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misbehaving

January 24, 2007

in Birds

Here are some excerpts from the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics: Avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming. Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist….

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snowy owl

January 20, 2007

in Birds,Me

It has only been a week since winter rudely and abruptly arrived in Michigan. And what more appropriate bird to ease our transition to Arctic-like weather than a Snowy Owl? This bird was found by a friend who was driving…

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I will confess right now to not being a huge fan of the holidays. However, I am very fond of both natural history and kissing, and that has led me to investigate the botanical life history of mistletoe. Mistletoe is…

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Seeing a Peregrine Falcon is not very unusual in southeast Michigan. Although they were not historically found in these parts, they were introduced into the city of Detroit beginning in 1987 as part of the Midwest Peregrine Restoration Program (MPRS)….

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Hermit Thrushes (Catharus guttatus) are one of my favorite birds. Quite a bit of my research focuses on their migratory ecology, and it’s always nice to have a genuine fondness for your study subject. The other day at home I…

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Usually, Asian carp only make the news when an airborne lunker knocks a boater out cold. While the danger of injury from the frequently-leaping 50-pound fish is nothing to laugh at, the real danger is the huge ecological threat posed…

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Another very interesting paper [1] has come out on the impacts of non-native earthworms on forests, which I wrote about a year ago. As you recall, much of northern North America has no native earthworms, and microbes are primarily responsible…

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What does it mean to be “carbon neutral”? There is a lot of talk lately about going “carbon neutral” by purchasing carbon offsets. You calculate (via various formulas available online) how many tons of carbon you are responsible for, based…

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Recently we returned to the urban prairie, with camera, to check up on the birds. Here’s the same neighborhood by City Airport shown in the previous post, from Google Maps. Right near that warehouse, we found a singing Eastern Meadowlark!…

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Do you remember the beautiful old beech tree I wrote about, the one that was being exposed by the building of trails in a new park? I had feared the woods would be ruined by invasive species and drying winds…

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