Science at Emiquon: Restoring a “Wetland of Dreams”

Nature Conservancy - Science

Today, hundreds of thousands of coots and other waterfowl flock to Emiquon Preserve. It’s now Emiquon Preserve , a 6,600-acre project on the Illinois River that is one of the largest floodplain restoration projects in the Midwest. Each March, the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Therkilsden Field Station at Emiquon—the preserve’s flagship research center—convenes a gathering of researchers to share results from their studies. Just eight years ago, this was a cornfield.

Camera Traps Chronicle Restoration Success at Davis Bend

Nature Conservancy - Science

At times conservation professionals talk about devastating, catastrophic wildfires that are destroying vast swaths of forest and at other times they talk about prescribed or controlled fires that can keep forests and prairies healthy and diverse. Camera trap videos like the time-lapse above from Davis Bend Preserve are helping scientists to document the value of prescribed burns. Kestrels at a nest box soon after a controlled burn near Davis Bend Preserve.

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Recovery: Ranching Gone Right

Nature Conservancy - Science

Still another cites as a “myth” that “profitable livestock production and ecological preservation can coexist.”. And all ranchers, green and otherwise, preserve open space from sub-division. Recovery: Prairie Reprise. Space Cowboys: A New Generation of Prairie Keepers. There’s a new era of cooperation. Some 26 easements protect the watershed of the Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve in the south-central part of the state.

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How Can We Prevent or Reverse Desertification and Save Lands from Desert Encroachment?

Greentumble

Communication, Cooperation and Gender Equality. Well, it is, but the widespread implementation of this strategy will demand transboundary cooperation and long-term engagement of land owners, policy makers, entrepreneurs and scientists. There is a difference between the reasons why desertification happens in the Sahel or in Canadian Prairies. Communication, Cooperation and Gender Equality Can Stop Desertification.

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Birding Through the Seasons at Matheson Hammock

10,000 Birds

Just keep an eye out for the Barred Owl perched on a Mini Cooper and that is where you will find him. Matheson to preserve the wild and natural beauty of the area , this venerable park is the oldest in Miami-Dade County. The mangroves are filled with the rising, buzzing songs of a resident subspecies of Prairie Warbler and even a few ‘Cuban’ Yellow Warblers. Carlos Sanchez is an excellent birder, a Miami resident, and a polyglot.

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The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors – A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Sometimes, I’ll reply with a story about the sparrows found in a local grasslands preserve. But no, Jim’s eyes only light up when I talk about the Red-tailed Hawk that observes feeder birds from the top of the pine tree behind our building, or the Northern Harriers that in fall kettle over that grasslands preserve. What is it about raptors that fascinates so many people? My work colleague Jim stops me at least once a week in the hallway to ask, “See any interesting hawks lately?”

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Collaborative List – January 2019

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. The first sharer of 2019 was Clare who narrowly beat Duncan by 5 hours. In a very competitive first day, even Corey, 18 time zones to the west, beat Duncan. Was it a big night in Wellington? The beats are sharing enthusiastically and I can hardly keep up with them. I love January!

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Collaborative list – April 2019

10,000 Birds

Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. It’s official. It’s spring. By all measures, meteorological, astronomical and anatomical, spring is sprung. The meteorological date is from March 1st, the Vernal Equinox was passed on March 20th which accounts for the astronomical marker when the sun crosses the equator on its northwards ramble. April is now behind us and Old Tom’s arthritis is clearing up nicely, thank you very much for asking.

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Collaborative List – March 2019

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Dye Creek Preserve (restricted access). Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. Are we all getting excited yet? March is done. The equinox has passed. There can be no denying that spring is coming and with it, the summer visitors and passage migrants. Oh, joy!

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Collaborative List – February 2019

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. The life list has received a huge boost this month and has risen 43 points to 3616. Thunder will be stolen if I reveal how this was done, but another country has been added to our territory list and a new splash of colour to the profile page. All will be revealed in good time.

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Collaborative List – April 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. McInnish Park–Elm Fork Nature Preserve. Redgannet added another splash of colour to the collective profile by falling asleep on a boat and waking up in Uruguay , the 44th country to feature in the list. Corey smashed the world record for contributing to the list when he shared 29 lists in just 2 minutes.

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Collaborative List – February 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Prairie Falcon – Falco mexicanus. February birding can be tough. “They will still be there next week” can no longer be used as an excuse to avoid some heavy weather. This month is when the hard work to fill the winter quota is put in. So bravo to the beats who have wrapped up, knuckled down and got out there.

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Collaborative List – January 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Prairie Falcon – Falco mexicanus. Oh, the thrill of a new list! Just 3 days into a new year and already the beats had contributed more than 20% of last year’s total. Within the week they had achieved the same measure against the life list. At this rate……… , but that’s the thing about lists.

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Combined Beat list for 2016

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. It is a dream, nay, a mission statement of 10,000 Birds to see as many of the World’s birds as possible. A Strickerian task for an individual, but the combined eyes and optics of beat writers around the globe might be able to make a fair fist of it.

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Collaborative List – March 2017

10,000 Birds

Sands Point Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. Lists from nine countries have been shared this month with Cuba appearing for the first time. With Corey’s February jollies to The Bahamas (when he should have been at home looking for GGOs), Lichtenstein, Austria and Switzerland our country/province/principality/kingdom/territory list has swollen to 37. 79 checklists were contributed for 624 birds during March and bring the running total for 2017 to 1162.

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Collaborative list – December 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. So what do you want first? The numbers? The accolades? The lifers? December’s collaborative results also summarises the year’s efforts, so this is December 2018 and the rest of 2018 all rolled into one sentence.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

10,000 Birds

And so to summer. Traditionally, the slow season, but the beats have mopped their collective brow and outdone their previous efforts. The UK has been birded clean by Tom as he ends his Little Big Year (Part 1). Redgannet continues his quest to bring colour to the profile map (one pixel at a time), by visiting The Seychelles (this time, on purpose!).

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Collaborative List – June 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. It’s all been happening this month. Just when we thought that the beats deserved a quiet month after the exertions of May, they came out with Bushnell’s blazing and gave June both barrels! Honduras , Malaysia and the southern-most bits of South Africa feature large this month with Mike, Duncan and Tom all vying to be MVB for June.

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Collaborative List – May 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. McInnish Park–Elm Fork Nature Preserve. That was May. Month of months. As we pass into June we can forgive some of our northern beats if they take a few moments to savour the past few weeks. But the beats go on in Southern climes and our intrepid little-big-year beat, Tom enters Africa.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Plantation Preserve. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. A big thank you goes out to Tristan, who demonstrated that at least one person reads this drivel. He pointed out that Illinois had been sadly neglected up to this point, so Redgannet made a special visit to Chicago to redress this oversight.

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Collaborative List – October 2018

10,000 Birds

In a month that contained the eBird Big Day , we can naturally expect that the beats have been racing about providing much fodder for the collaborative list. The two most prolific contributors, Pat and Tom, have been sharing their birding space in Costa Rica. Tom’s own list continues apace Those of us who have tried to do a big year know how tough it gets on the homeward stretch and will be rooting for him. It is also a month when the Law of Diminishing Returns over-took itself.

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Collaborative List 2017 – February

10,000 Birds

Sands Point Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve. The beats have been mostly sedentary during February with only Corey venturing beyond his normal range. Tom has made an altitudinal migration, but stayed within his accepted beat. Redgannet has been wandering aimlessly as is his brief. Last year beats were being spotted way beyond their usual habitat with checklists shared from India, Puerto Rico and Israel.

