Sam Crowe on June 19th, 2011

  This was the third year Andy Sigler and I headed north to do bird surveys for the Prairie Island Indian Community near Redwing, Minnesota. Gabe Miller, the biologist we would be working with, warned us that there might be a problem: water. Lots of water. Although most publicity regarding the swollen Mississippi pertained to […]

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Sam Crowe on June 19th, 2011

  Among the charms of tall grass prairies is that their colors change throughout the growing season as one plant blooms and another recedes into senescence. The first great spectacles reach their peak in mid-May with the Krigia, cream white indigo, and bluets and go from there. Each prairie seems to have its own special […]

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  No matter what else is going on in your so called life, if you aren’t out birding in mid May you need to undergo a serious reevaluation of priorities. I did not get out as often as I sometimes do, but I did manage to see most of the warblers that move through the […]

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Sam Crowe on June 4th, 2011

  Carolyn Fields and I had not seen each other for well over a year and she had never really explored the Palos region. We decided to focus on McLaury Springs, McGinnis Slough (besides a few lingering gadwall not much else of note), and a few other miscellaneous places. A perfect outing in the making. […]

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Sam Crowe on June 4th, 2011

  I visited Wadsworth nine times this spring. Although there were days of mild temperatures I seemed to select the cold ones. Several outings in mid-April were so chilly the chorus frogs did not begin singing until noon, about the same time I took off my gloves. The wind and low temperatures also kept me […]

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