Study reveals further declines for the world’s waterbirds

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In the somber news category, the fourth edition of the Wetlands International report on waterbird species around the world has been released. It’s based on annual field surveys by 15,000 voluntary expert observers across hundreds of sites worldwide, including many IBA’s. Of the 878 species that they present estimates and trends for, 44% are either decreasing or have become extinct … Read More

How to count birds

Drew WeberBird Websites, Conservation Issues, eBird3 Comments

Snow Geese flock, originally uploaded by topherous. Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird site has just posted Bird Counting 101. For anyone who spends time out in the field watching large flocks, whether they are shorebirds, waterfowl or hawks knows that estimating flock size can be ridiculously hard. Just looking at the flock of Snow Geese above is overwhelming if you … Read More

Another Ontelaunee sunset

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I headed to Lake Ontelaunee again this evening to witness the growing numbers of gulls roosting on the lake. Apparently most of them are spending their days near a dump in Morgantown and then headed to Ontelaunee to roost. This evening there were again almost 2000 gulls, this time with a high percentage of Herrings than last time. I estimated … Read More

Vulture chick brings hope

Drew WeberBird News, Conservation Issues1 Comment

For those of you who follow bird news around the globe, you are probably aware that vulture populations have crashed to an unsustainable level due to the widespread use of the veterinary medicine, diclofenac. Three species of vultures- the White-Rumped Vulture (Gyps bengalensis), Indian Vulture (Gyps indicus) and Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris) declined by more that 95 percent in just … Read More

Natty Geo Hummingbirds

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The last National Geographic has a great article on hummingbirds with some of the most beautiful hummingbird photographs I have ever seen. Apparently, these hummingbirds are captured, carried to the photographers SUV which is equipped with flowers and proceeds to photograph them. The goal is to document all the species of hummingbirds in order to better conserve them. To see … Read More

Strike three for Thayer’s

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Well, I have been to Memorial Lake 3 times now to see the Thayer’s Gull and last night was the closest I have come to see it. It showed up as it was getting dark and Tom Johnson gave me a call that he was seeing it from across the lake. My mistake was trying to see it from where … Read More

The Christmas Post

Drew WebereBird, General News and Info1 Comment

Now that Christmas is officially over I feel as if I should past what I got today. Highlights include a brand new eastern edition of Sibley’s, a tiny little camera case, an awesome Mountain Hardwear down vest, and some clothes. But the most exciting present of all was a year’s subscription to Birds of North America (BNA) Online from Cornell … Read More

Happy Feet but sad Rockhoppers

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For a great animated flick with a hint of conservation I would recommend the new movie, Happy Feet. The main theme is about a young Emperor Penguin who can’t sing the typical mate attracting song, but rather has a knack for dancing. The Independent in the UK recently had an article about the dramatic decline of the Rockhopper (Eudyptes chrysocome), … Read More

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Record Setting Year

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As an intern at Hawk Mountain this past fall I was privileged to be there for an excellent season. Records set included:-the 4th highest one-day Broad-winged Hawk count (7,508)-a tie for the one-day Northern Harrier record (36)–season record for Golden Eagles (164)-season record for Merlins (204)–tied for season record for Peregrine Falcons (62)-Mississippi Kite (1, 5th record) Also, Turkey and … Read More

my flickr groups

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Thought you should all know that there are some excellent uses for the photo sharing site, Flickr.I just started two groups to document the variation of Song Sparrows and Fox Sparrows across North America. Because of the new mapping feature I hope to make it possible to quickly look at photos of all the different subspecies of these two sparrows. … Read More