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01/21/2022
Migratory Shorebird Project: Baja California

The Migratory Shorebird Project surveys in Baja California Sur, Mexico started this week. These surveys help biologist and managers throughout the range of these birds better understand population trends, important habitats and threats. We will bring you along as the biologists visit important wetlands along the Pacific Coast during the next two weeks. The first installment takes us to San Ignacio Bay with Dr. Eduardo Palacios.
Partners for this project in Baja include: Poin Blue Conservation Science, Terra Peninsular, CISECE, US Forest Service International Programs, CONANP, University of Baja California Sur and Exportadora de Sociedad Anónima.

@PointBlueConservationScience, @terrapeninsular,
#shorebirds
#migration
#bajacalifornia
#CISESE
#Terrapeninsular
@terrapeninsular
#ForestService
#migratoryshorebirdproject

Not only is the work of Secret Garden Birds and Bees amazing, this write up is nothing short of poetry!
01/12/2022

Not only is the work of Secret Garden Birds and Bees amazing, this write up is nothing short of poetry!

We’ve had more than our share of cold gray days lately. They sometimes turn outdoor work that we usually enjoy – like feeding and interacting with our birds – into a chore. But then, mother nature sends a gift to remind us why we do what we do.

On one of those dismal and dreary days, I was walking back to the house after feeding the hawks when Hodor, our great horned owl, hooted. Hodor often hoots during training and enrichment activities or during programs. Those hoots are pleasant and conversational. This was different. It was loud – very loud – and harsh, a challenge. In the years I’ve had him, I have never heard him call like that. I turned to look at him. He was at the front of his enclosure, feathers puffed out, leaning forward in full defensive posture, his eyes fixed on something in the distance. I followed his gaze in time to see an adult bald eagle fly from the roof of the old milk shed. She flew across the front meadow about 15 feet above the ground – her brilliant white head and tail contrasting beautifully with the deep green background of the pines. She circled around the house, over the back meadow and then headed north, still flying low and slow. It was a leisurely flight with long, steady, relaxed wingbeats. Even though the DMV is home to many bald eagles, it is still a joy to see one so close, a reminder that wildness is all around us. We just need to pay attention. I don’t think Hodor was as thrilled as I was. My chickens – foraging around the old shed – probably weren’t too happy either.

Hodor has never hooted at the vultures or hawks that sometimes roost in the trees above him. He pays no attention to the crows. He has never said anything about the barred owl that sometimes perches on the roof of his enclosure or responded to any of Scarlett’s hoots. He scowls at the dogs but remains silent. Yet somehow this eagle got his attention from a distance. Did he see it? His vision is limited (that’s why he’s in captivity) so I doubt it. Did he hear it? Maybe. Why did he recognize the eagle as a threat? Was it instinct or something learned early in life before he came to the Secret Garden? Was it a warning to me?

Later, when I went to get him for our evening walk, he looked straight at me and said, “HOOOO, hooohooo, hoohoohoo, HOOOO!” Maybe that was the answer to my questions.

Of course, I didn’t get a photo or video of the eagle or Hodor. So, I’m sharing a photo of Hodor trying to intimidate photographer Barbara Saffir during an educational program. Thank you Barbara!

#greathornedowl #owls #wildliferehab #baldeagle

Kudos to our amazing partner, the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, for this work!
01/12/2022

Kudos to our amazing partner, the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, for this work!

Our friends Monarch Joint Venture are kicking off the new year with a free monthly webinar series on topics important to...
01/06/2022

Our friends Monarch Joint Venture are kicking off the new year with a free monthly webinar series on topics important to 🦋monarch conservation. They have a fantastic lineup of speakers including Jane Kim and Tribal Alliance for Pollinators. Learn more and register here: https://monarchjointventure.org/events

Our friends Monarch Joint Venture are kicking off the new year with a free monthly webinar series on topics important to 🦋monarch conservation. They have a fantastic lineup of speakers including Jane Kim and Tribal Alliance for Pollinators. Learn more and register here: https://monarchjointventure.org/events

01/04/2022

Well done, Manomet and supporters! We love the list of accomplishments. Keep it up!

