The other day, Diana Doyle rounded up a nice collection of Christmas Bird Count resources including Count Circle. When I first reviewed the app last year several commentators were disappointed with the lack of Android compatibility– well, Stevens Creek listened! In the nick of time for this year’s count season, Stevens Creek Software just announced [read more...]
Happy Thanksgiving, faithful readers! I hope that birds treat you well, whether on the dinner table or in your field of view.
All the best- Bill Schmoker
Wild Turkey, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, 21 June 2013.©Bill Schmoker
In my last post I mentioned the news that DSLR manufacturers are finally beginning to integrate GPS receivers into certain camera body models. I also mentioned ways to retrofit cameras with aftermarket GPS receivers, and several commentators offered helpful ways to geotag photos using smartphone apps that match the digital time stamp on each image [read more...]
If you’re at all like me, it is quite easy to come back from a birding trip with thousands of pictures. Once home, organizing the photos can take many dimensions (and indeed be a topic for a book, not just a blog post!) One important element of photo cataloging to consider is keeping track of [read more...]
This past Sunday I had a great time at the Chatfield Big Sit! Held at Chatfield State Park southwest of Denver, the event is one of scores of Big Sits held across the country each year in Mid-October and a wonderful fall birding rite to participate in. I suspect most readers of this blog have [read more...]
I am continually impressed with the information gathered from tracking devices on birds- remember the study that documented GPS-equipped Bar-tailed Godwits flying nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand? Or how about the more recent discovery of Black Swift wintering territory in NW Brazil using light-level geolocators?
Currently, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is tracking two Osprey on their [read more...]
So a really substantial new bird book recently came out that I hope you’ve heard of- The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle. I’ll leave the discussion of the text itself to our ace Book Review Team, but I wanted to mention some seriously cool online resources associated with the guide.
In a pretty [read more...]
I hope by now you’ve had a chance to read through Birder’s Guide, the ABA’s newest publication. The debut issue focused on travel, a subject near and dear to most birders’ hearts. Besides the dreamy birds at many bucket-list destinations, I especially appreciated the practical articles on packing and pelagic trip preparations.
On my recent [read more...]
I had the thorough pleasure of attending the ABA's Camp Avocet as a counselor last week. The camp, based at the beautiful and birdy Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, attracted 22 keen young birders and a slew of bird experts who joined the staff for birding jaunts in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, [read more...]
For the latter half or so of July I was incredibly fortunate and privileged to sail from western Iceland to Greenland aboard the National Geographic Explorer as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. The trip was so full of highlights that I'm still wrapping my head around it; I'm working on photos and movies, making plans for [read more...]