Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Green Birding - ideas and links for 2012

As an alternative, the emphasis by some individuals in recent years on "green birding" provides a lot to consider for those who want to take their birding activities in a different direction.

Here are some links to various ideas for green birding - whether your focus is on muscle-powered competitive birding, or just on "simplifying" your birding - the latter is very appealing, in many ways.

I'm trying to find a way to do this myself, but my health and age and schedule just won't permit long bicycling forays these days. Plus, living in inner city Milwaukee, I'd have to really walk a very long distance to get to a  worthwhile birding location. The closest such location is about 5 miles away. But, the Sparroworks discussion linked above provides some suggestions for a BIGBY category using public transport - I think that may be the way to go for me! We'll see what 2012 brings...

Monday, November 21, 2011

international bird conservation news

BirdLife International news for this week can be found at this link. Other recent news from BirdLife is at their news page, found here.

News from India and the Indian Bird Conservation Network can be found here.

Recent info from Environment fo rthe Americas (the organization that organizes International Migratory Bird Day) can be found at this link.

Monday, November 14, 2011

some avian research papers online

An excellent collection of avian research papers is archived at the website of the journal Avian Conservation and Ecology.  Click on the issue number - after the volume number - in each case, to see the titles of papers archived there.

From the Ibis, see the online version of "Understanding bird collisions with man-made objects: a sensory ecology approach", by Graham R. Martin at this link.

View papers in the Open Ornithology Journal at this link.

Friday, November 4, 2011

birds & wildlife conservation news

A variety of sources include:
 American Birding Association conservation page
The Wildlife Conservation Society news page
Environment for the Americas site
National Audubon birds page
World Wildlife Fund news page
Defenders of Wildlife news page

Thursday, November 3, 2011

6th Edition of The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

The 6th Edition of The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of
North America is now out. Multiple improvements make this new edition a
very worthwhile investment. Tom Schultz, WSO President and accomplished
artist has a number of pages of excellent new plates in this guide. Other
new art (by other artists) is found throughout. Some plates remain
unchanged from previous editions, but many are new, as are quite a few new
or updated maps, and "subspecies and migration maps" - a great new feature
not previously found in this guide. I just opened the I have
more to learn about it. My old one is pretty worn out anyway, so "it was