White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

In the Eye of the Beholder

We humans often take for granted that all other creatures see the world as we do.  But they don’t.  Their eyes are arranged differently on their heads and not all of them see the colors that we do. So looking specifically at birds, what do we know?  For most birds the eyes are much larger
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If You Build It – They Will Come

I’ve just returned from a week in Bozeman, Montana.  It was snowing when I arrived and it was predicted to snow on the day I left.  Coming from Minnesota, snow in October and November is not terribly unusual, but I was still relieved when flying into Minneapolis, I looked down on a land that was
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A Reason to Celebrate

The previous blog posting was one that shared sobering facts about the state of birds in this country.  I ended it with the reminder that we as a country have taken action when needed, to save some charismatic bird species.  This time I am happy to report some more good news related to a much
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Living with Loss

  Two weeks ago news broke that the U.S. and Canada have lost 3 billion birds since 1970.  The headline alone was enough to send me into a dark mood.  If you are reading this blog than I believe that you too love birds and all they bring to the world.  Over the years we
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Hurricane Dorian

Two years ago Hurricane Harvey roared onto the Texas coast leaving behind death and devastation.  It ravaged cities and countryside, including the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge where the rare Whooping Cranes spend the winter.  Another particularly vulnerable species, the seaside sparrow, may have been eradicated from the area, as its habitat was flattened and flooded. 
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All Because of Feathers

While we may think that the ability to fly makes birds unique among all animals, but there are bats that also fly.  So while flight is remarkable and birds have perfected it, it is really feathers that set birds aside from all other animals.  There are a lot of different anatomical features that aid flight,
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