Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE

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Nat Geo Wild is airing an amazing show tonight called Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE! Shark Attack Experiment: LIVE will feature a team of free-divers and conservationists putting their safety on the line to separate myth from reality and dispel negative myths about sharks while raising public awareness about shark species which are being driven to extinction. I for one can’t wait to see what the results of the experiments will be!

A First Christmas Bird Count Experience

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / A First Christmas Bird Count Experience A First Christmas Bird Count Experience By Corey • March 2, 2011 • No comments yet Tweet Share Laura Wright has written an excellent article for onearth about her first Christmas Bird Count , which was the 61st iteration of the count in Troy, New York.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011)

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011) Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011) By Mike • March 14, 2011 • 11 comments Tweet Share Your experience of the month so far may differ from mine, but around these parts, March roared in like a lion filled with tiger blood.

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Backstory: Digiscoper of the Year 2011

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The results of the Swarovski Optik Digiscoper of the Year 2011 have just been published and once again, they show just what is possible with a telescope and everything from a cheap compact camera to a semi-pro DSLR. Tara Tanaka described the experience of digiscoping this spoonbill as such: Tara Tanaka : Merritt Island NWR was the last stop on a 10-day Florida birding trip last winter.

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Best Bird of the Year 2011

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2011 is about to become 2012 and birders the world over are taking a look at their year lists and reminiscing about the awesome sightings and devastating dips that they have experienced. White-tailed Tropicbird by Nathan Swick Renato chose an impressive parrot: Birding is a wonderful experience in itself. This wonderful experience happened when I visited the Pacto Sumaco community on the east slopes of Ecuador.

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Avian Quiz – March 11, 2011

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Avian Quiz – March 11, 2011 Avian Quiz – March 11, 2011 By Jory • March 11, 2011 • 7 comments Tweet Share As I’ve mentioned before, clues for these quizzes are taken from bird guides and other resources. I have encountered this situation only one time in my birding experience.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of November 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. The odd climate patterns lately have conspired with my already suspect grasp of phenology to completely baffle my sense of season. As I’m sure you’ve heard me mention once or twice, winter comes early– very early –to western New York. Yet we’ve barely seen a flake of frost so far. Even more peculiar, I think our foliage just hit peak last week.

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Your Best Birds of the Year for 2011

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On this final day of 2011 it is time, just like it was on the final day of 2010 , to share your Best Birds of the Year. Here, without further ado, are your Best Birds of 2011, in no particular order. Kirby Adams had a magical experience with his Best Bird of the Year and he blogged about it on his blog, Sharp Tern. The bird I picked as my Best Bird of the Year 2011 is the Yellow-rumped Warbler.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Happy Halloween! See how I assume you celebrate Halloween no matter where in the world you live? Must be the way you’re dressed… The best bird of my weekend was Tufted Titmouse , which has become more prominent here as we approach winter. I forgot how much bigger these birds are than the other species like chickadees they pal around with.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2011?

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2011? Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2011? By Mike • March 17, 2011 • 24 comments Tweet Share Happy St. Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011) Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of March 2011? Liz Mar 17th, 2011 at 3:04 pm Cool capture!

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Most Wanted Birds in Brazil

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Most Wanted Birds in Brazil Most Wanted Birds in Brazil By Corey • March 12, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share Brazil is an amazing country loaded with a huge number of species of bird that birders the world over desperately want to experience. Jan Axel Mar 12th, 2011 at 8:07 pm Interesting choices, and congratulations to the winner!

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011)

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011) Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011) By Mike • March 7, 2011 • 12 comments Tweet Share We’re already a week into March, but I’m still shoveling snow. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of July 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Chicken Inferno 2011… the bird being wired up to blow a. If your weekend was as hot as mine, you’re undoubtedly dragging your weary carcass into this new week. I don’t know what your excuse is, but I spend the weekend under a surprisingly intense sun reveling with a merry mob of friends and family. Yes, details will follow and yes, there were birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. It was a gusty weekend in New York City and environs, with fall finally feeling like fall is supposed to feel. Sparrows have almost completely taken over for wood-warblers and temperatures are finally waning as is only proper. How was your weekend? Mike was in Costa Rica this weekend after what felt like an interminable delay at the airport in Atlanta where he had to change planes.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Don’t you just love sharing your best bird of the weekend with people that actually appreciate exciting sightings? Precious few are fortunate enough to work in an office where avian observations are swapped around the water cooler. For those of us who are not in that chosen.0001% (Occupy ABA , anyone?),

