Since the 1980’s the Piping Plover population in the Great Lakes has increased to a high of 76 breeding pairs in 2017, with 64 nests found in 2020. It has been estimated that 500 plus pairs existed before the decline. The majority of nests among the Great Lakes now are in Michigan.
Native plants are always loved by all creatures and birds eat them as food. Hummingbirds consume the nectar of Turtleheads. The fruits of Seedboxes feed birds such as White-thoated Sparrows. They also offer the benefit as a place for birds to take a rest and live.
“The kids really enjoyed their time with Nancy and Margaret. They kept asking if the ‘bird’ ladies were coming back during our time today,” said Yolanda Hamilton, designer of the Black Birders Week YDH IDEA Learning Pod. “My son was eager to share what he learned yesterday. This was huge for him to be so engaged."
"With the mystery of creation and evolution of species, how can any one of us find our place in it? Much may depend more on our own imaginations and our hearts, than our intellect."
We made 14 masks, mainly inspired by migratory birds. We picked Black-faced Spoonbill and others nesting or wintering on Awase Tidal Flat in Okinawa.
Now is the time to take steps that may not be easy - increase the birding experience with a more diverse and inclusive audience in a more equitable and just manner.
All during those years, advocates, scientists, legislators, and everyday people who have improved our air, water, and land, but we can no longer have the luxury of letting George do it. Action is needed.
I went to the Lewis Road Riding Ring field Saturday late afternoon, March 13th. I love the light there that time of day to photograph the bluebirds. A year ago in April I had gone and taken some photographs of the birds there as well, so I had an idea of what to expect. But I took a bunch this year and put together an album of several photos.
WCAS has set up a special donation button to raise funds to build more bird banding stations in Nicaragua through the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP). 100% percent of every donation goes directly to the stations to expedite critical data collection.
This program reviews the behavior of many bird species while feeding, discusses what they are feeding upon, adaptations for feeding, and how birders can use these behaviors to help with bird identification.
When Lake Erie freezes, ducks, geese, and gulls look for open water wherever they can find it. Flowing water freezes slower so the areas along the Cuyahoga River like Scranton Flats provide places for viewing.
For many of us fascinated with birds, we get great joy to see birds returning that we have not seen since last year. As residents in this outstanding migratory area, springtime is a highlight of our year.
Lehigh Valley Audubon Society efforts to save roosting for thousands of Chimney Swifts by Amanda Sebrosky, NEO Chimney Swift Conservation Society
Since the 70’s, the population of Chimney Swifts has dropped by 72%. For Swifts, the habitat destruction was not just loss of forests, but changes to building practices of humans. Learn how the City of Bethlehem, PA is responding to save the species.
Once a decade or so (due to multiple seed crops crashing at once, weather, and some mysteries still unknown) all of the winter finches stream south in large numbers together causing what birders excitedly call a “super-flight”.
This month's bird has quite a story beginning with the myth that it lost to the Bald Eagle as the USA national bird.
Chimney Swift Tower at Walker Road Park - City of Bay Village Ohio by Amanda Sebrosky, Board Member and Founder, NEO Chimney Swift Conservation Society
The Chimney Swift tower that will be placed in Walker Park is nearly finished! Dan Enovitch, Director of Parks and Recreation for Bay Village and Jonathan Liskovec, Director of Public Services and Properties for Bay Village, have been extremely helpful in organizing approvals and helping decide the best places for the first of what we hope will be several towers in Bay Village.
It's easy to feel helpless but here is something that you can do to help -- and it's as easy as pouring yourself a cup-a-joe and kicking back to watch the birds.
Just like any house, Chimney Swift towers need maintenance. At times, a tower is built then, with time, falls into disrepair - project ends, interested parties move on. Whatever the reason, the birds suffer. The cap rots and falls in; wasps evict the rightful owners -- the Chimney Swifts. Northeast Ohio Chimney Swift Conservation Society aims to help repair abandoned or forgotten towers.
Canton Audubon presented on the Chimney Swift tower that was constructed and placed at Sippo Lake, one of the Stark Parks. Not only was the tower put in place, but interpretive signage was added for educating the public.
Watch September program videos and be sure to join us for WCAS Book of the Month presentations and discussions. You'll meet intriguing authors and connect with a community of learners reflecting on nature and human interaction.
Aptly named, Wood Ducks or Woodies, are ducks that like swampy forests as well as marshes. They easily perch in trees and can even cling to the side of a tree, woodpecker-like, for a short time due to long nails on their toes.
Beauty, grace, elegance … all these terms can be used to describe the Great Blue Heron. These large birds of wetland, pond, river, or marsh habitats will cause anyone to stop and look.
While Red-winged Blackbirds are one of the most abundant birds in Ohio, throughout the U.S. the bird’s population has dropped by 30% in the last 50 years according to Breeding Bird Surveys. Habitat loss or major changes in the habitats the birds need may be one of the main reasons.
In February of 2017, I was fascinated with birds in Cleveland soon after coming to the U.S. and decided to jump into one of Spring Bird Walks.
The Feathered Flyer blog publishes human interest stories about birding and habitat conservation.
After watching, ‘My Painted Trillium Quest' by Tom Fishburn, Kim Langley, WCAS Member said, “Wonderful! It was a lift just knowing that such a site exists and is being protected!”
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