Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category

BP Update from Montana Audubon

February 27, 2012

Restoring the Gulf after the BP Oil Spill
The Gulf Coast supports migratory birds from all across America. This week Congress could provide essential funding – stemming from oil spill penalty fines – toward the largest ecological restoration program ever.

We need to ensure penalty fines actually go to the Coast (and not treasury). Our Senators matter and they could vote on THE RESTORE ACT this week.

Please TAKE ACTION AND ASK THEM TO VOTE YES

Audubon President David Yarnold explains why the time in NOW.

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Interesting Information From Montana Audubon

January 27, 2012

From the January issue Montana Audubon News. PLEASE READ!!!

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Energy and Climate News
January News a Plenty:

-We work to ensure must-needed renewable energy projects are designed with wildlife in mind. We have significant concerns for the raptors that make their home on the Kevin Rim cliffs where new towers are proposed.

-Check out this fascinating research conducted via the University of Montana that links climate change to songbird population declines.

-The EPA recently rolled out a new tool – a map of Greenhouse gas emitters across the US. Montana is home to the 8th largest in the country, and the second largest in the west. Whew.

-Mercury that comes from Colestrip and other emitters (see above) affects our songbirds according to this new research.

-Yellowstone River Oil Spill Settlement. Here’s the latest as the AP reported and via the Billings Gazette. Consider oil from Montana up to the Arctic – from National Audubon Society – Speak up for the birds and wildlife of the Arctic Ocean.

-Keystone XL Pipeline. On January 18, President Obama stood up to Big Oil when he denied a federal permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would carry dirty tar sands crude oil from Alberta to Texas. Yes!

Matt

Invasion?

January 16, 2012

In an emai today I am reminded of the Ennis Cristmas Bird Count in which we saw 31 Rough-legged Hawks.Snowy Owls and Gyr Falcons have been seen in open areas throughout the west and midwest. These arctic densions are known to invade this area when food is scarce where these birds winter in the north.
One of the theories I have heard is that global climate change is melting the perma frost and thus the nesting habitat and reducing popultions of prey species…and thus these northland species are headed “south” in search of food…This sounds plausable if we determine we are being invaded from the north.
Matt

Christmas Bird Counts

December 1, 2011

One of the ultimate types of Citizen Science is upon us and your serrvice is needed for the Christmas Bird Count.
In my state these counts are sponsered by the Montana Audubon Society and their area citizens group, which in my case is the Sacajewea Audubon Society…the dates for Christmas Bird Counts are usually found on the local groups website…your help is needed no matter if you consider yourself to be a beginer birder.
Matt

Kevin Rim, A Montana Audubon Important Bird Area

November 23, 2011

I am supportive of wind turbines, but not here! !!!
Matt
Kevin Rim IBA. Montana Audubon has a new web page dedicated to this IBA, a prairie bluff habitat that provides nesting sites for lots of raptors—and may soon feature wind turbines perched on top of the cliff face: learn more

Birding Press I Read

November 22, 2011

Although I regularly read magazines like Birdwatchers Digest I have read both Audubon and Birding (ABA), along with Winging It, for over 20 years…and on the web I will read Cornell Lab and anything from the Montana Audubon Society…on the computer.
Matt

The Rosetta Stone for Warblers

November 21, 2011

There are so many improvements on bird technology…I come from a time (recently) where field guides ruled…now there is this.This can be brought at the Cornell Field Lab for Ornithology.

Warblers and spectrograms of their nocturnal flight calls. Black-throated Gray Warbler by Roy Brown; others by Laura Erickson.

See the Rosetta Stone for Warblers
By day, warblers dazzle us with their colors and songs. By night, they migrate unseen, uttering calls lasting a fraction of a second. Using the “Rosetta Stone for Warblers,” the Cornell Lab is creating tools to listen to the night sky and identify the birds passing overhead. Thanks to new grants and gifts, we’re also developing a project called BirdCast to forecast migration using radar, sound, weather data, and observations from eBird. See the Rosetta Stone for Warblers.

My Bird World Ap For Children

October 31, 2011

I got this from the NRDC and Cornell Ornithology Lab internet site called “Welovebirds.org”…please read this.
Matt

“These are happy birds—and they want to help you learn,” writes one reviewer about “My Bird World,” a collection of four interactive bird games that teach children about 24 species of North American birds. The game was co-produced by Five Ravens, the digital division of Birdcage Press, and the Cornell Lab for use on the Apple iPad. My Bird World is available on iTunes for just $4.99.

“With these intriguing and fun challenges, players learn about North American birds, including their songs, food choices, and habitats. The games are filled with fascinating facts, real bird calls, and great photos,” says Nancy Trautmann, director of education at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Players “earn” birds to place in virtual woodland, marsh, forest, and other habitats by playing Match Facts or Infestation Predation. After winning birds, it’s time to earn their food, whether it’s seeds for an American Goldfinch or fish for the Osprey. To win food, users play one of the nine levels of Memory or one of the three levels of Flight Patterns. Every time players feed a bird, they learn more about it and hear it sing. The games test memory, reading, sound and visual pattern recognition, and bird identification.

“We developed these games to make learning painless and fun,” says Five Ravens co-founder Wenda O’Reilly. “The more interested and engaged the player, the better they retain the information. It’s great for children, but plenty of adults are getting hooked too!”

More than 400 bird facts are included in “My Bird World.” Bird songs and calls come from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library, the world’s largest collection of natural sounds. A portion of the proceeds also supports Cornell Lab research and education programs about birds.

Ennis Lake, An Iconic Bird Area

October 30, 2011

The day started out blustery…We drove down and up th Madison River seeing birds we expected to see…The birds we saw were in clumps of brush avoiding the wind.

It was fall the end of the migration and I wanted to bird Ennis Lake, surrounded by the Gravelly, Tobacco Root, Madison and Hilgard Mountain Ranges and one of my favorite places to bird over a 30 year period.

We ended up at Ennis Lake and glassed a raft of 1000 plus coots to see if other birds were there…there were other bird species seen.

One of our party found a very rare Surf Scoter amongst the coots…To put the scoter in perspective I last saw this species in the surf at Santa Cruz, California in winter; a place where you are likely to see this bird species.
Matt

More Iconic Bird Observations

October 28, 2011

I watched at close range a Great Gray Owl watch us (my camping family). At one point the owl roosted on the camper of my Datsun pickup. This was at the Porcupine Guard station in the Crazy Mountains of Southwest Montana in the early nineteen eighties.

In the mid nineteen eighties I had a Hawk Owl follow me closely in Alaska’s Copper River Delta. This lasted for about 30 minutes.

In the mid nineteen seventies I was awaken by a Pygmy Owl 3 feet away hunting a forest vole at my feet. This was in Cub Creek in Wstern, Montana.

I watched 5 male Painted Buntings feed side by side at a staff feeder at Corkscrew Swamp in Southern, Florida.

Last weekend, near Ekalaka, Montana and near North Dakota, I watched 1000 plus Sandhill Cranes land noisily in a field suited for Pronghorn Antelope.
Matt