The deadline for submission of proposals for The Nature of Cities 2022 Festival is tomorrow (December 31).  Get your pro...
12/30/2021
Session Submission Guide

The deadline for submission of proposals for The Nature of Cities 2022 Festival is tomorrow (December 31). Get your proposals in! We would love to hear from you!
https://tnoc-festival.com/wp/session-submission-guidance/

GUIDE TO SUBMITTING PROPOSALS FOR TNOC FESTIVAL [Spanish? French? Portuguese? Arabic? Mandarin? Anything … USE GOOGLE TRANSLATE, AT THE BOTTOM RIGHT OF THIS SCREEN.] Welcome to TNOC Festival.…

Happy Holidays!
12/23/2021

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

An important message and thanks for all your efforts -- Owl Moon Raptor Center!
12/17/2021

An important message and thanks for all your efforts -- Owl Moon Raptor Center!

Hot off the press - the Monarch Joint Venture winter newsletter. Read about migration and more 👇
12/14/2021

Hot off the press - the Monarch Joint Venture winter newsletter. Read about migration and more 👇

MJV Partner, Monarch Butterfly Fund recently released their winter newsletter, covering monarchs from east to west. Read about the arrival of the monarchs in Mexico, monitoring monarchs in the West, and and more!https://monarchconservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/23-MBF-Newsletter-Winter-2021.pdf
📸: Ariana Loehr
#partnership #monarchbutterfly #butterflies #monarchs #conservation #monarchbutterflyfund

Dramatic footage -- thankfully all of the birds lived to see another day! Thanks for making our day Secret Garden Birds ...
12/10/2021
Chickens attack Hawk

Dramatic footage -- thankfully all of the birds lived to see another day! Thanks for making our day Secret Garden Birds and Bees!

Tiny velociraptors attack a modestly large hawk. Well, all except Cherry, who g**o of there. The hawk wanted chicken for Thanksgiving. 11/25/2021

The 2022 #WorldMigratoryBirdDay theme is in the works, #LightPollution. We look forward to sharing information on how we...
12/09/2021

The 2022 #WorldMigratoryBirdDay theme is in the works, #LightPollution. We look forward to sharing information on how we can all do more to help migratory birds reach their destinations. World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)

📢BREAKING: World Migratory Bird Day 2022 theme will focus on #LightPollution.
Ever-increasing artificial light is a significant threat to #migratorybirds, causing disorientation, collisions or interfering with their ability to undertake long-distance migrations.
But solutions are also readily available. Stay tuned on how you can get involved and register your events by visiting https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/news/2021/world-migratory-bird-day-2022-theme-focus-light-pollution

12/08/2021

200,000 is a 100x increase from last year's count of less than 2,000 monarchs. 🦋🦋

There's still lots of work to do, but the most recent count is encouraging. Bravo The Xerces Society and partners.

Good news!! Conservation of migratory species and protection of their habitats just got a big boost from #BezosEarthFund...
12/08/2021
Bezos Earth Fund Invests $12 Million in Bird Conservation in the Tropical Andes

Good news!!
Conservation of migratory species and protection of their habitats just got a big boost from #BezosEarthFund. #conservaaves

Congratulations to our partners: National Audubon Society BirdLife International American Bird Conservancy RedLAC Aves y Conservación Asociación Calidris

“Conserva Aves brings a unique perspective to the conservation of endemic and threatened biodiversity by integrating priorities for migratory birds – many of which are in serious decline. By focusing on the conservation of migratory birds, Conserva Aves partners increase habitat connectivity, benefitting a range of other species and galvanize support from a diverse array of international actors by focusing on North American breeding bird species dependent on the Tropical Andes region for the larger part of their life cycles.”

High-Profile Conservation Partnership Includes National Audubon Society, BirdLife International, American Bird Conservancy and RedLAC members.

