Night Flight Call primer

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This post comes from Kelley Nunn, who has recently taken up the fascinating challenge of identifying nocturnally migrating birds as the call far overhead. This is a true frontier of ornithology, with lots to discover, and avid birders and researchers are working together to solve the puzzles of figuring out how to identify birds flying high overhead. You can read more … Read More

The Bird with…*Spots*

Cameron RuttBanding, Field Work, General RantLeave a Comment

Fieldwork in a new locale necessarily brings with it a steep learning curve. Everything is foreign from the lay of the land to the host of simplicities that we all take for granted in a familiar location, like knowing where to find those mundane features of ordinary life: ATMs, groceries, and other various appliances (try finding a decent spatula around … Read More

Among Amazonian Royalty

Cameron RuttBanding, Behavior, Field Work, General News and Info, photo study, Science1 Comment

As a sluggish day of bird-banding drew wearily to a close, Osmaildo (one of my Brazilian mateiros) approached the station with a trio of once-white bird bags. The mateiros have literally spent years of their lives in the Amazon rainforest and, as such, not much seems to faze them anymore. Thus, their dispassionate expressions betray little and I am often … Read More

The dawn of my own Amazon Trails

Cameron RuttBanding, Field Work, Science1 Comment

My first trip into the Amazon Rainforest could be broken down like this. Day 2: Discover snake in camp toilet. Day 3: Spot first venomous snake. Day 6: Get soaked in drenching morning downpour while felling trees. Day 7: Get bit by an owl. Day 9: Finally dry off and begin to beat back the encroaching mold. Of course, this … Read More

Whimbrel at Somerset Lake (AGAIN!)

Andy McGannBird News, Birding, General News and Info, Migration, Photography, Rarities, ScienceLeave a Comment

Lightning struck a second time today at Somerset Lake IBA. After work, Mike Lanzone and Jeff Payne stopped by the lake, hoping for a White-rumped Sandpiper or maybe even a Red Knot. They were both shocked to find a WHIMBREL instead. This Arctic-to-Caribbean-and-back migrant is a powerful flier, and research by the Center for Conservation Biology has tracked Whimbrels regularly … Read More

Santa Rosa Island Raptor banding 2015

Anna FasoliBanding, Field Work, Science2 Comments

I’ve been working on Santa Rosa Island for the Institute for Wildlife Studies for nearly four months now, monitoring Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle nests. This week was banding week on SRI, the culmination of all of our hours of observation and hiking. I have lots of photos from the last few months and posts to write, but I figured I’d … Read More

eBird receives first-ever conservation honor from American Bird Conservancy – BirdWatching

Drew WeberGeneral News and Info, Science

  Exciting news. eBird – which we already knew was awesome – is being recognized for their contributions and innovations in bird conservation. Every person who has contributed their sightings to eBird has had a hand in the projects success, and I think we all deserve a pat on the back for the immense success of eBird, which is so … Read More

Santa Rosa Tour 3 Update: Part Two, March 14-17

Anna FasoliField Work, General News and Info, ScienceLeave a Comment

Wow, does time fly by when you are on an eight day on, six day off schedule (this schedule is possibly the secret to life). I’ve finally gotten around to posting the second half of tour three on Santa Rosa Island, working for Institute for Wildlife Studies (Read part one here first!) Weather was excellent for the second half of tour 3 as … Read More

Earth Day 2015: A Reflection and a Video Clip

Andy McGannAsides, Behavior, blogging, General News and Info, General RantLeave a Comment

Another year passes and another Earth Day comes and goes. One measly day. Twenty-four hours is essentially the blink of an eye. Compare it to the Earth as we experience it. Our planet took 4.54 billion years to get this way. For me, the attraction of Earth Day is the occasion to think beyond our day-to-day schedules and our short … Read More

Santa Rosa Tour 2 Update: Part Two, February 27 – March 3

Anna FasoliField Work, General News and InfoLeave a Comment

Weather can be extremely variable on the Channel Islands, as we found out during the second half of our second tour on Santa Rosa working for Institute for Wildlife Studies. Friday was our most brutal day on the island with very high winds; our legs were being blown out from underneath us on the long trek to Bonn Point. The … Read More