Birds of the United States (and Provinces) of (North) America

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When I drive a bit north to Lake Cuitzeo during the winter season, all the visiting Peeps ( Least , Western , and Baird’s Sandpipers , as well as Sanderlings ) and Plovers ( Semipalmated and Black-bellied ) connect me with North America’s Arctic shores.

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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

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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. The Peterson Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America was my first field guide, part of an ‘introduction to birding’ workshop taught by the incomparable Starr Saphir. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition.

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Sibley’s Raptors of North America Poster

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Do you know your raptors but wish that you had an easy reference for all the raptors of North America? Never fear, David Allen Sibley has done it again with the release by Scott & Nix of Sibley’s Raptors of North America poster.* Like Sibley’s Backyard Birds poster Sibley’s Raptors of North America measures two feet by three feet and will be a welcome addition to the collection of anyone who likes birds.

Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America: A Review by a Sparrow Fan

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So, I was very excited when I heard that Rick Wright was writing a book about sparrows, the first treatment of North American sparrows since 2001, possibly the first book about sparrows of North America, depending on your definition of that geographic area. Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America covers 61 species of the New World sparrow family Passerellidae that breed in Canada, the United States, and northern Mexico. I like sparrows.

Rare Birds of North America: A Book Review

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Where did the Coney Island Gray-hooded Gull come from, Africa or South America? I kept wishing I had Rare Birds of North America , by Steve N. I had just started reading it, but I knew that this was the book my birding friends, in fact all North American birders who are fascinated by vagrants, have been waiting for. In this book, rare birds are species “for which, on average, only 5 or fewer individuals have been found annually in North America since around 1950.”

The Ten Creepiest Spiders of North America

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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.

Waterfowl of North America, Europe & Asia: An Identification Guide

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide by Sébastien Reeber is an exhaustively comprehensive reference book that is sure to bring joy to the heart of every birder who slowly scopes through the hundreds of ducks in the local marsh or bay and eventually, after an hour or so, looks up, smiles, and says, “I have a Eurasian Teal.” Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia: An Identification Guide is a serious book for serious birders.

Climate Change And Birds: Europe vs. North America

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I want to alert you to a recent study (from April) that looks at the plight of bird populations under conditions of climate change in Europe and North America. Data were collected from the North American Breeding Bird Survey and the Pan-European Common Birds Monitoring Scheme. The total overall impact on bird populations, related to climate change, is the same in North America (on the right) and Europe (on the left). Why are Europe and North America different?

Review: Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America

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Reviews Albatrosses and Storm-petrels of North America petrels seabirds tubenosesI’ve spent the odd hour sea-watching from both land and sea. I’ve sea-watched with some very experienced birders whose ability to identify species almost at the edge of visibility has left me questioning my optics, my eyesight, my ability and quite often my sanity. I’ve listened and learned and gone back to listen and learn some more.

Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America and of Northeastern North America: A Review of Two Field Guides

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You can blame the nice people at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who took it upon themselves to send me a review copy of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America by Seabrooke Leckie and David Beadle. Moth plates from Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America. Moth plates from Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America (left plate) and Southeastern North America (two right plates).

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.

Popular Residential Heating Systems in North America

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Here are some of the more popular types of residential heating systems in North America: 1. With the recent change of seasons, some of us are starting to think about the cold weather. The falling leaves and frosty mornings lead to the eventual snow, ice and cold. We’re eventually going to be spending more time indoors as the temperatures continue to drop. While we’re indoors, we want to be comfortable.

Find The Data North America Bird Migration

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Another migration tracker that seems to hold great potential for those able to master it is the Find The Data North America Bird Migration page. Find The Data parses information from the North American Bird Phenology Program and other sources to provide a sortable list of species by State, Town, and Month First Arrived.

Cavity Nesting Birds of North America and Their Babies!

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Bufflehead ( Bucephala albeola ) Female at Cavity Entrance photos by Larry Jordan “Some 85 species of North American birds excavate nesting holes, use cavities resulting from decay (natural cavities), or use holes created by other species in dead or deteriorating trees. Now the only falcon that regularly nests in natural cavities is the smallest and most common falcon in North America, the American Kestrel ( Falco sparverius ). Cavity-nesting Birds of North American Forests.

