The American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) is a short, plump shorebird species from North America. It is popularly known as “timberdoodle”.
Did you know that you can help birds by simply drinking coffee? The right type of coffee, that is. Mass Audubon, a leader in bird conservation since 1896, has joined Massachusetts-based Birds & Beans®’ efforts to provide consumers with shade grown Bird Friendly® coffee to help stop population loss of North American songbirds in their winter homes in Latin America.
We’ve compiled a list of this season’s coolest birding gifts for any budget. We’ve got the perfect unique gift, or stocking stuffer, to bring a smile to the backyard birder on your shopping list.
Unique Birding Gift Idea Under $150 – The Southern Plantation Birdhouse
The Augusta Clubhouse Birdhouse
The Augusta Clubhouse Birdhouse
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Beautiful Craftsmanship, Fully Functional & Bird Friendly
With the timeless look of an old Southern plantation home, this architectural replica birdhouse was inspired by one of the most prestigious sites in golf.
The Augusta Clubhouse Birdhouse has two stories, deep porches, wrap-around balconies and lots of windows. The design feature durable wood construction with all-weather paint and a pine shingled roof.
Professional wildlife photographer Andy Langley offers expert tips and advice for capturing photos of birds of prey in the wild. With wild barn owls as his subject, Langley suggests to pick the most predictable hunting …
Second of seven videos from the National Wildlife Federation about establishing a Certified Wildlife Habitat at your home or school. Naturalist David Mizejewski discusses the benefit native plants offer in providing seed, berries, nectar and pollen for wild birds. Native plants also attract and support insect populations, a key for any wildlife habitat.
Live-action edition of “Bird Bits,” with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the latest Boy Bird Band in the making. No inappropriate language or themes – clean comedy.
The state’s coastal shoreline, forests, and privately-owned conservation areas have long been a magnet for bird-watching in Connecticut.
Whether you’re looking to spot a year-round raptor resident or a migratory bird you’ll find something for everybody in this collection of bird-watching destinations in the Nutmeg State.
White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center – Litchfield:
In 1913 Alain White and his sister, May, created the White Memorial Foundation in the hills of northwestern Connecticut, and with Bantam Lake as its centerpiece. Today you’ll discover 35 miles of trails winding through open water and wetlands. Popular walks for bird-watchers are Lake Trail, the Little Pond Boardwalk Trail and the Butternut Trail.
Duncraft has announced their Winged Wonders of Winter Photo Contest, where if your winter bird photo is selected you can win a backyard birding prize package valued at $240.
Winter is a great time to capture photographs of birds in the beauty of the season. Email Duncraft your favorite photo of backyard birds in a winter setting and you could be the winner.
If bluebirds visiting your backyard don’t seem as “blue” as before, researchers may have found the reason – feather eating bacteria. Birds with brightly colored feathers can carry bacteria which eats their feathers. This affects their health and dull their plumage, according to a BBC Earth Report.
Researchers at the Bird Behavior Studies Dept. of Biology at the College of William and Mary, Virginia, surveyed a population of Eastern bluebirds (Sialia sialis) living in Virginia. They found that 99% of all Eastern bluebirds surveyed were infected with feather-degrading bacteria. Furthermore, they found that the greater the concentration of the bacteria, the duller the bluebird’s feathers appeared. The feather-degrading bacteria decomposes the protein beta-keratin, which makes up over 90% of a feather’s mass. They also found that more bacteria equaled poorer body condition, and therby a reduction in the bird’s health, and also their reproductive success.
Water is a vital resource in the day to day life of birds, and during the winter unfrozen water can be scarce. Birdbath heaters allow you to offer unfrozen water during the cold winter months. When all of the water in and around your yard is frozen, your heated bath will attract birds like a magnet.
During winter birds need water not only for drinking but for bathing as well. Why would a bird want to get wet in freezing temperatures? Because when their feathers get dirty and they don’t insulate as well. A dip and splash in the bath will get their feathers back to optimum performance.
Deck Mounted Heated Bird Bath
Deck Mounted Heated Bird Bath
There are two approaches to heated setups, a dish with the heater built in or adding a heater to an existing birdbath. Most of these have built in thermostats that conserve energy by only turning on when needed to keep the water ice free. Use a heavy duty outdoor extension cord to plug them in.
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The rule implements federal protections provided by the ESA for the Cantabrian capercaillie, Marquesan imperial pigeon, Eiao Marquesas reed-warbler, greater adjutant, Jerdon’s courser, and slender-billed curlew.
If the pair’s breeding effort is successful at Midway Atoll Refuge, it would mark the first confirmed hatching of a short-tailed albatross outside of Japan in modern history.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a report recommending closing human access to caves and mines where bats with white-nose syndrome are hibernating in an area more than 250 miles from other WNS-affected caves and mines.
The oldest known U.S. wild bird – a coyly conservative 60 — is a new mother. The bird, a Laysan albatross named Wisdom, was spotted a few weeks ago with a chick by John Klavitter, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and the deputy manager of the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. The bird …
Damage to bat wings from the fungus associated with white-nose syndrome (WNS) may cause catastrophic imbalance in life-support processes, according to newly published research. This imbalance may be to blame for the more than 1 million deaths of bats due to WNS thus far, proposes Carol Meteyer, a pathologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National …
Researchers found that deforestation in the New England area at that time produced significant soil erosion, increasing sediment delivery rates — the natural flow of sand and soil in water systems. The large amounts of sediment traveling in rivers and streams to the coastline spurred a significant period of wetland growth, leading to marshes lining the coast of New England that today are abnormally large.