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Stockbridge Audubon Society in Fort Wayne,
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The Stockbridge Audubon Society is a non-profit organization that promotes the awareness, understanding, enjoyment and stewardship of the environment and natural resources of Northeastern Indiana. Birds were our beginnings, and we remain dedicated to birding as the basis for our mission to conserve and restore our natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
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Links & News of Interest
Stockbridge Audubon News & Lists
Indiana Audubon Society
Read the Bird Lists from Field Trips
May Day Bird Count 09 Results- pdf
Recent Postings from Indiana Birding
Current Results: Annual Christmas Counts
Learn more about your favorite North American avian visitors with Audubon's online bird ID guide, covering over 800 North American species. - Explore descriptions, photos, range maps and bird songs by "clicking" the box above with the goldfinch.
The Hancock Wildlife site in Canada has a second camera with baby eagles now being fed by mom. Click on the white arrow and when the ad bar appears at the bottom, just X it off.
AEP provided money for a much better falcon-viewing camera. The pictures are awesome! It's now online.
The Falcon Cam
Julie thought you might be interested in this website with many crane pictures.
The Christy Yuncker Photo Journal
Did you know that young cranes are called "colts"?
Visit HUMMINGBIRDS.NET, to learn about attracting, watching, feeding, & studying the hummingbirds that breed in North America.
HATCHING & GROWTH
OF A HUMMINGBIRD
Interesting pictures on someone's web site. Be sure to click on "NEXT PAGE" at the bottom of each page; 5 pages in all. Someone found a hummingbird nest and got pictures all the way from the egg to leaving the nest. Took 24 days from birth to flight.
Check hummingbird migration map to monitor the northbound trek as spring continues.
Roger & Rachel have a bird list to share from Grand Cayman. Click Here to see their list and some pictures.
Interesting Birding Sites
Celebrating Urban Birds
Neighborhood activities focus on birds and nature www.CelebrateUrbanBirds.org.
Kids Learn about BirdSleuth to help build scientific literacy & excitement by engaging students in the scientific process! click here
Stories Sought: What You Are Doing to Help Fight Global Warming - The National Audubon Society is looking for stories from the Audubon family. Tell us what steps are you taking - both individual actions and chapter or other group initiatives. We will share your experiences through Newswire and on the Audubon website - inspiring others to join Audubon in making a difference. Please send your story to :
firstname.lastname@example.org - with photos showcasing what you are doing, if you have them!
We would like to announce the release of Dr. Ken Brock's CD, "Brock's Birds of Indiana". The Amos Butler Audubon chapter has underwritten this project to keep the cost down so as to increase its availability to birders.
Information about the CD is available by clicking on the image below.
We been privileged to reproduce a story, Bird watchers on the lookout, from the Reports from China supplement to the Washington Post National Weekly Edition. We thought our members would appreciate the story but we could not find it on the web. Click here for the story and the story behind how we got the story for our web site.
Listen to possible ivory-bill recordings . The Cornell Lab of Ornithology recently released sound recordings from the Big Woods. Researchers say they may be those of the ivory-billed woodpecker. (It helps to have broadband to listen - when you find them.)
Male swallows must constantly impress mates because females will dump lighter-breasted partners. Read the article
Conservation groups take to the sky to keep whooping cranes from becoming extinct. A most interesting story from Birds and Blooms. Read the article.
Eagles at Lake Monroe, the largest man-made impoundment in Indiana,, was the site of the state's bald eagle reintroduction program from 1985 - 1989.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
-- John Burroughs
Click here for old items
Read about the 2009 Big May Day Bird Count.
The objective of the BMDBC is to count the number of birds of each species occurring in a participating county area from midnight to midnight on Saturday May 09, 2009.
Latest News .
Journal-Gazette Featured Jim Haw: Birding with the Stockbridge Audubon Society
. HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read the Latest Newsletter
. The Big Sit Was October 13 At Fox Island - - Find The Results HERE
.Visit HUMMINGBIRDS.NET, a place to learn about attracting, watching, feeding, and studying the hummingbirds that breed in North America.
. Congratulations to Dave Reichlinger
He just got his 300th Indiana bird: the Spotted Redshank that has been down at Goose Pond, near Linton IN in Greene Co. for a few days. It really belongs in Asia, but has been with some yellowlegs. It looks a little like them except paler and with red legs. It's been quite the hot item on IN-bird lately.
