Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

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And why I am so happy to see new, updated editions of Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America being published. In May, I reviewed Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition. any East/Central North American splits?

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

The April arrival of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition was a supremely happy moment in a very difficult, sad month. Extinct birds, such as Ivory-billed Woodpecker, are included. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition.

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The Ten Creepiest Spiders of North America

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bradley, author of Common Spiders of North America , is one of many professional and novice arachnologists in the country studying the planet’s eight-legged critters and working to dispel popular myths. The feather-legged orb weaver is a member of the Uloboridae family, the one North American spider family without any venom at all. Depending on what criteria is used, either the black widow or the brown recluse is the most venomous spider in North America.

Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

10,000 Birds

The ranger stood on the dirt road, facing south, and the rest of us, scattered about the parked safari truck, facing north and paying close attention to what she was saying. It was not a kitty cat, even though all of its relatives in the Americas were. But they don’t live in North America. I find it astonishing that people argue of whether feral cats are bad for birds in North America.

A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World

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Commentators seemed to take their extinction as inevitable, although in fact their numbers had begun a slow climb from their historical nadir and would break the 100-individual mark in 1986. As the subtitle implies, this appreciation drives the bulk of A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World. A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World by Paul A.

Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean: A Book Review by a Lover of Parliaments

10,000 Birds

Here are some things I’ve learned from the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul: The Burrowing Owl is the only North American owl species where the male is larger than the female, albeit, only slightly larger. All now extinct. ’ Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean covers 39 species found in, as the titles says, North America and the Caribbean islands.

National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: A Book Review

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The second edition of the National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition has one of the longest book names in bird bookdom: National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: Now Covering More Than 1,000 Species With the Most-Detailed Information Found in a Single Volume. The illustration above is the species account for Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in the National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd edition.

Meet the Coywolf, North America’s Beautiful New Coyote-Wolf Hybrid

Eco Chic

They have successfully spread over much of eastern North America since then and have become one of the most successful predators in the United States, despite also being one of the least protected. Historically, wild gray wolves occupied almost all of North America and were once the world’s most largely distributed mammal. The post Meet the Coywolf, North America’s Beautiful New Coyote-Wolf Hybrid appeared first on Eco-Chick.

5 Fun Facts About Animals in ‘North America’

Conservancy Talk

This month The Discovery Channel premieres a new 7-part series, North America , that gives viewers and inside look at the animals and plants of North America. Our organization works across borders to protect lands and waters in North America and beyond, for people and for nature. The best part of North America ? Fun Fact: The North American beaver is the continent’s largest rodent, weighing nearly 60 pounds.

Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide – A Librarian Birder’s Review

10,000 Birds

This is probably because Gulls of America , the Peterson Reference Guide co-authored by Howell with Jon Dunn, has a prominent place on my bookshelf, and because I spent some time last year, while staffing the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Visitor’s Center, explaining to beginning birders why “molt”, as in Howell’s Guide to Molt in North America , on display at the SHBO, was a subject worth reading. This is the first field identification guide on tubenoses in North America.

Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record: A Book Review

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Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller is one of these books. Yes, it is about extinction, a popular topic in the Year of the Passenger Pigeon. But it examines extinction in a very different way. Most of the books about extinction, including Fuller’s Extinct Birds (now, ironically, out of print), describe what was lost and look for explanations, scientifically and historically. There is hope because extinction is being witnessed.

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition: A Field Guide Review

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The point is, the field guide I grabbed without hesitation was the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition by Jon L. No other field guide to North American birds does rarities so comprehensively and so well. (To The 7th edition of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America covers 1,023 species that reside, migrate, or have been documented as accidentals or exotics in North America.

314 U.S. Bird Species Threatened — Many with Extinction — by Global Warming

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In June, I visited North Dakota for the first time. Many of those will lose so much range so quickly that extinction seems highly likely. Scientists all over the world are sounding the alarm about ecological disruptions already in motion, and birders in North America are already seeing changes in the distribution of species, from the 61 percent of bird species wintering farther north to expanding ranges of birds like Mississippi Kite and Great-tailed Grackle.

World’s Tiniest Porpoise Will Probably Go Extinct


Only 50 vaquitas are left in the northern Gulf of California, which would make it the first porpoise species to go extinct in North America in Read More The post World’s Tiniest Porpoise Will Probably Go Extinct appeared first on Ecorazzi. Thanks a lot, poachers.

Peak passenger pigeon – looking at “Martha” after a century extinct

Green Prophet

Read more as we attempt to solve this extinction mystery. I moved from cetaceans to insects to endangered species and finally to extinct animals. Surely someone must know what caused them to go extinct. A quick internet search told me that passenger pigeons lived in Eastern North America and were at one time the most populous bird species on earth, numbering as many as five billion. The European starling is North America’s most prolific living bird.

