Snakes and Birds

[caption id="attachment_10317" align="alignleft" width="365"] Mrs Ornithologist with Gopher Snake[/caption] My wife visited her two horses at the stable where they are kept and found two large gopher snakes in the rafters of the barn. One had a nestling House Sparrow in its jaws. The snakes were transported away and released…

Farm Birds Disappearing

[caption id="attachment_10302" align="alignleft" width="459"] House Sparrow[/caption] Since 1977, House Sparrow populations have declined by 67 percent in Great Britain. Once a very common bird, the mystery of their disappearance has apparently been solved: a lack of insects. Disappearance of habitats, pesticides, and the conversion of gardens into parkin spaces have…

Earth Day

[caption id="attachment_10296" align="alignleft" width="549"] Kirtland's Warbler[/caption] Last week was the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. I attended the first Environmental Teach-In in 1970 at the University of Michigan, a month before the first Earth Day on April 22nd. I saw Gaylord Nelson and Gordon Lightfoot there and attended lectures at even…