Saturday, December 8, 2018

Bobwhite: what's happening to their population

Photo - B. Stansbery - Wikim. Commons

See previous articles posted here about the changing population of Northern Bobwhite, for example:

The new Status and Trends from eBird drills further down into current information, showing areas where declines are sharpest:

The abundance map demonstrates how numbers have dropped in many areas of the core range of this species:

One organization devoted to conservation of this species is the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative. Learn more about their efforts at:

Thursday, November 22, 2018

making use of your eBird data

How is your eBird data used for science?
See a new "Status and Trends" article with many map products including animated maps, for 107 selected species, at

Thursday, November 8, 2018

How to protect habitat for declining Bank Swallows

Bank Swallows use sandy or clay banks in many settings in which to excavate a nesting cavity. Bank Swallows are experiencing a population decline. The BBS trend for this species in Wisconsin is displayed below.
There is an excellent published set of "Best Management Practices" from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at this link:
Learn how you can help protect habitat for this declining species. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Want to know what's happening to our Common Loons? Read this report

Want to know what's happening to our Common Loons? Read the abstract of this report, from the USGS and others (specifically, some of the research team are with the USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center, and their colleagues in several other organizations/agencies.)



Distribution and foraging patterns of common loons on Lake Michigan with implications for exposure to type E avian botulism

Journal of Great Lakes Research

Friday, September 14, 2018

the sprite of the ponderosa pines

One of my favorite mountain forest birds is this tiny sprite of the ponderosa pines: the Pygmy Nuthatch. A small flock flits between pines and moves about trunks and limbs, sometimes on the ground. These small flocks  even spend nights all together in a single cavity in the non-breeding seasons. It's another of the species that sometimes has young of a previous breeding season returning to their parents and acting as  "helpers at the nest", assisting in raising young. Learn more about them at

File:Pygmy Nuthatch - Sisters - Oregon S4E8711 (19049199200).jpg
Ph. Wikim. Commons - F. Veronisi

Friday, August 31, 2018

Learn more about aerial insectivores this fall

Ph. Ken Billington - Wikim. Commons

Learn more about aerial insectivores this fall.

Attend the Aerial Insectivore Conference:

WBCI/Bird City Annual Conference:


There are swift watches happening in various locations around the state. See the Bird City Wisconsin calendar: Bird City Wisconsin calendar