What’s in a Name: Woodpeckers of North America

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When it comes to individual North American species, the old reliable trick of naming them after physical traits is in full effect. From his name is derived the name of the order Piciformes , the family Picidae , and the genus Picoides (as well as the genii Picus and Piculus , which include no North American members). Well, I never did see a Black-backed Woodpecker on my trip, but they were on my mind… What could be more straightforward than the naming of woodpeckers?

The American Coot – One of the Least Appreciated Birds in North America

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Maybe it’s because the American Coot ( Fulica americana ) is the most abundant and widely distributed species of rail in North America that it gets no respect? The post The American Coot – One of the Least Appreciated Birds in North America appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Adventures with Bowfin, North America’s Underdog(fish)

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What we see today in the backwaters and wetlands of eastern North America is a modern representative of a very ancient line of “primitive” fishes or “living fossils,” organisms that appear to have changed little over time. Habitat loss is one of the primary threats to biodiversity worldwide, whether in rainforests, coral reefs, or the backwaters of eastern North America.

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

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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.

The Green-winged Teal, North America’s Smallest Dabbling Duck

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The Green-winged Teal ( Anas crecca carolinensis ) is North America’s smallest dabbling duck and taken by hunters second only to the Mallard. Click on photos for full sized images. Luckily for them, even though they nest on the ground, they usually breed far from human habitation, under heavy vegetative cover. It appears that most of the Green-winged Teal have already paired up in California.

Yoga in India vs. North America.

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Yoga freedom is a breath of fresh air when you have been teaching or practicing yoga in the West, and the only place you can find it is in Mother India. Enlightened Society Equal Rights Meditation Right Livelihood Yoga 8 limbs of yoga arranged marriage Bali India indian yogis mother india teaching yoga in india western vs. eastern yoga yoga philosophy yoga practitioners

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

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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. As a child of the eighties, I experienced a number of elegies for Whooping Cranes. 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.

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

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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.

Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America: A Book Review by a Sound Challenged Birder

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The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America by Nathan Pieplow is innovative, fascinating, and challenging. The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America is divided into three main sections: Introduction, Species Accounts, and Index to Bird Sounds (also called the Visual Index). Robbins used them in a more primitive form in 1966 in the Golden Field Guide Birds of North America.

Citizen Science Tuesday: Butterflies and Moths of North America

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What is Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)? BAMONA has set out to create a comprehensive database of butterfly and moth species in North America. Most of the time you could take [a caterpillar or cocoon] to everyone in North America and nobody would know what it would turn into,” explains Kelly Lotts, co-founder and administrator of BAMONA. “If If you live in Central America or the Southern U.S., Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia).

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

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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. ’ 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.

5 Fun Facts About Animals in ‘North America’

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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.

Saying “No!” to GMO in North America

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How to avoid GM foods: The problem (as most of us know already) is that in North America, GMO foods are not labeled as genetically modified, as they are in Europe and other parts of the world. Since North American governments have failed to assure consumers about the safety of their food by labeling genetically modified products, individuals and organizations have taken it upon themselves to do this. Photo credit: {Guerrilla Futures | Jason Tester}.

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America by Pete Dunne with Kevin T. Karlson

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The latest from his pen is Birds of Prey , a hybrid between an identification guide and an essay collection, a book of lore that provides a comprehensive overview of the raptors of North America. Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America by Pete Dunne with Kevin T. For most readers of this blog, Pete Dunne hardly needs an introduction.

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

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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.

