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Sam Crowe on April 23rd, 2017

Princeton University Press has released a beautiful new guide to the birds of India and the surrounding region: A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India Incluidng: Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh It is promoted as the only comprehensive photographic field guide to the birds of the entire Indian subcontinent. Every distinct species […]

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Sam Crowe on April 15th, 2017

The following note is from The Birding Community E-Bulletin on the passing Chandler S. Robbins.  Many years ago I had the opportunity to spend about an hour birding with Mr. Robins in High Island, Texas.   I was a novice birder at the time and was amazed by his ability to identify the songs of the […]

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Sam Crowe on April 2nd, 2017

If you are not familiar with the phrase, the The dawn chorus occurs when birds sing at the start of a new day. This is most noticeable in spring when the birds are trying to attract a mate or defend their territory.  Different species begin to sing at different times of the morning. Dr Dan […]

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Sam Crowe on March 26th, 2017

If you are starting to plan your summer vacation a visit to the Nature Conservancy “Nature’s Road Trip” web pages may provide some excellent ideas for birding or a family road trip. The Road Trip identifies 31 of the Nature Conservancy’s best nature preserves, from the Jersey shore to the Rocky Mountains and the pristine […]

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Sam Crowe on March 19th, 2017

Whooping Cranes visit the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge along the Texas coast from September to early April each year. Survey estimates for this year are not complete but April 2016 report indicated the presence of 329 Whooping Cranes, up from an estimated 308 cranes the previous year. Before human interference, there were believed to be […]

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Sam Crowe on March 8th, 2017

Last month, the Boreal Songbird Initiative released a short but important report that helps underscore the importance of Canada’s boreal wetlands. The report, called “Wetland Wonders,” focuses on six specific boreal wetlands zones. Canada’s boreal forest is home to 25% of the world’s wetland and the largest concentration of wetlands on earth. The report calls […]

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The 2018 International Ornithological Congress (IOC) will unite about 2000 scientists and conservationists from 100 countries around the world. The event will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia from August 19-26, 2018. The event is only held every four years so this is a rare opportunity for U.S. and Canadian birders to visit with and […]

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Sam Crowe on December 13th, 2016

If you think the above image is of a feather and not of a frond, you would be correct.  But that’s not all there is to it.  What you are looking at is a feathered dinosaur tail with primitive plumage trapped in Mid-Cretaceous amber! WOW. The amber is thought to be about 99 million years […]

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Sam Crowe on December 7th, 2016

From The Auk Smart female Wood Ducks live longer.  (our interpretation) An 11-year study of almost 500 Wood Ducks found a positive correlation between annual survival rate and nesting success.  It seems female Wood Ducks that were better at raising their young were better at surviving from one year to the next.  Seems like a […]

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Sam Crowe on November 29th, 2016

The Institute for Bird Populations is an excellent organization for those interested in studying, what else, bird population trends and the development of conservation programs. Their web site is chock full of information on a variety of topics, including links to recent research publications.  Their programs include: Information on the MAPS program The MAPS Program […]

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