Birding at the Verde Valley Nature Festival

Birding at the Verde Valley Nature Festival

This past week was the annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival in Cottonwood at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. The weather was cool for late April, but I have to admit it was the best weather we have enjoyed at this event in all the years I have attended. On...
Migration season provides birdwatching opportunities

Migration season provides birdwatching opportunities

Did you know that May is International Migratory Bird Month? Over the next few weeks, millions and millions of birds will be on the move as they fly from their winter range to their summer range. In the process of migrating, many of these species pass through the...
Questions and answers on spring bird activity  Details

Questions and answers on spring bird activity Details

Spring is in the air, and with spring comes a barrage of phone calls. Today’s column will address some commonly asked questions we field here at the bird store. Question: What is the correct recipe for making hummingbird food? Answer: The recommendation is to...
Get Out and Get Into It’ at nature event this weekend

Get Out and Get Into It’ at nature event this weekend

Last Saturday was one of those times when Mother Nature played a trick on us – the 2011 Birding Spree kick-off event was canceled due to snow. While the cancellation was disappointing, I am grateful for the snow that fell this past weekend. I am always of the...
Look up! Birdwatching events in full flight

Look up! Birdwatching events in full flight

April is such a great time for bird watching in the central highlands of Arizona. Spring migration will be kicking into high gear by mid-month and some of North America’s most beautiful migratory songbirds will begin to appear at seed, suet and nectar feeders....
Many birding opportunities in Wickenburg

Many birding opportunities in Wickenburg

I was in Wickenburg last week leading a bird-watching trip for Northern Arizona University’s Road Scholar program (formerly known as Elderhostel). The title for the Wickenburg program is “Cactus Wrens to Vermilion Flycatchers: Birding in the Desert.”...