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Last week, I mentioned how odd the weather has been around here. By odd, of course, I mean absolutely lovely. I know these patterns are atypical for western New York. I’m still curious about what my fellow naturalists have noticed: has the weather been odd by you? How so? Enough phenology… let’s get down to some field ornithology!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Sometimes a person should keep his fool mouth shut. Before the weekend began, I opined about how October felt like a real fall month as compared to the capricious climate swings of September. Then the freezing rain began! So much for my weekend… Unless you like House Sparrows more than I do, you won’t be impressed by my best bird of the weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. How was your weekend? Mine was fun and footballtastic. In fact, a game is on even as I write this, which means I’ve got no time for idle banter. The best birds of my weekend were Seahawks, Eagles, Falcons, Cardinals, And Ravens. Am I the only one here excited about the return of NFL football? Corey had a hard time choosing his best bird of the weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. How was your weekend? North of the equator, we have precious few remaining days where light exceeds darkness. The encroaching darkness instills in me a measure of gloom, but also creates the conditions that make fall activities interesting. Remember, I’m writing to you from a fairly northern latitude, though Clare probably thinks I’m spoiled!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of April 2011)

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For those of you playing along at home, this gives me 17 new ABA birds for a total of 467 as of May 1, 2011. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Now that we’re past May Day, the next month promises some of the most spectacular migratory action of the calendar year. If you’re reading this, that’s probably what May means to you.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Have you used August as an excuse or incentive to travel? I highly recommend it, but then again I always advocate travel, no matter the month! Would you believe my best bird of the weekend was a Screaming Piha ? Believe it, and in the ABA area no less. I took my kids on a fun whirlwind tour of Washington D.C. but my best bird of the weekend was in Baltimore, specifically the Aquarium.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of December 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Is it better, to paraphrase that ragged old aphorism, to have birded and dipped than never to have birded at all? What if you just don’t see anything special? I didn’t go after any particular bird this weekend, which is good since I hardly saw any. The woods were quiet, so we focused on geocaching beneath the silent trees with only a single Hairy Woodpecker for company.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of August 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Summer thankfully persists in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the birding remains dull. Shorebirds are on the march and, all too soon, songbirds will be as well. But probably not too soon, right?

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2011?

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But even more bitter is a birder’s envy… Jealousy makes up so much of the birding experience that I imagine the green-eyed monster derives its color from parrot plumage. All of us who identify ourselves as birders are thrillingly familiar with the sense of discovery, accomplishment, and even adventure that goes hand in glove with the personal quest to observe and understand avifauna.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of September 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Fall has officially fallen around here, yet somehow we’ve gotten off to an uplifting start. Finally getting out to look at some birds at the start of the season may just herald an auspicious autumn! I got out to the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory banding station to observe some masters at work.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Perfect weeks like the hot (but not too hot) one we’ve just enjoyed here in western New York remind me how good summer is for so many things other than birding. In terms of bird watching though, ’tis not the season to be jolly unless you’re either utterly devoted to your local resident species or on vacation in a place you might enjoy someone else’s local resident species.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of September 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Did you enjoy your summer? The Autumnal Equinox may still be a few weeks away, but make no mistake: summer is over. Time to pack up your white shoes and pick up those school supplies! Fall surely has much to recommend it like migrating birds and mulled cider, but today we in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate the end of endless summer days. Having fun?

