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. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition.

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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? I mean we see them everywhere, in almost any of a broad variety of wetlands, including freshwater lakes, ponds, marshes, roadside ditches, and industrial-waste impoundments, as well as in coastal marine habitats.


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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. Male Bowfin hiding among vegetation in a restoration wetland. Habitat loss is one of the primary threats to biodiversity worldwide, whether in rainforests, coral reefs, or the backwaters of eastern North America.

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.

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.

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. You’re also likely to see many other waterfowl species along the river and in wetlands. 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.

The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird

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American Woodcock are distributed across eastern North America, ranging from the about 50 ° North, south to the Gulf of Mexico states. Other studies have estimated that perhaps 50% of the wintering population moves into the forested wetlands of Louisiana, with the largest concentration occurring in the Atchafalaya River Basin. Birds forest conservation migration naturalist wetlands Woodcock in hand: Flickr user Matt MacGillivray under a Creative Commons license.

Manky Muscovy Ducks

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Manky Muscovy Ducks Manky Muscovy Ducks By Mike • March 2, 2011 • 6 comments Tweet Share The Muscovy Duck ( Cairina moschata ) attracts more attention than most ducks, at least in North America.

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The Green Buzz: Monday, November 25

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is losing coastal wetlands at a rate of seven football fields per hour. ( Tyrannosaurus Rex’s worst nightmare is in today’s green news. T-Rex was relegated to the shadows when this newly-discovered giant came thudding by. Salt Lake Tribune ). A U.S. power company has pled guilty to the wind farm-related deaths of golden eagles in Wyoming. Christian Science Monitor ). Sharks rejoice! Indonesia’s national airline has banned the transport of fins from their flights.

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A Great Day Out West – Bobcats, Birds and Boardwalks

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And the magic factories are two neighbors, Green Cay Wetlands and Wakodahatchee Wetlands. These two water management wetlands are amongst the very best birding and photography locations in south Florida. Green Cay Wetlands at sunrise for the specials – Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and of course the ever-reliable (at this time of year) male Painted Buntings.

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Cape May, NJ: green is here to stay

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From its 70 miles of the legendary Appalachian Trail in the north to the 200-acre Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge at its southernmost tip, this state is a treasure trove of natural beauty, wildlife habitat and cultural gems. Billed as America’s oldest seaside resort, Cape May also claims the second-largest collection of restored Victorian homes in the U.S. All Cape May New Jersey North America United States Bedford Inn Carroll Villa East Coast Fairthorne Linda Lee Mad Batter Wahl

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How to Get Decision-Makers to Invest in Nature

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Restoring natural areas, such as wetlands, in some cases can filter water more cost-effectively than water treatment plants like this one. Constructing wetlands to filter water also creates habitat for wildlife such as this black-necked stilt and American coot in Mexico. © Show us the data. That’s what I hear almost every time I work with decision-makers.

Five Steps Toward a Brighter Water Future for California

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Rivers and streams that support fish and other wildlife have been reduced to a trickle, and wetlands that provide homes to migrating birds are shrinking. Flickr Creative Commons user Jim Bowen Invest in natural capital : Investing in watersheds and natural infrastructure—including restoring forests, meadows and wetlands—can optimize snowmelt, improve groundwater recharge and enhance flood protection while providing wildlife habitat.

Only for Dogs and Birders – Kalamas Delta, Greece

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“The estuary and the delta of the River Kalamas form the most important wetland of northwest Greece”, so the “ Birding in Greece ” guidebook claims for the area where I am heading, a bit late since I overslept this morning. Driving north along the Ionian seacoast through the city of Igoumenitsa, there is a place where the main artery takes you right, further away from the sea – follow it for 150 metres (500 ft) and then turn left just before a small stadium.

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A Survey of U.S. Birders

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The survey was commissioned by National Flyway Council (NFC), which implements the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), which, in turn, aims to maintain abundant waterfowl populations in North America. Comprehensive surveys of U.S.

An Important Step Toward Better U.S. Water Policy

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Not all of these projects continue to be priorities for construction and, when taken together, do not represent anything like a coherent water resource investment strategy for America. Conservation Issues Dams Featured Post 1 Fresh Water North America Policy The Nature Conservancy Water Conservation Bob Bendick Chesapeake Bay Everglades flood control floodplains green infrastructure hurricane sandy natural infrastructure senate committee on environment and public works Senator Boxer U.S.

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The Right Stuff for U.S. Water Resources

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This $13 billion program grew out of the Flood Control Act of 1928—passed in response to the “Great Flood” of 1927 – and brought forth a new “room for the river” approach that incorporated natural features such as wetlands and floodplains. There is no force more powerful than gravity at work on the Mississippi River. But for over a half century, George C. Grugett has been a close second.

