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

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.

The Effect of Urban Growth on Birds

April 11, 2008 by  
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Have you ever wondered how different birds adapt to changes urban growth and other changes in their environments? A team of researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Arizona State University did. So they set about finding out the answer to the question and have discovered some interesting results.

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City Birds and Birding

June 30, 2006 by  
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Bird-watchers might be surprised how many birds they can see in the city. Birding is not just a hobby or activity for country-living.

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