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Worst Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience (though I don’t know why you would) include a link in your comment. Truly, there are few more constructive ways to spend your Monday morning than firing up the computer, leaning back with a hot, hopefully caffeinated beverage, and watching the weekend birding reports roll in. Gloating about your own best bird of the weekend obviously adds to the fun, especially if you managed to cast eyes on a crippler or can share a gob-smacking photo.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. What a weekend. New Yorkers enjoyed gorgeous, summer weather and will next enjoy a growing sense of dread as temperatures first wane then plummet. What did you enjoy this weekend?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. After the annual series of false starts – end of spring migration, first scorcher of the season, etc. — the longest day of the year has come and gone, leaving true summer in its golden wake. At least that’s the story on this side of the equator. You may be battening down for imminent winter storms, but around here we’re waxing our surfboards and gorging fresh strawberries.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Happy Day-After-Father’s-Day! I hope you enjoyed that day as much as I did. We got out a lot this weekend, yet my best bird of the weekend was right in my backyard: the kids and I encountered a juvenile Blue Jay in the care of what we assume to be its parents.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of July 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Have I mentioned recently that summer is my favorite season? For me, nothing beats a hot, sunny summer, though you wouldn’t know it based on where I live. But this year has been different: days and days of high temps and bright sun. Those of you not living across a Great Lake from Canada may be suffering, but I’ve been absolutely loving this month!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Our annual ration of glorious June weekends is now half-spent. Did you make the most of yours? A number of lovely midsummer birds crossed my path this weekend, but the one that elicited the most delight was an Eastern Bluebird keeping pace with our car as we visited Hamlin Beach State Park up on the lake.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Ah, what is so rare as a day in June ? One could argue that weekend days in June are even more rare and precious, assuming you spend them wisely. Did you make the most of this one? Corey carved time out of his complicated schedule to bird Central Park with Nate.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of August 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. If you live anywhere along the Mid-Atlantic Coast up to Maine, you’re probably happy that the weekend is over for a change. Hurricane Irene really delivered the pain to so many coastal cities and communities. But as Irene taketh with one 500 mile wide hand, she giveth with the other… assuming you’re a birdwatcher.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. If you love to learn new things, nature will never let you down. Let’s take crows for instance. Far too many Americans live in ignorance of the fact that these United States are home to more than one crow species. Certainly, anyone reading this post knows all about Fish Crows , especially since Nate wrote about the Frog Crow just this week!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of May 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Is May over already? I feel like we’ve waited all year for this mighty migratory month and how it’s nearly gone. Good thing those of us north of the equator have plenty of shiny summer days ahead! I just enjoyed a lightning strike visit to NYC for family and fun, then endured the trip back home.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third Weekend of May 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. What a weekend. My daughter’s birthday week (yes, we celebrate full weeks and more in my household) began with a bang and a rainbow cake, followed by some heinous plumbing problems. My house still smells like sulfuric acid, which came from the plumbing problem, not the cake! Fortunately, I didn’t have to go far to see my best birds of the weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Wood-Warbler Week 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Wood-Warbler Week has drawn to a close here on 10,000 Birds , yet all around the world the warbler watching remains hot and heavy. Why is it, then, that I had such a tough time finding one this weekend? Ivy and I visited a new hiking trail in hopes of decent birding, but got completely skunked warbler-wise.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2011)

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My experience of just half of the Week Competition of this year’s gtbc utterly drained me. If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. Ever have one of those weeks so full of unbelievable birding that the prospect of ogling even one more avian seems untenable, if not entirely insane?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. When the Great Lakes region of the United States enjoys a long-awaited weekend of warmth and sunshine, it is fair to say that spring has finally sprung or is at least in the act of springing! My best bird of this wonderful weekend was a Brown Creeper , the first I’ve seen in a long while.

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Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

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Hal Herzog’s “ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat ” (Harper 2011), though fascinating, is ultimately depressing for vegans and animal rights activists. Over at Animal Rights and AntiOppression , we’ve been discussing tactics and sharing our thoughts and experiences about what works and doesn’t work when it comes to advocacy.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2011)

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If you’ve blogged about your weekend experience, you should include a link in your comment. The first weekend of April, with all of the hilarity and spring fever it inspires, has passed, which brings all of us north of the Equator closer to spring. April is a most mercurial month; hopefully, you found a an opportunity to get out this weekend and seized it! Corey’s best bird of the weekend was a male Long-tailed Duck in breeding plumage off the coast of Queens.

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