Tag: Birds

How to Green Birding’s ‘Big Year’

In a “Big Year,” birders race to rack up as many bird species as possible, often at a great economic and environmental cost. The Big Green Year changes that.

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Boucher’s Bird of the Year: The Bornean Bristlehead

Birder Tim Boucher’s life list numbers 4929 species, but he still gets excited by new sightings. Join him on a journey to Malaysian Borneo as he encounters his best bird of 2014 — an elusive and little-known forest denizen.

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Winter Bird Feeding: Good or Bad for Birds?

Winter bird feeding is hugely popular, with more than 40 percent of U.S. households participating. But is it actually good for the birds? Ornithologist Joe Smith looks at the science behind this backyard activity.

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Review: Richard J. King’s The Devil’s Cormorant

Birders: looking for a good read in the new year? Author Richard J. King delves into the realm of cormorants, and finds a tangled web of human-nature connections.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Celebrate Urban Birds

A surprising abundance and diversity of birds is waiting for you right in the city. Celebrate Urban Birds will help you find, identify, and study them.

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The Hooting Season: Enjoying Great Horned Owls

The breeding and nesting season for most birds is months away. But not so for great horned owls. Here’s what you need to enjoy the hooting extravaganza at a park near you.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: SeaWatch

Where to see skies filled with seabirds? Take part in SeaWatch at Schoodic Point and gather important conservation data while enjoying a wildlife spectacle.

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The Great Turkey Shuffle: How Restoration Has Changed Gobbler Genetics

When reintroducing wild turkeys across the United States, conservationists paid little attention to turkey subspecies. Today, determining turkey subspecies can require the skills of a wildlife CSI team. What does this mean for turkey genetics — and future conservation?

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Grouse Count: Aerial Infrared Technology Ensures Accurate Wildlife Census

The challenge: find a chicken-sized bird in a million-acre expanse of rugged canyons & bad roads. See how infrared sensing revolutionizes sage grouse counts.

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A Tale of Two Turkeys

It’s that time of year: join us for a taste, so to speak, of turkey natural history, conservation and science — including a look at a turkey that will definitely not be on your plate in two weeks (and doesn’t even gobble).

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The Penguins of Boulders Beach

Forty years ago, Boulder Beach in South Africa had no penguins. Today, tourists flock there to see thousands of these charismatic birds. A conservation success? Not quite. The real story is a bit more complicated.

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Decoy: How Fake Birds Aid Real Research

To get a bird in the hand, you have to catch it first. One of the bird researcher’s most trusted bird catching tools is the decoy — a fake bird. Ornithologist Joe Smith on why real birds so often fall for their wooden and paper mache likenesses.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Victorian Malleefowl Recovery Group

Ever heard of a malleefowl? You’ll never forget it after reading about their big feet, huge nests, and chicks born fully feathered that can fly within 24 hours.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Penguin Watch

Contribute to science by looking at photos of adorable penguins, seriously. Give Penguin Watch a chance.

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Enjoy the Fall Migration: Your Guide to Bird Observatories

The fall bird migration is underway. And there’s no better way to enjoy the spectacle — and help science — than to visit a bird observatory near you. Ornithologist Joe Smith gets you started.

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