Some of America?s Avian Treasures

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North America is home to many amazing bird species, including several which require a special effort to see and appreciate. In the summer, they are the highest altitude breeding songbird in North America.

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National Audubon Society Birds of North America: A Guide Review

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And now we have the third iteration in Audubon’s guide book history: National Audubon Society Birds of North America. The National Audubon Society Birds of North America covers all species seen in mainland United States, Canada and Baja California. Rare Birds of North America.

Untamed Americas

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Untamed Americas ” is a high-definition miniseries event narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin. In it we get to see some of the amazing places in the wild areas of North America, Central America and South America. Untamed Americas: Mountains. Then travel to the Rockies, for a ringside seat as male bighorn sheep go head-to-head in a bloody battle for breeding rights. Untamed Americas: Deserts. Untamed Americas: Coasts.

Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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It actually makes a lot of sense, the geographic features of the isthmus between North America (including Mexico, because Mexico is part of North America) and South America cut across political lines, as do birds. Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rican, and Panama , just published in October, is a field guide that was ten years in the making. Of the native breeding species, 112 are endemic or “very nearly endemic.” (Can

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

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And why I am so happy to see new, updated editions of Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America being published. In May, I reviewed Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

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The Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America by Jesse Fagan and Oliver Komar, illustrated by Robert Dean and Peter Burke, does just that. When I went to Honduras in 2014, I was advised to use The Birds of Costa Rica by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean (2014) and The Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America by Steve N.G. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America covers 827 species, including resident, migratory, and common vagrant birds.

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WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

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The potholes and associated grasslands create North America’s most productive habitat for breeding waterfowl, making it an area of global significance for Mallards , Northern Pintails , Blue-winged Teals , Gadwalls , Northern Shovelers , and others. The region has justifiably been referred to as the “Duck Factory of North America.” WPAs provide critical breeding, resting, and nesting habitat for millions of ducks, geese, and swans, as well as shorebirds and grassland birds.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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The April arrival of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition was a supremely happy moment in a very difficult, sad month. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition is an updated and expanded edition of a field guide first published in 2008.

Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania: A Review by an Atlas Novice

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A breeding bird atlas is a special kind of book. For ornithologists, it is the documentation of a multi-year project designed to record the distribution and abundance of birds in a specific area (in North America, usually a state or a province), utilizing a mapping method involving blocks and grids. They utilized GIS (geographic information systems) technology to pinpoint breeding bird location to a level far beyond the usual block-based geographic model.

Labor Pains: Petplan Finds Working Dog Breeds Are More Prone to Injury, Cancer

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As America recognizes the contributions of its workers on September 5, Petplan pet insurance is marking Labor Day with a celebration of the working dog. Bernards, Portuguese Water Dogs to Rottweilers, working breed dogs are larger … Continue reading → The post Labor Pains: Petplan Finds Working Dog Breeds Are More Prone to Injury, Cancer appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals.

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Heat in the Tropics

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As the boreal migrants head north, breeding season for the residents and austral migrants is beginning to pick up. They’ve not wasted any time, having drifted northward from mainland South America only a few weeks ago. Birding Birds breeding Trinidad and Tobago

Savannah Sparrows on Breeding Territory

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My recent outing with Seth and Mary when we found probable breeding Bobolinks in Queens was no exception, with a couple of pairs of very confiding Savannah Sparrows singing, foraging, and generally posing for the digiscoping rig. Savannah Sparrows breed across the northern United States and most of Canada and Alaska and winter as far south as northern Central America and Cuba.

Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America: A Review by a Sparrow Fan

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So, I was very excited when I heard that Rick Wright was writing a book about sparrows, the first treatment of North American sparrows since 2001, possibly the first book about sparrows of North America, depending on your definition of that geographic area. Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America covers 61 species of the New World sparrow family Passerellidae that breed in Canada, the United States, and northern Mexico. They’re all birds of North America!

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe & Asia: An Identification Guide

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide by Sébastien Reeber is an exhaustively comprehensive reference book that is sure to bring joy to the heart of every birder who slowly scopes through the hundreds of ducks in the local marsh or bay and eventually, after an hour or so, looks up, smiles, and says, “I have a Eurasian Teal.” This section also includes range maps, indicating range by breeding season, wintering season, and residence year-round.

Climate Change And Birds: Europe vs. North America

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I want to alert you to a recent study (from April) that looks at the plight of bird populations under conditions of climate change in Europe and North America. Data were collected from the North American Breeding Bird Survey and the Pan-European Common Birds Monitoring Scheme. The total overall impact on bird populations, related to climate change, is the same in North America (on the right) and Europe (on the left). Why are Europe and North America different?

Cavity Nesting Birds of North America and Their Babies!

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Another cavity nesting species that breeds in Lassen Volcanic National Park is the Brown Creeper ( Certhia americana ). Now the only falcon that regularly nests in natural cavities is the smallest and most common falcon in North America, the American Kestrel ( Falco sparverius ). The majority of our owls in North America also nest in cavities and I want to wrap this up with a few of my favorites, starting with the Barn Owl ( Tyto alba ).

The Green-winged Teal, North America’s Smallest Dabbling Duck

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The Green-winged Teal ( Anas crecca carolinensis ) is North America’s smallest dabbling duck and taken by hunters second only to the Mallard. Luckily for them, even though they nest on the ground, they usually breed far from human habitation, under heavy vegetative cover. They form a monogamous relationship with a female each breeding season, but attempt (and sometimes succeed at) extra-pair copulations with other females.

Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean: A Book Review by a Lover of Parliaments

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Here are some things I’ve learned from the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul: The Burrowing Owl is the only North American owl species where the male is larger than the female, albeit, only slightly larger. ’ Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean covers 39 species found in, as the titles says, North America and the Caribbean islands.

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Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America: A Book Review by a Sound Challenged Birder

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The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America by Nathan Pieplow is innovative, fascinating, and challenging. The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America is divided into three main sections: Introduction, Species Accounts, and Index to Bird Sounds (also called the Visual Index). Robbins used them in a more primitive form in 1966 in the Golden Field Guide Birds of North America.

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National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: A Book Review

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The second edition of the National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition has one of the longest book names in bird bookdom: National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: Now Covering More Than 1,000 Species With the Most-Detailed Information Found in a Single Volume. It is also, the cover tells us, “fully revised and updated,” and “companion to National Geographic to the Field Guide to the Birds of North America.”

Arrowood Farm Brewery: Starling Brett Farmhouse Ale

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And there’s a good chance that, while they’re at it, they’ll trot out that dubious bit of trivia about the starling being brought to America as a part of some scheme to introduce all the birds mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare to New York City’s Central Park.

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Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide – A Librarian Birder’s Review

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This is probably because Gulls of America , the Peterson Reference Guide co-authored by Howell with Jon Dunn, has a prominent place on my bookshelf, and because I spent some time last year, while staffing the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Visitor’s Center, explaining to beginning birders why “molt”, as in Howell’s Guide to Molt in North America , on display at the SHBO, was a subject worth reading. This is the first field identification guide on tubenoses in North America.

15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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This map shows the distribution of the World’s bird species, based on overlying the breeding and wintering ranges of all known species. Trips Africa Asia I Am Birder South America world birdwatchWhat are the best countries for a passionate birder to move to? And why? I discovered this map a while ago, hidden somewhere at the not so easy to navigate BirdLife International’s website, and I have used it as my computer wallpaper ever since.

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Greenland’s Arctic Tern

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There is a total of 235 different bird species in Greenland, most of them are migratory birds with approximately 60 species breeding within the land. Some of the most common breeding birds are White-tailed Eagles , Northern Fulmars , Black Guillemots , Common Eiders , Rock Ptarmigans , and Arctic Terns. The preservation was primarily set in action due to the archipelago’s intact birdlife and the great amount of breeding Arctic terns living there.

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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition: A Field Guide Review

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The point is, the field guide I grabbed without hesitation was the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition by Jon L. The 7th edition of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America covers 1,023 species that reside, migrate, or have been documented as accidentals or exotics in North America. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition.

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Greater Rheas: Germany’s new Big Bird

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On the contrary, the birds were quite satisfied with their new-found freedom and realms, and started breeding immediately after their escape in the spring of 2001, much to everyone’s surprise. Birding Birds Germany Invasive Species Week South America Germany is underrated as a birding destination. Nestled right in the middle of Europe, we have a little bit of everything, a nice cross section of Europe’s avifauna.

Photo Essay: Green-rumped Parrotlets from Egg to Adult

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You don’t really know a bird until you’ve studied it on its breeding grounds. Getting intimate with a species over the course of the breeding cycle is one of the more rewarding aspects of birding, and field research too. She is largely dependent on being fed by the male, who is responsible for keeping her up to breeding weight, a hefty thirty grams. Available from SORA: [link] Waltman, JR, and SR Beissinger (1992) Breeding behavior of the Green-rumped Parrotlet.

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Asa Wright? Absolutely!

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The dichotomous republic of Trinidad and Tobago may be something of a cipher to anyone unfamiliar with the point where the Caribbean ends and South America begins. And then there are the birds… Green-backed or Amazonian White-tailed Trogon Asa Wright Nature Centre is most renowned for its resident breeding colony of unearthly Oilbirds. Trips asa wright Caribbean eco-lodge features South America trinidad

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Black-footed Albatrosses Rock!

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It doesn’t really matter that he has seen a gaudy Orange Throated Brown Job or Streamered Spangled Spectaculette in whichever Caribbean island he has visited, or how many birds he finds in any particular county of New York (I always thought America had states, not counties like England does, but this isn’t a blog about administrative divisions).

