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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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Sam Crowe on November 20th, 2016

Another Audubon Christmas Bird Count season is just around the corner.  This great winter birding tradition started in 1900, making this its 117th season!  This  year the count runs between December 14 and January 5.  Tens of thousands of volunteers working throughout the Western Hemisphere help monitor populations of wintering birds. If you have not […]

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Sam Crowe on November 12th, 2016

We should all know a little more about the countries to the north and south of us. Almost everyone knows the Bald Eagle is the National Bird of the United States.  Some may know that Benjamin Franklin wanted the Turkey to be the National Bird of the United States, But what about our friends to […]

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Sam Crowe on November 2nd, 2016

Bird identification can often be a real challenge.  Birds captured at banding stations sometimes provide an opportunity to study unusual plumages. In the spring of 2014, researchers at Long Point Bird Observatory captured an interesting-looking warbler which somewhat resembled a Magnolia Warbler. After a detailed inspection of the bird’s plumage and a genetic analysis, it […]

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Two of the largest and most influential ornithologist organizations are the American Ornithologists’ Union (The AOU) and the Cooper Ornithological Society (COS). Among other things, the AOU is the keeper of the official bird list of North America, including the official common and scientific names and the placement of birds in specific families. Since its […]

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