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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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Spring’s Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles

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North America has a great diversity of ground squirrels and other members of the squirrel family: 66 species including tree squirrels, flying squirrels, chipmunks, marmots and prairie dogs. Waterfowl & Wetlands. The classic place to look would be the prairie pothole country of the Dakotas, where wetlands still dot the grasslands (but they’re being lost at an alarming rate). million acres of wetlands around the country.

Why The Nature Conservancy is Restoring Streams by Acting like a Beaver

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Beavers are not a panacea and can be a nuisance when they block water diversions or chew down people’s favorite trees, which is why they have been persistently trapped and killed or relocated in many areas across North America. However, when beavers create dams and wetlands they reconnect floodplains, increase water storage, and may provide habitat for threatened species. From the Field Wildlife Ecosystem Services Field Notes Mammals Resilience Restoration Water Wetlands

WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

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Often called “potholes,” these fill seasonally with water from melting snow and rainfall, forming shallow ponds and wetlands. The potholes and associated grasslands create North America’s most productive habitat for breeding waterfowl, making it an area of global significance for Mallards , Northern Pintails , Blue-winged Teals , Gadwalls , Northern Shovelers , and others. The region has justifiably been referred to as the “Duck Factory of North America.”

Big Fish: Return of the Alligator Gar

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Formerly farmland , Spunky Bottoms is now 2000 acres of restored wetlands and uplands. Grider notes that the fossil record for alligator gar in North America goes back more than 3.5 Could restocked gar thrive in a restored wetland? Alligator gar are back at Spunky Bottoms.

Clapper and King rails may represent four or five species

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elegans ) are the largest rails in the Americas. Their taxonomic status long has been unclear due to their overall similarity and the fact that in eastern North America and Cuba, they hybridize. Clapper Rails , as currently defined by the AOU, occur along the coasts of North and South America and Caribbean islands, and inland in southern California and Arizona. King Rails occur widely in eastern North America, in eastern and central Mexico, and in Cuba.

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Sniping: The Final Frontier?

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During these months every Wilson’s Snipe would be busy with breeding in northern North America. I understood (also unscientifically) that this bird was on its first journey, headed to a nearby wetland and simply did not have the strength to reach its destination.

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Cinnamon Teal at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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According to their website , the “Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of five national wildlife refuges (NWR) and three wildlife management areas (WMA) that comprise over 35,000 acres of wetlands and uplands in the Sacramento Valley of California. ” The Cinnamon Teal ( Anas cyanoptera ) is one of the least abundant dabbling ducks in North America. Wetland losses across Canada were estimated to be 29 to 71 percent since settlement 2.

Greater White-fronted Geese at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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This complex consists of five national wildlife refuges (NWR) and three wildlife management areas (WMA) that comprise over 35,000 acres of wetlands and uplands. At first light, about 7:30 AM, the winter bulrush gives a golden glow to the wetlands. References: 1 Birds of North America Online , 2 Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex a. Colusa National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex in California’s Central Valley.

What does the Keystone XL Pipeline have to do with Birds?

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All four major flyways in North America — the aerial migration routes traveled by billions of birds each year — converge in one spot in Canada’s boreal forest, the Peace-Athabasca Delta in northeastern Alberta. More than 1 million birds, including tundra swans, snow geese and countless ducks, stop to rest and gather strength in these undisturbed wetlands each autumn. About three billion birds fly north to the Boreal Forest each spring to build nests and lay eggs.

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Embracing Your Future: Natural Swimming Pools

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The sleek vessel glides over Georgia Strait toward the Gulf Islands and you watch the view, reflecting on the history of NSPs in North America. But it took almost two decades for the NSP concept to catch on in North America. The first public NSP in North America was built in 2014 by BioNova in Webber Park , Minneapolis. In 2014, only one commercial NSP existed in North America. NSP Ecohome You glance over to the wetland portion of the pool.

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Birds In a Changing Climate: A Primer

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Many species that are currently common may stay that way, and some species will likely increase…and hopefully species besides House Sparrows , European Starlings , Rock Pigeons and Eurasian Collared-Doves , which those in North America know as the four avian horsemen of the apocalypse. Here’s a peek at what our avifauna, here in North America, may be in for… Yes, I am aware this isn’t a bird…but hear me out. Climate Change.

Ross’s Goose, the Little Snow Goose

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Waterfowl numbers at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex may exceed two million by December, after the wetland areas of the Klamath Basin and other areas to the north become frozen. The main wintering area for Ross’s Goose ( Chen rossii ) is presently in the Central Valley of California, though increasing numbers winter in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and the north-central highlands of Mexico 1. References: 1 Birds of North America Online a.