Carolina Parakeet: Mystery of the Incas

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The 19-teens were not a good time for North American birdlife. But imagine those flocks are verdant green, a color unmatched by any native bird currently in North American (north of Mexico, of course). They are also popular in the pet trade and as an adornment for ladies hats, the millinery trade being pretty devastating to many of North America’s flashiest birds. Birds carolina parakeet Extinct Parrots Extinct Species Week extinction

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The Cactus Smuggler: Are Desert Plants Being Loved to Extinction?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Some of the cacti they had were labeled appendix two, which means they aren’t currently “threatened with extinction but may become so unless trade is closely controlled,” according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The case, which moved partially through federal courts in Los Angeles in 2015, and is still ongoing today, helps illuminate a greater problem with North America’s public lands, flora and fauna.

Canary in the Cornfield: Why the Fuss about Monarchs?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Monarch butterflies have a special place in the North American imagination. No scientists are arguing that monarchs will go extinct, but numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate. There are two large North American populations of monarch butterflies. Exposure to colder than usual temperature in the fall causes monarchs that were headed south to turn around and fly north (Guerra 2013, Kyriacou 2013). Are migratory monarchs really declining in eastern North America?

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Rev. Bachman’s Lost Warbler

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Rightly or wrongly, there’s an hierarchy of extinct birds in North America, in the United States in particular. North America certainly doesn’t want for wood-warblers, many of whom are more dramatic that the little canebrake dweller. … Extinction is forever. It is correct, of course, to think of extinction this way during the Holocene Extinction, which we are living through right now. Most species go extinct.

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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, April 24

Conservancy Talk

A fish previously thought to be extinct is making a comeback in Nevada. ( Animals Biodiversity Conservation Issues Environmental News Environmental Science North America Science The Green Buzz The Nature Conservancy alligator attack cutthroat trout Discovery News extinct fish florida hovering car Huffington Post kids MNN nature makes kids healthier nevada New York Times npr Outside PETA sea world stock traffic

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The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

At several points in recent history, Kirtland’s Warbler appeared to be on the verge of extinction. The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It by William Rapai tells the story behind this conservation success story, and it’s a good one. The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Save it.

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If you ask this Great Ornithologist, extinction is an extremely depressing issue. These species have seen the infamous Brink of Extinction, seemingly gone over the edge, and have scrambled back to solid ground in the nick of time…with a little extra help. Short-tailed Albatross was thought to be, at one time, the most abundant species of albatross in the North Pacific. North American Peregrine Falcons have also enjoyed an impressive population rebound in recent years.

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Filling the Gap Left By DeBooy’s Rail

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Back in 2009, Tai Haku sent us a fascinating post exploring a question that ecologists worldwide grapple with: can the translocation of rare species into niches left empty by extinction be successful or justified? For a successful relocation, check out Rare Birds: The Extraordinary Tale of the Bermuda Petrel and the Man who Brought it Back from Extinction.) We’re pleased to republish this post for Extinction Week. It is extinct. … Extinction is forever.

The Green Buzz: Friday, June 14

Conservancy Talk

Near extinct Philippine Eagle found to be thriving elsewhere in the Philippines – queue the R. Adaptation Africa Animals Arctic Climate Change Conservation Issues Coral Reefs Ecotourism Fish Global Warming Habitats Indigenous Communities Kids Land Use North America South America Uncategorized Kelly track, “I believe I can fly.”

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, March 6

Conservancy Talk

If species become extinct , should we bring them back? Environmental News Green Living International North America Policy Sustainable Livelihoods The Green Buzz United StatesIn case you hadn’t heard… The New York Times has slashed its environmental coverage (minus story #3). We’re bummed. Mongabay ). National Geographic ). The Fish and Wildlife service is finally deciding on whether 258 species are endangered or not. ( New York Times ).

The Passenger Pigeon & A Message From Martha: One Pigeon, Two Book Reviews

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It is the 100th Anniversary of the extinction of the species known as the Passenger Pigeon and writers are paying attention. Three books will have been published about the Passenger Pigeon by the end of 2014: A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction by Joel Greenberg, The Passenger Pigeon by Errol Fuller, and A Message From Martha: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and Its Relevance Today by Mark Avery.

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Contemplating California Condors

10,000 Birds

Author Sherrida Woodley finds inspiration at the intersection of avians and extinction. The largest flying land birds in North America, they appear like folded umbrellas at first, their wing feathers draped blanket-like, enveloping bodies that naturally weigh about 20 pounds at maturity. I guess you’d call it deep-seated reverence for these North American vultures. Conservation California Condor extinction vultures

Acclimatisation Societies of New Zealand

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Secondly, New Zealand had already experienced on wave of extinction due to the introduction or rats and human hunting. California Quail are familiar birds to West Coast birders of North America, and Kiwis too now. Ferrets, stoats and weasels were released and quickly became destructive vermin in their own right, quickly causing the extinction of the Laughing Owl and stymieing efforts to establish game birds. Brown Quail are related to the extinct New Zealand Quail.

All Three Populations of North American Trumpeter Swans Are Increasing

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The Trumpeter Swan is the largest native North American waterfowl, being five feet long, with a wingspan of seven to eight feet and weighing in at twenty-three pounds, they are hard to miss. Although it was formerly abundant and geographically widespread, Trumpeter Swan numbers and distribution were greatly reduced during the early fur trade and European settlement of North America (1600’s to 1800’s), when it was prized for its skins and primary feathers 1.

