This Week in Birding 60

This Week in Birding

Birding News #60

:: Lights Out programs in Washington, DC, and Baltimore are gathering important data to learn more about bird strikes

:: The Seattle Times reviews The Things With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human by Noah Strycker; reviewer David B. Williams says the book “will encourage you to take a closer look at the natural world around you, and perhaps learn more not only about what you see but who you are”.

:: The Wall Street Journal on David Sibley and the second edition of his Sibley Guide to Birds

:: Florida wildlife rescuers are warning about a type of fishing gear, called a Sabiki rig, that they say is killing and maiming seabirds such as pelicans, cormorants, herons, terns, and egrets.

:: While Texas Tech University students are enjoying spring break week, school staff will be busy using a propane-powered noise cannon to try to scare pesky birds away from campus. Officials are calling it “a bird relocation program.”

:: Opening this Friday, March 21st, is “Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown”, part two of The New-York Historical Society’s three-part series, “Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock”, showcasing masterpieces from the museum’s collection of John James Audubon’s preparatory watercolors for the The Birds of America

:: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has launched a new website — All About Bird Biology

:: A New Jersey volunteer for Toms River Avian Care has been charged with animal cruelty for failure to provide proper care, after she was discovered to be hoarding hundreds of dead birds, including gulls, pigeons, sparrows, and doves, in her mother’s house.

:: Great posts in birding blogs this week: 

:: From Redgannet at 10,000 BirdsA Red-naped Sapsucker and a Townsends Warbler

:: From Bob at Bob’s Gone BirdingWrong Turn, Right Place

:: From Dave at the ABA BlogOpen Mic: A Birder’s Guide to Everything as an Avenue to Birding

:: From Tim at Bird CanadaLast Hurrah for Winter (hopefully!)

:: From Victoria at the All About Birds BlogOur Review: Best iPhone Apps for Learning Bird Songs

:: From Jeff at NeoVista BirdingVagrant Black-and-white Warbler in Gilbert, AZ

:: From Ashley at Views from the Urban LakeBirds in the Mist