One of our favorite birding spots is Rock Cut State Park. It consists of over 3,000 acres of prime birding habitat and attracts a lot of visitors (which is good and bad). This photo is HDR – High Dynamic Range – which is a unique way to photograph by merging various exposures into one, “high
Every time a Duck Stamp is bought, precious bird habitat is conserved. For every Duck Stamp purchased, 98 cents of every dollar goes directly to purchase land. We found more proof showing how wonderful Duck Stamps are for conservation. The Mirgratory Bird Conservation Commission approved 18,118 acres of wetland and grassland habitat for Glacial Ridge
What is Focused Bird Conservation? Each time we as birders go out we have several goals: see more birds than last time, find a life bird, find a rare bird that was reported, get a great photograph, or just get out to enjoy the weather and birds. Often, these goals are what help expand our
Saturday we were part of a wonderful field trip to Deer Run Forest Preserve, the place we have been surveying since December 1st. We had around 15 birders and saw quite a few nice prairie birds REALLY well. Spiderwort Over the last few days Veery and Birdfreak have each been out to Deer Run but
The College of William and Mary along with the Nature Conservancy have recently recorded a wayward Whimbrel, which they named Winnie, completing a record flight. In 146 hours this radio-tracked shorebird traversed 3,200 miles [nearly 22 MPH]. Whimbrel Photo from Mike Baird (Flickr Creative Commons) “This discovery sets a new distance record in the flight
This Killdeer parent was discovered at Deer Run Forest Preserve and had four young chicks. The chicks mistakenly came out in the open, but were well protected by their aerial mom (or dad).
Sometimes, you don’t have to do much to get kids excited about birdwatching (or adults for that matter). The “common” birds are a great way to show off how awesome birds are to anyone. Caring for these commoners helps build a lasting desire to protect the creatures you care about, creating future and lasting conservationists.
Our backyard Downy Woodpeckers have been busy the last few weeks feeding and taking care of their young. Here the male does a little cleanup. Includes slow motion! Downy Woodpecker Cleaning Up from birdfreak on Vimeo.