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Birding, Birders and all things Birds

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!

Location: Austin, TX
Members: 35
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Bird nests from my yard

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by BarbaraSATX on Friday. 1 Reply

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Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 2. 2 Replies

Here's Petey the Puffin, trying to swallow a butterfish that's far too large for his throat.... the little grey fluff ball... keeps tossing his head back, trying to choke down the…Continue

Tags: tipping point, phytoplankton collapse, Gulf of Maine, Climate Destabilization, Petey the Puffin

Pictures from my Coastal birding tip

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. May 25. 6 Replies

Recently I went to view the Whooping Cranes at a Wildlife refuge - putting up a few pics for everyone.…Continue

Migrating Birds Could Inspire New Military Tech

Started by Steph S. May 21. 0 Replies

Hypersonic drones, flying armored cars, space planes — these are the kinds…Continue

'Teenage' songbirds experience high mortality due to many causes, study finds

Started by Steph S. May 8. 0 Replies

Nearly one-third of songbird species across North America are…Continue

River Birds Affected by Hormone-disrupting Pollutants

Started by Steph S. Apr 29. 0 Replies

Studies have shown for some time now that endocrine disrupting substances from…Continue

Blue-Footed Boobies Declining in the Galapagos

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 28. 1 Reply

The population of blue-footed…Continue

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Comment by Steph S. on March 30, 2013 at 6:28pm
Beautiful dogs and cats Dominic - thanks so very much for sharing.
Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 6:01pm

Those terrible looking eyes are just the camera and do not actually look like that, as seen in one particular picture.  In the others, Concetta is squinting in the sun.

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 booklover on March 30, 2013 at 4:54pm

That's beautiful Dominic. :)

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.

 

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