From the Register-Guard in the USA:
PORT ORFORD, Ore. — Michelle Duarte is adept at luring visitors to her WildSpring Guest Habitat, even during the slowest months.
Now she has a new enticement to bring people to the South Coast: The 5-acre resort is one of only three commercial sites on the brand-new Oregon Coast Birding Trail.
Duarte was surprised to learn last year from one of the trail’s creators that WildSpring’s five wooded cabins share land with Pacific-scope flycatchers, tree swallows, chestnut-backed chickadees, golden-crowned kinglets, Swainson’s thrush [see also here], wrentits and a half-dozen other feathered varieties.
Birder Steven Shunk recognized all their calls in just a few minutes.
Cenozoic mammal fossils of Oregon: here.
By outfitting two British Columbia subspecies of Swainson’s thrushes with penny-sized, state-of-the-art geolocators, University of British Columbia researchers have been able to map their wildly divergent migration routes and pinpoint conservation hotspots: here.