Columbus, OH, August 27, 2009 – A former industrial site on the Whittier Peninsula near downtown Columbus is about to be officially reborn as an urban oasis where wildlife can thrive and visitors can connect with nature and the power to protect it. At the heart of this transformation is the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, the latest addition to Audubon’s national network of 50 nature centers.
The new community resource, on the banks of the Scioto River, is the culmination of a unique partnership between the City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department, Metro Parks and Audubon Ohio. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Franklin County Commission President Paula Brooks, Audubon Board Chair Holt Thrasher, and other officials and invited guests will cut the ribbon to dedicate the new Grange Insurance Audubon Center and Scioto Audubon Metro Park at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 28 at 505 West Whittier Street.
“What was once an area to avoid is now a destination where the seeds of stewardship will grow in a community that reflects America’s diversity and promise,” said National Audubon Society President John Flicker, who attended the Center’s ground-breaking ceremony on Earth Day 2008.View full post
Andy Thompson of “Bird Watcher’s Digest” shows Harry Smith of the CBS Morning News, some of the great new products available for backyard birders including the water wiggler, audubon nesting boxes, and the Identiflyer. Great video for backyard birding basics, including a segment on field guides, bird feeders and squirrel proofing.View full post
Would you like to attract bluebirds to your backyard? The key to attracting bluebirds is having plentiful nesting locations in the right environment. Bluebirds need and prefer open areas, so they can hunt and capture insects, their main source of nutrition.
Bluebird houses are a great way to attract bluebirds. When mounting a bluebird house, be sure to use predator guards and/or baffles to protect bluebirds and their chicks from cats, raccoons, possums, snakes and other predators. Also, realize that other birds like tree swallows will use the house, potentially forcing bluebirds from the house and backyard. Traps are available to capture the invasive birds and relocate them.
Beside providing houses to attract bluebirds berry producing plants, like bittersweet and holly, can be planted to attract bluebirds. Bluebirds eat berries for winter time food. To provide supplemental nutrion, consider offering mealworms. Bluebirds love mealworms, and be sure to whistle or ring a bell when stocking the feeder, because Bluebirds can be trained to respond to calls.
Consider a Bluebird feeder, which requires a bluebird to enter the feeder through a small hole to get to the mealworms. Generally, only the Bluebirds will enter the feeder, conserving mealworms for them and not the other visitors to your yard.View full post
For bird watchers and backyard birders alike, wild bird identification is a fun and sometimes challenging activity. Recognizing and identifying wild birds is easier when the four keys to bird identification are used – Size & Shape, Color Pattern, Behavior and Habitat.
Bird Identification – Bird Habitat
A habitat is where a bird lives, eats and sleeps, and all birds are uniquely suited to survive in a particular area or environment. Habitats are broken down into four general categories, including Forested Woodlands, Water or Aquatic areas, Scrub Shrub areas or Open Habitats.
Bird Watching and identification is about the probability of seeing a species of bird in their habitat during a particular time of year. Bird watchers who know what birds are likely to be seen in a habitat have a identification head start – a short list of birds they expect to see, and a quick visual cue for birds that require an extra look.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has created an excellent video series to help the beginning birder develop their wild bird identification skills. Below, is the fourth and last in the series – Recognizing Birds – Bird Habitat. The other videos in the series can be found here – Size & Shape, Color Pattern, and Behavior.View full post
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 Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) is a medium-sized woodpecker, who has a unique habit of hoarding acorns by wedging them into trees. Woody Woodpecker was based on an acorn woodpecker, even though some believe that Woody Woodpecker’s artist, Walter Lantz patterned his cartoon characterafter the similar-looking Pileated Woodpecker which has a prominent crest.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
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.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.
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