Birds

brown creeper

January 6, 2006

in Birds,Natural history

crisp brown leaf, wind-blown flake of bark, falling from tree nope, wrong: brown creeper The diminutive Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) is notorious for being unobtrusive. Even the creeper’s sweet, clear, musical song can be frustratingly difficult to hear due to…

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The Auk is the journal of the American Ornithologists’€™ Union, and it publishes some pretty dense material. The last few years, it has featured an increasing number of papers on phylogeny, taxonomy, and genetics. This stuff tends to sail right…

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I am, at long last, concluding the cowbird/ Kirtland’s Warbler series: what is the future of Kirtland’s Warblers?

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kirtland’s warbler 101

December 7, 2005

in Birds,Science

An introduction to Kirtland’s Warbler.

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Cowbird control has been credited with saving some rare bird species. But is it really the cure-all that the public thinks it is?

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The last post, Cowbirds 101, received a few comments which I’d like to address.

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cowbirds 101

November 30, 2005

in Birds,Science

Many people have an immediate negative reaction to cowbirds, and it’s often based on a lack of understanding about their ecology and impact on other birds. Let’s start out this series of posts by getting to know cowbirds.

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Recently, there has been a buzz going around birding and conservation lists about some funding cutbacks for Kirtland’s Warbler management. Specifically, some of the cowbird trapping will be reduced. A message circulating regarding the cuts from one organization calls for…

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more collared geese

November 15, 2005

in Birds,Field work

The other day I posted on reporting neck-collared Canada Geese. Since then, I’ve come across another group of geese near home, of which ten had collars. Remarkably (or not, site fidelity is one thing we learn from these types of…

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Belle Isle Park, Detroit New York’s Central Park was not the only magnificent city park designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead. The largest city-owned park in America, Detroit’s own Belle Isle, was also an Olmstead work. Located in the Detroit River…

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