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The Beautiful and Colorful Mourning Dove

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The Mourning Dove ( Zenaida macroura) is among the most abundant and widespread terrestrial birds endemic to North and Middle America. Their habitats vary widely in both rural and urban landscapes; open habitats are preferred and the species generally shuns only extensively forested areas and wetlands 1. It’s a good thing too, because it is the leading gamebird in North America in terms of total harvest and the widespread distribution of hunting effort.

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Climate Change and Birds

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As the sea level rises, existing salt marshes and other coastal wetlands will become flooded; as salt marshes are inundated, they will become lower tidal zones, and new areas will be recruited to salt marsh. There are three things that will go wrong: 1) The inland zones that would become the new wetlands are already, in many cases, occupied by human-built things that will severely interfere with this process.

Red-necked Grebes in Germany

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This seems to apply especially to birders in North American since most European birders couldn’t discriminate between a Marsh and a Reed Warbler to save their life, but even here in the good old Europe, our hearts are impure – mine included. This is good news to visiting birders from North America since these two are the only species we don’t share with the New World. You really want to know the wetlands they hang out at, or else you won’t find them.

Sea-Level Rise Hotspot


Sea levels are rising faster on the Atlantic Coast of North America than elsewhere around the world, and this rise appears to be accelerating reports a paper published online in Nature Climate Change this week. The work suggests that this will increase the vulnerability of coastal cities to flooding and damage coastal wetland habitats, especially under storm-surge conditions.

Large-billed Terns at the Trincity Sewage Ponds

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” That small minded perspective is difficult to overcome despite Clare’s continued insistence on the excellence of Poo Ponds and my own small contribution from my visits to Florida’s Viera Wetlands and Nevada’s City of Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Though the Large-billed Tern is a bird of freshwater rivers, lakes, and marshes of South America it does wander to North America on very rare occasions.

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The Sunda Teals of Jakarta

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However, the Sunda islands span over a large region, and if the teal’s range is projected onto North America, it covers the area between Los Angeles and the panhandle of Florida. Within this range it uses all kinds of wetlands – including mangroves and even the sea on rare occasions – but is not easily found by visiting birders, who mostly rely on seeing small groups or pairs at a few more or less reliable and easily-accessed birding hot spots.

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Humboldt Bay Jetty Displays the Black Turnstone

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By integrating its conventional wastewater treatment with the natural treatment processes of constructed wetlands, Arcata has succeeded in turning its treated wastewater into an incredible resource, a plan which has since been embraced by many other cities around the world. Heading west on highway 255 around the north end of Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, we drove to the Humboldt Bay jetty in search of the Rock Sandpiper ( Calidris ptilocnemis ).

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Living Green Infrastructure Declaration’


Living green infrastructure advocates, including Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, LEAF, Ontario Parks Association, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and Landscape Ontario are encouraging citizens from across North America to show their support for living green infrastructure by signing the Declaration.

Birding Cuba, or Observación de aves en Cuba

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Our group travels into the wetlands of the San Tomás reserve by boat (small, wooden boats masterfully steered by local workers) to a small platform on the edge of the channel where we make a semicircle and wait. I just returned from a glorious birding trip all over Cuba, so I am just going to ignore the pile of spring bird books on my dining room table (most of which arrived while I was gone), and write a bit about my favorite Cuban birds.

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Is That a Turtle Under the Ice?

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Painted turtle in North America. Lost Pond, North Shore. One critical thing for overwintering turtles in ponds and wetlands,” Buhlmann explains, “don’t change water levels in the middle of winter. If wetlands are managed for waterfowl and the water is drained because the birds are gone, the hibernating turtles sitting on or in the mud are exposed to freezing temperatures and it will kill them. Where are the turtles and tortoises in cold months?

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The American Woodcock, And Why We Should Be Cutting More Trees

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Nearly every square inch of North America was systematically logged and logged again at a rapid clip. The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird. Beaver were once incredibly abundant throughout North America. As a result of the beaver’s nomadic patterns of building dams, flooding forest and moving on to new places when they use up the trees in an area, they busily maintained a vast mosaic of forest clearings and wetlands.

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Solar Eclipse Expedition 2017

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Where will you be on August 21, 2017 when the solar eclipse passes through North America? Eclipse 2017 stands out because the path of totality cuts a wide swath through the United States and all of North America will have views of a partial eclipse. In early spring, hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes and a handful of endangered whooping cranes rest at the preserve before continuing their migration north.

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Shorebirds Are Still Being Hunted, Often Legally

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While organizations in North America are working tirelessly to help shorebirds weather the many threats they face, the very same birds are being hunted in the Caribbean and South America. This New York Times headline above from 1911 is a reminder that shorebirds were once hunted in North America as well, for food, for sport, and for profit. The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird.