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Citizen Science Tuesday: BowerBird

Do you want to protect Australian biodiversity? Join BowerBird and share your naturalist observations with a community that can make a difference for conservation!

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Nest Cam of the Month: Barred & Barn Owls

Nesting season is in full swing! Check out April’s featured nest cams ⎯ barred and barn owls.

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Nest Cam of the Month: Bald Eagles

Nest cams give you an up-close view of everyday avian drama. Check out March’s featured nest cam ⎯ the Decorah bald eagles.

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Nest Cam of the Month: Great Horned Owls

Nest cams give you an up-close view of everyday avian drama. Check out February’s featured nest cam ⎯ a great horned owl.

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The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird

It has 360-degree vision. It binges on worms. And its spring mating ritual includes some of the funkiest dance moves in the bird world. Meet the American woodcock, a.k.a. timberdoodle.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: iNaturalist

Around 1.6 million species are known to science. What’s in your neighborhood? Join iNaturalist, a citizen scientist community that’s cataloging life on Earth and find out.

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Notes from Silver Creek: Natural Born Scientists

It was a normal Sunday for us.  Mid-morning, we walked down to the creek to throw some rocks in the water and look for critters.

My boys were standing on the bridge, throwing stones, and I walked down the road to get them a few more rocks.  My five year old, Ben, said to me, “Mom, don’t go over there.”

I asked why and he said, “Because there is a bird asleep in that tree.”

I looked up and sure enough, a nighthawk was sound asleep on one of the horizontal branches.  I asked Ben how he knew it was there and he looked at me like I was not the smartest person in the world and said, “Because there’s a bunch of bird poop on the ground there.”

Watching my boys grow up on The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve in south-central Idaho–where I work as manager–I am amazed on a daily basis how much they notice. 

They know exactly where to find big spiders (“where there are lots of bugs, Mom”), the big black beetles (walking across the dry spots along the road, of course), the ladybugs (on that pokey green plant) and the frogs (where the banks hang over the water).

They have learned habitats simply by looking for the bugs and critters that live there.  Long before formal training, they have keen observational skills and know what questions to ask.

They are, in essence, highly effective little scientists.

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The Ospreys Are Back!
Live views, 24/7, of an Alabama osprey nest. Record your observations and ask our ecologist about what you’re seeing.

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