Roadside Birding

We spent part of Sunday morning searching for waterfowl and shorebirds. Unfortunately, we didn’t find much of either and the weather was drizzly. However, we did find a few cool birds along the backroads of Winnebago County, Illinois. Ring-necked Pheasant Turkey Vulture Common Grackle March is coming to an end shortly and migration is really

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Leading a Bird Hike at Rock Cut State Park

Today, Birdfreak had the privilege of leading a field trip for the North Central Illinois Ornithological Society (NCIOS), our local bird club. It was very chilly, but there was a full sun advantage. The goal was to search for various migrating waterfowl. The main lake (Pierce Lake) was unseasonably frozen. However, the two sections of

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Duck Stamp Price Increase – Birdfreak Approved

Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, which we prefer to call Bird Conservation Stamps (Duck Stamps) are one of the best ways of creating and restoring habitat. 98 cents of every dollar goes straight to conservation funding making it the most cost-effective form of bird conservation. In 2007, approximately 1.6 million duck stamps were

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Bird Conservation Marketing Definition

In 2008 the American Marketing Association released their newest definition of marketing, as follows: “Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.” If we as bird conservationists wish to increase our ranks, we should apply this

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D.R.B.S. #6

Continuing our Deer Run Bird Survey, we made our second survey for March today. The weather was much better than earlier in the week when it snowed 4+ inches and we added four new species to our survey list. Our grand total is 46 species and 2,295 individuals. New birds: Hooded Merganser Cooper’s Hawk Eastern

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