FWCAS Parrot Symposium 2009

September 15, 2009 by  
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The second annual Florida West Coast Avian Society Parrot Symposium will be held at the Sarasota Hyatt on the 7th and 8th of November 2009. Everything bird enthusiasts might want to know will be discussed at the 2009 FWCAS Parrot Symposium with guests speakers such as Cassie Malina talking about Operant Conditioning Training, behavior being discussed by Sally Blanchard and Glenn Reynolds bringing conservation awareness to the symposium, from the World Parrot Trust. The FWCAS Parrot Symposium is a celebration of birds and an opportunity to promote awareness and correct care for exotic birds.

Date: 7 – 8 November 2009
Venue: Sarasota Hyatt
City: Sarasota, Florida
Country: United States of America

Activities

February 9, 2009 by  
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The main bird related activity that people engage in is that of bird watching, an activity that continues to increase in popularity with people all over the world showing renewed appreciation for the wonders of nature. Bird watching is a relatively inexpensive hobby and there are always opportunities to spot new bird species. One way to watch birds is to attract them to your garden. You can attract birds by providing food, water and shelter for them.

Use your bird guide to identify birds by looking at their general outline/shape, coloration, eye color, leg and bill color, behavior and considering the habitat that they are in. Listening to bird calls and sounds will assist you in identifying them. The more bird watching you do, the easier it will become to identify the bird species in your area. So don’t delay – get out there and spot some birds!

Bird Watching

February 9, 2009 by  
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Bird watching is the viewing of birds in their natural habitat in the wild, or in their improvised habitats in urban areas, possibly even in your own back yard. Bird watching involves identifying birds and understanding their behavior. This fascinating hobby is becoming increasingly popular as a pastime enjoyed by young and old alike.

To begin bird watching it is important to have a reliable bird watching guide. Bird watching guides are generally region or country specific, so ensure you have the appropriate book for your area. To assist you in spotting the many varieties of birds, a pair of bird watching binoculars is useful. These range greatly in price and quality. Look around to find a pair of birding binoculars to suit your needs and your pocket. A step up from binoculars is bird watching scopes and bird watching telescopes. Spotting scopes and telescopes enable you to see birds over a greater distance and with greater clarity.

Bird watching can be done anywhere, from your back garden to the local park and various other natural areas. There are many places to choose from to go on bird watching holidays. Many birders start a bird checklist and tick off the birds (especially rare birds) that they see. They go on bird watching holidays in other countries to mark off more species. Why not start your own checklist! Remember to have your bird watching guide handy so that you can identify the new species more easily.

When identifying birds, it is important to consider the following: coloration, the general shape of the bird, the beak, the legs and feet, the way it is behaving, the habitat in which it is living, its call and so forth. All these clues will help you in identifying the bird accurately. Your bird watching scope will come in handy in finding out the finer details.

To find out more about bird watching why not visit a book store to see which bird watching magazines they have available. Bird watching magazines will provide information on birds, products, etc in your region.

Your skills as a birder will improve the more you practice. Soon enough you will be identifying your local birds without any difficulty.

Education

February 9, 2009 by  
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To be a true bird enthusiast you need to have a basic education on birds.

Here we cover everything from bird anatomy, conservation, the evolution of birds as well as extinct and rare birds. We hope to provide you with expert advice and opinions to help you become a better bird enthusiast and better bird owner.

Understanding the basic behavior of birds and their patterns, will also help you become a more accomplished bird watcher.

Identifying Birds

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Bird watching involves identifying birds by their physical attributes as well as by their behavior. There are 9 points that can be used when identifying bird species – size, color, shape, bill (shape and color), leg (length and color), eye color, flight pattern, habitat and distribution. It is best to use a field guide for your area, for example a field guide on identifying British birds if you are in Britain, as these will contain the species for your area. The secret to bird identification is to recognize which family the bird belongs to. From there, finding the exact species is matter of elimination.

Let us take the example of identifying birds of prey. If you saw a large raptor with legs feathered to the feet, large powerful talons, you would know that it is a true eagle. To identify the exact species you would consider habitat, size and coloration. Another example of identifying birds of prey is: If you saw a small raptor with pointed wings, a long narrow tail, facial markings like “sideburns”, direct flight with rapid wing beats and hunting on the wing, you would know it belongs to the falcon family. By process of elimination you would identify the exact species of falcon.

When identifying backyard birds, consider the above points and pay particular attention to distribution. Distribution is an accurate and great help in identifying a bird. If a bird is noted as not being found in your area, chances are it’s a different species that you have spotted. Identifying garden birds can be difficult and may require the use of binoculars to note leg and bill color. However, starting with identifying backyard birds is the perfect way to begin birding.

Another useful way to determine bird species is by identifying bird song. Many CDs are available to assist in identifying bird song. Bird song is very species specific and leaves you with little doubt as to the bird you are listening to.

Once you have started to identify birds using the above tips, you will understand the delight that many bird watchers experience in observing these feathered wonders.

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