Big Cat Week 2012 Starts Sunday!

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9, 2012, at 8 p.m. Nat Geo Wild presents the third annual Big Cat Week starting Sunday, Dec 9th. The week features shows that highlight the kings and queens of the jungle! From Cougars, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars, and snow leopards and more, it’s a great time to learn more about these amazing cats! A few facts that might surprise you: · Africa’s lion population has declined by more than 90 percent in the last 50 years. There are now more tigers living in captivity than in the wild.

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Bird’s Eye View: BlogPaws 2012

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Hi, Birdie here! I have a complaint. The human beans left me a few weeks ago to go to BlogPaws. I don’t know what that is, but it meant that instead of being on MamaBean’s knee, I was stuck with Grandma and Grandpa bean instead. I can’t believe they didn’t take me with them! I even heard that pets got to go! In fact, I even saw evidence that there were pets at BlogPaws in MamaBean’s photos. She thinks I don’t notice what’s on the computer, but I do.

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First Phoebe of 2012

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Have you seen your first Eastern Phoebe of 2012? my first decently photographed Eastern Phoebe of 2012 at Bayonne Park on 4 April 2012 This year I had several first phoebes. Though this question is probably only relevant to birders in the midwest and northeast of the United States I feel compelled, like last year , to ask it. Was it earlier or later than usual for you?

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World Sparrow Day 2012

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We’ll be celebrating World Sparrow Day 2012 by running some of our favorite House Sparrow posts. Residents of the Americas may find this hard to believe, but the ubiquitous, adaptable House Sparrow ( Passer domesticus ) is declining in its native lands. We should all be concerned about this, if not out of love for this prosaic passerine then because the sparrow may very well be a signal species for more encompassing environmental threats.

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Dog Whisperer and Philly Undercover Premiere Jan 7, 2012

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Dog Whisperer and Philly Undercover have their season premieres tomorrow, January 7, 2012 on NatGeo Wild! Premieres Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Once again, Cesar Millan works with dogs and their owners to help dogs suffering from phobias and obsessions! This season Cesar will visit to Fort Hood, Texas, where he takes a handful of four-legged army brats back to boot camp.

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Your Best Birds of the Year for 2012

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On this final day of 2012 it is time, just like it was on the final days of 2010 and 2011 , to share your Best Birds of the Year. Here, without further ado, are your Best Birds of 2012, in no particular order. I think my official Best Bird of 2012, though, was (finally, finally seeing) the Burrowing Owl. I added 38 lifers in 2012, including Wilson’s Snipe. 2012 was one of my best years for birding in Costa Rica. Birding 2012 best bird best bird of the year

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2012 Birding Resolutions

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Like some of the other beat writers around here I’ve been roped into keeping a year list this year , and inspired by the other lists I looked at I thought about what I wanted to achieve this year in birding. As opposed to my usual position of seeing whatever I see. It is a scary line of thought, let me assure you. I began by playing down expectations; on my list I state that I would be very happy to reach 300 birds for the year.

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A Look Back at 2012

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Back in January of last year I said in my list for the year that I’d be happy if I hit 300 birds in 2012. Birding 2012 Year List New Zealand year listMy final number for last year was 402 as it turns out. So I guess the question is “am I happy?” ” Well yes, I guess. But perhaps a better question would be “is that why I am happy?” ” Last year I saw this Antipodean Albatross. Why wouldn’t I be happy?

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of June 2012?

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Tomorrow is the first day of June, yet the complaints have already started. Have you heard them yet? “Now that migration is over, all I can do is look for local breeders.” ” “I guess I’ll go to the beach… maybe I’ll see a shearwater or something.” ” “Summer (birding) sucks!” ” Wah wah wah. Summer happens to be one of my favorite seasons, except for the whining.

