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Migration – Not Just for Birds

Seasonal migrations are exciting times for us birders. In the spring, we anxiously await return of our breeding birds from their southern wintering grounds. In the fall, we're sad to see them leave. While birds follow that [...]

2022-09-16T11:59:48-04:00September 16, 2022|

Use Sign Language and Get Recognized!

Your beloved relative is coming for the weekend:  you tidy up the house (but not so much that it feels like a don’t-touch museum), you prepare a comfy bed, set out clean towels in a clean bathroom, and [...]

2022-09-12T11:30:19-04:00September 10, 2022|

Falling in Love with a Fork

There are billions of people in the world, but we only fall in love with the ones who feel special to us.  Same with forks!  In America people use more than 100 million plastic utensils every day.  An [...]

2022-07-12T10:14:21-04:00July 12, 2022|

Crane Flies – no they aren’t mosquitos!

These insects are a common food source for birds, and unjustly feared by people. Let’s get to know them! Introduction to Crane Flies Crane Flies are a great way to illustrate the diversity of [...]

2022-07-11T18:43:41-04:00July 11, 2022|

Beaks and Bugs

Wait—are those birds carrying army pocketknives around??? Well, sort of. Birds don’t need to snatch our knives because they’ve got multi-tool knives built right into their bodies: their beaks. Birds’ beaks differ greatly depending on what they eat, but [...]

2022-06-21T14:17:50-04:00June 17, 2022|

Birds Have A Problem: Huge, Dirty Feet

Birds are affected by our “carbon footprints” —the amount of carbon pollution we put into the air through our energy and lifestyle choices. Carbon traps the sun’s heat around the Earth like a blanket.  An overheated Earth has [...]

2022-06-28T09:49:00-04:00June 9, 2022|

Composting for Birds

Beautiful goldfinches with their lovely black wings are abundant now!  Did you know there’s another kind of “black gold” that YOU can create, and that it helps birds? “Black gold” comes from compositing—the natural way of recycling leaves, [...]

2022-06-28T09:14:34-04:00June 9, 2022|

Flying and Cleaning

Our erratic climate can be disastrous for migrating birds.  Although scientists observe many birds adapting to climate change, “false springs” sometimes lure birds to migrate too early—followed by sudden, fatal “cold snaps” in the weather along their routes. [...]

2022-06-28T09:37:59-04:00June 9, 2022|

Love Bugs – Love Birds!

Do you love Birds?  And humans?  Then love a Bug! We don’t have lovebugs in Pennsylvania (they live down south), but we can all LOVE BUGS!  Here’s why: Bugs feed birds, reptiles, amphibians, [...]

2022-06-28T09:45:34-04:00June 9, 2022|

The Big Bucket Mosquito Solution: Just Dunk It!

Wren babies begging for food; Printed with permission from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Hidden in bushes and trees all over our region, parent songbirds will soon be feeding adorable little hatchlings.  The babies have fragile throats, [...]

2022-06-09T16:13:02-04:00June 9, 2022|

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