Birds have captured the attention of humans for all time. Their colorful beauty, musical voices, mysterious migrations, intriguing behaviors, and effortless flight make birds a popular attraction. Plus, they are relatively easy animals to study. All about Birds: A Short Illustrated History of Ornithology provides a wonderful, easy to follow history of ornithology. Starting before
This one is for Roger Tory Peterson who changed the world because of this bird. Northern Flicker The story of the flicker for those who don’t know it yet: Very often a single bird will get a person started bird watching. In my case it was a flicker that I saw when I was eleven,
To be released on August 28th and published by Houghton Mifflin, Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America (Peterson Field Guide Series) is the end of summer, must-have edition to every birder’s library. Even though we possess over 30 field guides, it is still a much welcomed edition. History Much of what continues to
Attention all art enthusiasts, birders and science lovers! Especially those attending the Biggest Week in American Birding! You might want to consider a side trip this year to Toledo for an awesome exhibition! Between April 25th and July 6th this year the Toledo Museum of Art will be highlighting the mix of science and art
More Than Birds: Adventurous Lives of North American Naturalists by Val Shushkewich, is a collection of life histories of the most important naturalists that have shaped modern-day ornithology and conservation. The collection starts with the early pioneers of bird study household names like Wilson and Audubon, and continues to todays expert naturalists Kaufman and Sibley.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is creating a new citizen science project that will connect natural backyard bird habitats together. This project has the potential to create a huge boom for conservation as it will show how important individuals are to the big picture. Backyard habitats can potentially connect large and small preserved land to
With so many birding field guides to choose from it is difficult to choose one. This is probably why many birders own several! There really is no “perfect” guide out there but some of these come close. Whatever guide(s) you use it is important to familiarize yourself with the format and order prior to going
Today is the 2nd Anniversary of Birdfreak.com. It is hard to believe another year has passed. Here are some of the highlights from the “Birdfreak year”. December 2007: We participated in two Christmas Bird Counts: Lost Mound and Rockford. The discovery of a Snowy Owl provided us a thrilling new county/state bird. We created a