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This group is for birding, birders and bird enthusiasts. One can be a pet owner, researcher, Ornithologist, birder that is advanced or novice. Anyone interested in birds!

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Bird Window Strikes

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 3. 1 Reply

Urge nearby cities to dim high-rise lights during bird migration season....the average high-rise is responsible for 700 to 1,000 bird deaths a…Continue

Tags: high-rises kill birds, lights out programs, bird window collisions

Penguin brains not changed by loss of flight

Started by Joan Denoo Mar 10. 0 Replies

Penguin brains not changed by loss of flight"Losing the ability to fly gave ancient penguins their unique locomotion style. But leaving the sky behind…Continue

How to Make Your Yard Bird-Friendly

Started by Joan Denoo Feb 18. 0 Replies

How to Make Your Yard Bird-FriendlyI am moving from an urban setting, to deep in the forest in NE Washington state. I have no idea what to expect and what plants to provide for…Continue

Massive Bird Die-Off Puzzles Alaska Scientists

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 3. 1 Reply

Thousands of dead seabirds have washed up on…Continue

Global seabird populations have dropped 70 per cent in past 60 years say researchers

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jan 22. 2 Replies

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have revealed…Continue

High-flying birds recruited for meteorology

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Gerald Payne Oct 16, 2015. 1 Reply

Weather watching may soon be for the birds.Monitoring the flight…Continue

Arranged Bird Marriages Are Less Successful Than True Love

Started by Steph S. Sep 17, 2015. 0 Replies

Love ConnectionZebra finches have a lot in common with human couples: They…Continue

Songbird habitat affects reproduction, survival

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. Aug 28, 2015. 2 Replies

A University of Montana professor who studies birds around the…Continue

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Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 5:59pm

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 5:48pm

This is me and one of my six dogs, Pearl.  I adopted her within this year, along with a pug.beagle mix, from a different home.  Sometimes fosters just stay here.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 4:34pm

Oh yes, Dominic, I know the feeling of working in the earth with all it contains, wiping my dirty hands on my jeans and grabbing a bite here and there. The garden does have hazards, and a wise gardener knows that. My doctor makes sure I have a tetanus shot on a regular basis.

With your natural setting, do very many children visit it and you? A garden is a good way to attract in the curious and questioning. You have a greater risk doing that with all the crimes against children; however, parents and children make it even a more valuable place to show people how nature thrives and works.

Oh! I wish I could take a meander through your place and have a good visit.  Well, you share so generously with us, I feel like I know where to go to see the fowl. 

I like your new avatar! Is he/she a part of your family?

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 3:57pm

I can tell you Joan, as a retired educator, that education has been reduced to text book learning and standardized tests.  With both parents working and the lack of family time, along with the isolation of technology, youths are missing out on so much.  Where are the vacant lots, small strips of woods, and ponds that we used to explore, even in NYC?  Everything is a strip mall or has been fenced in for "safety" reasons.  When I walked through an agriculture exhibit, I inhale the smells of animals and hay, and I'm disturbed by the comments of people who are so conditioned to a sanitary electronic existence. It seems to be a tragedy for some to have to experience excrement or any displays of animal sexuality.  Believe me   I take at lest a couple showers a day and I understand the necesity for cleanliness, but as a gardener and animal keep, if I get a little chicken manure on my hands, I don't run off for the soap and boiling water.  I will wipe it off, possible wash it off with the hose, finish my task and then wash my hands properly, trying to remember not to stick my fingers in my mouth.  We call it the "natural" world, and yet it is sadly foreign to so many.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 3:39pm

This site is a treasure and one that soothes and relaxes, even as we face big challenges of living. Little refreshing visits here throughout the day puts a spring in my step. Dominic, your story of you as a boy with your father in NYC tells of important things beyond textbooks and formal learning. 

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:37am

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 10:35am

Thank you so much Tony for the educational posts about the New Zealand Storm-petrel! I enjoyed reading that.

Yes, I do feel the same way Dominic - that is why I made the group. I love birds and I love to study birds. Wildlife and nature are important to me.

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 10:19am

As a child living in the suburbs of NYC, besides pigeons and sparrows, you would occasionally see blue jays or cardinals.  But one day I found a dead bird in our cement backyard and was taken by its beauty.  It looked artificial.  My dad and I looked it up in the encyclopedia and identified it as a scarlet tanager.  I can see that bird as if it was yesterday.  It left a big impression on me.  Well, forty something years later, on my Florida property, I had the thrill of watching a live pair of scarlet tanagers going about their business one morning.  Birds, and really all of the natural world, is such a part of my life, I can't imagine it any other way.  I know that you all feel the same way, or else you wouldn't be here.   

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:25am

Tony and Steph, outstanding examples of beauty in the wild and coming for lunch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:22am

Dallas, this is such wonderful news! Interesting the way they discovered a bird and the ways they are tracking to establish its territory. 

There was a statement that puzzles me, "Three specimens of the diminutive 35g seabirds were collected off New Zealand in the 1800s and are held by museums overseas." I assume those three were collected, as stuffed specimens.

The sponsors make up an interesting group.

"The project has been funded this year by grants from Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, BirdLife International Community Conservation Fund, The Little Barrier Island Hauturu Supporters Trust and ASB Trust, Auckland Council, Forest & Bird Central Auckland Branch and Peter Harrison/Zegrahm Expeditions, with further support from the Department of Conservation, Hauraki Gulf Forum and Landcare Research."

 

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