Birds on Posts or Birding North Dakota

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If you like birds on posts, if seeing “little brown jobs” posing nicely in the distance as you drive or walk along a dirt road only to have it fly away as you approach makes you deliriously happy, then North Dakota is the place for you. I was on New Jersey Audubon’s Grand North Dakota birding tour this past July, driving along dirt roads through the prairies of western North Dakota. Trips North Dakota

Available Rescue Resources in North Dakota & Minnesota

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Equestrian Mag has provided this information on rescue efforts going on in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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New Jersey Illinois Massachusetts Colorado Maine WORST STATES Ohio Hawaii Alabama North Dakota Mississippi Idaho South Dakota (worst) According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the states fell this way. BEST Illinois (best) Maine Michigan Oregon California WORST Mississippi Idaho Hawaii North Dakota Kentucky. According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. BEST STATES California (best-yay!)

Humane Society Ranks States in First-Time Report

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Ohio, Mississippi, North Dakota, Idaho and South Dakota are at the bottom. It's their first annual "humane state" report. California and New Jersey came out on top.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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And the worst: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Wyoming You can check out the whole report on their web site. The ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon.

Obama's Rules Freeze May Help Wolves

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Wildlife conservationists say the freeze will delay and possibly prevent the removal of gray wolves from the federal endangered species list in Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and also in portions of Washington, Oregon, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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The Wearing of the Bins

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Last weekend I was in North Dakota attending The Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival in Carrington, ND. Carrington, North Dakota is farm and ranch country. You all have a LOT of very interesting and hard-to-see birds here in North Dakota. It’s not like wearing my binocs into a North Dakota café is going to change the world.

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding – Part II

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As devoted readers of 10,000 Birds know , the writers contribute checklists to a joint eBird account called the “ 10,000 Birds Collaborative.”. Every month, Redgannet summarizes the checklists, providing an updated life list, year list, and country list.

Some Chinese Pheasants

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North Dakota. South Dakota. Apparently, there is a traditional Chinese saying that seeing one pheasant in the wild is better than seeing ten other birds.

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.” FWS estimates that 2-3 million geese and 7-9 million ducks use use the basin between February and April, as they fly north to their breeding grounds.

The Flight of the Vultures

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But the turkey vultures would certainly leave the places we saw them – Montana, North Dakota, Illinois and Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio and eventually New York – and head south. The only bird we saw in every state was the Turkey Vulture. No vast kettles, yet, only ones and twos. Maybe only to the southern borders of the same state in the case of some of the Pennsylvania birds, maybe down beyond the limits of the US through Central America for the westerners.

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From Today's New York Times

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Paying sharpshooters and using helicopters cannot possibly be less expensive than allowing North Dakota hunters to volunteer their time, at no cost, and to take the animal carcasses out of the park themselves—exactly the kind of solution Teddy Roosevelt would have wanted. Byron Dorgan Washington, July 9, 2009 The writer is a Democratic senator from North Dakota

My eBird 10th Anniversary

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A pelagic out of Hatteras, North Carolina , the Biggest Week in American Birding in Ohio , and trip to Puerto Rico stand out as well. My profile page identifies the states that I have not eBirded, including Nebraska, North Dakota, Michigan, Mississippi, and Vermont.

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Snowy Owl Invasion!

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Snowy Owls have been sighted as far south as North Carolina and some locations have as many as seven! Birders in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, West Virginia, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Maryland, and Virginia are all enjoying Snowy Owls , but none as much as the North Carolina birders, who are enjoying their first and second Snowy Owls in thirteen years.

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eBird Profile Pages and the Power of Suggestion

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Other states, such as North Dakota and Arkansas, were also gray, but those seemed less troublesome, since I have never visited either state. According to eBird , I have been entering checklists since December 23, 2009, and I find it an incredibly useful way to maintain my lists, plan birding travel, and keep up on my favorite hotspots. eBird automatically organizes my observations by country, state, and county, and keeps running totals for my life and year lists.

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A Gathering at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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California is blessed with 51 NWRs and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), second only to North Dakota with 77. As I always do on the way home, following a short visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I take in at least one of the National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) found in the Sacramento Valley. I usually stop at the two refuges that have easily accessed auto tour routes, the Sacramento NWR and Colusa NWR.

