Birding News #57

Charlotte Wasylik|

Harlequin Duck stretching (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

:: The Nature Conservancy has asked rice farmers in California to leave water on their fields as a place for migrating waterfowl to rest and eat in the midst of the state’s drought

:: Birders in Nagpur, India, are trying to come up with new ways to interest the public in bird watching

:: A fascinating article about Dark-eyed Juncos by Bob Duchesne who is a Maine Audubon trustee and vice president of its Penobscot Valley Chapter

:: Birds & Blooms magazine is holding a contest to win a trip to The Biggest Week in American Birding in May. Go to the website to find out how you can enter the contest.

:: Scientists have attached a GPS tracking device to a Great Indian Bustard to help learn more about the critically endangered species.

:: An on-board aircraft camera caught video of a bird crashing into a window of a Piper Saratoga plane

:: Paul Riss’s the Punk Rock Big Year Birder Apparel online store is now open

Great posts in birding blogs this week: 

:: From Sarah at The EyrieBirding in Wilderness

:: From Erik at the Nutty BirderHarlequin Duck Photography at Barnegat

:: From Dawn at Dawns Bloggy BlogThe Wren or not the Wren? Sinaloa

:: From Josiah at Birds in Your BackyardOwl Prowl (Part 1)

:: From Julie Zickefoose’s blogDuck Duck Goose… Swan!

:: From Dan at Bird CanadaA fond farewell to Alberta’s Winter Birds

:: From David Sibley’s blogQuiz on Belizean Birds and Greater Coverts

About the Author

Charlotte Wasylik

Charlotte Wasylik lives and birds on a farm in northeastern Alberta, Canada. She is in 11th grade and hopes to study biology and birds after high school. Charlotte was selected for the Young Ornithologists’ Workshop at the Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario in August 2012, and this year had a four-week Young Ornithologist Internship at Long Point, assisting with fall migration monitoring.

Charlotte blogs at Prairie Birder, and you can also find her at the Facebook group she started last year, Alberta Birds, which welcomes all birders, bird lovers, and nature photographers.