Interior vs. coastal bird species

This past week my wife and I made a trip over to California to spend time with family.  While there, I took the opportunity to go birding early each morning, and even squeezed in additional birding as time permitted.  I spent time birding at Tri-City Park and along...
Birding: How you can help wild birds

Birding: How you can help wild birds

Last week, a report was published in Science Magazine detailing the decline in the number of birds in North America. It is estimated that there are close to three billion fewer birds now than there were in 1970. This means that approximately 29% of the entire bird...
Specialty birds of southeastern Arizona

Specialty birds of southeastern Arizona

I had an amazing time this past week at the Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival. Their motto is “The greatest little birding and nature festival in the United States,” and I have to admit—it is a great festival!   The festival is based in Sierra Vista, Arizona...
Birding: Why birds migrate

Birding: Why birds migrate

Over the last few weeks, I have written several columns on topics related to migration. However, it has occurred to me that I haven’t really addressed the subject of why birds migrate in the fall. Most people would probably assume that birds leave the northern...
Birding: ‘Tis the season for caching food

Birding: ‘Tis the season for caching food

I don’t know if you witness the same behavior in your yard each year, but during the summer months I rarely see any scrub jays.  However—almost as if they can read the calendar—when it gets to be September, I start seeing a lot of scrub jay activity in my yard.  Jays...
The hazards of glue boards

The hazards of glue boards

From time to time I have used glue boards in my garage to control field mice. While glue boards are not necessarily very humane, they are highly effective at catching anything that comes in contact with the sticky surface. Earlier this week I had an interesting...