12 Birds of Christmas

November 20, 2014

“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...”   Is there a song that catalogs more birds than this beloved Christmas carol? From French hens to swans, the age-old classic, “12 Days of Christmas,” expresses a sentiment birdwatchers already hold: any opportunity for birding is the best holiday gift! In the spirit of the season, Wingscapes explores the ornithology of these well-known species (plus a few of our other favorite winter birds, too).  Read More

New York Times: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

November 17, 2014

“The passenger pigeon is among the most famous of American birds, but not because of its beauty, or its 60-mile-an-hour flight speed. Nor is it a cherished symbol of our great country. No, we remember the passenger pigeon because of the largest-scale human-caused extinction in history.” So begins a recent New York Times article that recounts the tragic extinction of the once abundant passenger pigeon. Martha, the last of her species, passed away a century ago. And this year, bird enthusiasts remember this loss and advocate for the protection of endangered bird species. FULL STORY    Read More

BirdNote.org: How to Prevent Birds from Colliding with Glass

November 10, 2014

Migratory birds face many obstacles. But one deadly problem—glass—is an issue homeowners can easily resolve. According to Christine Sheppard of the American Bird Conservancy, “The problem is that hundreds of millions of birds, as many as a billion birds, just in the US, are being killed every year when they collide with glass, usually glass windows.” BirdNote.org proposes several ideas for helping birds avoid these collisions. Read More

Audubon.org: 10 Ways to Help Migrating Birds

November 3, 2014

Fall weather marks the beginning of migratory flight—a dangerous journey for birds relocating to their winter homes. “Along the way they encounter many perils including bright lights and tall buildings, cats and toxic lawns.” So explains an Audubon.org article that offers 10 steps for protecting birds during their southward flight. Read More

Audubon Magazine: How Woodpeckers’ Brains Survive the Banging

October 31, 2014

Ever wondered how a woodpecker’s brain endures hours of banging? Audubon magazine explores the science behind the bird’s ability to withstand their trademark activity. Read More

All About Hummingbirds—Facts and Tips for Pictures with the Birdcam

April 1, 2014

Of the 338 hummingbird species in the world, 18 are commonly seen in the United States. These spend the winter in Central America and breed in the United States and Canada. Most hummingbirds are only 3 to 4 inches long. Hummingbirds generally weigh between one tenth and one quarter of an ounce. These little flying jewels are always popular in gardens and yards, and their readiness to visit hummingbird feeders makes them a popular subject for bird watchers and photographers alike. Read More

13 Tips for Attracting Spring Birds

March 4, 2014

Put out mealworms for a great source of protein and way to attract birds that don't typically eat seed, such as orioles, warblers, phoebes and vireos. If you aren't having a lot of bird activity, check out your feeders. Are they clean? After a storm, seed can get moldy and keep birds away. Also, dirty feeders spread disease such as salmonella. Use a mild solution of bleach and water or anti-bacterial soap to clean out your feeders and make sure they dry thoroughly before you refill them with seed. Read More

Spring Bird Photography – Nesting

February 25, 2014

As the nesting season approaches, signs of increased domesticity in the local and returning birdlife abound. The construction of nests, the laying and incubating of the eggs, and the hatching and growth of young are among the most remarkable events in nature. But for all this activity, how much do any of us really witness? Read More

On the Ice with Wingscapes

December 18, 2013

John Groves is a glaciologist working this summer with British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) to take a team of young students to a Norwegian glacier field for weeks of research, adventure, and personal growth. As a BSES 2013 Arctic Odyssey Expedition science leader, Groves will take four TimelapseCam 8.0 cameras with him. Wingscapes recently caught up with him in the United Kingdom to hear more about his upcoming odyssey to the Arctic Circle. Read More

Bears, Berries, and Bite Marks

December 9, 2013

If you surrounded David Laskin with the Wingscapes cameras he uses, he would disappear behind the stacks. Laskin currently manages 85 cameras and says he just ordered 75 more. A scientist and award-winning graduate student, he uses this mountain of timelapse cameras to better understand the seasonal dynamics of grizzly bear habitat in Alberta, Canada. Wingscapes recently asked Laskin to share a few details about his research. Read More

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