falcons under attack by seagulls. new 7/2/2009
A nest of peregrine falcons on top of a 15th century church spire has come under attack by seagulls. From The Telegraph, 6/12/2009.
Falcon found injured and under attack on Worcester street. new 7/2/2009
One of Worcester’s famous peregrine falcon chicks – who only made her first flight a few days ago – has been injured. From The Worcester News, 6/11/2009.
Missing peregrine falcon reappears in N.Y. new 7/2/2009
A wildlife biologist says a peregrine falcon that resided for years in Buffalo, N.Y. before disappearing has been found in a nearby suburb. From UPI, 6/10/2009.
Peregrine falcons chicks call UB South Campus home. new 7/2/2009
3 males, 1 female part of endangered bird species. From The Buffalo (NY) News, 6/9/2009.
Volunteers keep watch as urban falcons embark on first flights. new 7/2/2009
It's become a rite of spring: Webcams at peregrine falcon nests in San Francisco and San Jose give people around the world an intimate view of falcon family life via the Internet. Now, as the fledglings prepare to take their first flights, volunteers have signed up in droves to watch from sidewalks and rooftops for hours at a time and, if the birds get into trouble, rescue them from urban perils. From UC Santa Cruz, 6/2/2009.
Xcel program celebrates 1,000 baby falcons. new 7/2/2009
Twenty years ago, the first baby peregrine falcon hatched in a specially installed nesting box at Xcel Energy's Allen S. King power plant near Stillwater. This year, the 1,000 baby falcon will fledge from a Midwest power plant. From KSTP, Saint Paul, MN, 6/3/2009.
Avian expert bands his 500th falcon. new 7/2/2009
His efforts have helped raptor survive in state. From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5/29/2009.
Falconry bill takes flight, becomes law. new 6/4/2009
There is something almost unreal about watching a bird of prey swoop down from the sky and snatch an unsuspecting critter from the earth. From The Monroe News, 6/12/2009.
DNR helps peregrine falcons move. new 6/4/2009
Mating pair and chick now atop the Northbank Center. Includes video of the falcons. From WJRT ABC 12, 6/4/2009.
Lovebird Peregrine falcons found nesting on Durant Hotel downtown Flint and chick Maize is born. new 6/4/2009
The under-construction former Durant Hotel may not seem like the most romantic rendezvous spot -- but that's where peregrine falcons Barry and Majestic were found nesting a few weeks ago. From The Flint Journal, 6/4/2009.
Five peregrine falcon chicks hatch atop three city bridges. new 5/31/2009
They're cute, and fuzzy, and don't pay rent. Or tolls. From The New York Daily News, 5/28/2009.
Peregrine falcons hatch 3 chicks at Winnipeg hotel. new 5/31/2009
A popular pair of endangered peregrine falcons have hatched three chicks on the ledge of a downtown Winnipeg hotel. From CBC News, 5/27/2009.
Peregrine falcons hatch chicks in national park. new 5/31/2009
Acadia officials spot two nests. From The Bangor (ME)Daily News, 5/23/2009.
At City Hall, a time to prey. new 5/31/2009
He was seen investigating the digs last fall, but folks hoping the couple would move in knew that it depended on her approval. From The Philadelphia Daily News, 5/19/2009.
Michigan falcon finds unlikely spot to roost in central Ohio. new 5/31/2009
There's a good chance that Columbus could get a second pair of breeding peregrine falcons. From The Columbus Dispatch, 5/17/2009.
First peregrine chicks in city call bridge home. new 5/31/2009
A concrete pillar under the Ambassador Bridge is home to an unlikely Windsor family: a nesting pair of rare peregrine falcons and their two new chicks. From The Windsor Star, 5/15/2009.
Peregrine falcon births caught on Webcam. new 5/7/2009
Three peregrine falcon chicks have hatched in a manmade box attached to the Grand Haven Board of Light and Power smokestack, and a fourth could be born any day. From The Muskegon, Chronicle, 5/6/2009.
Old Age Peregrines hatch miracle chick. new 5/7/2009
Randy old birds of prey have successfully hatched a falcon chick almost a decade after they normally stop breeding. From The Deadline Press & Picture Agency, Edinburgh, Scotland, 5/4/2009.
Peregrine falcon pair first to nest in Madison in more than decade. new 5/7/2009
Though it seems a choice location, with great access to Lake Monona and in the middle of Downtown, it took more than 10 years to find a tenant for this Madison address. From The Wisconsin State Journal, 4/21/2009.
Watch Atlanta Peregrines on Web Cam. new 4/19/2009
Atlanta's most prominent falcons couple is back in the public eye. From The Chattanoogan, 3/31/2009.
First city peregrine falcon egg of 2009 found. new 4/19/2009
Conservationists have discovered the first city peregrine falcon egg of 2009 in Birmingham. From The Telegraph, 3/29/2009.
Falcon a 200mph tenant of council. new 3/26/2009
A pair of peregrine falcons can be seen soaring across the skyline after taking up residence at a Black Country council’s headquarters. From the Wolverhampton (UK) Express and Star, 3/25/2009.
