Klamath Falls Christmas Bird Count

November 17, 2011 by  
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Come and enjoy a day counting birds in the Klamath Falls area. The event will see birders counting individual birds and all species seen or heard in their assigned area. The count cirle center is at Kinsley Field and extends to a 15 mile diameter. The day is rounded off with a potluck dinner. For more information, visit the Klamath Basin Audubon Society Website.

Date: 17 December 2011
Venue: Kingsley Field
city: Klamath Falls
State: Oregon
Country: United States of America

2011 Urban Bird Festival

February 15, 2011 by  
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The Urban Bird Festival is a four-day event that will appeal to adults and children alike. This is an opportunity for new and experienced birders to gather and discover the many birds in the Twin Cities. Hosted by the Saint Paul Audubon, the festival includes day and evening bird walks, as well as other events to be held at Fridley’s Spingbrook Nature Center.

Date: 12 to 15 May 2011
Venue: Fridley’s Springbrook Nature Center
City: Fridley
State: Minnesota
Country: United States of America

2011 San Diego Bird Festival/Audubon California Assembly

February 1, 2011 by  
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Taking place concurrently, the 2011 San Diego Bird Festival and the Audubon California Assembly will run from 2 to 6 March 2011. The entire festival will consist of 17 Assembly events, birding trips, workshops, mixers, and the Birding & Optics Expo. The Keynote Speaker for the event will be Peter Harrison.

Date: 3 to 6 March 2011
Venue: Marina Village Conference Center
City: San Diego
State: California
Country: United States of America

Shifting Migrations Might Indicate Global Warming

February 19, 2009 by  
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Each year thousands of citizens in the US get involved with the annual Christmas bird count. They are not professional birders, but their counts do help biologists and other researchers to get a better idea of the grand scale of things. Over time this count has revealed that almost 60 percent of migratory birds are spending their winters further north than they did forty years ago.

According to studies, the American Robin and White-throated Sparrow are just two of the 305 bird species examined which showed a dramatic northward shift in their annual migratory patterns. While this does not prove global warming in itself, it is consistent with the sort of behavior you’d expect to take place in direct reaction to a steadily warming climate. The concern is not so much for the birds themselves, but for other non-migratory bird species and animals that are left behind to suffer through the heat. Kenn Kaufman, field editor for Audubon Magazine, stressed the interdependence of everything in an ecosystem when he said about the trend: “Everything is connected. Birds are not isolated; it’s an ecosystem. It’s a system and something that happens in one area is going to affect everything else.”

While bird ranges can change for a number of different reasons, such as urban sprawl, supplemented diets and deforestation, researchers have noted that the most likely explanation for why so many different migratory birds over such a broad area are choosing to winter further north is most likely global warming. The shift is not just affecting one or two species from one or two areas – its affecting a large number of species from a large number of areas. The phenomenon is simply too widespread to be attributed entirely to only one localized cause.

So where does the report released by the National Audubon Society leave bird lovers? It refreshes in our minds the need to not contribute to the many factors causing global warming. Not only can we change our own lifestyles and encourage others to do likewise, but if we live in an area where there are non-migratory birds, we can try to be aware of their needs, providing them with food, water and shelter so that they can survive the conditions as best as possible.

Bird Conservation Boosted by Audubon Innovation Grants

November 3, 2008 by  
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The National Audubon Society recently made the choice to award TogetherGreen Conservation Innovation Grants which amounted to $1.4 million. The money will be used to fund as many as 41 different conservation projects taking place in 24 states. The National Audubon Society is supported by Toyota.

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