Bird migration in the Americas, Internet map

This video is about bird migration.

Frpm the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA, about bird migration in the Americas:

Watch a Mesmerizing Migration Map

Watch the wonder and spectacle of bird migration captured on a single map. Using millions of bird observations from participants in eBird and the Great Backyard Bird Count, scientists at the Cornell Lab generated an animated map showing the annual journeys of 118 bird species. Watch how the routes change in spring and fall as birds ride seasonal winds to their international destinations. See the map in motion and read more.

Want to know which species is which? Check out the numbered key.

North American nesting birds 2015 report

NestWatch Digest cover

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

Dear Friend of NestWatch,

We’re excited to kick off another nesting season with you. To get things started, we’re sharing our brand new annual report, the NestWatch Digest. In it, you’ll find data summaries and highlights from the 2015 nesting season. Click here to read the report.

Thank you for your contributions,

The NestWatch team

Long-eared owls threatened in North America

This video from Cornwall is called Long Eared Owl at Screech Owl Sanctuary.

This blog post is a guest blog post by Cassie Mayer from North America. She has a really interesting blog, called kindness over cruelty. Her blog is about subjects like veganism and advocacy for animals.

Thank you for this fine guest blog post, Cassie!

In the past century we have managed to drive the Long Eared Owl to near extinction. Many years ago this beautiful animal could be seen in Southern Canada, New England, and even in California and Texas.

Long Eared Owls require vast, dense forests for camouflage, protection from the elements, and sufficient room for hunting. However, their numbers have dwindled lower and lower due to deforestation and development. Since Long Eared Owls do not make their own nests but rather use old nests from Crows, Hawks, and other large birds, it is especially hard for them to find places to live when forests are constantly being ripped apart by greedy people. Some truly disgusting people even hunt Long Eared Owls for simple fun.

While many studies and counts of the owls have been conducted, their numbers have only continued to shrink. If we don’t act soon, it is clear that this fascinating animal will be a thing of the past. For more information on how you can help endangered animals like the Long Eared Owl, please click this link:

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American robin builds her nest, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

A female American Robin reinforces her nest with mud

27 January 2016

A female American Robin reinforces her nest with mud. Females build the nest from the inside out, pressing dead grass and twigs into a cup shape using the wrist of one wing. Other materials include paper, feathers, rootlets, or moss in addition to grass and twigs. Once the cup is formed, she reinforces the nest using soft mud gathered from worm castings to make a heavy, sturdy nest. She then lines the nest with fine dry grass. The finished nest is 6-8 inches across and 3-6 inches high.

Migratory Bird Treaty, 100 years

This 15 January 2016 video from the USA is called Migratory Birds: A Brief Conservation History.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA, January 2016:

Celebrating 100 Years of Nest Protection

The year 2016 marks the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Canada for the Protection of Migratory Birds, thereby enacting the first international Migratory Bird Treaty. The follow-up Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and three other subsequent international treaties form the cornerstones of joint efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. Despite its name, the act also protects non-migrating birds, their nests, eggs, and young, making it illegal to harvest, destroy, or harass them unless you hold a permit. Prior to the treaty, it was perfectly legal to harvest the eggs of every single bird in a nesting colony and sell them for profit.

Celebrating the centennial of the first treaty allows us to honor those who have contributed to its success and to galvanize efforts to protect birds for generations to come. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has even included citizen science as part of its national framework for bringing awareness to this important milestone in North American bird conservation.

How can you join the celebration? Here are some ideas:

  1. Take to social media or your blog and spread the word about the centennial anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides media resources you can share.
  2. Lead a bird or nest walk for youth or adult groups. Taking a moment to look at birds is an eye-opening experience for most people.
  3. Host NestWatch training at your local library or community center.
  4. Purchase a Duck Stamp, which in turn supports the federal Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. This fund is used to acquire and improve millions of acres of wildlife habitat.

The MBTA and its corresponding treaties in Canada and Mexico are the most important protections we have in place for birds and their nests. To learn more about the history of these and other laws, peruse this timeline of events, created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

American avocet video

This video from the USA says about itself:

5 June 2015

American Avocets can be identified [as] long-legged shorebirds with bold black-and-white bodies. Their head is orangish in the summer and gray in the winter. They nest in marshes. Watch as this adult crouches down on its eggs.

New film on songbirds

This video from the USA says about itself:


24 April 2015

The Messenger is a visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperiled songbird, and what it means to all of us on both a global and human level if we lose them.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

7 Ways to Lend a Helping Hand to Birds: A List Inspired by The Messenger

The Messenger is a fascinating and beautiful documentary about the problems that migratory songbirds face (read our review). The movie gives center stage to the scientists working to help bird populations—but the rest of us have an equally vital role to play. So what can regular folks like us do? Lots. We’ve teamed up with the filmmakers to bring you this short list of ways to make a difference.

It’s A Good Month for Documentaries: There’s Poached, about obsession among illegal egg collectors; and Racing Extinction, which challenges us to reverse the accelerating pace of ecological decline. (Click titles to read our reviews.)