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Collaborative List – March 2018

10,000 Birds

Prairie Falcon – Falco mexicanus. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Claire and Grant have made it back to civilisation after sharing a checklist for almost every day of February. Their submissions didn’t quite make it into the February count, so we shall use them to boost the March figures. Tom continues his odyssey around the world, bumping into birds and beats along the way.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

10,000 Birds

The nights are drawing in and the mornings are cooler and noticeably damper. It’s September and time for birds to start their southerly journeys. The beats have been out to line their route and cheer them along, wishing them bon voyage and a safe return next spring. At the far ends of the world, our southern beats are poised to welcome them back. The migrants face many perils, hunters, predators, adverse weather conditions and lack of refueling opportunities due to habitat loss.

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Combined Beats’ List – September

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Duncan has been in Africa, sweeping all before him like a brush fire. Through Botswana during the first week of September, then into Ethiopia with a late flourish, he has carried the list to 2191 as at September 30t h.

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Combined Beats’ List – August

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. Big up for Corey. Our very own “Mr July” piled on the pelagics during August. In so doing, he has helped to push us through the 1900 milestone. But our pin-up for August and worthy of a double-page-spread, is Duncan who is currently sharing from South Africa.

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The Collaborative List 2017 – January.

10,000 Birds

Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve. Protests were organised, banners were waved, petitions were signed and 6 of the beats have been banned from entering their data. Nevertheless, The Management has made it clear, in menacing tones and with a flourish on an executive order, that the list will continue.

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Collaborative List – April 2017

10,000 Birds

Sands Point Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. It worked! After last month’s chastisement for shying away from the share button, Mike has come good. Humiliating him in front of his public had a far more productive effect than I could have hoped for in fact, as he upped and took himself off to Panama in an attempt to appease the compiler. And more to the point, he has managed to overcome his aversion to the share button.

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Collaborative List – August 2017

10,000 Birds

Sands Point Preserve. Ramsey Canyon Preserve (formerly Mile Hi Ranch). Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. 9 beats, birded 9 countries this month; Belize , Guatamala , Costa Rica, UK, Iran, USA, Greece, Australia and Mexico. They submitted 144 checklists, noting 628 species adding 72 to the year’s running total bringing it to 1890.

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Collaborative list – February 2020

10,000 Birds

Salineño Wildlife Preserve (LTC 080). Salineño Wildlife Preserve (LTC 080). Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. Salineño Wildlife Preserve (LTC 080). Salineño Wildlife Preserve (LTC 080). The beats are on the move, exploring new places. That bodes well for the numbers this month. And of course, we have an extra day to play with this year.

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Combined Beats’ List – July 2016

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Riparian Preserve at Gilbert Water Ranch. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. The list was in danger of diminishing during July as an input error threatened to cut the Beats’ hard-won sightings.

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Combined Beats’ list

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. April was a good month for the list with a couple of our big–hitters weighing in to boost the numbers and The Management engaged in a beat recruitment drive in a cynical attempt to swell the catalogue.

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Combined Beats List – June 2016

10,000 Birds

Hardy Matheson County Preserve. The law of diminishing returns brings the inevitability of repeat sightings and has checked the momentum of the combined beats’ list for June. Despite recording 370 species during the month, the list total has advanced by just 45. As at June 30 th , it stands at 1796. Just to confuse things a little, only 14 new species were recorded since June 1 st.

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Combined Beats’ List, May 2016

10,000 Birds

Plantation Preserve. Cooper’s Hawk – Accipiter cooperii. San Carlos Bay/Bunche Beach Preserve. This is an update for the combined yearlist compiled by the beat writers at 10,000Birds. The list is becoming big and cumbersome and difficult to fit onto one page. So this month, we have just noted the new sightings while we find a way to update the original without blacking out a city block.

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Collaborative list – August 2018

10,000 Birds

Is it wrong of me to go birding to get away from the kids now that they are at home all day? August is the make or break month for relationships. Can the whole family live together in harmony during the school holidays? Bravo if you have. Happy birding if you suddenly find yourself single. This month has been a slow one with just 73 lists shared, but far more happy smiling kids on social media, so I guess it all comes out good in the end. 458 birds were seen by 7 beats in 8 countries.

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