Monthly Archives: March 2008

Free, free, free

There is a contest to give away 5 free copies of The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature by Jonathan Rosen over at 10,000 birds.  If you have ever been asked the question, “Why do you like bird watching,” this may be the book for you.

The rules for the first 2 give-aways are simple.  Promote the contest on your blog or other social network (check!) or submit a photo 500 pixels wide by 250 pixels tall of birds in flight (also check!).   Easy.  If I can do it, you can do it.  Go ahead.  And don’t worry, I never win anything.

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Rusty Blackbird Survey

I saw a small flock of Rusty Blackbirds (for the first time in at least 5 years) on the lawn of my office building a few weeks ago. I flex late at work, so it was probably 6pm or so. I was waiting to pull into traffic and noticed them with a plethora of Robins (what is the collective noun for a load of Robins? But, I digress.) It was hard to miss that beady yellow eye. I was thrilled so see them again.Then last night I learned that there is a survey going on to try to understand what is happening with their population. What, you didn’t know there was a problem? Well, I didn’t know either. Or at least I didn’t know there was THIS kind of problem.

Rusty Blackbirds have experienced a dramatic decrease in numbers in the past several decades, with population declines estimated at 88% to 98% since the Breeding Bird Survey began in the 1960s!

Scientists are working to understand why this blackbird has plummeted in numbers, but they need our help. We are asked to submit our observations of Rusty Blackbirds throughout spring migration to eBird, and are especially urged to participate in a special Rusty Blackbird project from April 1 to 7. So, next week, researchers want us to submit information about habitat use, blackbird behavior, and flock size as part of their eBird reports, so that bird conservationists can gain a better understanding of preferred migratory habitats and how migratory habitat loss might be contributing to population declines.

If all goes well they can better tailor the survey for fall migration, and possibly do some target outreach during winter as
well. To learn more about Rusty Blackbirds and this special eBird tracking project. Click there.

Now let’s get out and find some Rusty Blackbirds.

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Wordless Wednesday

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6-word Memoir Meme

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I was tagged by Minnesota Birdnerd for a six-word memoir meme. I have never participated in a meme before. Here you go!

In between meetings, a desert surprise.

I’m also going to tag the following blogs that I read and really like:

Oak in the Seed

Musings on Nature

Rurality

Born Again Birdwatcher

If you want to play here are the rules:

1. Write a six word memoir and post it on your blog with an illustration if you’d like.

2. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere.

3. Tag 5 more blogs with links.

4. Don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.

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#71 – The quotable I and The Bird

Clare over at The House & other Arctic Musings is hosting the I and the Bird carnival with appropriate quotes, lovely graphics and an engaging style. Pop over and see what I am talking about…

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Happy First Day of Spring!

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Wordless Wednesday

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