#5 of 31 Days to Better Birding and Conservation Lazuli Bunting after being banded In Winnebago County in northern Illinois, we are lucky to have a state-of-the-art bird banding facility. Located within Colored Sands Forest Preserve, the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory (SBBO) provides scientific studies on bird migration, aging, and more and is open to
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) was created in 1929 by the passage of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act. The purpose of the MBCC is to consider and approve land and/or water areas recommended by the Secretary of the Interior for purchase or rental by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Act. Forster’s
#4 of 31 Days to Better Birding and Conservation Here’s some advice that we wish we’d follow more often: bring your spotting scope when you’re hiking. It seems that every time you decide to leave the scope in the trunk, a cool looking bird is just a bit beyond your binocular view and sits for
This is #3 of 31 Days to Better Birding and Conservation There are many ways to learn bird songs and one of the best is to go outside, find a bird that’s singing and watch it. Once you connect the identification to the sound, you have a great chance of remembering the bird’s sound in
#2 of 31 Days to Better Birding and Conservation A Big Sit is a 24-hour event where the goal is to count the total number of species that can be observed in a 17-foot diameter circle. You can read more details and sign up a circle at Birdwatcher’s Digest. The importance of doing a Big
The following contest is running from now through October 31st. The prize is one brand new copy of Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide How would you like to win a copy of the brand new book, Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide? Haven’t heard of it? Check out our review and then read the contest rules!
Two things remain certain with regard to Michigan’s National Wildlife Refuges: they provide critical habitat for an amazing diversity of bird species and they are seriously underfunded. Kirtland’s Warbler Perhaps the best known bird of Michigan is the Kirtland’s Warbler. An endangered species, the Kirtland’s is a bird that mostly breeds in Michigan but because
Today begins a new series on the blog: 31 days to Better Birding and Conservation. Throughout the month of October we will be listing daily tips and ideas on how to improve not only as a birder, but as a bird conservationist! A few weeks back we attended the Midwest Birding Symposium, a birding festival