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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...

Leafy Cities

LEAFY CITIES

I received a question the other day from a fellow who lives in Ontario, Canada. He said that while walking around his town's leafy...

 
 
 
A Conspiracy of Birds

A CONSPIRACY OF BIRDS

Over the years I have received a lot of emails with questions about birds. Most are straightforward, concerning identification or behavior....

Social Distancing

SOCIAL DISTANCING

We are practicing social distancing these days to avoid contacting the coronavirus. We have always practiced social distancing to a...

 
 
 
There's Species and Then There's Species

THERE'S SPECIES AND THEN THERE'S SPECIES

Swoose “Researchers have discovered that two hawks from surprisingly distant perches on the tree of life have mated, resulting in rare...

Birds and the Homeless Problem

BIRDS AND THE HOMELESS PROBLEM

In 2011, animal control authorities confiscated 18 pigeons, a crow, and a gull from a homeless man in Los Angeles who kept them in...

 
 
 
Roadkills

ROADKILLS

Windows and cats are major sources of mortality for our birds but certainly aren't the only major causes. Somewhere between 87 and...

Bird Festivals and the Pandemic

BIRD FESTIVALS AND THE PANDEMIC

Clearly, the normal functioning of the world's activities has been upset by the coronavirus as I write this blog in mid-March 2020....

 
 
 
Climate Change - redux

CLIMATE CHANGE - REDUX

I receive emails on a regular basis from readers of my blog or visitors to my website, asking questions, usually, or telling me about...

Unusual Coloration in Birds

UNUSUAL COLORATION IN BIRDS

I regularly receive reports of birds with unusual coloration. Often it is just partial albinism in which patches of white show up on...

 
 
 
Birds Adapt to a New World

BIRDS ADAPT TO A NEW WORLD

Pale Male in the Big Apple Urbanization is perhaps the most difficult challenge to the survival of birds and will be the major driver...

Facial Recognition and Birdwatching

FACIAL RECOGNITION AND BIRDWATCHING

I heard a podcast the other day that I thought was fascinating, although I'm not sure I totally understood it all. But I'll do my best...

 
 
 
Those Darned Vultures

THOSE DARNED VULTURES

According to the New York Times on Jan 13, 2020, “Some 300 vomiting, defecating vultures have made a United States Customs and Border...

Albatross Enforcers

ALBATROSS ENFORCERS

We have known for a long time that some birds have a good sense of smell, especially seabirds. We now know, or at least strongly suspect,...

 
 
 
Birds of Fire

BIRDS OF FIRE

Fires in Australia have been big news lately, but there have always been fires, sometimes started by birds!. The following article...

Common Names

COMMON NAMES

Coppersmith Barbet A scientific name clearly designates a particular bird species, tells you something about the bird's relationship...

 
 
 
The Colorful Critters

THE COLORFUL CRITTERS

Birds are among the most colorful of animals, their colored feathers evolving mainly as an adaptation for reproduction. Males of species...

Bond, James Bond

BOND, JAMES BOND

Bird lovers may be surprised to discover that the original, real, James Bond, after whom Ian Fleming's character was named, was one...

 
 
 



Woman Freaks Out After Man Asks Her To Leash Dog

Woman Freaks Out After Man Asks Her To Leash Dog

WARNING: Photos and videos depict blatant abuse, but the pup has been checked out and is fine. As amazing as dogs are, not every dog parent deserves to have a loving dog by... Read more ...

Meadow

Meadow

Please welcome Star Kit, Meadow. She is a 5 year old Persian from Michigan. Meadow is the sister of Mario (the kitten of the day way back in August 2014). We adopted her when... Read more ...

New Dog Breed Sparks Debate: Does The World Need A Walrus Dog?

New Dog Breed Sparks Debate: Does The World Need A Walrus Dog?

Many dog lovers think they know almost every dog breed in existence. However, there are quite a lot of them, so it's no surprise that one new dog breed has gone unnoticed: the... Read more ...

Passerby Smashes Mercedes Window To Rescue Overheating Dog Inside

Passerby Smashes Mercedes Window To Rescue Overheating Dog Inside

Even on a mild 78 ° F day, the temperature inside a car can increase to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes. To a dog who can't let itself out, this can be lethal. It might... Read more ...

Airport Dogs Could Soon Sniff Travelers For COVID-19

Airport Dogs Could Soon Sniff Travelers For COVID-19

Dogs can be trained to do lots of incredible tasks, especially when it comes to using their noses. Currently, airport dogs are used to sniff out drugs and weapons, but soon... Read more ...

My First Birdathon

My First Birdathon

Note: Erika is the Communications Director for Audubon Florida. I have been birding for about seven years now - time flies when you're having fun. However, until this spring I... Read more ...

Man Surprises Dog Cancer Survivor With 100 Giant Tennis Balls

Man Surprises Dog Cancer Survivor With 100 Giant Tennis Balls

Rocky Kanaka, host of the YouTube show Save Our Shelter , has a strong passion for rescuing dogs. He currently has two rescue dogs: a Boxer named Flip and a smaller dog named... Read more ...

Officers Line Up For Police Dog's Last Ride Ever

Officers Line Up For Police Dog's Last Ride Ever

A dog police officer obviously sounds cute , but the fact is these amazing animals are valuable members of their team. Dax, a 13-year-old German Shepherd, served the Ashland... Read more ...

Puppy Has Ongoing Dispute With The Quaker Oats Man

Puppy Has Ongoing Dispute With The Quaker Oats Man

Opal the Basset Hound puppy is usually very brave. However, she's also very mischievous. She likes to explore and cause trouble. Her family had a hard time keeping her in her... Read more ...

Woman Adopts Special Needs Dogs To Honor Late German Shepherd

Woman Adopts Special Needs Dogs To Honor Late German Shepherd

Sadly, special needs dogs are often the hardest dogs to find homes for. Many dog lovers are worried that these dogs will cost them too much time and money. However, Tracy... Read more ...