Bird Surprises

Justine WeberBird Sightings, Birding, Field Work, ScienceLeave a Comment

Before moving to Syracuse and becoming a plant ecology graduate student, my field work was bird-based. I was a point-counter, transect-walker, and wife of the bird-obsessed. In fact, last summer’s field season left me with the vestiges of being a real birder – I realized this after I found myself subconsciously tallying what birds and how many were singing in … Read More

How we missed the Kirtland’s Warbler

Justine WeberBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, General News and Info, RaritiesLeave a Comment

[dc]W[/dc]hen we registered for The Biggest Week, Drew and I excitedly looked through the workshop and field trip offerings to pick something special to add to our week of birding. There was a long list of great field trips to area hotspots, expert keynote speakers, and birding workshops on the docket, but we found one thing that we knew we … Read More

Review: Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast, A Natural History

Justine WeberBooks, General News and Info1 Comment

[dc]T[/dc]here is no doubt about it. Spring is upon us in all of its glorious proliferation. Trees are leafing-out, yards are being mowed, and spring migrants are winging their way back to us in earnest. Frankly, I’m a bit worried about warblering season, as the unseasonably early tree leaves will make the little buggers impossible to see. (And let’s be … Read More

Nemesis Bird + The Biggest Week

Justine WeberBirding, General News and Info4 Comments

[dc]A[/dc] few of us from the Nemesis Bird team are excited to be heading to The Biggest Week in American Birding in NW Ohio for some spring migration excitement. Anna, Alex, Justine and Drew have been invited to attend the festival as Official Bloggers for the event. We will be joining a crew of excellent bird bloggers from across the country … Read More

Review: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Mammals

Justine WeberBooks, General News and Info, ReviewsLeave a Comment

Alright birders, let’s take a break from spring migration (if that’s even possible) and challenge your other-nature knowledge. Do you know the defining features of a mammal? Sure, the average person could provide the correct – if not complete – answer of “they have hair.” But I know second-graders who can do that. A more knowledgeable person might add “they … Read More

First SCCCMA Surveys Complete

Justine WeberScienceLeave a Comment

Our first surveys of PSU’s new Rockview property took place this past Sunday (12/4), and went very well. We had an excellent turnout of volunteers (thanks again to all who offered their time and skills!), and observed some excellent species. Penn State’s piece of Spring Creek Canyon Cooperative Management Area is 452 acres of varied habitat, and in about 3 … Read More

Spring Creek Canyon Cooperative Management Area: An Introduction

Justine WeberGeneral News and Info5 Comments

Most avid birders have a repertoire of favorite birding spots: hotspots where they are likely to find a high diversity of species, or seasonally unique species, or even just an easily-accessed spot that will consistently provide a good list. In an area that is birded frequently (say, Centre Country), that list of spots, though still worthwhile, tends to remain stagnant. … Read More