Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of December 2018?

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Wherever you engage in this time-honored celebration of citizen science and avian diversity, dress for the weather and have a blast! The post Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of December 2018? While this time of year brings different temperatures and conditions across the world, we still all observe mid-December the same way: Christmas Bird Counts.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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23 May 2018. 12 Jun 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018. 04 Apr 2018. 19 Jan 2018. 13 Mar 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 02 Jan 2018.

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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27 Oct 2018. 27 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 22 Oct 2018. 21 Oct 2018. 18 Oct 2018. 18 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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29 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 27 Sep 2018. 25 Sep 2018. 25 Sep 2018. 24 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 20 Sep 2018. 20 Sep 2018. 19 Sep 2018. 19 Sep 2018. 19 Sep 2018. 19 Sep 2018. 19 Sep 2018.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

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28 Jul 2018. 27 Jul 2018. 27 Jul 2018. 27 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 26 Jul 2018. 25 Jul 2018. 25 Jul 2018. 24 Jul 2018. 24 Jul 2018. 23 Jul 2018. 21 Jul 2018. 19 Jul 2018. 15 Jul 2018. 14 Jul 2018. 13 Jul 2018. 13 Jul 2018. 12 Jul 2018. 11 Jul 2018.

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Collaborative List – June 2018

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23 May 2018. 12 Jun 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018. 04 Apr 2018. 19 Jan 2018. 13 Mar 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 02 Jan 2018.

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Collaborative List – February 2018

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01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 02 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 02 Jan 2018. 07 Feb 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 10 Jan 2018. 02 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 10 Jan 2018.

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Collaborative List – April 2018

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01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018. 04 Apr 2018. 19 Jan 2018. 13 Mar 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 02 Jan 2018. 24 Apr 2018. 24 Apr 2018.

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Collaborative List – January 2018

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01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 02 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 10 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 10 Jan 2018. 28 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018.

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Collaborative List – March 2018

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31 Mar 2018. 30 Mar 2018. 28 Mar 2018. 28 Mar 2018. 26 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 25 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 24 Mar 2018. 23 Mar 2018. 23 Mar 2018. 23 Mar 2018.

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A Birder Reads a Scientific Paper

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Birding Conservation Hawaii Millerbird science TranslocationIn addition to my monthly posts here, I have also written short pieces and feature articles that rely on bird-related scientific literature. My impression is that few birders dive into ornithological and ecological papers, but there’s much to be learned, even if the reading can be tough sledding. This post provides a quick overview of how a birder might approach that task. It is helpful to have a sample paper.

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Global Big Day in Costa Rica

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The Lab also acts as the heart and soul for the very popular (and often addictive) citizen science gem known as eBird. Those who did so on May 5th automatically became part of the biggest day of collective birding in 2018; Global Big Day ! GBD, 2018 in Costa Rica also resulted in conversations about organizing a Big Day and/or other birding events for Costa Rica. When it comes to initiatives that promote birding, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is hard to beat.

Birding Zamorano University in Honduras

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Zamorano University may be regarded as one of the crown jewels of Latin American higher education, particularly in the areas of agriculture, environmental management, and food science, but this idyllic campus excels for more reasons than simply academics. To this tasty tropical cocktail concocted in July 2018, we added one more volatile ingredient in the form of a contingent of Americans and Hondurans sponsored by the Honduras Institute of Tourism.

10 proofs that rock climbing is birding in disguise

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Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really bird for the hell of it. (5). Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it. I watched some movie the other day, in which an artist, a real historical figure, says something how art is a… well, I didn’t write it down immediately and couldn’t find it googling later (assuming that the thought is as historical as the artist), but I recognized birding in those words.

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Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—In 12 Steps: A Book Review

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The authors (and I feel obliged to attribute this chapter to both authors, though the writing totally reflects Howells previous essays) then explain the principles of “high-level taxonomy” while simultaneously poking holes in the current state of the science, concluding in the end that ‘species’ are “simply a matter of opinion. However, articulated in a short introductory chapter, they shortchange the ornithological community and science in general.

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Serbia self-drive birding tour planning

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He enjoys combining his passion for birds with computer science background to model nocturnal bird migration. This October, a previously unknown name shined in the eBird alerts in Serbia: Raphael Nussbaumer. He made a whirlwind tour of some of the best birding areas in the country, from the Karajukica Bunari peat bog in the extreme southwest (by the border with Montenegro) all the way to the Slano Kopovo Crane Sanctuary in the northeast.

Evidence of earlier humans in Madagascar is unconvincing but interesting

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There is a virtual flock of new and interesting bird science news all of the sudden, including the rediscovery of an extinct Bahama Nuthatch. Science did not let us solidify that claim. Here’s a summary in Science. But here I want to note, and for now, dismiss, a find from Madagascar. It was always thought that humans first inhabited the island of Madagascar about four or five thousand years ago or so.

