Who Watches Birds?

[caption id="attachment_6512" align="alignleft" width="182"] Watching birds[/caption] A new report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reveals that about one in five Americans watches birds. There are about 48 million birders; of those 48 million, 42 million bird around the house, while 20 million bird around the house and…

More on Bird Names

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"]Last blog I talked about the use of bird names and that we in the U.S. use common names. Where did these names come from? Some are obvious – the Acorn Woodpecker stores acorns in trees and the Yellow Warbler is, guess what color? The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher…

What’s in a (Birds) Name?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text disable_pattern="true" align="left" margin_bottom="0"]What’s in a name? All animals and plants have official scientific names, established by international committees such as the IOC Bird List. Many plants and animals have common names as well. The problem with common names is that they vary by region so that one animal might…