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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: 32
Latest Activity: Apr 11

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What songbirds tell us about how we learn

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 11. 1 Reply

When you throw a wild pitch or sing a flat note, it could be that your…Continue

Hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old history of remarkable change is far from complete

Started by Steph S. Apr 9. 0 Replies

The first comprehensive map of hummingbirds' 22-million-year-old family tree -- reconstructed based on careful analysis of 284 of the world's 338 known species -- tells a story of rapid and ongoing diversification. The decade-long study also helps…Continue

Pictures from my Coastal birding tip

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 9. 2 Replies

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

Massive seabird mortality reported in Atlantic

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 7. 1 Reply

March 2014: Following the severe storms of the last three months, more…Continue

A Bird Flies South, and It’s News

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 7. 2 Replies

DUXBURY, Mass. — The snowy owl seemed almost complacent, showing the…Continue

Disinfect bird feeders twice monthly

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 10. 5 Replies

Studying the evolution of virulence in bird disease, researchers discovered that virulence increases once a disease is established in an area. They suggest that evolution toward virulence is assisted by easy transmission around bird feeders.Bird…Continue

Tags: disfinfect bird feeders, avian disease virulence

Human Expansion Is Leaving Osprey of Canaries Cornered

Started by Steph S. Nov 29, 2013. 0 Replies

Nov. 21, 2013 — A team of scientists from the GOHNIC Association in the…Continue

Add Your Voice to Protect the Red Knot from Extinction

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Liz E Nov 26, 2013. 1 Reply

The Red Knot has one of the most impressive migrations in the…Continue

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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.

Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 10:19am

As a child living in the suburbs of NYC, besides pigeons and sparrows, you would occasionally see blue jays or cardinals.  But one day I found a dead bird in our cement backyard and was taken by its beauty.  It looked artificial.  My dad and I looked it up in the encyclopedia and identified it as a scarlet tanager.  I can see that bird as if it was yesterday.  It left a big impression on me.  Well, forty something years later, on my Florida property, I had the thrill of watching a live pair of scarlet tanagers going about their business one morning.  Birds, and really all of the natural world, is such a part of my life, I can't imagine it any other way.  I know that you all feel the same way, or else you wouldn't be here.   

Comment by A Former Member on March 30, 2013 at 1:04am

Yes, I would imagine they were taxidermied. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:25am

Tony and Steph, outstanding examples of beauty in the wild and coming for lunch. 

 

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