Conservation victory for shorebirds

Drew WeberBirding, Conservation Issues, Science0 Comments

I just read an article about one of my favorite Pennsylvania haunts, Conejohela Flats in Lancaster Co. that made my day. Let me set the scene– Conejohela Flats is a series of muddy, sandy islands that sits in the Susquehanna River near Washington Boro. This section of the Susquehanna River is just upriver from the Safe Harbor Dam, and the owners of … Read More

Belize Mammal Spotlight: Baird’s Tapir

Anna FasoliConservation Issues, Field Work, Mammals, Photography, Science0 Comments

Last fall, I had the opportunity to travel to Belize to participate in the Belize Raptor Research Institute Cattle Landing Hawk Watch. Through this experience, I met count leader Victor Bonilla, who also works for Ya’axche Conservation Trust in Belize. I feel very grateful to have met Victor, and I learned a lot about the local raptors in Belize from both him … Read More

PA Grassland Bird Research

a guest bloggerConservation Issues, Featured, Field Work, Research, Science2 Comments

Like many of us here at NemesisBird.com, our friend Matt Sabatine has grown up birding the fields and forests of Pennsylvania. Recently Matt was able to work in northwestern PA with grasslands birds, and offers some insights into his research with this guest post. Enjoy! As part of my internship practicum at Penn State, I was employed this summer to … Read More

Piping Plovers – Beyond Cute

Jordan RutterBanding, Conservation Issues, Featured, Field Work, General News and Info, Identification, Ranges and Distributions4 Comments

Many birders are familiar with this small migratory shorebird and some know of its endangered status. Not to mention the fact that they’re adorable. But there’s a lot more about Piping Plovers (PIPL) than their good looks. There are two subspecies in three distinct populations of Piping Plovers. The Atlantic coast has its own subspecies (Charadrius melodus melodus) while the internal … Read More

American Kestrel Partnership Kestrel Camera: A Struggle to Survive

Anna FasoliBehavior, Conservation Issues, Research, Science0 Comments

The American Kestrel Partnership was created by The Peregrine Fund to gather data about the very alarming decline of American Kestrels in North America. Long term data from breeding bird survey routes indicate as high as 64% population decline in American Kestrel populations since the 1960’s. As with most declining species, it is likely a combination of factors that is causing … Read More

An indoor cat is a happy cat

Anna FasoliConservation Issues, General Rant, Science38 Comments

As an avid birder, I will say that there is nothing that induces more rage in me than seeing a domestic cat stalking a native bird. I observe outdoor domestic cats daily on my drive to work, as I pass open expanses of agricultural fields containing farms where “farm cats” roam free.  I even pass a house that has a … Read More

Action Alert: 50% of Assateague Bayside Point Woods To Be Destroyed by National Park Service

Drew WeberConservation Issues, Science4 Comments

Anyone who has birded the Assateague Island National Seashore knows that it is a fantastic place to bird year round.  One of the great spots to bird is the Bayside Point area which is phenomenal during migration. During spring and fall, tens of thousands of migrants are utilizing the woodland area between the parking area and camping loops and a … Read More

Slowing Down on the Bluebird Trail

Drew WeberBird Websites, Conservation Issues0 Comments

This post is brought to you by Neil Paprocki, a Raptor Biology Master’s student at Boise State University and Scientific Director for Wild Lens Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit video production company focused on addressing wildlife conservation issues. Help tell one of the greatest conservation success stories of the 20th century by supporting the Kickstarter campaign for a new documentary about one man’s role in the … Read More

Support Idaho Bird Observatory’s Long-billed Curlew Satellite Tracking Project

Anna FasoliConservation Issues, Field Work, Migration, Science1 Comment

In the summer of 2011, Alex and I spent a few months working for Idaho Bird Observatory near Boise, Idaho. We spent a lot of time on public lands searching for Long-billed Curlew nests in a region that once had a healthy population of nesting curlews. What we found was not what we had expected (as two hopeful biologists); we … Read More

Tips for eBirding the PA Migration Count

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Birding, Conservation Issues, eBird, Listing, Tutorial0 Comments

Each year on the second Saturday of May, Pennsylvania birders hit the forests, lakes and fields to find as many species as they can in each county. This is a great opportunity to get out and bird at the peak of spring warbler migration. The goal of the project is to gain a better understanding of the populations of birds … Read More