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Sam Crowe on June 18th, 2017

What is the only North American (U.S. and Canada) songbird that breeds exclusively in Canada?  It is one of our most beautiful, and one of my favorite sparrows – the Harris’s Sparrow. The Harris’s Sparrow nests primarily in the boreal-tundra transition of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the northernmost parts of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. […]

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Sam Crowe on June 4th, 2017

This little bit if happy news is from The Birding Community E-Bulletin. In a refreshing move of bipartisanship, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) recently introduced the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act. The bill (H.R. 2542) is designed to amend title 40 of the United States Code to direct the General Services Administration […]

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Audubon has launched a pilot program called Climate Watch. The plan is to use bluebirds and nuthatch observations to validate Audubon’s predictions on how birds’ territory ranges will shift in response to a changing climate. Audubon released its Birds and Climate Change Report in 2014. It used Christmas Bird Count and Breeding Bird Survey data […]

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Sam Crowe on May 21st, 2017

Princeton University Press has had a great year introducing new bird guides.  First across my desk was Raptors of Mexico and Central Mexico.  Raptors can offer a real identification challenge so this new guide was a welcome addition. Next was the gorgeous Birds of India Guide. This guide featured over 4,000 stunning photographs of birds […]

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Sam Crowe on May 14th, 2017

The 21st International Conference of BirdsCaribbean will take place July 13-17, at Topes de Collantes Nature Reserve Park in Cuba. The five-day conference will bring together participants from the fields of  ornithology, conservation, education, ecotourism, and birding. The theme of the meeting is “Celebrating the Diversity of the Caribbean.” This theme relates not only to […]

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Sam Crowe on May 4th, 2017

Recently returned from a quick trip to the Galveston, Texas area.  About 2 days of birding yielded 118 species.   Warblers were only fair and numbers of other usually common migrant landbirds were way down.  Hopefully just the timing.  Laffite’s Cove toward the western end of Galveston Island was more productive than High Island for warblers […]

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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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