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Birds and Smoke

BIRDS AND SMOKE

There was a recent report of hundreds of thousands of birds found dead in New Mexico. Biologists figure it has something to do with...

Pigeon De-toed

PIGEON DE-TOED

A few years ago I received an email from someone in Hawaii wondering why so many pigeons on Maui were missing toes. I had no idea so...

 
 
 
Leaf it Be

LEAF IT BE

I was sitting on my garden bench the other day and watched a small flock of Lesser Goldfinches land on my sunflower plants and peck...

Where Are My Birds?

WHERE ARE MY BIRDS?

Regularly I get emails asking why there are fewer birds in one's backyard this year, or why there are fewer blackbirds, or why hummingbirds...

 
 
 
Never Too Old

NEVER TOO OLD

I've written before about hearing impaired birding. It's a challenge and I speak from personal experience. Unlike birds whose cochlear...

THE MEANING OF FEATHERS

What do feathers mean? In many cultures, feathers represent a connection to spiritual realms. Coming from birds, feathers symbolize...

 
 
 
The First Bird Guides

THE FIRST BIRD GUIDES

It wasn't until my junior year in college when I took ornithology and started watching birds. My first bird guide was a Peterson. We...

Eponymous and Other Bird Names

EPONYMOUS AND OTHER BIRD NAMES

In 1851, John P. McCown, an amateur ornithologist and army officer stationed in Texas, shot a group of birds. Examining his kills,...

 
 
 
Bird Blogs

BIRD BLOGS

There's a new, to me at least, podcast about birds called Bird Banter. Dr. Ed Pullen, retired family physician of Tacoma, Washington,...

Rehabilitation

REHABILITATION

About once a week I get contacted through my website Ornithology.com regarding a baby bird. Often the explanation is that the “baby...

 
 
 
Janet Turner, Bird Artist

JANET TURNER, BIRD ARTIST

Snow Geese The following is from my latest book, The Art of the Bird: The History of Ornithological Art through Forty Artists. Janet...

Sounds like

SOUNDS LIKE

OK, what bird makes this call: honk, honk, tweeeeet, twitter twitter, buzzzzzz. Don't know? That's OK, neither do I. But I get questions...

 
 
 
Bird Savers

BIRD SAVERS

Ornithology.com is a fairly popular website and ranks high on Google, so I receive regular emails from people who want to write articles...

The Swift Swift

THE SWIFT SWIFT

The Common Swifts of Eurasia are similar to swallows in shape and behavior but are more closely related to hummingbirds than swallows....

 
 
 
Upper Case Bird Names

UPPER CASE BIRD NAMES

A few years ago I wrote the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest about the use of bird names. Birds have official common English bird names,...

Birding While Black

BIRDING WHILE BLACK

I wrote this article before the recent events of unrest and it seems even more appropriate now. The New York Times had an article on...

 
 
 
The Skinny on Birds

THE SKINNY ON BIRDS

Earlier I told you about a scientist who made a collection of birds in Chicago that had met their demise by running into buildings....

More Birdwatching Converts

MORE BIRDWATCHING CONVERTS

I'm spending a lot more time in my garden watching birds as the world has slowed down and I have less need to be out and about. While...

 
 
 
Birds Getting Smaller?

BIRDS GETTING SMALLER?

There's a thing called Bergmann's Rule. This is an ecogeographical rule that states that within a broadly distributed taxonomic group,...

Musing in the Garden

MUSING IN THE GARDEN

A little musing today. I've been watching two bird feeders outside my kitchen window for the past several months, the seeds devoured...

 
 
 



Jennifer Garner And Her Dog Recreated Iconic Roles And Won The Internet

Jennifer Garner And Her Dog Recreated Iconic Roles And Won The Internet

September 11th is a somber day of remembrance for many Americans as well as people around the globe. However, Jennifer Garner found time to bring smiles to thousands of faces... Read more ...

Cancer Patient's Emotional Support Dogs Die On Flight When Stuffed In Cargo Hold

Cancer Patient's Emotional Support Dogs Die On Flight When Stuffed In Cargo Hold

A Leukemia patient named Hannah suffered an incredible loss at the hands of a trusted airline. After making the journey from Dubai to Washington for cancer treatment, their... Read more ...

The Best And Worst Dog Collars Ranked

The Best And Worst Dog Collars Ranked

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After Days In Sinkhole, Starving Dog Think It's His New Home

After Days In Sinkhole, Starving Dog Think It's His New Home

The Sinkhole Trail in North Carolina lives up to its bizarre name. Sure enough, there are random sinkholes along the trail. For regular visitors, it might not seem like a huge... Read more ...

Rocky the Sea Otter Update

Rocky the Sea Otter Update

Earlier this year, on January 9, 2020, Rocky, a sea otter at the Minnesota Zoo, had surgery to amputate his left rear flipper. The decision to perform this surgery came after... Read more ...

Rescued Senior Chihuahuas Get Married Following Their Retirement

Rescued Senior Chihuahuas Get Married Following Their Retirement

True love has no age. That's what senior Chihuahuas Feliz and Machu Picchu want to tell the world. They've been on this earth for a long time, but they recently got married... Read more ...

21 Fall Dog Dangers To Avoid This Autumn

21 Fall Dog Dangers To Avoid This Autumn

Fall brings new growth including late-blooming flowers, plants, and produce. Unfortunately, not all of autumn's gifts are safe for our nosy pups. In addition to the outdoor... Read more ...

Jared Padalecki Says Goodbye To The Dog He Rescued Before ‘Supernatural'

Jared Padalecki Says Goodbye To The Dog He Rescued Before ‘Supernatural'

Supernatural , the hit CW series starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, finally wrapped after 15 seasons. Padalecki's dog Sadie nearly made it the entire run alongside her... Read more ...

Birds and Smoke

Birds and Smoke

There was a recent report of hundreds of thousands of birds found dead in New Mexico. Biologists figure it has something to do with the wildfires that are plaguing the western... Read more ...