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Wild birds help us connect with nature

Jenny of Native Bird Connections with a snowy owl (Wild Birds Unlimited)
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Native Bird Connections is a nonprofit organization that uses a collection of live, tame, nonreleasable eagles, hawks and owls to educate people of all ages about the wonders of nature. Last year they presented 584 programs that touched the lives of 17,792 people — including school children, scouts, senior living programs, after school enrichment programs, state and national park programs.

As Native Bird Connections supports our young people in their search for knowledge of the natural world around us, this organization also needs our financial support to help them survive these tough times.
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Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2011
Under: Bald Eagles, Birds, Golden eagles, Hawks, Owls, wild birds | No Comments »

Spotted any interesting wild birds in your backyard lately?

Backyard chickadee by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, California
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Spotted any interesting wild birds in your backyard lately?

What kinds? /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
Under: Birds, wild birds | 3 Comments »

4th of July: Illegal fireworks can harm wild birds

Fireworks and moon. Photo by Flickr user I’ll Never Grow Up used under a Creative Commons License.
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Planning on firing off some illegal fireworks this coming 4th of July holiday weekend?

Please read the following information first. OK?

Thanks for caring. /Gary
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Posted on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Under: Birds, Fires, Fireworks, wild birds | No Comments »

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Like birds? This website is the BEST!

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If you like wild birds, you definitely need to visit the website for The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Click on the link below and you’ll see what I mean. Enjoy! /Gary

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/netcommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1478

Posted on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
Under: Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, wild birds | 3 Comments »

Bird Nests: 4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest

Bald eagle nest. Photo by Flickr user keithminer used under a Creative Commons License.
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Wildest Bird Nests!

Guess what, everyone? It’s time for my fourth annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest!

Do you have a bird nest (or nests) in your yard? OK, it may not be an eagle nest, but grab your camera, take a photo and enter it anyway!
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Posted on Monday, April 19th, 2010
Under: Bird Nest Contest, Bird nests, Birds, wild birds | 1 Comment »

Bird Nests: 4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest

Hummingbird nest and hummingbird with egg
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It’s time once again for the 4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest!

Categories: 1. Most Unusual Nest Building Materials. 2. Flimsiest Nest. 3. Weirdest Nest Location. 4. Most Unique Bird. 5. Most Artistic Nest.

NOTE: A Grand Prize will be awarded for the Most Wonderful Nest of All. (More on this later.)
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Posted on Monday, April 5th, 2010
Under: Bird Nest Contest, Bird nests, Birds, wild birds | No Comments »

Migrating birds could use a helping hand. Yours.

Birds migrating. (ABC/FWS photo)
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Our friends at the American Bird Conservancy in Washington, D.C., just sent me a news release on “10 Ways people Can Protect Birds This Spring.” Check it out below. If you can just do one of these 10 things, think of all the wild birds you’ll be helping to save. Of course, you’ll actually be doing all 10 … right? Thanks for caring. /Gary

FROM ABC:
As warmer temperatures begin to arrive and we spend more time outdoors, we hear the many, familiar sounds of spring, including the songs of our returning migrant birds. At this time of year, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) often gets asked how people can help birds. Toward that end, ABC has identified the top 10 things people can do to aid or protect declining birds in their homes and yards.
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Posted on Thursday, April 1st, 2010
Under: Birds, wild birds | 3 Comments »

Bird Nests: Time for 4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest!

Mourning dove and baby in nest. Photo by Ernie & Sandy Verdoes, Fremont, CA.
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It’s time for the 4th Annual Gary’s Wildest Bird Nest Contest!

Categories: 1. Most Unusual Nest Building Materials. 2. Flimsiest Nest. 3. Weirdest Nest Location. 4. Most Unique Bird. 5. Most Artistic Nest.

NOTE: A Grand Prize will be awarded for the Most Wonderful Nest of All. (More on this later.)

Prizes: Great Prizes for contest category winners: Fancy new feeders, fancy birdseed, bird books and more.

Rules: Nest must be on your property in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are two ways to enter:
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Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Under: Bird Nest Contest, Bird nests, wild birds | No Comments »

Past pigeon control efforts have caused panics similar to the one in Austin, Texas

Maybe Austin city officials should spend more time reading newspapers. The Associated Press reported in September, 2006, about poisoned pigeons in Texarkana, Texas, and also about a similar pigeon control effort in July, 2006, in Schenectady, N.Y., that "led to a hazardous materials incident" similar to the one in Austin on Monday.

From the Associated Press wire on Sept. 13, 2006:

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — Poisoned pigeons began nose-diving into pavement and dying on downtown sidewalks, marring the city’s annual festival.

Authorities cleaned up more than 25 sick or dead birds that apparently had eaten poisoned corn from the roof of a nearby bank branch.

… the bank hired an exterminator to handle its pigeon problem after a bird entered the bank and defecated on a customer. The company hired, Anti-Pest Co. Inc. of Shreveport, La., said its goal with the treated corn was to sicken pigeons so they would leave the rooftop. Death was sometimes an unfortunate side effect, company president Jarrod Horton said.

A similar pigeon control effort at a hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., led to a hazardous materials incident in July. Emergency workers spent hours searching the hospital grounds and putting dead birds in red hazardous-waste bags after an exterminator used a pesticide to get rid of pigeons on the roof. Fire Chief Robert Farstad had described the scene as birds "coming down like dive bombers."

Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
Under: Dead birds, Poison, wild birds | 1 Comment »

The cycle of life

Gary: I wanted to write to you to share the slice of nature’s drama that been unfolding on my front porch over the past several weeks.

My spider plant recently became home to a family of sparrows (at least, I think they’re sparrows). About two months ago the two adults diligently constructed a lovely little nest, tucked neatly beside the plant fronds in my heart-shaped planter pot hanging from the eaves. Shortly thereafter, two blue eggs appeared and within days, another two. The little female faithfully sat on the eggs day and night to keep her brood warm, leaving only when humans dared step onto the porch, like the mail carrier or UPS driver.

I think I was as anxious for the little birds to hatch as were momma and poppa. Two weeks ago the first of four tiny critters poked its head above the edge of the pot. At first, their peeps were so muted I could barely hear them at feeding time nor were they big enough to see. But how quickly they have grown! Now they seem nearly as large as the two attentive adults.

At feeding time, all four rise up from the leaves, loudly peeping with beaks agape, begging for as much food as mom can supply. Their fuzzy heads are so cute. They look like prehistoric raptors with a Mohawk hair-do. This past weekend they started stretching their wings a bit, so I’m looking forward to witnessing their first attempts at flight.

It has been an unexpected delight to watch this small segment of nature’s cycle of life happening right outside my living room window. I will be sad to see this little family leave the neighborhood when it is their time to leave the nest. (Susan in Concord)

Posted on Monday, July 31st, 2006
Under: wild birds | 2 Comments »