Falcon Nest Stirs Up Questions Over Columbia Gorge Scenic Trail. new 3/26/2009
It sounds simple -- a conservation group purchased land at a stunning viewpoint in the Columbia River Gorge and sold it to the federal government. There’s already a loop trail there, so there’s officially a cool new hike in the gorge, right? From The OPB News, 3/17/2009.
Falcon ready to fly. new 3/26/2009
Beerwah is fighting fit and ready to fly again after an intensive training course at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. From The Gold Coast News (Queensland, AU), 3/11/2009.
Peregrine falcon born in Syracuse injured, euthanized in Pennsylvania. new 3/26/2009
Matilda, a peregrine falcon born on the State Tower building in Syracuse, was euthanized after it was found badly injured in Western Pennsylvania. From The Syracuse Post-Standard, 3/10/2009.
Clara returns to City Hall for the third year. new 2/23/2009
For the third year in a row, falcon fans can tune in to San Jose ’s wild reality show featuring Clara, a rare peregrine falcon who makes her home in a nest box located atop a ledge on the 18-floor San Jose City Hall. From The Almaden Times Weekly, 2/19/2009.
Peregrine falcons on a wing and a prayer. new 2/23/2009
Peregrine falcons have taken up residence at Chichester cathedral, delighting the congregation as well as conservationists, writes Angela Wintle. From The Telegraph (UK), 2/19/2009.
Record Number of Peregrine Falcons in New York State. new 2/18/2009
More peregrine falcons made New York City home in 2008, reflecting a record-setting year in the state’s effort over several decades to bring back the population of the birds, an endangered species. From The New York Times, 2/12/2009.
DEC improves falcon nesting site. new 2/18/2009
The Department of Environmental Conservation and National Grid gave Utica’s first endangered peregrine falcon couple a nest makeover Wednesday. From The Utica (NY) Observer Dispatch, 2/4/2009.
Finest dining room in the city. new 2/8/2009
It feels like walking onto the film set for The Name of the Rose. From The BBC News, 1/28/2009.
Kira: Peregrine falcon in passing. new 1/19/2009
Juneau Raptor Center trainer pays tribute to the organization's first educational bird. From The Juneau Empire, 1/18/2009.
Spare a Thought for the Pigeons. new 11/14/2008
Will Londoners fall in love with the pair of peregrine falcons nesting in the House of Commons building to the extent that Brisbane's citizens adore Frodo and Frieda? From OhmyNews (S. Korea), 11/12/2008.
Stranded Pittsburgh peregrine falcon ready for release. new 11/8/2008
A young peregrine falcon stranded Downtown while migrating south is ready for release after a week of care, animal rescue workers said today. From The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 1/5/2008.
Investigation into the death of spectacular birds of prey. new 10/31/2008
FOUR pigeon fanciers in the Midlands have been quizzed about the setting of traps to kill Britain’s most spectacular birds of prey. Police and investigators from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) raided the men’s homes after a tip-off. From The Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England), 10/25/2008.
Saved shipyard falcon makes quick recovery. new 10/21/2008
A PEREGRINE falcon accidentally snared by a Barrow shipyard crane has been rehabilitated, to the delight of her rescuers. From The NW Evening Mail (Barow-in-Furness, England), 9/17/2008.
Albion lands in Philadelphia. new 10/21/2008
Falcon finds new home, motherhood. From The Hamilton (ON) Spectator, 8/15/2008.
Ohio’s peregrine falcons produce in record numbers. new 10/21/2008
Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife estimate 65 young peregrine falcons fledged this year from 21 successful nests across the state, including one nest in downtown Youngstown. From The Youngstown Vindicator, 8/10/2008.
On the comeback trail. new 7/27/2008
Assembled at the limestone base of a towering Mississippi River cliff, a hopeful collection of falconers peer skyward. Traveling from across four Midwestern states, the congregation of raptor enthusiasts arrived in Iowa last Saturday, all hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive peregrine falcon — alive and wild in its native habitat. From The Mason City (IA) Globe Gazette, 7/25/2008.
Mixed review for NC’s 2008 peregrines. new 7/27/2008
Chris Kelly, Mountain Wildlife Diversity Biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, recently posted a summary of the results from this year’s peregrine falcon nest monitoring program on the Carolina Bird Club’s listserv. Thirteen nesting sites were monitored this year. The six southern mountains sites were Whiteside Mountain in Jackson County, Looking Glass Rock, Devil’s Courthouse, Dunn’s Rock and Panthertail Mountain all in Transylvania County. From The Waynesville (NC) Smoky Mountain News, 7/16/2008.
Pigeon lover pleads guilty to killing falcon. new 7/27/2008
Kelso man is 12th prosecuted in bird club investigation. From The Seattle Post Intelligencer, 7/16/2008.
Male Peregrine at Pitt identified. new 7/27/2008
Early this spring I noticed a new male peregrine falcon had claimed the nest site at the University of Pittsburgh replacing the original male, Erie, who had nested there since 2002. The new bird’s identity was a mystery because no one had read his bands. From Outside My Window (Blog), 7/14/2008.