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King Juan Carlos, Honorary Head of World Wildlife Fund Spain, Caught in Elephant Hunt

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April 2012. From the Wildlife Extra News. King Juan Carlos of Spain, Honorary President of WWF Spain, is recovering in hospital after breaking his hip in Botswana where he was on an elephant hunt. Apparently it isn't the first time the King has been shooting big game in Africa, or elsewhere (Apparently he killed a bear in Russia a few years ago too). Whilst not illegal, it shows a complete disregard for his 'subjects' and total contempt for his role as 'Honorary President of WWF Spain'.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2012)

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Early April is a special time for most, especially those of us in the Northern Hemisphere that love each emerging sign of spring. The month and this particular period is all the more auspicious for me and mine, as so many friends and families celebrate spring birthdays. Today happens to be mine, so send some cheer my way!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of June 2012)

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An interesting–or perhaps enervating–aspect of this time of year is how birding tends to run feast or famine. That is to say that, at least in the temperate regions, those of us who aren’t traveling somewhere special have to make do with the same old same old. Corey and I both pondered birds that are extremely ordinary for us. I enjoyed chattering Chimney Swifts while taking in tremendous bands at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.

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Aussan Natural Cleaners Giveaway

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Leave a comment on this post before midnight on Novemeber 26th, 2012. Our pets spend most of their lives on the floor. They sleep there, play there, and even eat there. Is it any wonder we should be concerned with the products we use to clean the floors in our home? Not to mention all the other surfaces and places we share with our pets! It has been very important to us to find products that both work well, but that are safe for use around our pets.

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Rescued Manatee Gives Birth to Manatee Calf at SeaWorld Orlando

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Story background: On June 8, 2012, SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue team traveled to Sykes Creek in Merritt Island, Fla. So far in 2012, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 12 manatees. We have some wonderful (and adorable) news to share with you today. A rescued manatee gives birth at SeaWorld Orlando early on Wednesday morning! SeaWorld’s Animal Care team is on 24-hour watch keeping a close eye on the pair, who are both doing well.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of 2012?

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The last weekend of December 2012 is the last weekend of the entire year. Since I didn’t keep a year list in 2012, I feel no pressure to beat the bushes for final ticks. How many of you plan, before turning the page on this eventful year, to try to pad your year list? How will you do it? I may just sit back and contemplate how fortunate I’ve been this year to see amazing birds in amazing places with amazing people. Isn’t that what birding is all about?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2012)

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I have a feeling that this summer is going to be weird. How else to interpret the sudden arrival of April showers (and temperatures) in June after already enjoying summer weather? If you’re experiencing the same wacky weather patterns, don’t fret… maybe this means we’ll get another migration! My best birds of the weekend were all part of a huge swarm of Chimney Swifts circling around what I surmise was their chimney dwelling.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2012?

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Friends, birders, countrymen (and women)– lend me your ears. I come not to praise winter, but to bury it. Those of us occupying the boreal half of the planet can give Old Man Winter an exuberant sendoff this weekend, while you on the austral side can say so long to summer. How will you be observing the last weekend of winter (or summer) and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below. This weekend will be busy for me, and not just because I consider St.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of September 2012?

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September has been flush with weekends this year, but all good months must come to an end. But worry not… regardless of weather conditions, this month goes out like a lion when it comes to birds on the move! This weekend, I’ll continue searching for local fall migrants, hopefully not in vain. Corey told me where he’d be birding this weekend, but I already forgot; apparently, his plans aren’t that exciting. How about you?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of March 2012)

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Now that late winter has eased into early spring, it seems owls are in the air. I’m hearing all kinds of owl howls, from Saw-whets at (where else?) Owl Woods and Short-eared Owls from New York to the Galapagos Islands. One birder known to many of us even had her life Barn Owl turn up in her backyard! If owls have traditionally eluded you, get back in the game… your luck may be turning. I should have chased owls this weekend, but chose to work on my landscaping instead.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of April 2012?