12/03/2021

Now that winter is heading your way, are you wondering what happens to all your local insects? Well, wonder no more. Our amazing partner, Dr. Ami Thompson, has some answers!

12/02/2021

The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival "winter edition". We love it

12/02/2021
WMBD 2021 Events

Inspiration for next year's #MigratoryBirdDay! Thanks, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) and everyone who celebrated!

We had SO much fun on our bird walk with the 4th graders at DC Bilingual Public Charter School last week !  Thank you to...
11/24/2021

We had SO much fun on our bird walk with the 4th graders at DC Bilingual Public Charter School last week ! Thank you to DCB's amazing staff, stellar students and big shout out to Alexis, Yolanda and Maya for all of the help :-)

Learn about the epic journey of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper in this fascinating story map. Thanks, WHSRN
11/23/2021

Learn about the epic journey of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper in this fascinating story map. Thanks, WHSRN

What do turf farms in Texas, controlled fires in Kansas, livestock management in Argentina and GPS transmitters have to do with the conservation of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper? Follow the route of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper and learn all these details: https://arcg.is/055z5D1

#ArcticBirdFest #BirdsTellUs Manomet - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Alaska - USFWS Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Audubon Alaska

📢  Opportunity! Please help our friends at Journey North track monarchs during the winter months. 🦋🦋🦋The infographic bel...
11/23/2021

📢 Opportunity! Please help our friends at Journey North track monarchs during the winter months. 🦋🦋🦋
The infographic below explains how. This link will help you register. https://journeynorth.org/reg/
Thank you!

📢 Opportunity! Please help our friends at Journey North track monarchs during the winter months. 🦋🦋🦋
The infographic below explains how. This link will help you register. https://journeynorth.org/reg/
Thank you!

Thank you banders and Manomet!
11/17/2021

Thank you banders and Manomet!

Meet our Partners 🤝  Carlos is a Colombian biologist and Flyways and Grasslands Coordinator for Asociación Calidris. In ...
11/16/2021

Meet our Partners 🤝

Carlos is a Colombian biologist and Flyways and Grasslands Coordinator for Asociación Calidris. In his words, he "works for the birds and the people."

Carlos and his colleagues promote and implement agro ecosystems best practices that benefit birds and local communities. He is focused on researching and conserving shorebirds and other waterbirds along the Caribbean coast and the Llanos of Colombia.

Why it matters: "Sometimes it is difficult to describe what my work is about, it would be easy to say that I am trying to conserve birds and their habitats, however one of my biggest concerns is the livelihood of local communities and their dependence on ecosystems, such as savanas, wetlands and mangrove forests. I work for the birds and the people".

Meet our Partners 🤝

Carlos is a Colombian biologist and Flyways and Grasslands Coordinator for Asociación Calidris. In his words, he "works for the birds and the people."

Carlos and his colleagues promote and implement agro ecosystems best practices that benefit birds and local communities. He is focused on researching and conserving shorebirds and other waterbirds along the Caribbean coast and the Llanos of Colombia.

Why it matters: "Sometimes it is difficult to describe what my work is about, it would be easy to say that I am trying to conserve birds and their habitats, however one of my biggest concerns is the livelihood of local communities and their dependence on ecosystems, such as savanas, wetlands and mangrove forests. I work for the birds and the people".

We can't wait to hear the final tally! Stay tuned!Monarch Joint Venture
11/15/2021

We can't wait to hear the final tally! Stay tuned!
Monarch Joint Venture

The Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count begins today! Roughly 200 overwintering sites from Mendocino to San Diego County, California and Northern Baja, Mexico are monitored each year with the help of community science volunteers. After seeing preliminary numbers for 2021 nearing 50,000 monarchs, we are anxiously awaiting the official tally! Learn more about this long-standing community science event: https://bit.ly/3Cfh5vU
"Overwintering monarchs in Goleta, California" by USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

This is fun! Insights from the data supplied by 30 years of backyard bird watchers, i.e. citizen scientists! . Cornell L...
11/15/2021
30 Years of Project FeederWatch Yield New Insights About Backyard Birds