A Brant With Bling

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Sure, it’s a common bird but by looking at and digiscoping it I learned about a study I didn’t know was happening, I learned what light-level geolocators look like, and I helped science! Yesterday morning I was out and about on the coast of Queens looking for migrating birds. At Jacob Riis Park I stopped to scan a large flock of Brant because you never know what might end up mixed in to a large flock of anything.

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Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler by Stephen Moss

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Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names is a bit different than earlier efforts I’ve seen in this line. Those books – notably Lapwings, Loons, and Lousyjacks by Ray Reedman – tend to be divided taxonomically. This makes them ideal as reference when you want to check some folk etymology against some facts, but doesn’t lend itself to reading cover-to-cover. Not so Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler , which boasts a narrative format suitable for pleasure-reading.

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All of a quiver

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I hadn’t had much occasion to click the “Science” heading for a while. www.eBird.org has been my “go to” birding software ever since Corey slapped me for getting hysterical over a Blue-winged Warbler at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston. Having found what I took to be a noteworthy bird, I wanted to publicise it, but was not sure how that might best be accomplished.

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A Climate Change Crash

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Here are a few other things regular readers of this site may be familiar with: The bird science journal “The Condor,” the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley, the concept of “niche,” and the system for making field observations of species known as the “Grinnell System.” PNAS August 6, 2018. We expect climate change to have a mostly negative effect on natural habitats, at least short and medium term.

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A Relaxing Big Day in Florida

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That my data would be used in a global citizen science event? Originally, I had big plans for the October Big Day. I would wake up in darkness, gather my camera and binoculars and drive to Alabama for a birding tour along a river. I would tick off migrating songbirds, from tanagers to vireos and everything in between. I would add new sightings to my current year list, which has stood at 250 since the Bell’s Vireo I spotted in Kansas on September 7th. But it was not to be.

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Come@Me: Lookalike Birds Should Be Lumped

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Of all the ways people choose to pass their time, few recreational activities are as tightly bound to science as birding. When we separate sport from science, opportunity for enjoyment increases immeasurably. For many, the list matters much more than the science behind it. We all hang breathlessly on every ornithological finding and spend far too many hours debating the boundaries of speciation.

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“Understanding Animal Behaviour” by Rory Putman

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I particularly recommend this book to students minoring in biology, ecology, environmental and veterinary sciences: Putnam’s clearly written and easy to understand style is sure to explain the complex concepts without relying on hard to decipher terminology. Speckled Woods are found through most of Palearctic. Two inches across, they are grey-brown with creamy spots, which are brighter and more yellowish in females.

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The Ascent of Birds by John Reilly

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Reilly also has a deft hand for style – accessible, friendly, and with occasional glints of humor that accent but don’t intrude on the science. Every once in a while you stumble on a new natural history book that seems destined to be a classic. Is that a bold enough opening to convey how much I enjoyed The Ascent of Birds by John Reilly, new this spring from Pelagic Publishing?

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Endangered Species Act: Potential Downlisting for Hawaiian Goose (nene)

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In the case of the Hawaiian Goose ( Branta sandvicensis ), the public notice was published in the Federal Register on April 2, 2018. It contains numerous citations to the literature, as the process must be based on the best available science. The period for public comments closed on June 1, 2018, and FWS will likely address those comments and issue a final rule in the coming months.

The Feather Thief: A Book Review

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This is also where Johnson starts talking about the cost of the theft to the Museum and to science. He says he is motivated by what he has learned from the curators about the skins importance to science, but he is also clearly irritated by the fact that Rist has gotten off so lightly. Viking, April 2018.

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The Effects of Wildfires on Wildlife

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According to a Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study, human-induced climate change has doubled the area affected by forest fires in the western U.S. References: 1 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The photo above shows the beginning of the Carr Fire east of Redding with the Sundial Bridge in the foreground. This is about 35 miles West of my home.

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The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World – and Us: A Book Review

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Prum, or at the very least heard about it The book was published last spring (the paperback version is due out in spring 2018), and articles based on book chapters were been published in The New York Times , National Geographic, and Natural History. Videos, like the illustrations and diagrams included in the book, help make literature about science, especially theoretical science, more accessible to us non-scientists.

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eBird Photo Quizzes: A Great Way to Prepare for a Trip

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But rather than just use field guides for visual field marks and xeno-canto for sounds I have discovered a fun way to help me prepare that also contributes to citizen science in a small but noticeable way. In a little less than two weeks my family and I will be enjoying a long weekend on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

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Birding in the Silly Season.

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Has Black-browed Cardinal ever been described to science? Ladies and gentlemen, the Silly Season approaches. Parliament takes a summer break and trivial stories fill the slow-news days. For birders, the summer brings the opportunities to pursue alternative interests with little chance of missing anything exciting. Some fill their days with butterflies or dragonflies. This season, I shall mostly be watching trucks! It was one of those odd days.