Falcon chicks 'stolen for trade'. new 7/4/2008
Three peregrine falcon chicks stolen from a nest in Cheshire were taken by people illegally trading in falconry birds, a wildlife charity believes. From The BBC, 6/25/2008.
Kestrels found during PSU construction. new 7/4/2008
It’s not too often one finds something surprising four stories above the ground, but workers at Pittsburg State did early this month. From The Pittsburg Morning Sun, 6/25/2008.
Peregrine Falcons Returning to the Channel Islands. new 6/16/2008
Expert Speaks in Santa Barbara on Recovery of the Once-Endangered Species. From The Santa Barbara Independent, 6/15/2008.
The nest that launched 1,000 birds. new 6/16/2008
For Bob Anderson, heading halfway up the 800-foot stack at Xcel Energy's Allen S. King Plant to check on a family of peregrine falcons, as he again did Tuesday morning, is just another day at the office. From The Stillwater Gazette, 6/11/2008.
Beautiful birds choose ugly building as home. new 6/16/2008
A pair of peregrine falcons may have been nesting on the top of the former 3M building, say birdwatchers. From Get Bracknell, 6/9/2008.
Something to squawk about. new 6/16/2008
One by one, they marched out onto a ledge of the State Tower Building, wearing hard hats and leather gloves, armed with nets and buckets. From The Syracuse Post-Standard, 5/31/2008.
Baby falcons get tags, names. new 6/19/2008
The 3-week-old peregrine falcons are named Madison, Frangos and Cobalt. From The Youngstown Vindicator, 5/28/2008.
Peregrine Falcon Webcams Draw Crowds Online. new 6/16/2008
Wildlife biologist Glenn Stewart is both pleased and amused at the huge popularity of the webcams he has helped set up to allow people to watch peregrine falcons in action. From Innovations Report, 5/26/2008.
Local scientists track peregrine falcons' epic migration. new 6/16/2008
Where can a falcon find a little privacy these days? Not downtown Seattle. And not the coast of South America, either. From The Seattle Times, 5/22/2008.
Odd Falcon Behavior May be Linked to Chemicals Used to Fight Wildfires. new 6/16/2008
Odd Falcon Behavior May be Linked to Chemicals Used to Fight Wildfires. From New West, 5/23/2008.
Wildlife officials tag peregrine chicks. new 6/16/2008
The region continues to be a top-flight nursery for nesting peregrine falcons, a rare bird of prey that officials say is making a comeback -- thanks to preservation efforts. From The Muskegon Chronicle, 5/23/2008.
Peregrine chicks found dead in Bay Bridge nest. new 5/24/2008
Shuffling on a catwalk under the lower deck of the Bay Bridge, biologist Brian Latta rounded a corner and was struck by a dreadful sound. Silence. From The San Francisco Chronicle, 5/20/2008.
Gulf Tower's two peregrine falcon chicks pass physical. new 5/24/2008
With flapping wings, loud squawking and engaged talons, Tasha 2 did noble battle atop the Gulf Tower yesterday to protect her two peregrine falcon chicks -- and even drew blood from a National Aviary official's finger. But state Game Commission officials captured the bold bird's two chicks so aviary officials could perform full medical examinations. The commission then banded the chicks. From The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 5/20/2008.
Falcon eggs go missing from nest. new 5/13/2008
Peregrine falcon watchers are puzzled by the disappearance of two eggs from a nest high on the west side of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. From The Ottawa Citizen, 5/3/2008.
Indy's Peregrine Falcons Hatching. new 4/24/2008
There is a lot of action atop a downtown high rise. Two eggs in the Peregrine Falcon nest at Market Tower hatched this morning and those watching say two other nest eggs could hatch within hours. From 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis, 4/24/2008.
Pittsburgh Innovates. new 4/2/2008
Aviary’s falconcam offers intimate look into the world of falcons—watch live! From The Pop City, 4/2/2008.
Falcon atop Liberty bank is not Mercury. new 4/1/2008
The male member of a pair of breeding falcons living atop the Liberty Bank building downtown is not Mercury, the famed sire of 40 falcon chicks over the years, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said. From The Dayton Daily News, 4/1/2008.
Peregrine falcons begin nesting season in Ohio. new 3/15/2008
The 2008 peregrine falcon nesting season is under way in Ohio, with the Tuesday appearance of an egg in a nest at the Miami Fort Station power plant in western Hamilton County. From the Akron Beacon Journal, 3/14/2008.
Peregrine falcons seen on platform at County Hall. new 2/23/2008
Two peregrine falcons have been seen on a wooden platform recently installed on the front of County Hall in Aylesbury. From The Bucks Herald, 2/19/2008.
Peregrine falcon adapting to urban lifestyle. new 2/9/2008
The peregrine falcon is becoming a night hawk. The swiftest and deadliest of all avian predators is increasingly being seen soaring across city centre skylines and nesting in high rise blocks. From The Telegraph, 2/6/2008.