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Perhaps I’ll even see my First Phoebe of 2012. Most weeks, we tend to focus on the movements and migrations of birds. However, with upcoming Easter and Passover festivities and America’s all-important Spring Break, now is a good time to focus on the peregrinations of people. Where are you going this weekend? Will you see birds there? Share your plans in the comments below!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2012)

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The month of June has passed, giving way to the first full month of summer in the northern hemisphere. Summer can be boring from a birding standpoint or it can be very, very interesting. How has yours been so far? Since Corey fled NYC this weekend, I took over his Atlantic coast shore patrol. While I saw a number of tasty shore species, I most appreciated the behemoth Great Black-backed Gulls , which I’ve missed since I’ve moved upstate.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2012)

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Some weekends are sublime and others mundane. Obviously, we cannot survive one transcendent weekend after another, but this stretch of late winter seems to require more than the usual routine. I found little inspiration in the usual birds, so I turned to the great Herman Melville for some grand avian allegory: And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of April 2012)

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April didn’t deliver many of its vaunted showers in my area this year. I’d fear for May flowers if so many weren’t already in bloom. How is the season in your corner of the world? My best bird this weekend has to be the Hermit Thrush that’s been hanging around my backyard for the last week. We’re wondering if it plans to nest here, but I can’t imagine such a shy (compared to robins!) thrush feeling comfortable in our busy neighborhood.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2012)

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The second weekend of April holds special meaning for citizens of the United States, and by special, I really mean dire. But like it or not, most of us have filed our tax returns. At last, we can turn to more important issues like earning enough money to pay next year’s taxes! As promised, I finally made it up to Owl Woods and the Braddock Bay area. Too bad the hawks and owls couldn’t make it too! Luckily, swarms of songbirds arrived on time, including one very handsome Fox Sparrow.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2012)

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September slips away and October is afoot. What fresh fascinations does this month have in store? My best bird this weekend was a spry little Red-breasted Nuthatch consorting with its larger White-breasted kin. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was his only year bird that crossed his path, a nice Clay-colored Sparrow at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. How about you? What was your best bird of the weekend?

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of July 2012?

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The Jackson Pollack-inspired effigy of the Chicken Inferno 2012! July is ending, which prompts me to inquire whether you are making the most of your months. Summer months mean a lot to me, which must explain why I’m always on the run these days. Have you been watching the sun set in strange skies? You should. This weekend, I’m heading out to Michigan for a week of sand and sun.

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Tales of the 2012 Superbowl of Birding

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Though no one from 10,000 Birds participated in this year’s Superbowl of Birding IX and the Bloggerhead Kingbirds did not field a team that doesn’t mean that you can’t read about what happened this year. You can read about it in The Eyrie , Birding North Central Massachusetts…and beyond , and the Maine Outdoor Journal. Will the Bloggerhead Kingbirds ride again in 2013? Only time will tell… a. Asides super bowl of birding

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of April 2012?

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Some thrill to the feeling of spring in the air. Others crave something more primal such as love. Well, friends, can’t you feel it? Love is in the air… bird love ! We’ve been talking about it– often in rather graphic terms –all week. Don’t pretend you’re not a little bit curious… This weekend, Corey and I will make every effort to be in front of the newest wave of migrants in our respective territories. Planning on doing the same?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2012)

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Faith and Begorrah, I’ve made it through another St. Patty’s Day without ingesting corned beef, cabbage, or green beer! My liver lingers on in the same (sorry) state in which it entered the weekend. Can you say the same? My weekend was devoted to a seemingly endless celebration of my son’s 8th birthday, which meant that my best bird was bound to be a backyard species. I had a large, half-rotten tree taken down last summer, but chose not to have the stump ground down.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2012)

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September, as you’ve no doubt heard time and time again, is a season of flux. No matter where you are in the world, chances are that an array of organisms are responding to climatic signals by, among other things, growing, dying, blooming, fruiting, fattening, nesting, or migrating. Believe it or not, the usual birds on the brain are not what calls this frenzy of activity to mind. Instead, I’m thinking of whatever plant is currently agitating my allergies!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2012)

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You are undoubtedly reviewing the best and worst of everything you experienced in 2012 as we prepare to ring in the New Year. Time to put another year in the books! But for now, let’s focus on some specific highlights from just this past weekend… My Best Bird of the Weekend was Red-breasted Nuthatch , many of which were emboldened to visit my feeder in the midst of mountains of snow.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of April 2012?

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This month strikes me as the oddest April in my memory. Then again, April is always an odd month. Robert Frost certainly thought so… The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. When the sun is out and the wind is still, You’re one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, a cloud come over the sunlit arch, And wind comes off a frozen peak, And you’re two months back in the middle of March.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of September 2012?

