Tuesday, July 24, 2012

the genus Liatris

Blazing stars are just...well, amazing. The genus Liatris - attractive to butterflies...is a wonderful genus of prairie wildflowers. More info on this genus from the USDA PLANTS Profile database, here  - and a very informative link at IL Wildflowers regarding the tall species Liatris pycnostachya -see it here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Chimney Swift watches

swifts entering roost; Wikim. Commons - ph. by Kat & Sam
As we approach late summer, you may wish to join one or more of a number of existing chimney swift watches (for example, mentioned earlier today in regard to those held in Green Bay). If you'd like to start a new one, please contact us at the Wisconsin Chimney Swift Working Group (wpmueller1947@gmail.com). We're hopeful that some who may be reading this may be interested in doing that. It's a great way to get new birders involved; easy, not strenuous at all (!), and it can be a lot of fun.  To learn more, see examples at:

http://mn.audubon.org/chimney-swift-sit

http://www.chimneyswifts.org/page7.html

http://mrvac.org/2012/07/01/4th-annual-chimney-swift-sit/

Friday, July 20, 2012

important pollinators

Ph. by Kabir Bakie - Wikim. Commons
Learn about conservation of critical pollinators - bees - at this link.

Monday, July 16, 2012

some of the awesome people

Jenn
Anne (on the left)
Tim
Of the many people I work with in conservation biology, ornithology, and environmental education, these partners from the Urban Ecology Center are truly great. See some of them  pictured here  -- Tim Vargo, Jenn Callaghan, and Anne Reis. These folks are dedicated, devoted to the natural world and to the many people they teach and interact with at the Center. Ladies and gentleman, you are (to use an overused word once again) truly awesome.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

aerial insectivore populations trends

Ph. by D. Berganza; Wikim. Commons
Read a fine paper from Bird Studies Canada on aerial insectivores at this link. Just a short section from one table shows the following trends: