This Guinness World Record™ attempt at creating the world’s biggest bird feeder by volume of food is supported by Natural England, the government’s wildlife advisor, Yara Ltd, who have been involved in the Trust’s game crop trials, and Belmont Seeds. The aim of this record attempt is to raise awareness of the increased problems faced by farmland birds, especially at this time of year when the ‘hungry gap’ from February until late spring, means that many birds struggle to survive through this difficult period.
Farmland bird numbers have halved since the 1970s and many of our once familiar farmland birds, such as the tree sparrow, grey partridge and corn bunting have suffered even more severe declines. The Trust believes that the loss of set-aside, and the increased demand for food production could mean that the situation may deteriorate even further for many threatened farmland bird species.View full post
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.View full post
This is going to be the lamest form they’ve ever received. That was my thought as I participated in my first Great Backyard Bird Count several years ago. More than half an hour into my count I had found only a few tufted titmice and a lone mockingbird. Sure I was headed toward the water where I was sure to pick up a duck species or two, but I had expected to see more than titmice and mockingbirds by this point. I was, after all, doing a count. Didn’t the birds know this? Didn’t they want to be counted? Why weren’t they lining up?
Oh well, I thought, the people who run the Count want to know what I see, and if a few birds is all I see, then that’s what I’ll submit. Then I heard something overhead. It sounded very busy, but also very subtle. I was a much less experienced birder at the time, so I struggled to find the source of the noise, despite it happening all around me.
When I found it, I was amazed. It was a mixed flock of American robins and cedar waxwings. The waxwings were the more exciting species, but it was the robins that I still remember. Strength in numbers, as the saying goes. There were dozens upon dozens of robins. I couldn’t even count them there were so many of them surrounding me, stripping berries off the trees, vines, and bushes. Since I was doing a count, I gave it my best shot. Forty robins? No more like fifty. I finally settled on sixty, even though even that may have been low.View full post
Third of seven videos from the National Wildlife Federation about establishing a Certified Wildlife Habitat at your home or school. Naturalist David Mizejewski discusses the benefits providing water either high or low, in a bird bath or in a water garden.View full post
Fall foliage in New England provides a showcase for Mother Nature. Perhaps nowhere else in America, and maybe even the world are the fall colors as stunning and spectacular as October in New England.Fall foliage in New England really begins in August. The shortening daylight hours trigger the deciduous trees to begin the process of shedding their leaves. It happens all around North America, and all around the world.
But in New England it results in a display of special landscapes painted with fiery autumn colors. Why is fall foliage in New England so different and special? It’s a factor of many things but mostly an abundance of different types of deciduous trees, warm autumn days, and cool – but not freezing – nights. When these and a few other conditions are all mixed in the right proportions, then you get the world famous stunning shades of reds, yellows, oranges, and browns on the hills and mountain sides of New England.
View from the Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts
Between mid-September to late-October, visitors flock to New England to see the fall foliage. Many take special bus tours or even train rides. But most take to the road and these six scenic drives offer some of the best autumn views available from anywhere on the planet.View full post
For many years large fleets from Europe, primarily from Portugal, fished off the coasts of New England and Canada and harvested huge catches of cod which was salted and brought back to Europe. In the days
of the Clipper Ships, salt cod was important to New England’s economy and was exported to the Caribbean and beyond. Salt cod remains a staple on Portugal, Spain, Italy and Mediterranean France and is still widely available in New England.
The fall season in New England not only provides colorful foliage to leaf-peepers but it’s also a great time for birders as the migratory species use the Atlantic Flyway stops throughout the region on their journey south.
These six destinations – one for each state – provides the best of both worlds for bird spotters, the opportunity to observe their favorite bird species amongst some of the most spectacular fall scenery anywhere in the world.
I apologize now for leaving out so many great spots. Also remember there is no set date for peak foliage viewing with any of these locations as there are many factors that dictate when its peak. I’ve tried to indicate average dates for great foliage but please don’t send me threatening letters if nature decides on other dates this year. Please share your own fall locations that I left out in the comments section at the end of the article.View full post
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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 …
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. …
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.