NEW - Read about & download the results (pdf) of the Ft. Wayne 2011 Christmas Bird Count
Spring is here! As the days lengthen, millions of warblers, each weighing less than half an ounce, are traveling northward. The anticipation builds as bird watchers check the forecasts and wonder what new species they'll see each day. To help celebrate the imminent arrival of spring migrants, Jessie Barry and Chris Wood from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology share their warbler-watching tips with you in a new video, "Birding Warblers."
Join Chris and Jessie on a warbler treasure hunt as they explain how they scan for motion, focus on a single species at a time, and anticipate which species come through at different times in spring. Watch now.
As members of Team Sapsucker, the Cornell Lab's birding team, Jessie and Chris helped set a new North American record last year with 264 species (18 of them warblers) found in Texas in 24 hours.
All members are welcome to attend. It might be wise to call an officer to be sure we are really meeting, as sometimes it can all be done by e-mail saving a trip.
The Board meets in the Achatz Hall of Science at the University of Saint Francis. The new atrium is completed so we may use the front door.
Christmas Bird Count Results
Jim Haw has sent the compilation of the Ft. Wayne Christmas Count. The species total was our lowest since 1984, and the number of individuals was the lowest since 1980. The snow on count day surely contributed to the subpar result; birds just weren't active for most of the day. And in my opinion, there just wasn't much out there anyway. Winter finches aren't coming this year, Rough-legged Hawk had not been seen at all in northeastern Indiana until we got one on the Pigeon River Count on Sunday, Northern Harrier has been very scarce, and some species that normally winter here in small numbers, such as Golden-crowned Kinglet and Swamp Sparrow, had all pulled out before it got cold.
The 2009 Christmas Bird Count Results (download .pdf)
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The oil and gas industry never gives up in its efforts to ruin the pristine wilderness of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to polar bears caribou, musk ox, and millions of migratory birds.
The latest attempt is a new bill to encourage full-scale development along the borders of the refuge, including horizontal drilling from off-shore platforms into refuge lands. The bill, S 503, also recycles old attempts to do very damaging seismic exploration and exploratory drilling within the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge—the biological heart of the refuge.
Drilling over, under, or in the refuge, it's still the same attempt to ruin this internationally important bird and wildlife refuge. Even more alarming, the bill waives key environmental laws that currently protect the refuge—the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Wildlife Refuge Administration Act. The removal of these most important legal safeguards sets a dangerous precedent for the management of our public lands.
A committee vote on this latest attempt to drill in the Arctic Refuge could happen next week—but only if its proponents think they have enough support. Let's stop this bill dead in its tracks!
Take Action - Write to your U.S. Senators today. Urge them to oppose efforts to open the Arctic Refuge to oil and gas development in any shape, fashion, or form!
All About Birds - Inside Birding is a great new web site from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Whether you’re new to birding or a seasoned expert, interested in sharpening your identification skills or wondering how to clean your binoculars, you can visit the web site and watch videos that will help you identify birds. It shows how to use size and shape, color patterns, behavior and habitat to ID birds. Click Here or on picture for the web site.
SAVED FOR BACKYARD - Feb.
2009 was another record year for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)! Birders from across the United States and Canada submitted more than 93,629 checklists during the four-day event, a 9 percent increase in checklist submissions since last year. Participants counted a record 11,550,200 individual birds representing 619 species and submitted thousands of photos of common and rare birds. Go to the Great Backyard Bird Count
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SAVED FOR MAYDAY COUNT - May
Birds and Climate Change: An Analysis of the Christmas Bird Count
Birders have noticed some interesting shifts in the winter distribution of birds over the last several decades. Many have noticed more American Robins staying farther north through winter and species like Northern Mockingbirds and Carolina Wrens shifting north - READ MORE from Audubon
If you have not seen this, take a look.
For video from the News-Sentinel about Eagle Marsh - go here.
Some believe that hummingbird feeders can be taken down by Labor Day because these little birds will migrate south for the winter. However, one woman in Mansfield, Ohio left her hummingbird feeders up late and discovered that a rufous hummingbird was coming to it well into December.
See a 7 minute video of this bird and learn more.
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You can watch The Best Route For Bird Watchers, a 9 minute video of bird watching in Peru. It helps if you watch this with a broadband connection.
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