With all my travel, I was worried I was going to miss one of my favorite parts of spring:
But thanks to the cold, wet spring, the wildflowers were late and I did have some quality time among some trillium at Mr. Neil’s. I think I have missed the morel window but there’s so [...]
It has been a crazy two weeks. An example:
My new book was a prize in a tattoo contest at a bird festival…said no person ever until Biggest Week in Birding 2013. Above is Paul Riss from Punk Rock Big Year and Rue Mapp from Outdoor Afro who were among the five judges. When [...]
I’ve been posting this super cool link all over on the place on the social medias, but if you aren’t in to that, I want to make sure you see it. Above is a screen grab of this video that shows birds migrating in the eastern US and getting blocked by a storm system. [...]
Five days. Five straight days that have included snow in April. I know. I know. I live in Minnesota, I’m used to snow. But dang it, that’s brutal even for our standards. It’s especially hard having just come from the warmth of South Texas.
When I got off the plane in South Texas, I [...]
I love all of you. When I send out a challenge, you try your best. I wish I could give away a Crossley Guide: Raptors to everyone, but alas, like the immortal Highlander, there can be only one. So, I present my favorite and the overall winner of the Crossley Contest (see the original plates [...]
Stuff that happened while Non Birding Bill and I were out of town:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Black Swamp Bird Observatory launched a website to try and connect young birders called Young Birders Network.
Ornithologist forced to participate in reality tv show.
Some gruesome but awesome images of a lanner falcon and chanting goshawk…that does [...]
First person to guess in the comments what color nail polish I’m wearing wins a code to get the new National Geographic Field Guide app for the iPhone. (You can either guess the color name or what the color actually is. HINT: It’s from the Skyfall Collection of nail polish).
I’ve long been a [...]
Ah, Migration, I love you so. Driving around on my bird survey route, I see a ton of red-tailed hawks perched on power poles. The other day as I approached a pole I thought, “Oh hey, that’s not the chunky red-tailed hawk shape I know…”
Sure enough, it was a hatch year peregrine falcon [...]
One of my favorite parts of travel is when I find myself in a completely different habitat from where I live. It’s amazing to think how much there is to see and how different area terrain can be in the United States. I can travel from one end of the country to another, wake [...]
Even though I have a spanky new job with a desk and everything, quite a bit of what I do is field work. And like any job, you have to keep your skills sharp and go out for training.
This week it took the form of helping Mark Martell of Audubon Minnesota with banding [...]