Cottontail rabbit´s breakfast in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

8 May 2016

Join a Cottontail Bunny Rabbit enjoying a tasty breakfast of fresh tall grass. If you don’t mow your grass there is more food for the bunnies! Notice the half a dozen or so different bird songs in the background!

American kids and birds

This 2015 video is called Birds of North America.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

A Teen’s Top 5 Tips On Engaging Kids Through Birds

by Alec Wyatt, teen NestWatcher

As a lifelong naturalist and a birder since grade school, adults often ask me what they can do to get other kids outside and interested in birds. During my time leading younger children in elementary schools, bird walks, and community projects, I have discovered a few ways to bring birding into children’s lives.

1. Engage their senses

The modern devices that pervade our lives—smartphones, tablets, and computers—provide quick access to unlimited information, but they typically stimulate only our visual and auditory senses. Capture kids’ attention by showing them how to appreciate the sight of a bird in nature, the sound of a song or a call, the smell of a natural environment, and the feeling of a banded bird or a feather in the hand.

2. Provide the tools

Let children immerse themselves in discovery by offering them the tools of the trade. Teach young naturalists to use binoculars or a spotting scope. Providing a notebook and a set of pencils allows children to record their own thoughts and observations and preserves their experiences for future appreciation.

3. Bridge the technology gap

Technology does not need to be a barrier between children and nature; rather, it can facilitate a transition from a “plugged-in” lifestyle to a lifetime love of birds. Smartphone applications such as the Merlin app can introduce beginners to bird identification, and soon there will even be a free NestWatch app (coming late 2016).

4. Partner with parents

Children’s community programs, nest box monitoring classes, and introductory birding courses can captivate adults, too. Consider inviting parents and guardians to accompany children on outdoor activities such as bird walks. Collaborating with adults in children’s discovery of birds ensures kids get more support in their endeavors and more time outside watching birds.

5. Give kids responsibility

For older children, having individual responsibility makes the experience of studying birds more personal and engaging. Children can study nest boxes, monitor bird feeders, or count local birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count in February each year. When their contributions to science are encouraged by adults, young birders feel that their interest is valued. When children find value in birds, we gain another generation of advocates for bird conservation.

School will be out soon! Get more resources for engaging young birders from eBird.

Also from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

When it comes to involving teens in bird watching, the women behind the Ohio Young Birders Club (OYBC) are leading the way. Darlene Sillick and her colleague Paula Ziebarth, both chapter coordinators in Ohio, are strong advocates for teen NestWatchers.

In addition to teaching the field skills necessary to negotiate a nest box trail (e.g., reading a compass, installing boxes, and checking nests), Darlene and her team also teach math skills. They use the Pythagorean theorem to lay out equally-spaced grids of Tree Swallow nest boxes, to maximize nesting opportunities. The youth also engage in community service, such as helping a researcher rebuild his extensive nest box trail after it was destroyed by a storm. Young birders learn plenty of natural history along the way as they help with Purple Martins, Tree Swallows, Eastern Bluebirds, Tufted Titmice, House Wrens, Prothonotary Warblers, and other species.

Darlene, Paula, and other advisors of the Ohio Young Birders Club don’t just focus on watching birds, they focus on helping birds. In this way, they are able to move teens from a hobby to a passion. Darlene tells us that she “gave her life to bluebirding and conservation.” But we think that she gives much more than her own time…she gives the next generation the hope and practical skills that it takes to face numerous environmental challenges with a can-do attitude. She is mentoring young scientists who will have the enduring optimism which is required of conservation professionals.

It takes a village to raise the next generation of conservationists. We can all provide something—the car, the Saturday afternoon, the tools, the pizza—to help young people on this path.

Click here to learn more about how you can become a teen mentor, or to enroll your teen in a local young birders club.

Islamophobia by United States airlines, animated cartoon

This satiric animated cartoon by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

23 April 2016

Now that Pope Francis made the wonderful symbolic gesture of flying twelve Syrian refugees to Rome on his plane, let’s take a look at what it’s like for Muslims flying on planes in the United States. If you’re Muslim, whether you’re a US citizen or not, it turns out you might want to allot a little extra time for being detained after getting kicked off your flight.

Roseate spoonbill flock, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

24 April 2016

A flock of several dozen Roseate Spoonbills at dinner time. Fascinating to watch these birds forage for food and the speed is normal – they are just fast with that bill. The only spoon-billed bird in the Western Hemisphere and often mistaken for a pink flamingo – the Roseate Spoonbill is listed as a threatened species of special concern in Florida.

Great egret babies, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

22 April 2016

Happy Earth Day! Three baby Great Egret chicks in the nest guarded by one of the parents. They are only recently hatched! There is a cache of food in the nest. 100 years ago egrets and herons were nearly extinct in Florida and the southeast due to the feather trade – today they are thriving!

How marine animals live together, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World: Symbiosis In The Sea (HD)

15 April 2016

In this webisode Jonathan explores different types of symbiosis in the ocean, including mutualism, commensalism and parasitism, and how animals use it for survival.