By Douglas Futuyma
New York’s famed Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR) has been damaged beyond recognition. It will never again be such a wonderful resource for birds and birders unless it is repaired – and that may depend on the voice of birders everywhere.
Whether by personal experience or by its reputation, birders throughout North [read more...]
At the Mic: Mayo Underwood
Mayo Underwood has been interested in organic forms of life and pottery since she was a little girl. She has a studio on Amherst Island with several kilns, wheels and a slab roller for different kinds of projects. She shares it with her cat, Friday, as well as [read more...]
Many ABA members will be familiar with the “Milestones” column that appears in each issue of Birding (and, before that, Winging It). Birders write in with their latest listing accomplishments: “Jack Thompson of Sausalito, CA saw his 700th bird for the ABA Area, a Smith’s Longspur, in central Illinois in April 2013″ or “Gloria Hinojosa of [read more...]
“I never thought conservation would be something I would be interested in until I did the Conservation & Community module of the ABA’s Young Birder of the Year contest. Now I’m really into it!”
The speaker was 2013 Young Birder of the year Eric Hughes. The place was the ABA’s 2nd Mid-Atlantic Young Birder Conference, [read more...]
Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds descend on the lakeshore of nortwest Ohio every spring, piling up on the south side of Lake Erie before making the jump over the big water. In recent years, thousands of birders have traveled there specifically to enjoy them, making springtime in Ohio – and specifically the Black Swamp [read more...]
Black-capped Vireo, one of the Texas specialties that can be found at Warbler Woods.
Warbler Woods, a 124 acre ranch in Cibolo, Texas, is one of the best sites in Central Texas for migrating warblers. Though it’s privately owned by Margie Bonnes and Susan & Don Schaezler, the site has been maintained as [read more...]
“Rufa” Red Knot, photo by Hans Hillewaert
At the end of last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a proposal to list the rufa Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa), the subspecies that breeds in eastern Nunavut and migrates to Argentina, famously stopping over in the Chesapeake Bay area in eastern North American, as [read more...]
Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week! During the week of October 13-19, visit a National Wildlife Refuge, record the species and numbers of birds you see and enter the data on eBird. Refuges need more good data on the bird distribution and usage of their properties, and birders using eBird can be a most valuable source [read more...]
Anyone who has birded the Assateague Island National Seashore knows that it is a fantastic place to bird year round. One of the great spots to bird is the Bayside Point area which is phenomenal during migration.
During spring and fall, tens of thousands of migrants are utilizing the woodland area between the parking area [read more...]