• I and the Bird Returns!

    Updated: 2012-10-30 19:38:55
    The crew at 10,000 Birds has brought back the wildly popular blog carnival, I and the Bird. It is a brand new format but promises to bring a lot of great bird action that we’ve never seen before. Each edition will focus on a specific group, family, or genus of birds. The first edition is [...]

  • Fog and high winds kill migrating birds

    Updated: 2012-10-27 09:48:19
    Thousands of migrating birds have been dying before reaching Britain due to fog and high winds around the coast over the past week, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

  • “Mystery monkey” captured; his relatives are still in danger

    Updated: 2012-10-25 17:21:07
    We have mixed feelings about yesterday’s capture of the “Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay.” The monkey, a rhesus macaque, first made headlines in 2009. The suburbs of Tampa/St. Petersburg are not the best place for a wild monkey to live, but he was in good health, local residents enjoyed having him around and, until recently, [...]

  • New Dekalb County Forest Preserve: Prairie Oaks

    Updated: 2012-10-22 17:36:06
    This past weekend we visited a newly opened preserve in DeKalb County, Illinois called “Prairie Oaks Forest Preserve”. Immediately we were impressed by the variety of habitat which included some wetlands, large stately oaks, and some restored prairie/savanna. There is also a fairly large, older forest that is far removed from the road. The preserve [...]

  • Project FeederWatch Takes a Look at the Winter Ahead

    Updated: 2012-10-18 23:07:36
    The 26th season of Project FeederWatch begins November 10, and participants are needed more than ever. By watching your feeders from November through April and submitting what you see, you’re making it possible for scientists to keep track of changing bird populations across the continent. New or returning participants can sign up anytime. After unusual winter weather in some [...]

  • Review: National Geographic Bird-Watcher’s Bible

    Updated: 2012-10-18 14:41:11
    National Geographic Bird-watcher’s Bible: A Complete Treasury is the sort of book that could turn just about anyone into a fan of birds. A quick flip through the pages and everything that is great about National Geographic jumps out at you. Filled with jaw-dropping visuals—photographs, illustrations, and artwork—the Bird-watcher’s Bible covers a wide range of [...]

  • Review: Cuckoos of the World

    Updated: 2012-10-16 14:00:04
    Cuckoos of the World (Helm Identification Guides) covers all 144 species of birds in the family Cuculidae. This includes not only those with “cuckoo” in their name but also the malkohas, couas, coucals, roadrunners, anis, and others. The U.S. has six somewhat common cuckoos: Black-billed, Yellow-billed, and Mangrove Cuckoos, Groove-billed and Smooth-billed Anis and Greater [...]

  • Review: Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia

    Updated: 2012-10-11 17:15:53
    The Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia (Princeton Field Guides) covers a region of the world I am entirely unfamiliar with but is full of islands: meaning full of endemic birds! The islands that make up Melanesia (a region in the southwest Pacific, east of New Guinea) include: Bismarcks (New Britain, New [...]

  • Florida’s turtles still at risk from commercial exploitation

    Updated: 2012-10-10 20:57:39
    In 2009, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission banned large-scale, commercial hunting of freshwater turtles in Florida. Under the new rules, turtle farmers are still allowed to collect turtles from the wild, but only to establish a breeding population (the goal was to shift the commercial trade in turtles from the wild to the [...]

  • Female Black-throated Blue Warbler

    Updated: 2012-10-10 14:19:15
    Here are a couple shots of a female Black-throated Blue Warbler I found back in September. Quite a bit different from the male! This one was taken a few years ago in May.

  • Review: Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of New England

    Updated: 2012-10-09 14:23:56
    It is often that birders go out into the field in search of birds and end up distracted greatly by all the other wonderful living creatures they come across. You could carry a bookshelf worth of field guides in your backpack but who wants that burden? The Kaufmans, Kenn and Kimberly, did a superb job [...]

  • Belugas belong in the wild

    Updated: 2012-10-05 00:16:12
    In August 1989, despite the best efforts of animal activists, workers from Gulf World (Panama City Beach) captured four dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1993, activists in boats were again unsuccessful in stopping the capture of dolphins, this time off the coast of California. There has not been an attempt, in U.S. waters, [...]

  • Launch! – Book Review Library

    Updated: 2012-10-04 16:11:14
    After a few weeks of work I am happy to announce the launching of the Birdfreak Book Review Library! As of launching, the database includes 95 titles, all with links to reviews previously posted on the blog as well as links to purchase through Amazon Affiliate links. Currently you can sort by book title or [...]

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