This is fun! Insights from the data supplied by 30 years of backyard bird watchers, i.e. citizen scientists! . Cornell Lab of Ornithology Project FeederWatch

From the Winter 2017 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now. Since 1987, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada have partnered on Project FeederWatch to mobilize thousands of citizen scientists across North America to count birds in their backyards over the winter. Three

A new tool from our friends at Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides information on shorebird abundance across the flyways...
11/08/2021
ShorebirdViz: a game-changer for shorebird conservation - Manomet

A new tool from our friends at Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides information on shorebird abundance across the flyways in the Western Hemisphere. Thanks, Manomet for sharing!

For decades, researchers have relied on citizen science (see Manomet’s International Shorebird Survey) to get a complete picture of how many shorebirds use certain areas across their geographic range. Understanding where shorebirds go throughout their annual cycles gives scientists clear insight o...

11/04/2021

Beyond Trees Network and US Forest Service International Programs present

A Forestry-telling Roundtable: Communication, Environmental Education and Stakeholder Engagement from Different Perspectives

With:
Honorable Marta Corella (Mayor of Orea)
Sara Fernández and Sonia Roig (Forestry School in the Technical University of Madrid)
Ana Macias (Urban Forester)
Pilar Valbuena (Forest Communication Strategist)

When: Friday, November 12 | 10 AM – 12 PM EST (GMT - 5)

To Register:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtde-qrD8oHdyAuM4msVJs7SRkURslXpAs
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Why do we need to learn as foresters how to communicate and engage the public when talking about trees and forests?
Join us in welcoming five forestry engineers from Spain, who will offer us different outlooks, tools and approaches to communicating the importance of forests to a wide range of audiences. Through their different experiences, we will learn about the perspectives that range from those living in a village to the populations at the heart of the city. They will also highlight lessons learned on how to talk audiences of all ages from youth to high level international organizations. Together, we will understand how to effectively communicate the importance of forestry and urban forestry.

Roundtable Participants:

Hon. Marta Corella, mayor of Orea (Spain), is a spoke person for rural communities whose livelihood is linked with the forest and the landscape.

Sara Fernández, forester, writer and illustrator, and Sonia Roig, professor at the Forestry School in the Technical University of Madrid where she teaches silviculture, will talk about how to spread knowledge and curiosity about forests and forestry among children and across all ages and backgrounds.

Ana Macías, urban forester, will talk about communication and citizen involvement in urban forestry management and planning.

Pilar Valbuena, has oriented her career in forest communication strategy development for international organizations such as FAO, IUCN and UNDP.

ON THE BEYOND TREES YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Please view our recording of the November 4 webinar on The WADI Way in Jordan and visit the Beyond Trees Network channel: Beyond Trees Network - YouTube

11/04/2021

The San Quintin Bird festival has started. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to join the fun from home!

11/02/2021
Vic the Vulture - a happy ending for an injured black vulture

Hey all of you vulture lovers: check out this happy story about an injured vulture who was returned to the wild--thanks to the efforts of U.S. Forest Service's Jo Santiago and the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia!

(And now that we think of it, the black vulture DOES kind of fit with the whole Halloween/ Day of the Dead theme :-)

#DiaDeLosMuertos ##dayofthedead #Halloween #blackvulture

Thanks to our partner Monarch Joint Venture for posting this amazing clip (with Will Smith !) showing how the monarch mi...
11/01/2021
One Strange Rock Day of the Dead

Thanks to our partner Monarch Joint Venture for posting this amazing clip (with Will Smith !) showing how the monarch migration links us all --definitely worth seeing !

By National Geographic

Way to go to our wonderful partner Bat Conservation & Rescuer of Virginia! The more we bring arts into conservation, the...
10/29/2021
Conservation through Art: Bats!

Way to go to our wonderful partner Bat Conservation & Rescuer of Virginia! The more we bring arts into conservation, the better :-)

5th grade students at Riverheads Elementary School in Augusta County, VA, took an artistic dive into bat conservation by illustrating (mostly) bat species of...

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