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Viewing entries tagged birding
Can you tell the difference between a raven and crow?
A few dips into a field guide, some practice, and you should be able to recognize their differences. After all, we have the ability to remember faces so differentiating between birds shouldn’t be a problem.
Crows possess an ability similar to humans that allows them to recognize faces too and if necessary associate them with danger. Whether or not you associate crows with bad luck or if they fill you with dread when you happen across them is a topic for another blog.
Pennsylvania’s bald eagle population is flourishing according to the state’s game commission. In a special statement for the July 4th holiday they said the bald eagle population hasn’t been stronger than it is now in more than a hundred years, and thirty years ago there were only three pairs of bald eagles nesting in the state.
Twenty-nine years ago the Pennsylvania Game Commission started a seven-year bald eagle restoration program. The first step sent the agency’s employees to the Canadian province of Saskatchewan to gather eaglets from established nests in the wild. They returned with 88 eaglets and the Game Commission credits this program with restoring Pennsylvania’s population.
Considering all the advancements in science and technology it is amazing that there are some mysteries left in the world.
Biologists from the award-winning Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) Conservation Science have unraveled the exact route the Golden-crowned Sparrows that winter in California take to their Alaskan breeding grounds in the spring. A better understanding of their exact route will help protect and conserve the ecosystems where the sparrows live. The entire study is available online at PLoS ONE.
Calling all birdwatchers! Mark your calendars because in one week, starting on December 14th, there is a chance to count birds to participate in Audubon’s 112th Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC)! The CBC is an early-winter bird census that takes place all over the world.
The story behind the count dates back to 1900 when Frank Chapman, an ornithologist at the American Natural History Museum, decided rather than shooting birds and other animals to see which hunters could amass the biggest pile it would be more fun to simply count the birds. It was probably one of the earliest forms of modern conservation.