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If We Can Rock Together, We Can Flock Together

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These Piping Plovers were photographed at White Lake, North Dakota. Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota. Weird flocks are fun. One does not typically find a Black-crowned Night-Heron mixed in with Rock Pigeons and American Coots. I think the night-heron knows it too. Thanks for stopping in again birders. Today’s post is as simple as it can be. FLOCKS. You know them and you love them…except when your car gets smeared in gull or grackle feces.

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10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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After those five, there are relative handful with over 100 species: North Carolina (172), Michigan (159), Arizona (155), Washington (144), North Dakota (141!), Since 2016, writers at 10,000 Birds have been contributing checklists to a joint eBird account called the “10,000 Birds Collaborative.” Every month, Redgannet summarizes the checklists, providing an updated life list, year list, and country list. For the United States, there is also a state list.

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Aim Small, Bird Small

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Hundreds of thousands of us have enjoyed the incredible programs and birding opportunities at some of North America’s largest, longest-running birding festivals. If my caller had said “I want to see ducks, or sparrows, or grassland birds&# I would have suggested another event to him—the Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival in Carrington, North Dakota which is held in June each year.

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Getting a Birder a Common Bird

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Well, no one comes on a field trip at Space Coast trying to see a Carolina Wren except for someone from North Dakota where, from what I can see in eBird , there have been three records of Carolina Wren ever. You don’t know how hard it is to see a common bird until you try to get someone else to see one.

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Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus

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If you want to see Vesper Sparrows a look at the eBird map shows that you could do worse than the junction of North Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, which looks like the Vesper Sparrow epicenter. Any day of birding in New York State that includes a sighting of a Vesper Sparrow is a better-then-average day.

Birding In Low Places

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White Lake, North Dakota. The water this Northern Pintail is in has human poo in it, which completely ruins the experience of seeing this bird. Oh wait, it doesn’t. Radio Road, Redwood Shores, CA. The majority of diehard birders do not care where they get their birds. Slaty-backed Gull at a dump, Baikal Teal at a sewage pond, Yellow-green Vireo at some random park in the ghetto…if a place collects birds, birders will go there.

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314 U.S. Bird Species Threatened — Many with Extinction — by Global Warming

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In June, I visited North Dakota for the first time. Scientists all over the world are sounding the alarm about ecological disruptions already in motion, and birders in North America are already seeing changes in the distribution of species, from the 61 percent of bird species wintering farther north to expanding ranges of birds like Mississippi Kite and Great-tailed Grackle.

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Jinx Warbler Vanquished

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I’ve driven the back roads of the North Woods looking and listening in vain. On Monday morning, June 12, at about 5:50 am, eight miles north of Roseau, MN, I saw my jinx bird and officially broke the jinx. This sighting came at the end of five days at the Potholes & Prairie Birding Festival in Jamestown, North Dakota. I contacted my pal Dave Lambeth, ace birder of Grand Forks, North Dakota and he made some inquiries on my behalf.

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Essentials For Packing When Birding Anywhere In The World

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I was at a birding festival in North Dakota in June and it was a chilly morning. I travel for birding. A lot. I’m about to head out to the Hula Valley Bird Festival and as I’m packing, I thought I would share with you some essentials I think any birder should plan to have in their suitcase–no matter where they are visiting. I’ve never regretted any of these items being in my suitcase.

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Birding On The Cheap: Rio Grande Valley

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It can be argued that birding North Dakota is cheap, but there’s not a major airport nearby, you’ll still have quite a drive to the birds once you land. If I have learned anything from living in the northern half of the United States is that in order to survive winter with my sanity in tact is that I need to eat a lot of kale, take a daily 20 minute walk (no matter how cold) and plan a trip some place warm even if it’s only for 48 hours.

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Car Birding: A Birder Litmus Test

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This is one of many Black Terns flying low over a bridge at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota. A Dusky Grouse scurries across the road in Grand Teton National Park, WY. I was reading Carrie’s post last month and got to thinking about car birding in general. Personally, I am a big fan of car birding, despite the necessary fossil fuel burning that is involved. That not-insignificant-caveat aside, I think it has a lot to offer.

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The Glory Days Of Fall

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Photographed at White Lake, North Dakota. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns. – George Eliot Indeed… very much so. I think most birders can understand this sentiment, whether you care for the weather or not. As birders know, weather, going back to school, football, The World Series, and fall colors all pale in comparison with the spectacle of fall migration.

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Forgotten Prairies

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Our North American Prairies hold 2/3 of their biomass beneath the soil. Furthermore, with the rapid expansion of oil and gas development in the norther tier states like North Dakota, birds like Sprague’s Pipit and Baird’s Sparrow become more at risk. Well, maybe not forgotten, but certainly over-looked.

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Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review

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Three helpful sections precede the Introduction: Photo and silhouette comparisons of gulls that breed in North America (see illustration above), Basic Anatomical Terms illustrated with four diagrams, and a very selective Glossary. Twenty are gulls likely to be seen in North America; these are divided into three chapters: (1) Small to Medium-sized Gulls and Hooded Gulls, (2) Gray-backed White-headed Gulls, and (3) Large Dark-backed Gulls.

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Specialties Above Thin Air!

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I imagine these explorers had the same reaction as the Lewis and Clark expedition as they moved from the tallgrass prairies of North Dakota and Montana into the northern Rockies of western Montana. I often wonder what the true first colonists of Colorado had running through their minds when they first encountered the Colorado Rockies. The Native Americans had already been experiencing this poetic mountain range for generations.


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Photographed near Lostwood, North Dakota. Quiz 3. Good day to you, my fine fellow birders. How is your August progressing? As you read this, I am riding my trusty Grizzly Bear through the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park, helping my colleague Seagull Steve find some new birds. Birding by bear is by far the best way to view the park, although it seems to terrify the hoofed animals. Various European tourists have taken to calling me “Beastmaster&#.

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Your Best Birds of the Year for 2011

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While I had heard Yellow Rails in North Dakota in 2010, to see this Ohio Review Species fly, not once but twice, right in front of me was an incredible experience. But in November I flew back north to Illinois to see a special pair of eagles, my best bird(s) of the year. 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.

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Best Bird of the Year 2011

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For some reason Felonious Jive shared Seagull Steve’s Best Bird of the Year: One of the reasons Seagull Steve went to North Dakota last summer was to spend some time with Baird’s Sparrows. 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.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching: A Review by an Aspiring Seawatcher

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Not only do birds that fly over the ocean (or lake or river) tend to take on forms and colors not depicted in field guides, a number of these birds rarely approach shore and are seldom, if ever, seen on land south or north of zones of extreme climate. Tundra Swan, Cygnus columbianus, photographed above by Ken Behrens, flies nonstop from staging areas in North Dakota to Chesapeake Bay and eastern North Carolina, a fact indicated by both arrows and text.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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The Service proposes opening the following refuges to sport fishing for the first time: North Dakota. The refuge includes coastal marshes, islands, tidal creeks and estuaries of seven north Florida rivers, and is home to a diverse community of plant and animal life. The North American Waterfowl Management Plan identifies the Wallkill River bottomlands as a priority focus area for waterfowl management within New Jersey.”

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A New Year Begins! But First–A Celebration of My 2018 Top Ten Birds

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Baird’s Sparrow, North Dakota. I viewed this Life Bird on my New Jersey Audubon North Dakota trip; it was not an easy bird to find, and a challenging one to photograph. John James Audubon first heard the sparrow in July, 1944, on a buffalo hunt in North Dakota. More like five hours, if you don’t count gas and lunch stops, and, seriously, who stops for lunch when you are after the probable first Great Black Hawk sighted in North America?

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ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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The sandhill crane has the lowest recruitment rate (average number of young birds joining a population each season) of any bird now hunted in North America. Texas and North Dakota together account for 88% of the total yearly kill of sandhill cranes. home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?!

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The One Animal Product You Should Feed Your Children

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However, 12 states, namely, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming and Wisconsin [Imagine, The Dairy State doesn't protect a woman's right to nurse!],

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Collaborative List – July 2018

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Donna was first amongst beats to reach North Dakota and brought the number of Lower 48s to 32, adding Sharp-tailed Grouse , Sprague’s Pipit and LeConte’s Sparrow to the life list. North coast Rd. 501-899 North Galbraith Road, Mio, Michigan, US (44.697, -84.171). And so to summer. Traditionally, the slow season, but the beats have mopped their collective brow and outdone their previous efforts.

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