Lazuli Bunting

Our local bird banding station, Sand Bluff Bird Observatory, perhaps the finest in the midwest, had a surprising visitor today. A Lazuli Bunting showed up; the first one banded here! Normally Lazuli Buntings are found west of northern Illinois in places like Nebraska and the Dakotas. Lazuli Bunting Yellow-rumped Warbler Swamp Sparrow (was originally called

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Birding Videos

It is time once again to hype up the awesome Internet Bird Collection (IBC)! They now have 3590 species and 14118 videos! Amazing! When we posted about the IBC back in January, they had 12,000 videos covering 3,259 species. This is such a fun way to review migratory birds before they arrive. There are quite

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Earth Day 2007

To celebrate Earth Day, Rock Valley College hosted the Community Earth Day Celebration that featured many conservation and wildlife organizations. The Birdfreak team volunteered to organize the booth of our local birding club, the North Central Illinois Ornithological Society (NCIOS). We had never done this before and weren’t sure what to expect. Many of our

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American Bird Conservancy

Part of the Bird Conservation Alliance American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to conserve wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. It is the only U.S.-based, group dedicated solely to overcoming the greatest threats facing birds in the Western Hemisphere. A growing human population, consuming ever greater resources,

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