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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Birds In Cages

Home cooked meal in Honduras. One of the risks of traveling for birding is that sometimes you are going to see birds in cages and it's going to gut you. One of the most brutal examples for me was in Honduras. We had spent the morning in arid and remote habitat looking for the Honduran emerald, a hummingbird only found in Honduras. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #330: Brain Damage and Messy Relationships

What real field biologist resumes should include. Ovenbird vs a garter snake. OMG those birds are surprisingly badass. Morning Bird Walk Bingo! Woodpeckers get brain damage. Blind goose involved with swans dies. Nigel the gannet dies next to his statuesque mate. (Read while listening to Making Plans for Nigel or Attainable Love) Bird Walk Bingo!

Birdchick Podcast #229 We're Back!

It's winter so of course we talking about owls. Here's an article that I did for Audubon with tips on how to search for Northern Saw-whet Owls. The politics of reporting owls...there are definitely more northern species of owls in the northern US this year, but the locations are being kept on the down low this winter. Show More Summary

Cuban Parakeets Go Full 69

Cuban parakeet in Playa Larga. I've said it before and I'll say it again and again, there is nothing like seeing parrots and parakeets live and function in the wild--especially if you have ever been crazy enough to share your life with one in your home. Show More Summary

Birding In Troubled Times

I'm not racist. I never imagined I would need to make a statement like that, but when the leader of your country says words and supports groups that blatantly are, I feel I need to make sure people know this. Especially the many friends...Show More Summary

Che Guevera's Cave and Ant Hatches

Cueva de los Portales in La Guira National Park One of the places I was most excited about visiting in Cuba was Cueva de los Portales in La Guira National Park. This was the headquarters of the Western Army and the hideout of Che Guevara during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Show More Summary

Las Terrazas Birding

After some fun times and barely birding in Old Havana, we met up with our main guide in Cuba, Hiram Gonzalez (pronounced "ear rahm" not they way we say Hiram in the US). Hiram is quite possibly one of the last people to see an ivory-billed woodpecker alive in Cuba. Show More Summary

Horned Guan Death March

This post was updated December 19, 2017 when I noticed many of the photos were gone after transferring the blog from Wordpress to SquareSpace. I also updated some of the text. It was originally two posts and now I've condensed it to one. This particular toy at the top of this post is a replica of a horned guan. Show More Summary

Changing Binoculars

This summer I had the heartbreak many of us experience with our binoculars...moisture inside the lenses. Who knows when I did it--park service canoe program or on a plane coming home from Hungary. Considering they had been used almost daily since 2005 and I'm rough on equipment that was a hell of a good run. Show More Summary

Birding In Havana

You get a special stamp on your boarding pass after you go through all the security hoops at the Miami Airport. I'm always excited when I travel but I hadn't had quite the belly doing flip flops feeling for getting to a location since my first trip out of the country to Guatemala. Show More Summary

Cuba Birding Trip Planning

Classic cars lined up in Havana. So you found a way to get to Cuba to do some birding! Awesome! Here are some things I learned that you might find helpful. In April I had the opportunity to visit Cuba and this article is about my general impressions. Show More Summary

Game of Thrones Birding

Trujillo Castle. When I was birding in Extremadura this winter I was informed of some filming locations for Game of Thrones season 7. I avoided mentioning any of these because I didn't want to get into spoiler territory. I'm generally ambivalent about spoilers for things, but I have friends who take it very seriously. Show More Summary

Betrayed By My Government Pants

It was the best of times, it was the moistest of times...2016 was a difficult year for me for a variety of reasons. Here's one of them. Warning, this post is quite possibly a little bit TMI. We get a good mix of people at the Big Watch...Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #228 Hurricanes and Eagle Optics

It's the end of an era, folks. Eagle Optics is closing its doors at the end of the year. There's some cool stuff over at Big Day Birding. Great article about what different birds species do during a hurricane. Could captive breeding help sage grouse?

Birding Around Homer, Alaska

There is never enough Alaska to be had. I loved exploring Homer so much, I'm already eyeing a tour offered by Zugunruhe Birding to Barrow next year. Semi-palmated plover seen along the Homer Spit. Alaska is one of those states you can't say no to when it comes a callin'. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #227 My Husband is Surprisingly Supportive

The plight of young conservationists seeking an actual job. Hawk + Snake + power lines = frowney face. Map of what people observing birds noticed during the solar eclipse. You should totally listen to the American Birding Association Podcast. Hurricane Harvey the Hawk updates.  

Birdchick Podcast #226 Paddle Birding, Gulls, Spencer Pratt

A study attempts to categorize birders. Do you fit one of the four categories? Listen to Alec Baldwin learn about birding from Charles Munn on Here's the Thing. Spencer Pratt is the hummingbird hero we need right now. If you purchase this print by August 23, 50% of the purchase goes to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Paddle Birding!

Podcast #225 Senior Passes and the Border Wall

So...we recorded this over a week ago and forgot to post it. Whoops. The first half hour is a rant on the Senior Pass price increase for federal parks. If you really want one at the old rate, order it at before August 28. Show More Summary

Monfragüe National Park, A Vulture Lover's Paradise

Let me tell you about about vultures...and Iberian ham... Birders looking badass as hell climbing up to Monfragüe Castle to do some birding in Monfragüe National Park in Extremadura. I recently visited Extremadura which is in the southwest region of Spain and bordered by Portugal. Show More Summary

Birdchick Podcast #224: Johnnie's Cowbird Question, Update on Canuck the Crow

House finches that use cigarette butts in the nest may get some insect protection. Canuck the Crow is causing some mail delivery problems. Also, you can follow him on Facebook. Eagle mistakes testicles for turtle eggs (fake news). Report your dickcissels. BSBO and ABC stops a wind turbine on the Great Lakes.  

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