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Week 26: San juan Islands

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Rebecca did a beautiful job, not only discussing the birds on the area, but blending in some environmental science, and the issues that can affect the local bird species. The days for me to add to my Little Big Years species count are getting fewer and fewer, and with it, my budget. Therefore, I am jumping at every opportunity to explore a new area, and subsequent birds that might be there.

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Hotspur’s Revenge: A Review of Three Books

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that “beauty happens” and that evolution is often a result of female preferences, rather than “survival of the fittest”) to humans that he seems to veer off (as he admits) into speculation, rather than proven science. • Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature is Thriving in an Age of Extinction (Chris D. Thomas, Public Affairs). • The Aliens Among Us: How Invasive Species Are Transforming the Planet – and Ourselves (Leslie Anthony, Yale). •

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“Dog Days and Poisons” – Collective Arts Brewing: Mash Up the Jam

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” Long before the science and physiology of taste were formally understood, brewers knew to avoid jarring combinations of sour and bitter flavors that signal poisons to our brains. Drinking is an act of risk and vulnerability, though it’s such an everyday part of our existence that no one thinks of it that way. There’s always a chance that we could ingest something bad for us, something that might even kill us – a peril we face anytime we swallow anything, in fact.

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Come@Me: Don’t Mourn for Extinct Birds

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Nonprofit organizations, science, and the best intentions in the world came to the rescue with a captive breeding program, and we now have over 400 Pink Pigeons living in Mauritius, the nearby island of Ile aux Aigrettes, and the zoos hosting the breeding program, including the Bronx Zoo. It was the Pink Pigeons (Nesoenas mayeri) that got me thinking.

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Far From Land: The Mysterious Lives of Seabirds–A Book Review

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Naturalists who love science and want a quick way of reading all the seabird articles in Condor , Marine Biology, and Seabird Conference proceedings. Princeton University Press, March 2018. About six-and-a-half years ago I had the privilege of watching a young Waved Albatross on the Galapagos island of Española learning how to fly.

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Collaborative list – December 2018

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December’s collaborative results also summarises the year’s efforts, so this is December 2018 and the rest of 2018 all rolled into one sentence. 23 May 2018. 12 Jun 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018. 04 Apr 2018. 19 Jan 2018. 13 Mar 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 17 Dec 2018. 13 Jan 2018.

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The Most Popular Videos on Our YouTube Channel in 2017

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Inquiring Minds: Improving Elementary Science – Linda Lippe’s presentation at our 2015 Deming in Education Conference. Here are the most popular videos on The W. Edwards Deming Institute You Tube channel in the last year. Those with W. Edwards Deming in them are the most popular. The videos with the most views in the last year: W. Edwards Deming: The 14 Points : 46,000 views in 2017 (added 3 years ago – 106,000 total views all time).

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Collaborative list – August 2018

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30 Aug 2018. 29 Aug 2018. 29 Aug 2018. 29 Aug 2018. 26 Aug 2018. 26 Aug 2018. 26 Aug 2018. 26 Aug 2018. 25 Aug 2018. 24 Aug 2018. 23 Aug 2018. 22 Aug 2018. 20 Aug 2018. 20 Aug 2018. 18 Aug 2018. 17 Aug 2018. 16 Aug 2018. 15 Aug 2018. 14 Aug 2018. 13 Aug 2018. 13 Aug 2018. 13 Aug 2018. 12 Aug 2018. 12 Aug 2018. 11 Aug 2018.

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Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide: A Gull Book Review

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Describing gull plumage is a combination of science, graphic art, and visual metaphor. Princeton University Press, 2018. Gulls make my head spin. You know why.

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Teaching Ornithology in High Schools

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In 2018, I read an article in Birding magazine by Jeff R. Manker’s thesis is that ornithology is an excellent gateway to students becoming science majors in college and, more broadly and longer-term, conservation-minded citizens. What was the response to your Birding article in 2018?

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Murder Most Wildfowl: A Review of “A Dance of Cranes” by Steve Burrows

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Since the last notice of him on this blogsite (in June 2018), Steve Burrows has published two more novels in his terrific “Birder Murder” series, the fifth and sixth – respectively, A Tiding of Magpies and, now the latest, A Dance of Cranes. It’s a matter of personal preference: neither does every reader like, say, science fiction, or the writing of Henry James, or romance novels.

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The ABA’s 50th Anniversary and Information: From Scarce to Abundant

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The rise of the Cornell Lab is reflected in its budget, which was approximately $10 million in 2003 and $30 million in 2018. My impression is that most young birders are eBirders, a trend that will surely continue due to its convenience, accessibility, and contribution to science. The American Birding Association celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year and one aspect of its celebration was a reprint of the first issue of the publication now known as Birding.

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