Birds Are in Trouble. Here’s How You Can Help.

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A recent State of the Birds report and Science article reveal that North America has lost nearly 3 billion breeding birds since 1970 – that’s a staggering 29 percent of all birds!

The results show tremendous losses across diverse groups of birds and habitats. However, the news is not all bad. Some bird populations, like waterfowl and raptors, have been improving due to dedicated efforts to understanding the problems and by developing science-based solutions. When we invest in wildlife, gains are made.

Infographic by Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Among the steep continental declines are Eastern forest birds — 63 percent of species are declining, resulting in a loss of 166 million forest birds. One of those species, the wood thrush, is widespread throughout Pennsylvania and its beautifulsong forms the soundtrack of Penn’s Woods.

In fact, Pennsylvania is home to more than 8 percent of the global population, yet it…

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Ten Most Forgotten Archery Hunting Items

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We’re getting really close to the statewide deer archery season opener, which takes place this Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019! It’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to need to have in your backpack before you head into the woods.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Shooting Sports Outreach Coordinator Todd Holmes shared ten of the most forgotten items bowhunters can easily forget to have with them while hunting.

Make a list and be sure to not forget the following things:

  1. Current Pennsylvania Hunting License. Make sure you have your current year’s hunting license signed and all your tags.Be sure to remove all last year’s tags as well.
  2. Good Pen.You will need one of these to fill out your tag if your hunt is successful. Also, remember to have a way to attach the tag to the animal, such as a zip tie or piece of string.
  3. Flash Light with Good…

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Bird Watching Adventure: Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge

Freyja's Feathers

On August 18th, my friend E and I ventured to the Eastern Shore of Virginia for a bird watching adventure. Our first stop was at Kiptopeke State Park before continuing to Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge and then the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Overlook. I discussed our adventure at Kiptopeke in a previous blog post found here, but there was plenty of fun to be had at our last two stops.

We started bird watching at Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge at 12:35 PM, and it was hot. We were not expecting to see too many birds. Fortunately, we managed to spot 21 species on the Butterfly and Wildlife Trails. Northern Cardinals and Turkey Vultures made up the majority of the individuals, but we were able to see a lot of wading bird species, including White Ibis at the Marsh Overlook. I am always excited…

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Study group magic

Bonsai Iterate

This summer I decided to join a study group set to meet with bonsai artist Sergio Cuan multiple times per year. We do our best to bring at least some trees back each time to make progress in their development with consistent support from the study group artist.

Willow leaf oak, summer 2018

One of the trees I worked on in June is this willow leaf oak, Quercus phellos, I had collected in 2017. After analyzing the tree, Sergio made the quick sketch, shown below, and we wired the primary branches.

At that time in the middle of the growing season, it was recommended that I wrap the wires to prevent damaging the thin bark on young branches. I didn’t have appropriate materials with me to wrap the wires, but we managed by wrapping with strips of paper towel. It wasn’t pretty, but it did the job.

Willow leaf…

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