Birds of prey adapt their habits to the urban landscape. new 11/28/2007
"Seventy-one Over A" not only could see the cluster of birding telescopes, she could make out the veins in every retina looking through the lenses. If she minded, she didn't show it. She was too busy scraping the pigeon blood off her beak. The peregrine falcon flicked her beak across the steel girder like someone sharpening a carving knife. From The Seattle Post Intelligencer, 11/28/2007.
The amazing story of Madelaine. new 9/9/2007
McCurdy has cliff-side seat as peregrine falcon claws back from brink of extinction. From Nova News Now, 8/14/2007.
Birder makes remarkable discovery. new 9/9/2007
This story is mostly about a bird, but it also concerns the birder who discovered it, resulting in the first historical record of this species nesting in the Poconos. From The Pocono Record, 8/12/2007.
Downtown falcons among 56 fledged in Ohio. new 9/9/2007
The peregrine falcons who call downtown's Stambaugh Building home are among 56 of the young birds that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimates fledged from nests across the state this year. From The Youngstown Vindicator, 8/3/2007.
Falcon chicks fall from Oregon nest, get taken to refuge. new 7/19/2007
Ted and Lucas fall down and go boom. From The Toledo Blade, 7/17/2007.
Roi Is Gone. new 7/17/2007
Unexpected passing of an area favorite for birdwatchers. From The Chattanoogan, 7/15/2007.
Peregrine falcon chicks rule an unlikely roost. new 7/17/2007
Birds take up residence in power plant. From The Toledo Blade, 7/14/2007.
Winnipeg falcon chick dies in fall from nest. new 7/17/2007
One of four chicks being raised by a pair of peregrine falcons high above Winnipeg fell to its death before the horrified eyes of hundreds of online viewers Tuesday afternoon. From CBC Manitoba, 6/20/2007.
Roi "The Peregrine Falcon" Lives! new 7/17/2007
Last week it was reported that a male peregrine falcon that has nested on the railroad bridge below Chickamauga Dam for ten years was presumed dead. Regular bird watchers had not seen the male peregrine they call "Roi," since May 20. Late today however comes word that on May 20th an injured peregrine falcon was taken to the Chattanooga Zoo. Officials there sent the bird on to the Clinch River Rehabilitation Center. From The Chattanoogan, 6/5/2007.
Wandering chick rejoins Winnipeg's falcon family. new 7/17/2007
A chick that had wandered away from peregrine falcons nesting high above Winnipeg has rejoined its siblings under mom and dad. From CBC Manitoba, 6/5/2007.
Bell tower falcon trio christened. new 7/17/2007
Brood Enrolls At University Of Toledo. From The Toledo Blade, 6/2/2007.
Endangered Peregrine Falcon Presumed Dead. new 7/17/2007
Male peregrine at Chickamauga Dam hasn't been sighted in a week. From The Chattanoogan, 5/30/2007.
Bird Cam up and running for 10th year. new 5/15/2007
Xcel Energy’s Bird Cam Web page, which can be accessed by going to birdcam.xcelenergy.com or by clicking on the eagle at www.xcelenergy.com, is back for its 10th year. From spring to mid-summer, Bird Cam visitors can watch a variety of raptors raise their young. From the Mankato Free Press, 4/2/2007.
2 peregrine falcons building nest at UT. new 5/15/2007
The falcons have decided to make the University of Toledo their new home - and they are for real, not the Bowling Green State University mascot types. From the Toledo Blade, 3/29/2007.
Talon contest atop Cathedral of Learning riveting video. new 5/15/2007
Rare footage of the male peregrine falcon defending its man-made aerie in a bloody territory battle atop the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning has bird enthusiasts fluttering. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 3/21/2007.
High above Providence, a sure sign of spring takes flight. new 5/15/2007
The first peregrine to return to its nesting area in the financial district arrived more than two weeks ago. It carved up the sky as it reestablished its territory over the concrete towers and wreaked terror in the local population of starlings, robins and pigeons. From the Providence Journal, 3/21/2007.
Merlins appear occasionally in Ohio. new 1/6/2007
In the last half of December, up to three merlins were reported at Green Lawn Cemetery and Arboretum. From The Columbus Dispatch, 1/7/2007.
Falcons in the spotlight. new 6/11/2006
The past week was a good one for peregrine falcon watchers, with the most celebrated of Pennsylvania’s nesting falcons getting a little extra attention beyond their usual Internet audiences. From the Johnstown (PA) Tribune-Democrat, 5/27/2006.
New Theory Hatched After Second Set of Wilson Bridge Falcon Eggs Disappear. new 5/12/2006
Three peregrine falcon eggs in a nest on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge have failed to hatch. In fact, they have vanished. From the Washington Post, 5/7/2006.
Falcons Flock to Urban Perches. new 4/15/2006
Peregrines Trading in Wild Life for D.C. Area Roosts. From the Washington Post, 4/15/2006.
Finding Food Can Be Tough Work for a Falcon. new 2/23/2006
From The Berkeley Daily Planet, 2/21/2006.
Ohio's peregrine falcons rear record number of chicks. new 8/21/2005
A record 57 peregrine falcon chicks fledged this year from 18 nests across the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. From The People's Defender, 7/27/2005.