Woody Harrelson Backs North America’s First Non-Wood Paper Mill

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The actor and environmental Read More The post Woody Harrelson Backs North America’s First Non-Wood Paper Mill appeared first on Ecorazzi. First mentioned back in 2010, Woody Harrelson is back talking all about wheat-based paper – and the tremendous advantages it offers over its traditional tree-sourced counterpart. Causes Environment News Top News woody harrelson

Platte River Sandhill Cranes: Enjoying North America’s Greatest Bird Spectacle

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Some cranes will nest as far north as Alaska and Siberia, so they need a lot of calories to make the trip. According to the North American Breeding Bird Survey, t heir populations have been increasing at an annual rate of five percent per year since the mid-1960s, due to wetland restoration and abundant food on agricultural lands. More than 500,000 sandhill cranes gather along Nebraska’s Platte River each spring. Photo: © Chris Helzer/TNC.

Indigenous Peoples of North America at Clime Conference in Cochabamba

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The convocation this morning included a multi-cultural blessing ceremony by Indigenous Peoples from across the Americas, and speeches by representatives of social movements from five continents on the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for bold action that protects both human rights and the environment.

State of North America’s Birds Report Released to Commemorate Centennial of the First Migratory Bird Treaty

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One hundred years ago, North Americans united for birds. protecting birds and other wildlife, connecting all of North America in its efforts to protect our shared species. How Hummingbirds Journey North. In this Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial year, the three countries united once again to produce a “ State of North America’s Birds ” report — a groundbreaking collaboration to evaluate bird populations in habitat types across the continent.

Saying ?No!? to GMO in North America

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to GMO in North America Photo credit: {Guerrilla Futures | Jason Tester} What are genetically modified foods? How to avoid GM foods: The problem (as most of us know already) is that in North America, GMO foods are not labeled as genetically modified, as they are in Europe and other parts of the world. Red & Green Since 2007 September 11th, 2010 Saying “No!&#

Review: National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America

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Fortunately for you, though, when I got home I found a review copy of National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America by Jonathan Alderfer and Paul Hess ready and waiting to be dissected for your delectation. The main body of the guide covers 150 species of North American birds that are found in close proximity to humans and likely to be seen well.

Beetle Infestations Threaten Billions Of Ash Trees Across North America

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Sometime in the 1990s the beetle made its way through shipments from Asia to North America and has subsequently spread across both Canada and the Untied States. Unfortunately the beetle is a harmful invasive species in North America and has caused severe destruction. billion ash trees spread across North America are also in danger of perishing at the hands of the beetle.

Saying ?No!? to GMO in North America

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to GMO in North America Photo credit: {Guerrilla Futures | Jason Tester} What are genetically modified foods? How to avoid GM foods: The problem (as most of us know already) is that in North America, GMO foods are not labeled as genetically modified, as they are in Europe and other parts of the world. Red & Green Since 2007 September 11th, 2010 Saying “No!&#

What Stores Sell Natural, Healthy Food (North America)

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image from greggavedon.com A very common question I receive is, "where can I find natural food?", especially when it comes to unique recipe ingredients. My answer is typically to go to your local natural market or buy online. Availability really depends on where you live, so I did a poll on the EVG Facebook page & Twitter to find out where my community shops, and here are their answers (it's quite the list!):

Gains and Setbacks for Toxic Pollution in North America

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The good news in the world of pollution monitoring belongs to the industrial facilities in North America that release the highest amount of toxins into the environment. “It is equally clear that a large number of small and medium-size industrial facilities need to do a better job in reducing their waste and emissions if we are going to see even greater progress in North America.

Ecosocialist Conference shows potential for a united green left in North America

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Business & Politics capitalism ecosocialism Ecosocialist Conference Jill Stein Keystone XL pipeline North America politics socialism “A resounding success!” John Riddell, Louis Proyect, and Ben Silverman report on a major step forward for anti-capitalist organizing in the environmental movement. I was unable to attend the Ecosocialist Conference in New York City on April 20, and it is clear from all reports that I missed an important and inspiring event.

Forest bathing in Green Wine Country

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All California Green Wine Country North America Sonoma United States forest bathing forest therapy green wine tourism Red Car Vineyards shinrin-yoku| No Soap, No Stress | We eco-travelers seek experiences that offer connections with the natural world. They leave us inspired, rejuvenated and, often, more relaxed.

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