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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!

Members: 35
Latest Activity: Feb 4

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Why are snowy owls moving so far from their Arctic home? And where can I spot one?

Started by Steph S. Jan 4. 0 Replies

A snowy owl surveys photographer Conrad Kuiper from atop…Continue

Migratory shorebirds could face extinction within a decade

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Sep 26, 2014. 1 Reply

Migrating shorebirds that travel to Australia from Siberia are under serious threat from development, which is destroying the vital feeding grounds they rely on during the epic journey.Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology…Continue

Migratory shorebirds could face extinction within a decade

Started by Steph S. Sep 26, 2014. 0 Replies

Migrating shorebirds that travel to Australia from Siberia are under serious threat from development, which is destroying the vital feeding grounds they rely on during the epic journey.Director of Deakin University’s Centre for Integrative Ecology…Continue

Concentrated Solar Ravages Birds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 25, 2014. 2 Replies

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-airI'm a solar power enthusiast, but this turns my stomach. We need a different approach.IVANPAH…Continue

Tags: mortality, bird, , concentrated, solar, arrays"

Climate Change and blood-sucking eye worms

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 16, 2014. 1 Reply

Climate Change raises the frequency of heavy rainfall events. If the sudden crash of quail in Texas in 2010 is a symptom of how deluges impact wild birds, we are in trouble.…Continue

Tags: quail, blood-sucking eye worms

Bird nests from my yard

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Jul 25, 2014. 1 Reply

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Neonicotinoids kill songbirds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 11, 2014. 1 Reply

Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular PesticidesResearch from the Netherlands…Continue

Tags: bird mortality, neonicotinoids

Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 2, 2014. 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

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Comment by Steph S. on April 2, 2013 at 9:07pm

booklover that owl on the fence picture is great!

Comment by Steph S. on April 2, 2013 at 9:06pm

Abigail welcome to the group!

Comment by Steph S. on April 2, 2013 at 9:06pm

Oh I love that Patricia! Thanks so much for the video.

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 9:22pm

My mom says that I was imitating the dog before I learned to talk.  I have always had many animals and I started to collect more when I was forced into retirement.  The problem is that most of my income goes into taking care of them.  You learn how to feed high quality but to pay lower prices.  You learn how to make and re[pair things yourself.  The dogs do not care if their toys are cartoon characters or $1 plush toys from the dollar store.  I like the cartoon characters. I also feed raw to my dogs and cats.  I have a volunteer who collects veggies that are being discarded from the flea market and brings them once or twice a week.  That helps stretch the feed and goes to the chickens, other poultry and the tortoises.  The rabbits, guinea pigs and prairie dogs have pellets and grain, but every night I collect a wheel barrel full of wild grasses for them.  My goats have pellets and hay, but I collect Brazilian pepper limbs for them every evening.  And of course, I live in an unincorporated area, on an acre and one half.  So my neighbors nor the county have anything to say, and my neighbors like the animals anyway.  This was my dream and I'm living it.  Sure I would like more income so that I wouldn't have to  worry about the bills, but like many people, I'm doing my best.

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 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.

 

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