Make a gift to BirdNote through GiveBIG on May 2, 2012, and s-t-r-e-t-c-h your donation!Give now. And thanks! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Imagine building a bird's nest. An averageAmerican Robinweighs less than three ounces. An...
A Young Bewick's Wren Learns to Sing
Make a gift to BirdNote through GiveBIG on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, and s-t-r-e-t-c-h your gift!Here's how. Donald Kroodsma, an avian communication expert, offers great research on the songs of the Bewick's Wren. At this time of year, a very young male...
Sapsuckers and Hummingbirds
The sapsucker is a type of woodpecker that notches rows of small holes in trees, causing sap to well out. The birds eat the sugary liquid flowing from these sapwells. Now tree sap is similar in sugar content to the nectar hummingbirds take from...
Mapping Songbird Migration with Geolocators
Devices called geolocators are giving us new insights into how, when, and where birds migrate. They record daily changes in light levels at different latitudes and longitudes by recording the time of each sunrise and sunset. And by attaching them to...
Unlikely Places to Go Birding
Birding is often best in the least likely places. At sewage treatment plants, watch for ducks and gulls - and raptors keeping watch over them all. Another place might be your local landfill or dump. The Brownsville, Texas dump was, for years, the only...
At sunset, the maleAmerican Woodcock— a plump, robin-sized bird — walks slowly on short legs from the cover of the forest to a nearby clearing. After a few sharp calls, the woodcock takes flight. As it spirals upward, slim, stiff feathers at its...
John James Audubon Birthday
April 26th is the birthday of John James Audubon - flamboyant, groundbreaking artist, dedicated observer, adventurer, and writer. John James Audubon grew up in France, but moved to Philadelphia at 18. Embracing the natural wonder of his new homeland,...
Sage Thrasher and Sagebrush
The glorious song of the maleSage Thrasher rings out every spring from tracts of sagebrush throughout the West. Sagebrush was once widespread in the Great Basin region, and so were the thrashers. But huge areas of sagebrush were turned into alfalfa...
ThisBand-tailed Pigeonmay sound like an owl, but it's a case of mistaken identity. The song of the American Robin could be confused with that of the Black-headed Grosbeak. And then, there’s the Black-capped Chickadee. At certain times of year, the...
Birds in Shakespeare - With Rod Molzhan
Shakespeare's plays abound with birds. A Midsummer Night’s Dream names seven birds in one, short song. The Ousel-cock so black of hue, with orange tawny bill, The Throstle with his note so true, the Wren with little quill. … The Finch, the Sparrow and...
In Celebration of Earth Day
The populations of some birds have declined dramatically – more than 80% in the past 40 years. Here are a few: theNorthern Bobwhite, theEvening Grosbeak, theNorthern Pintail, and theBoreal Chickadee.Common Terns– like this one – migrate along both...
Restoring the Land - An Interview with Susan Freeman
Aldo Leopold, in A Sand County Almanac, described his family’s efforts to restore their land to its natural state. Leopold’s granddaughter, Susan Freeman, a piano teacher in Seattle, inherited that land ethic. When offered the chance to help restore a...
Brown Pelicans -- What We're Learning
During the winter of 2009-2010, thousands of Brown Pelicanswashed ashore on Pacific beaches, wet, cold, starving. Fierce storms, thought to be more frequent because of global climate change, probably made it difficult for the birds to feed. And...
Walk Down an Arroyo
Arroyo means "stream" in Spanish. With mesquite, yucca, and cactus along their edges, arroyos in the Southwest fill with water only a few times a year, mostly during the heavy rains of late summer. There’s a remarkable diversity of wildlife here,...
Limpkin - Bird of the Swamp
It’s dawn on a spring day inthe Big Cypress Swamp ofFlorida. Mist rises from quiet water into Spanish moss hanging from the cypress branches. A Limpkin is foraging for apple snails. When it touches a big, round shell, it grabs it quickly and pulls it...
Kids in Nature
Unless kids are introduced purposefully to nature, they may understand the plight of the Amazon rain forest, but never dampen their feet in a local stream. They may never know the names and songs of the birds they see or understand the wonder of...
Midway Project - The Plastic Gyre, with Chris Jordan
Artist Chris Jordan brings a deep energy to a huge environmental problem – the accumulation of plastic debris in the world’s oceans. He’sdocumenting its effect on the Laysan Albatrosses of Midway Island. Adultbirds mistake pieces of plastic for squid...
Dry Tortugas Archipelago
From a bird’s perspective, the Dry Tortugas in the Gulf of Mexico can be a lifesaver. Millions of migratory songbirds fly north across the Gulf and Caribbean each spring, headed for North America. If they run into heavy wind and rain blowing down from...
Birds Dress for Spring
It’s spring! And for many birds, it's a time to look their best to attract a new mate.ThisAmerican Goldfinch has recently molted. Its old, worn-down feathers have fallen out, and new ones have grown in. When American Goldfinches molt in the fall, they...
Follow Island Girl with Bud Anderson
"Peregrine" means "wanderer." And Island Girl, a Peregrine Falcon, has made the 18,000-mile round-trip journey from the high arctic of Canada to southern Chile three times. Bud Andersonof the Falcon Research Groupcalls her "a master of the air." Using...
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