S.L. falcon babies learning to fly. new 7/4/2005
Wednesday was a scary day for a cluster of bird lovers who have gathered downtown to watch Salt Lake City's famous peregrine falcon babies fly. From The Deseret News, 6/30/2005.
Flight Attendant new 2/4/03.
Article from the Metro Times, 1/15/03, about Judy Yerkey and the Peregrines of Detroit.
The Rouge River Bird Observatory:
The Fall 2007 Banding Summary from Rouge River. new 11/12/07
Here's the banding summary from Julie Craves. This is the Rouge River Bird Observatory's 16th fall banding season. As in previous years, along with the banding stats and stories, there are quite a few excellent close-up photos of the birds banded this season.
The Fall 2006 Banding Summary from Rouge River. new 11/17/06
Here's the banding summary from Julie Craves. This is the Rouge River Bird Observatory's 15th fall banding season. Along with the banding stats and stories, there are quite a few excellent close-up photos of the birds banded this season.
The Spring 2006 Banding Summary from Rouge River. new 6/10/06
Here's the summary from Julie Craves. Explore the full RRBO site while you're there - it's worthwhile.
The Fall Banding Summary from Rouge River. new 11/20/05
In addition to the RRBO's 25,000'th bird (see below), the number of birds banded was well above average.
RRBO bands bird number 25,000. new 10/16/05
A White-throated Sparrow becomes the 25,000'th bird banded at RRBO. Quite a milestone!
2004 Fall Banding Summary from RRBO new 11/13/04
Julie Craves has an update on how the fall banding went.
2003 Fall Banding Summary from RRBO new 12/3/03
Julie Craves has an update on how the banding went. Enough funds have been raised that the Spring Banding will take place as planned, but operations beyond June are not guaranteed.
A Message from Julie Craves of the RRBO
November 2003: The MAS fundraiser to support the RRBO was a big success. Between the bake sale, raffle and contributions we raised $400, with another $100 from the MAS fund for a total of $500. Thanks to everyone, and remember that you can still make contributions directly to the Rouge River Bird Observatory.
November 2004: Our second annual MAS fundraiser in support of the RRBO was another big success. This time we raised $540, including a check for $100 from the MAS general fund. The Macomb Audubon board has made a commitment to hold this fundraiser annually for at least the next two years in order that RRBO can have a guaranteed funding stream. Though the immediate crisis is past, the RRBO still needs our support in order to continue their urban bird studies for years to come. Remember that your donation to the RRBO qualifies for a 50% State Tax Credit, meaning that half of what you donate (up to $200 per person) will be returned to you on your state income taxes.
December 2004: A message from Julie Craves to the MAS Membership. Once again...many thanks to you, the organization, and all the members that have contributed to the success of keeping RRBO alive and well. I should have interesting news to report by spring on a new source of funding. But without the support of individual donors this past year, we would never have had the opportunity to reach out in new directions. Every one of your members can take heart that their gifts played an important role.
Please pass on my thanks. Have a great holiday.
Julie A. Craves
Rouge River Bird Observatory
University of Michigan-Dearborn
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Whooping Cranes & Sandhill Cranes
CraneFest returns to Convis Township. new 10/3/2010
Michigan Audubon invites everyone to join them for the sixteenth annual CraneFest, to be held October 9 and 10 at the Battle Creek Kiwanis Youth Area. This event celebrates the annual fall migration of the Greater Sandhill Crane, Michigan's tallest bird. From The Battle Creek Enquirer, 9/30/2010.
Cranefest will celebrate Michigan's largest bird. new 9/19/2010
Sandhill Crane lovers plan to gather at Michigan Audubon's Baker Sanctuary on Oct. 9-10 for the colorful and raucous fall spectacle known as Cranefest. From The Grand Rapids Press, 9/19/2010.
Whooping cranes: Wild young fledge in Wisconsin. new 9/19/2010
For only the second time in more than a century, wild-hatched whooping cranes have fledged in the wild in the Midwest. Two did it in Wisconsin, one on public land and one on private. From The Chicago Sun-Times, 8/31/2010.
Fly Away Home. new 4/4/2010
Ultralight-aided whooping crane migration ends in NW Florida. From The Gulf Breeze News, 2/25/2010.
Sandhill Crane population on the rise in Ohio. new 12/27/2009
Unsuspecting Ohioans have been treated to an unforgettable spectacle of large flocks of enormous pterodactyl-like birds passing overhead recently. Their long necks are outstretched and their massive wings span more than 6 feet, easily powering the 10-pound birds known as Sandhill Cranes. From The Lancaster Eagle Gazette, 12/25/2009.
Why would vandals attack whooping crane shelter? new 12/10/2009
It is hard to believe that anybody trying to save whooping cranes from extinction could have enemies. From The Toronto Star, 12/10/2009.
