Birding the Depths

a guest bloggerField Work, General News and Info, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

Guest post by Ian Gardner With one of the highest murder rates in the world, recently overrun by cartels, a history of violence against environmental activists, and hosting a plethora of tropical diseases, Honduras is not the first country you’d think to visit in Central America for birding. But it also contains 23 bio-reserves covering 20% of the country, 9 mountains … Read More

Winging their Way to a Forest Near You

Cameron RuttBanding, Field Work, Migration, Ranges and Distributions, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

Amazingly, we’re already well into the second half of April, which probably means a lot more to the rest of you North American birders than it does to me right about now… See, I’ve been stationed here in Manaus, Brazil, for most of the past year, which means that there is vanishingly little seasonal turnover in the mature Amazon rainforest. (If … Read More

Field Life is for the Birds (and the termites, and the frogs…)

Cameron RuttField Work, Research, Science1 Comment

Living afield in the Amazon is a bit like journeying back in time. Yes, we have electricity, at least when the camp generator is running (or, for that matter, simply operational…I’ve now spent two weeks without). Much more importantly, though, these generators operate a pump that pulls water up from a stream to a large freshwater tank that sits elevated … Read More

Expectations vs. Reality: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Cameron RuttField Work, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

Most of us probably have some preconceived notions about what fieldwork in the Amazon rainforest entails. I certainly did. Who knows where these ideas originate or even if they were once rooted in fact at all. Oftentimes, I don’t even think we’re aware of these assumptions until we see something first-hand (like when we catch our first glimpse of a … Read More

PA Grassland Bird Research

a guest bloggerConservation Issues, Featured, Field Work, Research, Science2 Comments

Like many of us here at NemesisBird.com, our friend Matt Sabatine has grown up birding the fields and forests of Pennsylvania. Recently Matt was able to work in northwestern PA with grasslands birds, and offers some insights into his research with this guest post. Enjoy! As part of my internship practicum at Penn State, I was employed this summer to … Read More

American Kestrel Partnership Kestrel Camera: A Struggle to Survive

Anna FasoliBehavior, Conservation Issues, Research, ScienceLeave a Comment

The American Kestrel Partnership was created by The Peregrine Fund to gather data about the very alarming decline of American Kestrels in North America. Long term data from breeding bird survey routes indicate as high as 64% population decline in American Kestrel populations since the 1960’s. As with most declining species, it is likely a combination of factors that is causing … Read More

Raptors in Northern Nicaragua

Steve BrennerBirding, Field Work, Research, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

For two glorious weeks between February and March, Drew Weber and I were in northern Nicaragua completing bird surveys on shade grown coffee farms for the lovely folks over at Birds and Beans. Much of our time was spent in the department of Madriz, an area that previously was severely under-birded. Relishing in the challenge of birding unknown territory and … Read More

Track Snowy Owl in (near) real-time!

Drew WeberResearch, ScienceLeave a Comment

One of our goals for this project was to provide you with updated maps to keep tabs on the Snowy Owls we are tracking. Thanks to Don Crockett, this is now a reality! Don worked with us to build some incredible interactive maps, allowing our fans and supporters to follow each of the owls. Under optimal weather conditions, the owls … Read More

Do you want to help study and conserve American Kestrels? Join The Peregrine Fund’s new American Kestrel Partnership!

Drew Weberdistribution, Field Work, Research, Science1 Comment

This post was written for Nemesis Bird by Matt Giovanni, a research biologist and the director of the American Kestrel Partnership at The Peregrine Fund. The Peregrine Fund is a non-profit dedicated to saving birds of prey from extinction, and did some incredible work to help the Peregrine Falcon after its decline due to DDT. [dc]T[/dc]he American Kestrel is North America’s … Read More