Becoming an Ornithologist

[caption id="attachment_8280" align="alignleft" width="344"] The Ornithologist from Ornithology.com[/caption] I get regular inquiries from high school students, their parents, college students, and older folks looking for a new career, wanting to know how to get into the field of ornithology. Without reiterating everything I have already posted on Ornithology.com about careers which…

Hummingbirds

  [caption id="attachment_8903" align="alignleft" width="579"] Violet Saberwing Hummingbird, Campylopterus hemileucurus, [/caption] East of the Mississippi there is one species of hummingbird. West of the Mississippi you may find six or seven species of hummers. It takes a bit of knowledge to tell them apart, especially the females and immatures. That challenge…

Birding the Mekong

A few years ago I took a bicycle, boat, and birding trip up the Mekong River through Vietnam and Cambodia, poor countries with very wet and tropical environments inhabited by friendly people. The per capita income is about $1000 per year, and young children are evident everywhere. Vietnam is a…

Bird Feeder Time

From spring to fall there is enough natural food around that birds don’t seek feeders. As winter approaches and natural food becomes less abundant, bird feeders become appealing. There aren’t many special tricks to attract birds to feeders, but here are some suggestions to help attract the most birds of…

Cats and Birds

There are more than 90 million pet cats in the U.S., the majority of which roam outside at least part of the time. In addition, millions of stray and feral cats roam our cities, suburbs, and rural areas. So how much of a problem are these feline predators to our…