STAFF BLOG THE WANNABE BIRDER -30-
"-30-" is the way we old-school journalists used to let our editors know we were at the end of our story. We wrote our stories on these curious devices known as "typewriters."
They were pretty neat. ... Posted on 11/20/13 at 4:23 PM
STAFF BLOG WILDWINGS Noooooo!
I guess it's only fair. I have acquired a few life birds "in the mail," as it is said, I suppose it's only fitting that some would be taken away in the same fashion.
The posting on the ABA's blog two... Posted on 5/7/13 at 2:00 PM
NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND more on (purple) martins
Last weeks column on purple martins generated some interesting questions. Here's a sample with the response from Perry Vogel of the Purple Martin Association of the Dakota's
I live in Park River,ND.... Posted on 4/1/13 at 4:11 AM
STAFF BLOG OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Big day at Hawk Ridge; another coming?
Just a quick heads-up. More than 5,000 raptors were counted at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory on Monday, according to Debbie Waters, education director at Hawk Ridge. That's by far the largest count of t... Posted on 9/13/10 at 7:14 PM
STAFF BLOG NORTHLAND OUTDOORS National Repository: Where Dead Eagles Land
For some Americans, practicing their religion requires a federal permit and a long wait for a controlled substance — eagle parts.
The National Eagle Repository, Building 128 at the Rocky Mounta... Posted on 9/3/09 at 1:54 AM
Last Sunday I asked for a copy of North Dakota’s most recent record of Acadian flycatcher (Empidonax virescens); it soon arrived via email. In the dispassionate language of scientific data, the entry simply stated, “5/29/1973 (1 called) Montpelier (LCH).” Translated it means someone with the initials LCH had heard this species calling in Montpelier in late May, 1973. Presumably “LCH” did not even see the bird. Prior to this there is only one other record from the state, a specimen recovered in Grafton in 1927 which now purportedly resides within a collection at the University of North Dakota. These are facts that make what occurred Sunday all the more significant.
Dates are important. Always have been; just ask Julius Caesar about the Ides of March. Whether to recognize birthdays or anniversaries, or to memorialize an event for a specific reason (eg. June 6, 1944, D-Day), people all over the world have long looked at certain spots on the calendar as being significant.
There is any number of ways we can divide birds into groups: Pelagic (oceangoing) vs. land-based, precocial vs. altricial young, cavity nesting vs. nest building, or perhaps vegetarian vs. flesh-eating.
This summer marks the 25th anniversary of when trumpeter swans were restored in Minnesota — the first one from the restoration project was released at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.
So it seems only fitting that the bird be honored during the 15th annual Festival of Birds celebration next month.
By Pippi Mayfield , Forum Communications Co.
, May 03, 2012
A 2006 poll conducted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service showed North Dakotans among the least likely Americans to be bird watchers on a per capita basis at 14 percent. Only Hawaiians polled lower among the 50 states. I’ve got my own theories as to why this might be the case but let’s put that aside for another time and assume the data are reasonably accurate.
From the following list of cartoon birds, select the one with the specific real life counterpart and matching name: Big bird, Roadrunner, Woody Woodpecker, Daffy Duck, Woodstock, and Tweety. Woody Woodpecker comes close, I guess, and Daffy Duck even includes the word “duck.” But only roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) meets the specifics called for in the first sentence.
“In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” wrote British poet Alfred Lord Tennyson in his work titled, Locksley Hall. Indeed there is something about the slightly warming weather, the ever longer days, and the slow greening of the landscape which stirs the hearts of not only young men, but young organisms of all types.
The other day I received an email with an attached video showing scenes of a crow and a house cat frolicking and carrying on in a playful and friendly manner. Strange as it would seem, these two normally antagonistic creatures were boldly defying nature in a peaceful, even affectionate, fashion. Or at least defying nature as we typically recognize it.
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