Sam Crowe on June 26th, 2012

I had not seen Kirtland’s warblers since the late 1980s and it is a bird that has long interested me. Back in seventh grade (fall of 1966), I had to write a report on a local bird and I called the Field Museum asking which rare birds are found here. They mentioned the Kirtland’s as […]

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Sam Crowe on June 10th, 2012

I like showing off our natural gems to people who are not familiar with them. It takes a day, but the Kankakee River country is so unlike the rest of the Chicago region it is high on my list of places to show-off. The Kankakee Fish and Game Area in Starke County is comprised of […]

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Sam Crowe on June 10th, 2012

Yellow head, yellow head (John Cassady) A year ago, a small article about Project Passenger Pigeon (P3) appeared in Birdwatchers Digest. Among those who read the piece was Susan Wegner, an art historian at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She was born and raised near Fond du Lac, WI and has passenger pigeon in her […]

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Sam Crowe on June 10th, 2012

The Spring Bird Count, this year on May 5, is always a highlight of the season. And, as I always do, I go out a few days ahead of time to scout my area. The scouting is less about finding birds and more about checking areas and assembling an itinerary. Indeed, actually encountering good birds […]

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Sam Crowe on June 10th, 2012

If you think about the life of a migrant bird, there are three basic periods: breeding, wintering, and migration. There is no doubt that we know the least about migration, which is also likely the most dangerous: that patch of woodland in the middle of a soybean desert that provides refuge and food for a […]

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Sam Crowe on June 10th, 2012

This May’s migration stands out as being one of the least productive I can recall.  My initial thought would be that I did not bird as much as I usually do, which might be true, but after just tallying up my days in the field, I realize I was still out 12 times. (Pity the […]

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