Shorebirds and Gulls of Florida’s Treasure Coast: Where the Tropics Begin

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This photo could have been taken in Florida’s Treasure Coast during the winter months or in South America during the same period. Common resident and migratory gulls along the coast of Peru and Chile including immature Kelp Gull (largest, center front); juvenile Band-tailed Gull (all dark with black-tipped yellow bills); adult Band-tailed Gulls in breeding plumage (black and white with black-tipped yellow bills); Franklin Gulls (gray and white far in the background.

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Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds

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Brown Pelicans , and the northernmost Brown Booby breeding colony on this side of the Pacific. Ringer Gannets and Boobies (Sulidae) Black-and-white gannets breed on the cold, rocky coasts of the northern and southern oceans. Ringer Anhinga and Darters (Anhingidae) The Anhinga and three darter species inhabit warm, freshwater regions of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australasia.

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Undisturbed through thousands of generations by man or land predators, the birds accumulated piles of poop several meters thick and sat atop them with a proprietorial pride in huge colonies, breeding, feeding and creating even more guano. Recognising the economic and strategic importance of controlling the resources such as saltpetre, copper, silver and guano, the super powers of Britain, America and Spain lent their support. Politics History Poop Week South America

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Awesome Birding at Aripo Savannah

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The lush pastures of the Aripo Livestock Station sustained herds of happy Buffalypso , a special breed of T&T beef cattle named for their Water Buffalo heritage and Calypso-happy country. Trips aripo savannah Caribbean South America trinidadHave you ever enjoyed one of those brilliant birding expeditions, the outing where every target species takes its cue with machine precision?

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Hilty’s Birds of Colombia field guide review

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Also, the distributions of subspecies breeding in the region are clearly mapped. Hilty has worked as a bird guide for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) since 1983, leading tours throughout North and South America, and co-leading trips to India, the Orient and Australasia.

Warblers that Warble

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That still leaves 11 Warblers that breed in Michoacán. Like the Common Yellowthroat , the Yellow Warbler breeds no further south than the central Mexican highlands. It does breed in the U.S. southwest, but it is a permanent resident in western Mexico and parts of Central America.

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Mark Zuckerberg ‘Likes’ Two New Dogs

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LA-Based Zoom Room CEO and Dog Training Expert Explores the Breeds He Chose. Jaime Van Wye, expert dog trainer, and founder of the Zoom Room, weighs in on the difference between the two breeds. To read Jaime’s full open letter to Zuckerberg (or anyone else contemplating these beautiful breeds) – click here. Due to the history of the breed, a Komondor can be a challenge to train. As a result, the breed is fairly easier to train in agility and obedience.

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Dragonflies and Damselflies of Costa Rica: A Field Guide–A Book Review

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In this case, the introduction will set a framework for observing odonates in Costa Rica, and indeed in all Central American countries, encapsulating basic odonate biology and how observing odonates in the tropics differs from observing them in North America.

On Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS

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And managing means killing them, breeding them, and otherwise fiddling with their populations. Consider this: Every month, it takes $12 billion to fund America's involvement in the Iraq War. When I was asked if I wanted to read Jeff Corwin's 100 HEARTBEATS (Rodale 2009) I was ambivalent. I know he's a conservationist, therefore I know he will advocate for "managing" the "resources" that are sentient nonhumans.

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The latter figure very significant when you remember that many breeding passerines depend on the humble caterpillar to feed themselves and their offspring. Every now and then you read a book which you believe should be read by everyone on the planet.

On Bob Herbert and Direct Action

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As of mid-2008, there were 4,777 black men imprisoned in America for every 100,000 black men in the population. I don't disagree with Herbert, but what if I wrote: Most people don't want to hear about the capacity of nonhumans to experience pain, pleasure, boredom or frustration, and President Obama would rather walk through fire than do anything other than acquire a pure breed puppy or pardon a turkey on Thanksgiving (though that one remains to be seen).

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On Going Vegan

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You are choosing domination and enslavement and forced breeding and unnecessary slaughter. We in the developed world, in mainstream America, do not need to use animals in order to survive or thrive or please our palates. First I have to say that my husband and I were in our courtyard last night, with wine, vegan pizza with shiitakes, portobellos and chanterelles (still working through that five-pound bag of Daiya cheese), and Diana Krall playing.

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Mad over Maltese

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So with kids or other bigger dogs around ensure that your Maltese is not stepped upon, sat upon, hit hard or given a good shake by the bigger dogs as any of that can seriously injure this tiny breed. A word of warning- Maltese are probably one of the toughest breeds to train and housebreak. In America they first appeared as participants in the sophisticated Westminster Kennel Club shows. Mad over Maltese. .

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Lifer! But, which one?

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and Canada and winter in northeastern Mexico, while the sedentary wrens of central Mexico, Central America, and South America are now to be identified as Grass Wrens. But its two mixed-breed children would make an 80’s British soccer club proud, with their punk hairstyles.