White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

Hidden Dangers for Eagles

Here in Minnesota the deer hunting season is almost over. It runs for three weeks before Thanksgiving and during that time, we curtail our walks in the woods near our home.  Even wearing blaze orange vests or hats does not necessarily make us feel completely safe.  I have no problem with hunting or hunters who
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Birds and Planes Don’t Mix

We fly a lot for work and so the issue of birds striking airplanes is one that I try not to dwell on too much.  We also fly in and out of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport which borders the Minnesota River and Wildlife Refuge, so large birds like Canada Geese are close by. Most recently
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Teaching Kids About Birds

“[What is the] extinction of a condor, to a child who has never seen a wren?”  Robert Michael Pyle. Pyle is one of my all-time favorite naturalist authors and this quote speaks volumes, not just about birds, but about all of nature.  How and why will anyone in the future care about the health and
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Canada Geese in Migration

Is there a certain sound that invokes autumn for you?  I bet if you asked a dozen people what sound most represented the change of season from summer to fall, over half would say the sound of geese honking in flight.  The others would probably say the sound of leaves crunching underfoot.  Try it as
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Red-breasted Nuthatch

By mid-September our various summer visitors (the avian kind) have left for their southern homes, but we find there is still a lot of activity at and around our bird feeders.  The majority are year around resident birds.  A few glorious male American Goldfinches continue to brighten the day with their deep yellow and black
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Birds and Hurricanes

We have all seen the harrowing images of people and their pets trying to escape the effects of Hurricane Harvey.  What we don’t see as much are the desperate efforts of wildlife doing the same. There is one exception.  A Coopers Hawk who has now been given the name Harvey became an internet sensation after
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American White Pelicans

A few years ago we attended a wedding in the distant northwest corner of Minnesota. We made a weekend of it and took time to explore Rainy Lake, which is part of Voyageurs National Park.  It has 929 miles of shoreline and somewhere around 1600 islands. While we were there we rented a small fishing
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