Hawk Migration Up-Close and Awesome

Steve BrennerBanding, Birding, Field Work, Identification, Migration2 Comments

This fall, I’m stationed atop Capilla Peak in the Manzano Mountains, about 25 miles southeast of Albuquerque. My purpose: count, identify, and band as many migrating raptors as possible. Myself and three others are working for Hawkwatch International, an organization devoted to the conservation of North American raptors. There is nothing quite like a complete immersion into the miracle of … Read More

Florida Field Season Highlights

Anna FasoliBanding, Field Work, General News and Info, ScienceLeave a Comment

I’ve been in Florida for just about six months once again working for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and this is the first time I have ever spent an entire summer in Florida for an extended field season. The humidity is no joke down here; in late June I was sure that a slow death by dehydration was upon me. … 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

Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 17

Jordan RutterField Work, General News and Info, Photography1 Comment

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. –~~=-=~~– When it comes to checking up on piping plover families, a scope is usually … Read More

Call for help for a fellow field biologist/birder

Anna FasoliField WorkLeave a Comment

One of the many things I love about birding is the small community atmosphere and willingness of others to help in times of need. Even when a complete stranger is involved. I’ve been home sick for two days so I’ve been spending a ridiculous amount of time on the internet. This morning after dragging myself back into bed after making … Read More

Piping Plovers – Beyond Cute

Jordan RutterBanding, Conservation Issues, Featured, Field Work, General News and Info, Identification, Ranges and Distributions4 Comments

Many birders are familiar with this small migratory shorebird and some know of its endangered status. Not to mention the fact that they’re adorable. But there’s a lot more about Piping Plovers (PIPL) than their good looks. There are two subspecies in three distinct populations of Piping Plovers. The Atlantic coast has its own subspecies (Charadrius melodus melodus) while the internal … Read More

Rabbit Season in the Rockies

Alex LamoreauxField Work, MammalsLeave a Comment

Although not technically a “rabbit”, Snowshoe Hares are particularly visible and abundant right now in the boreal habitats of northern Idaho. The vast expanses of spruce-fir forests and large stands of Lodgepole Pines covering the mountainous landscape creates the ultimate kingdom for this large leporid. Before this summer I had only seen a handful of Snowshoe Hares in my life, but … Read More

Birds, Bears, Lions – Idaho for the Summer

Alex LamoreauxField Work, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

This summer I am back in Idaho, working for the Intermountain Bird Observatory! I can’t wait to explore a new region of the state, mainly north of McCall to the Canada border while doing daily point count transects for breeding birds. My friend Ian Gardner and I drove over from Pennsylvania, winding around to a few of our friend’s houses and … Read More

An evening in Ocala National Forest: Common Nighthawk flight display

Anna FasoliBehavior, Birding, Field Work1 Comment

Yesterday, as part of my work with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, I spent part of the day mapping territories of Florida Scrub-Jays in Ocala National Forest. I spent a few hours out in the morning, but high humidity and baking sun had the jays quiet by 11:00 or so. There is no standing water in the scrub, so … Read More

Southeastern American Kestrel Monitoring…take two!

Anna FasoliField Work, Science1 Comment

After a year and a half of environmental consulting on wind projects in Pennsylvania, I have jumped back into the wonderful world of ornithological field work. This time I won’t be travelling as much, but will be just as busy. Since early March, I’ve been back in Florida for another round of Southeastern American Kestrel monitoring in Marion and Levy … Read More