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Sam Crowe on April 4th, 2018

Wisdom, The World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird, a mother again at 67! Wisdom is a Laysan Albatross that nests on Midway Island at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. She has been nesting there since 1956 since she was banded by Chan Robbins. After two months of incubation the newest albatross hatched on February 6th.  […]

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Sam Crowe on March 18th, 2018

Did you know there was a sea in the mainland of the United States?  It is the Salton Sea and is located in southern California. The Salton Sea is a shallow, saline, rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault, predominantly in California’s Imperial and Coachella valleys, east and a little north of San […]

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Sam Crowe on March 11th, 2018

Two of the big annual events in the birding world are coming up soon. Great Texas Birding Classic Registration is now open for teams wishing to enter the Great Texas Birding Classic. Tournament Dates: April 15 through May 15 (your choice of day).This is the 22nd year of this rapidly growing event. Participation is a […]

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Sam Crowe on February 18th, 2018

Be a scientist for a week and learn how to contribute to science at home. June 10 to 15, 2018 Act now if you want to register for a new program on Audubon’s Hog Island this summer. I have been to the area and it is beautiful and the programmers offered receive rave reviews. Here’s info […]

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Sam Crowe on February 6th, 2018

The New Caledonian crow is the only non-human animal known to craft hooked tools in the wild, but the ecological benefit of these relatively complex tools remains unknown. Here, we show that crows acquire food several times faster when using hooked rather than non-hooked tools, regardless of tool material, prey type and extraction context. This […]

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Sam Crowe on January 13th, 2018

2018, marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Support is coming from […]

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The Department of Homeland Security has announced that the first new section of the proposed border wall at the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) in South Texas will be at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. The proposed 2.9-mile section of wall at Santa Ana NWR would be constructed in a 10-mile gap in the existing […]

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Sam Crowe on December 18th, 2017

Some interesting news about the Passenger Pigeon. A study released last month in Science sheds new light on the possible reasons for the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. A team of researchers has suggested that “Natural selection shaped the rise and fall of passenger pigeon genomic diversity. Of course, it is now well known that […]

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Sam Crowe on December 7th, 2017

Despite Benjamin Franklin’s efforts to enshrine the Wild Turkey as our national symbol, the Bald Eagle was selected instead. The large, majestic adult Bald Eagle, dark in color save for the pure white head and tail, is familiar even to non birders. After a brush with extinction following the widespread use of the chlorinated hydrocarbon […]

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Sam Crowe on November 26th, 2017

Learning to identify the songs and call notes of the birds you see in your backyard can be lots of fun. Start by trying to create an association with the songs that you hear. Some birds say their name. The chickadee’s song is an easily recognized chick-a-dee-dee-dee. Some birds have songs that remind people of […]

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