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The Why of Ferrets

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The species was extinct, a vanished part of the vanishing prairie — and not for the first time. John Bachmann headed west to gather material for Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. In the 1950s the species was unofficially regarded as extinct by most biologists, a small part lost in the general tumble and disarray of the entire ecosystem they’d inhabited. Meanwhile, the black-footed ferret was declared finally, unambiguously, officially extinct.

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My Northern Birds

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We also have many species that we share with the rest of Mexico, Central America, and/or the southwest of the United States. Fourth, a significant number of migratory species visit us in the winter, most from western North America, but a few from the continent’s eastern side.

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Rename All Birds Named After White People

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This is the same history of conquest and despoliation which now puts many of these very species in danger of extinction. Zach Schwartz-Weinstein is a writer, teacher, organizer, and birdwatcher who lives in upstate New York.

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Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer

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On the other hand, the extinction of the Spotted Owl is completely unacceptable. The book contains smaller numbers, too, but they can be as disturbing as some of the bigger ones, such as this: Thirty-three of 238 global reptile, bird, and mammal extinctions have been caused by domestic cats (versus zero confirmed bird extinctions, the authors say, from the pesticide DDT). Mark Gamin, a Cleveland lawyer, likes cats and birds both.

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Recovery: Bringing Back Bumble Bees

Nature Conservancy - Science

The good news is that virtually all ecologically literate North Americans will tell you that. Honey bees don’t belong in North America; they’re domesticated aliens from Europe. Worrying about their extinction is like worrying about the extinction of cattle,” declares native-bee activist and acclaimed wildlife photographer Clay Bolt. But North America could lose many of its roughly 4,000 native bee species. Bees are in big trouble.

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What is a Merganser?

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Common Merganser female by John Borg There are six living species of mergansers, three of which are commonly spotted in North America: The Common Merganser ( Mergus merganser ) ranges widely throughout the northern hemisphere. Anyway, the hoodie is the only merganser endemic to North America. While this merganser does maintain a strong presence in China throughout the year, it may breed as far north as Russia and winter as far south as Thailand.

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I and the Bird: What is a Vulture?

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Sure, they may not have the raw power of a Peregrine Falcon or the agility of a Northern Goshawk , but wager there isn’t a birder out there who hasn’t taken a long look at the Turkey Vulture , an incredibly common species across North America, and wondered at the skill it takes to hang, teetering in the air , without flapping for what seems like and probably is hours at a time. North America’s Oldest New Bird – Rick Wright, The ABA Blog.

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Review: Sparrow by Kim Todd

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Everybody knows sparrows, except for the fact that most people don’t know anything about sparrows.Kim Todd sets out to rectify this in a small, elegant book that covers both House Sparrows , the Passer tribe, and the other birds colloquially called sparrows throughout the world (albeit she concentrates most on North America and Britain.)

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All about alcids: Extravagant divers of northern oceans

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They gradually spread to the Atlantic Ocean by way of the southern coast of North America (before it was joined to South America) and gained the ability to pursue prey by diving in cool waters (see Pereira and Baker 2008 ). Across the world’s northern oceans, 24 species of auklets, murres, puffins, guillemots, and related seabirds make a living catching food beneath the waves and breeding, often in large colonies, on coastlines and islands.

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I and the Bird: What is an Ibis?

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The group has a worldwide distribution; 28 species living and two additional extinct. Both extinct species were island-dwelling and flightless, suggesting a propensity of the group to disperse over long distances , a characteristic that any birder in late summer is familiar with.

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10 Reasons Why Species Become Endangered


sums up the problem succinctly: The Congress finds and declares that (1) various species of fish, wildlife, and plants in the United States have been rendered extinct as a consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation [and] (2) other species of fish, wildlife, and plants have been so depleted in numbers that they are in danger of or threatened with extinction. And in 2011 black rhinos became extinct [6].

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Summer guide to bird taxonomy and systematics news

10,000 Birds

It’s mid-July, which among other things means that those of us in North America are starting to check local mudflats for returning shorebird migrants and waiting impatiently for the AOU to hurry up and create five species from the Clapper-King rail complex (the reasons for which we covered last year ).

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How to Know the Birds: The Art and Adventure of Birding – A Book Review

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How to Know the Birds talks about 200 commonly found birds in North America (including one extinct bird, the Passenger Pigeon) in 200 brief essays, each exactly one page long. John Schmitt, who illustrated Raptors of Mexico and Central America amongst many other books and magazine articles. “Get a field guide!” ” That’s what novice birders are told, over and over.

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Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review

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Howell and Jon Dunn list “overall size and structure” as the fundamental first step in gull identification in their classic Gulls of the Americas (though they then go on to describe endless variations of plumage patterns). Three helpful sections precede the Introduction: Photo and silhouette comparisons of gulls that breed in North America (see illustration above), Basic Anatomical Terms illustrated with four diagrams, and a very selective Glossary.

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