Canada goose inspires music


Geese and musicians

This photo shows, from left to right: a Canada goose, with a ring around its neck for identification in research; a domestic goose; composer Henk Odinga; and saxophone player Femke IJlstra.

Translated from Vroege Vogels radio (where there is an audio file of this as well) in the Netherlands:

April 26, 2015

Already several times the Frisian musician and composer Henk Doeke Odinga made tracks for Vroege Vogels, inspired by birdsong. After the wren, the willow warbler and the lapwing, he chose a striking ‘singer': the Canada goose. Saxophonist Femke IJlstra played the ‘imitations’ of the goose, Odinga himself plays piano in the composition.

Friesland moth atlas now on the Internet


This video from Chicago in the USA says about itself:

Moths vs Butterflies

9 October 2013

Wherein we explore the order Lepidoptera!

Huge thanks to Jim Boone, collection manager of insects for making this episode possible. Check out his episode from the Chicago Adventure series!

Translated from the Dutch Butterfly Foundation:

Monday, March 30th, 2015

In Friesland for many years already there has been attention for moths. The regional Butterfly Working Group has been working for years at an overview of the Frisian moths. Now the provisional Atlas of the macro-moths is available digitally. In this atlas you can find distribution maps of all 674 (!) species known from the province. …

For those interested, the digital atlas is available by clicking on this link. Due to the size of the file (288 MB), it takes a while before it is loaded.

Migratory birds back for spring, video


This is a video about migratory birds, mainly black-tailed godwits, just returned from spring migration to nature reserve Skrins, Friesland province, the Netherlands.

The video also shows some other bird species, like redshanks, teal, common gulls

Renee Nitters made this video on 3 March 2015.

Short-toed treecreepers looking for food and shelter


This video about short-toed treecreepers is by Netty Way-Jonker, Oudebildtzijl, Friesland province, the Netherlands.

It shows the birds looking for food in her neighbours’ garden in the summer of 2015. Then, it shows the treecreepers looking for a place to nest on a roof, on 15 March 2015.

Oldest Dutch herring gull in Friesland province


This video is about adult and juvenile herring gulls (and a few black-headed gulls in winter plumage)

Translated from the Waddenvereniging in the Netherlands today:

The oldest ringed herring gull in our country turned up last weekend in Leeuwarden‘s [capital of Friesland province] new district Blitsaerd in front of the lens of nature photographer Ruurd Jelle van der Ley …

Meanwhile, the seagull has reached the respectable age of 28 years and eight months. On July 3, 1986, on Ameland island, this bird got two colored rings. An orange one with letter A and a green one with letter Y. Birdwatchers know him as OAGJ or Green J. he lost the orange ring about six years ago. Thanks to the remaining green ring and the fact that he walks with a slight limp he is still recognizable.

Saving otters from cars


Crossing otters sign

This traffic sign, in nature reserve De Weerribben in the Netherlands, warns motorists: ‘Otter crossing‘.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Otters will get safer crossings

Today, 20:17

The government will improve the protection of otters soon. These rare animals are often killed. The government promises to address immediately the seven crossings where this happens most often, along with the provincial authorities of Friesland and Overijssel. At fourteen other places the animals should be able to cross a lot safer in mid-2017.