Bringing the Birds Back to Hershey Gardens

August 15, 2012

Not all of the delightful legacies left by Milton S. Hershey are edible. Hershey Gardens, a division of the non-profit Milton S. Hershey Foundation, is a 23-acre botanical garden open to the public and dedicated both to horticultural excellence and community education. First blooming in 1937 as a rose garden encompassing just a few acres, the Gardens now boasts 5,600 roses, 30,000 spring tulips, and a collection of displays ranging from Japanese and rock gardens to oak groves, perennial beds, and an engaging activity garden especially for children. Read More

Why These Woodpeckers are Called “Yellow-shafted”

August 1, 2012

When first confronted with one of North America’s largest woodpeckers, the Northern Flicker, many new bird watchers are surprised to learn that they appear dramatically different depending on where they’re seen. Those in the western part of the U.S. have red shafts to their feathers while the feathers of those in the east have yellow shafts. The problem is that most of the time this important detail isn’t particularly easy to see. Read More

How Birds Got Their Latin Names

July 31, 2012

Back when old Carl von Linné - Linnaeus to his friends - came up with the idea of binomial nomenclature to help scientists sort out and describe each species they discovered, the idea was fairly simple: each creature was given a Latin genus name and a Latin species name. The genus name was shared by a number of similar species and the species name was unique to just those who could, essentially, reproduce with one another to produce fertile off-spring. Read More

Rough Customers - Young Cooper’s Hawks Hanging Out

July 25, 2012

When most of us look out our respective windows at our backyard bird baths or feeders, we generally expect to see the usual assortment of local sparrows, finches, and wrens - birds that are, if not always the most colorful, generally more or less cute, and certainly not classifiable as “lethal.” Read More

Monitoring North Carolina's Wetlands with Time Lapse Photography

July 12, 2012

If there’s water involved, Marc Seelinger may well be nearby. Seelinger is director of the Swamp School in North Carolina, where he offers classes, consulting and other resources for people with an interest in wetlands management, mitigation or restoration. He also provides services related to other environmental and construction topics. His clients include environmentalists, attorneys, contractors and government officials from places as far afield as Singapore and several West African nations. Read More

Why Do Hummingbirds Hum?

June 26, 2012

Of all the classic kid jokes, “Why do hummingbirds hum?” is by far one of our favorites. The answer, of course, is “Because they don’t know the words.” Read More

Really Blue Jay

June 19, 2012

Given their raucous ways, many people who live in areas inhabited by Blue Jays may not always stop and consider what truly beautiful birds they truly are. Then again, many people might not get the chance to really do so as they go flashing through the yard, scattering all the other birds at the feeder, then just as soon as they’ve grabbed what they came for, zipping out just as quickly. Read More

Chipmunks Versus Woodchucks

June 12, 2012

We may never learn the answer to the age-old question “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?". But thanks to this Wingscapes BirdCam 2.0 image recently recorded by Dan in East Haddam, Connecticut, we may be able to determine how many peanuts a chipmunk can pack into its cheeks; because as the photo clearly shows, chipmunks do pack peanuts. Read More

Go Away Bud, You're Bothering Me

May 31, 2012

Despite how this BirdCam 2.0 image from Janesville, California may appear, what is about to happen next is likely to have been little more than an exchange of unfriendly noises. While Raccoons can indeed inflict serious harm upon a cat if cornered, most raccoon - cat interactions end without any serious harm being done to either animal. Read More

Attracting Birds to Your Birdbath

May 9, 2012

Savvy bird watchers know that while many backyard visiting birds will come to a well-maintained and continually stocked feeder, just about all the birds in the area, whether regular feeder visitors or not, will make use of a bird bath filled with clean water. Adding a “jiggler” or a drip feature makes such a bird bath even more appealing. Read More

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