Whooping Crane Migration Equipment Vandalized. new 11/25/2009
Every fall a new flock of yearling Whooping cranes is escorted south by a small lightweight aircraft operated by the nonprofit Operation Migration. Bad weather has delayed this year's "assisted" Whooping Crane migration and the birds have only traveled 239 miles of the 1,285 mile trip. More devastating than the weather, is the fact that Operation Migration's aircraft hanger was recently burglarized and the equipment that was too big to steal was vandalized beyond repair. From Daily Kos, 10/14/2009.
Large bird population is healthy and growing. new 9/26/2009
In some parts of Mid-Michigan, you might have seen more sandhill cranes this fall. They are gray birds with long legs and a distinctive call. While there are thousands in the state now, at one point, they were nearly wiped out. From WJRT-TV, 10/14/2009.
Fifteenth annual CraneFest to be held. new 9/26/2009
Nature and art come together at the fifteenth annual CraneFest, a Sandhill Crane and Art Festival. The Festival features hundreds of Sandhill Cranes returning to Big Marsh Lake in Baker Sanctuary amidst the splendor of autumn color. CraneFest will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 & 11 at the Battle Creek Kiwanis Youth Area. Hours for the free event are noon to 7 p.m. both days, with the best viewing of the cranes from 5 p.m. until dusk. From The Lansing State Journal, 9/23/2009.
Farmers can get permits to kill sandhill cranes. new 8/2/2009
It began with an older gentleman who sat across from me in the waiting room outside The Press newsroom. He had come to tell me something important. Farmers are getting permits to shoot sandhill cranes, he said. They are burying them and keeping it secret. He was shocked. From The Grand Rapids Press, 7/4/2009.
Rescue Flight. new 2/23/2009
This Way Survival: An ultralight plane piloted by an Operation Migration team member guiding whooping cranes from Wisconsin to their winter nesting grounds in Florida. From the New York Times Mazaine, 2/22/2009.
Whooping cranes could resume journey today. new 1/16/2009
If the winds die down, a flock of enormous, elegant birds will take off today, continuing a remarkable eight-year effort to keep alive an endangered species. From the St. Petersburg Times, 1/16/2009.
Rare birds to fly over Shoals. new 12/12/2008
Don't be alarmed this weekend if you look up and see a flock of large birds following ultralight aircraft. It's not the sequel to the movie "Fly Away Home." It's just a flock of rare birds finding their way to a comfortable winter home. From the Florence (AL) Times Daily, 12/6/2008.
Coming South: Sandhill Crane migration. new 12/6/2008
Their annual migration is underway, and Sandhill Cranes are beginning to arrive at the Hiwassee Refuge. From the Institute for Southern Studies, 11/29/2008.
Endangered Cranes Learn How to Migrate. new 11/23/2008
A group of whooping cranes is getting a lesson in migration this fall. They’re following a small flock of ultralight aircraft south. On Tuesday, they flew to LaSalle County, Illinois, from a farm just west of Rockford. Chicago Public Radio's Kristin Moo met them a few days before they took off, and she has this report. From Chicago Public Radio, 11/20/2008.
Crane finds Michigan. new 4/6/2008
At one time, whooping cranes were once scattered throughout a wide range, extending from central Canada south to Mexico and from Utah to the Atlantic coast. From The Traverse City Record Eagle, 4/6/2008.
Wildlife teams looking for endangered whooping crane. new 12/16/2007
Wildlife crews are on the lookout for an endangered bird, last seen wearing a green leg band and flying somewhere northeast of Louisville. From WHAS 11 (Louisville, KY) News, 11/27/2007.
Rare whooping crane hangs out west of Chelsea. new 11/12/2007
A rare - and wayward - whooping crane has found its way to a Michigan Audubon sanctuary west of Washtenaw County. From The Ann Arbor News, 10/20/2007.
New flock of endangered cranes on its way. new 10/21/2007
A founder of Operation Migration thinks the project has rebounded from last year's loss. From The St. Petersburg Times, 10/14/2007.
Rare whooping crane spotted locally; only about 250 in entire world. new 9/22/2007
Keep an eye on the sky this fall: a whooping crane is travelling incognito among a flock of sandhill cranes. From The Flint Journal, 9/19/2007.
Farewell to the Flock of 2006. new 2/18/2007
When a tornado hit Florida earlier this month seventeen endangered whooping cranes were killed. Joe Duff is the co-founder of Operation Migration, a non-profit that trains cranes to migrate and re-integrate into the wild. He’d flown 1200 miles with the young birds who were lost in the storm, and tells host Steve Curwood about his work with the birds. From Living on the Earth, 2/16/2007.
One Whooping Crane Spotted Alive After Florida Storms. new 2/4/2007
A whooping crane was spotted alive on Sunday after it was believed killed with 17 others in severe Florida storms, according to an organizer of a migratory project. From Fox News, 2/4/2007.
Central Florida storms kill flock of endangered whooping cranes. new 2/4/2007
All 18 endangered young whooping cranes that were led south from Wisconsin last fall as part of a project to create a second migratory flock of the birds were killed in storms in Florida, a spokesman said. From the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 2/3/2007.
After Long Struggle, Whooping Crane Population Hits Milestone. new 12/28/2006
One of the most beloved groups of winter Texans is back, in the largest number in a century and with a record 45 youngsters in tow, including an even rarer seven pairs of twins. From The Washington Post, 12/26/2006.
The tail of 615, the wayward whooper
All the way from Wisconsin, 18 rare whooping cranes followed an ultralight to their winter home in Florida. All except for bird 615. From the St. Petersburg Times, 12/21/2006.
Whooping Cranes, Ultralight Planes Take Flight on Annual Migration
Early this morning a unique flock of 18 birds joined the millions heading south for the winter. But this group of whooping cranes had surprising-looking "birds" at the helm: four ultralight aircraft. From National Geographic News, 10/5/2006.
Planes, cranes and automobiles
As adventures go, Operation Migration's fall flight with whooping cranes is a doozy: OM founder Bill Lishman and his team of pilots lead a flock of adolescent cranes from Wisconsin to Florida in an annual mission that's part Audubon Society, part Dawn Patrol, and part travelling circus. From the Globe and Mail, 9/17/2006.
Human interference causes problems for cranes
Eight whooping cranes are disoriented after humans in North Carolina scare them. They are now on the wrong side of Lake Michigan. From the St. Petersburg Times, 5/4/2004.
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The Kirtland's Warbler
Rare Great Lakes bird’s numbers down. new 9/19/2010
Prospects for Kirtland’s warbler remain uncertain. From The South Bend Tribune, 9/19/2010.
Scientists monitor endangered Kirtland's warblers during nesting season. new 6/27/2009
The half-ounce tenor teeters at the top of its leafy stage, throws back its head and dishes out a melodious solo. "Chip chip che-way-o." Dressed in a striking yellow vest and black eye mask, it needs no Hollywood publicist to attract attention. From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/9/2009.
Determined students want new state bird designated. new 5/31/2009
Fifth-graders argue Kirtland's warbler unique to Michigan. From The Ann Arbor News, 5/29/2009.
Kirtland's warbler recovery opens a new can of worms. new 1/13/2009
The Kirtland's warbler is doing so well in Michigan, it may be delisted as an endangered species. That opens up a host of questions, because the bird depends on state and federal management programs for its survival. From The Bay City Times, 1/12/2009.
Point Pelee visitors see Kirtland's Warbler. new 6/19/2008
The cold spell of weather -- windy and wet -- seems to be over and life will be easier for the birds with growing families. Keeping the babies warm and dry and finding enough food for them must have been difficult. From The Ottawa Citizen, 5/24/2008.
Endangered warbler found nesting in Petawawa. new 11/12/2007
For the first time on record in 62 years, the Kirtland's Warbler -- a rare and endangered species -- has hatched its eggs on Canadian soil. From The Ottawa Citizen, 11/2/2007.
Kirtland's warblers' numbers take flight. new 8/4/2006
Birds hit an all-time population high. From the Traverse City Record Eagle, 8/1/2006.
Cowbird roundup will help warblers. new 5/21/2006
Cowbird trapping program protects Kirtland's Warblers. From the Traverse City Record Eagle, 5/20/2006.
Songbirds, snowbirds and such. new 1/15/2006
The issue of which bird should represent the state of Michigan is once again - or should we say, still - being debated in the state Legislature. From The Petoskey News-Review, 1/13/2006.
Warbler's song returns to north. new 5/18/2005
The Kirtland's Warblers have returned again to Grayling. From The Traverse City Record Eagle, May 14, 2005.
Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Search Ends. new 5/7/2010
The active search for the long-lost bird of science and myth -- the ivory-billed woodpecker -- is officially ending. At least it is for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. From Discovery News, 4/15/2010.
Still looking after all these years. new 1/3/2010
For the past few years, researchers in camouflage and waders have slogged through the east Arkansas woods hoping to spot a rare bird that so far seems unwilling to be seen. From The Globe and Mail, 3/30/2009.
No ivory-billed woodpecker, but plenty of data. new 8/15/2009
They have searched the old-growth forests of the Carolinas, the swamps of Arkansas, the woods of Alabama and Mississippi, and now the vast river of grass, mangrove, cypress and wildlife that make up the Florida Everglades. But if the legendary ivory-billed woodpecker still inhabits any corner of the southeast United States, the bird remains -- by humans, at least -- unseen and unheard. From PhysOrg.com, 7/15/2009.
Will '09 settle rare bird mystery? new 1/13/2009
Expert continues quest to prove ivory-billed woodpecker still exists. From The Huntsville Times, 12/12/2009.
Without Proof, an Ivory-Billed Boom Goes Bust. new 2/2/2008
David Baxter, 62, has hunted the Big Woods in eastern Arkansas for most of his life. But these days, his weapon of choice is an old 35-millimeter camera with a zoom lens, which he keeps in his blue pickup truck at all times just in case he comes across an ivory-billed woodpecker. From The New York Times, 2/23/2008.
Seekers of ivory-billed woodpecker have gone out on a costly limb. new 9/22/2007
It is not the first time that an ornithologist has staked his reputation on the existence of the ivory-billed woodpecker. Just ask bird author John Dennis and George Lowery Jr., past president of the American Ornithologists' Union. Both men claimed to have had evidence that the bird still existed and nobody believed them. Lowery later wrote, "I wish now that I had said nothing about these birds." From The Montreal Gazette, 9/19/2007.
The bird is still the word. new 9/9/2007
August was a good news-bad news month for the ivory-billed woodpecker, the bird rediscovered in the Big Woods of the Bayou de View in 2004. A video of the bird was its first documentation since 1944. From The Arkansas Times, 9/6/2007.
‘I Saw The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker’. new 7/17/2007
It’s not everyday you see a ghost — or a creature that supposedly ceased existing more than six decades ago. From The Daily Green, 5/26/2007.
Robots aid in search for Ivory-billed woodpecker. new 2/18/2007
Scientists have installed robotic cameras to help in the search of the world's most elusive bird, the Ivory-billed woodpecker. From mongabay.com, 2/17/2007.
Arkansas Men Claim to See Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. new 12/25/2006
Kip Davis and Jay Robison saw what they believed was an ivory-billed woodpecker on Thursday, one of thousands of reported sightings piling up as leaves in an east Arkansas swamp drift down. From Fox News, 12/18/2006.
Lord God, what a mess. new 6/11/2006
Cornell Lab of Ornithology biologists have left the Bayou de View, and the ivory-billed woodpecker they hoped to photograph most likely has, too, they say. From the Arkansas Times, 6/8/2006.
Woodpecker search takes break till fall. new 5/12/2006
From the Arkansas Leader, 4/26/2006.
Experts argue over ivory-billed woodpecker. new 4/1/2006
Was it or was it not an ivory-billed woodpecker? Experts are still arguing a year later, while bird fanciers flock to the part of Arkansas where the bird in question was said to have been seen and heard. From USA Today, 3/16/2006.
Perch, you ivory-bill. new 3/17/2006
Searchers buoyed by sightings, but photo needed. From The Arkansas Times, 3/2/2006.
President Asks For Money For Ivory-billed Woodpecker. new 3/17/2006
Deputy Interior Secretary P. Lynn Scarlett said today the President is requesting more than $2.1 million to bolster the recovery effort for the endangered Ivory-billed Woodpecker that John James Audubon once called "the great chieftain of the woodpecker tribe." From The Chattanoogan, 2/26/2006.
A lone cry of reason from the wilderness. new 2/23/2006
Not quite everyone is convinced that the evidence for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker is conclusive. From the Smoky Mountain News, 2/1/2006.
New star of the bird world stars in lawsuit, too. new 12/30/2005
Environmentalists trot out woodpecker to fight Arkansas irrigation project. From MSNBC, 1/25/2006.
Businesses hoping woodpecker helps tourism take wing. new 12/4/2005
Monroe County is still hoping that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker will bring in the tourists. From the Seattle Times, 11/28/2005.
In search of the ivory-billed woodpecker. new 11/20/2005
Another take on the rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. From USA TODAY, 11/9/2005.
Out There: Before and after the ivory-bill. new 11/20/2005
The discovery of an ivory-billed woodpecker in the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas is having far-reaching effects on this beautiful bottomland realm. From ESPN Outdoors, 10/18/2005.
Bird's Advocates Challenge Corps. new 10/16/2005
Water Projects Called Threat to Woodpecker Once Thought Extinct. From the Washington Post, 9/8/2005.
When a rare bird's spotted in the bush. new 10/16/2005
Why is the Ivory-bill significant? From the San Francisco Chronicle, 9/3/2005.
Audio Evidence of Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. new 10/16/2005
There's new evidence suggesting the majestic ivory-billed woodpecker, once thought to be extinct, is indeed alive in eastern Arkansas. From NPR, 8/25/2005.
Ivory-Bill "Knock-Knock" Puts Joke on Skeptics. new 8/21/2005
Now even the skeptics agree that the ivory-billed woodpecker lives. The proof? Audio recordings of the birds' telltale knocking that suggest there are at least two ivory-bills living in an area of Arkansas swamp forest. From National Geographic News, 8/4/2005.
Hunt and Peck. new 7/24/2005
The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Isn't Extinct After All. Just Darn Hard to Spot. From The Washington Post, 7/24/2005.
David Sibley's Ivory Billed Woodpecker page. new 6/24/2005
The above link takes you to an insert for the Sibley Guide to Birds, covering the newly rediscovered Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
Lord God! Good News. new 6/24/2005
Globally Significant Discovery Offers Second Chance to Protect America’s Largest Woodpecker. From The Arkansas Times, 6/9/2005.
The Future of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. new 5/1/2005
Even before it disappeared in the 1940s, the ivory-billed woodpecker had near-mythical status. Christopher Joyce reports on what scientists are planning now that they believe they've rediscovered a species long thought extinct. From NPR, 4/29/2005. Click the "Listen" button to hear the story, which runs 5 minutes and 6 seconds.
Bird enthusiasts hail rediscovery of woodpecker. new 5/1/2005
From USA Today, 4/28/2005.
More information on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker from the Big Woods Conservation Partnership.
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