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Like it or not, fall is falling all over the Northern Hemisphere and spring is sprung to the south. But what’s not to like about either season? These magical months of transition feature flora and fauna in flux, which can lead to your year’s best bird watching. So embrace change and get out there! I’ll be hanging around Rochester waiting for Red Crossbills to fly overhead. Corey plans to canvas the Albany area for oddities, avian and otherwise. How about you?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of December 2012)

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Stick with 2012 until the New Year comes rocking in! December is drawing towards its grand finale as we all work furiously in advance of seemingly endless celebration. Contemplation of one’s Best Bird of the Year seems more appropriate than attention to just one weekend, but December isn’t over yet. Actually, in terms of this weekend, I don’t have much of anything to share. As predicted, I spent my weekend studiously avoiding observation of anything remotely avian.

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The Last Diabolical Wood-Warbler Quiz of 2012

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Catherine Hamilton has been the first to get all three species correct in the last two diabolical wood-warbler quizzes. If she gets three in a row it will show she is the best birder in the world and Felonious Jive will suffer the sad misfortune of dropping to second place. This quiz is a diabolical to the extreme and if anyone manages all three I will be surprised.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of May 2012)

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It is May! For those in the northern hemisphere migration fever is upon us and employers who employ birders are wondering where everybody is. Have the birds really started moving where you live? Both Mike and I were on the road this weekend.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of May 2012?

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With the arrival of May, we turn from bird love to migrant mania. Forget March Madness… this is when things get crazy for those in sync with the endless sojourns of countless species. Make the most of this special time! Speaking of making the most of special times, I’m taking my ( very, very, very lucky ) kids down to Orlando for a long weekend of intense recreation. Yes, we are doing Disney, so share your survival tips! And yes, I’m bringing my bins.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of September 2012)

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Phenology is a funny thing (a funny word too, which is neither here nor there.) Every wildlife watcher, no matter how specialized, becomes attuned over time to the ebb and flow of each local plant and animal’s life cycle. With enough observation and experience, we notice slight variations and how those aberrations sometimes ripple throughout ecosystems. Some phenological oddities, however, are blatant enough to catch everyone’s attention.

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Cheetah sets new world speed record!

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seconds on June 20, 2012. Her run was photographed for a November 2012 National Geographic magazine article that will include never-before-seen high speed photographs and video of cheetah movement. Sarah the cheetah broke her own world record! © Ken Geiger/National Geographic Magazine. Sarah, an 11-year-old cheetah at the Cincinnati Zoo, broke her own world record by running 100m in 5.95 She was clocked at 61mph.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2012)

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Happy belated Father’s Day to everyone who observed it this weekend. Just to keep that sweet paternal vibe going, I’m going to award double points to anyone whose best bird of the weekend was seen in the company of a dad or by a dad with his child. Oh, you didn’t know we were keeping score?

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2012?

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Ambrose Bierce, one of my literary heroes, crafted a supremely cynical lexicon called The Devil’s Dictionary. Though it’s over 100 years old, the work still has teeth and is worth a read. I’ve been considering a similar work called The Birder’s Dictionary. The first entry I have in mind is the definition of the word doldrums … July!

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Dearfoams Next Top Dog Contest

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PHASE ONE: Submit an image of your dog between February 13th, 2012 and April 16th, 2012! Voting will begin on March 12th – April 16th, 2012! The finalists will be asked to take a picture of their TOP DOG with their new Dearfoams and return it to Dearfoams by May 30th, 2012. June 4th – June 18th, 2012 public voting will begin. On June 18th, 2012 DEARFOAMS NEXT TOP DOG will be announced! Dearfoams is searching for America’s Next Top Dog!

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of Octber 2012?

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October in the Northern Hemisphere is a glorious time of transformation. Not only do devoted leaf peepers fully come into their own this month, wildlife watchers have no dearth of diversions. The only way to enjoy October is to immerse yourself in it, especially during its warmer weekends. Following my own advice, I’m hoping to get in a autumn hike somewhere the birds are flying. Shouldn’t be too hard, considering how active many migrants are right now.

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