So What’s So Great About Being On-Line?!

F/6.3, 1/640, ISO 200. Monk Parakeets What is a parrot’s favorite game? Hide and Speak! Interesting Fact: In their native Argentina, Monk Parakeets sometimes adopt old nests of other species. Some ornithologists have suggested that this behavior may have been the first step, evolutionarily speaking, to transitioning from nesting in tree cavities to constructing stick […]

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Birds as Meditation

by Mariah Hughes Life can be challenging. The world is increasingly fast-paced and complicated. The landscape that we attempt to navigate for ourselves and our loved ones is rapidly changing. In the hustle and stress of day-to-day life, it is easy to lose sight of ourselves. Days run together and the weight of the world […]

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Florida’s Long-Lost Wild Flamingos Were Hiding In Plain Sight

Scientists thought Florida’s native flamingo population had been hunted out of existence by the 19th century plume trade. A new study suggests the birds have been there all along.(Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Fire Improves Bird Habitat at Ganondagan State Historic Site

Have you heard about wildfire outbreaks in California or New York on the news? Do you know how a prescribed burn and wildfire differ from one another? A prescribed burn is very different from a wildfire. Prescribed burning is a management tool that is precisely planned for safety and meeting set goals, while wildfires often […]

via Fire Improves Bird Habitat at Ganondagan State Historic Site — New York State Parks Blog

Nobody will find us here…

A previously unknown “supercolony” of more than 1.5 million penguins has been discovered by scientists in the Danger Islands, a chain of nine islands located off the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Professors from Stony Brook University in New York say they discovered the enormous colony of Adélie Penguins, which live on the Antarctic…

via Scientists Found More Than a Million Rare Penguins in Antarctica — TIME

Horus: The Yellowhammer’s Nest

Birds have inspired some of the most moving and insightful art and literature in history. Consider the following insightful and moving poem from English poet John Clare (1793 – 1864): The Yellowhammer’s Nest BY JOHN CLARKE Just by the wooden brig a bird flew up, Frit by the cowboy as he scrambled down To reach […]

via Horus: The Yellowhammer’s Nest — BirbObserver

Tundra Swans

It’s winter on the Niagara River. While most of us are looking forward to spring, migratory birds from the high Arctic are frolicking here as if the river were a tropical resort. The tundra swan foreshadows the arrival of winter on the Niagara frontier. During the waning days of autumn, large flocks of these elegant […]

via Tundra Swans at Beaver Island State Park — New York State Parks Blog