Latin for Birdwatchers

[caption id="attachment_9577" align="alignleft" width="317"] Timber Press[/caption] My wife and I wrote a book on birds. This one was a bit more challenging than others I have written. It’s called “Latin for Birdwatchers.” Nunc hoc in marmore non est incisum … Like every scientific discipline and related endeavors, there are many words derived…
  A few years ago I visited  Kamchatka, a peninsula in far eastern Russia, 2000 miles across the Bering Strait from Anchorage, Alaska. In recent years this area has become a destination for fishermen from around the world because of the number of rivers and the abundance of fish, mostly…

Hummingbird Red

I get called or e-mailed once in awhile because someone has the problem of hummingbirds getting trapped in their garage. It happened to me a couple of times before I figured it out. If you have an electronic garage door opener, it has a safety pull which you can pull…

Migration TIme Again

  The birds of the north are moving to their winter headquarters in more hospitable parts of the hemisphere like the southern and southwest U.S., valleys and coastlines, all the way down to parts of South America. They move south in the winter to escape the cold that will soon…

Tweety Birds

  California changed the name of its Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Some hunters and sports store owners were opposed to this, because they fear that the Humane Society will have influence and that the department will care more about “tweety birds.” Well, I think…

First, Do No Harm

Birds, songbirds as well as all others, have a tough time surviving. See my latest book, Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs for fascinating details. Science can help save many birds but it's hard to protect them against the idiotic behavior of some of our human species. I read in the…

Bird Walks for Everybody

I have led hundreds of bird walks. It’s rewarding to me to tell people about birds, how to identify them and some interesting life stories about them. It’s a real pleasure to see kids get a kick out of identifying birds because it gives me hope that they might become…

Hanging Vultures

HANGING VULTURES Residents of one Bridgewater, New Jersey neighborhood counted at least 100 Black Vultures roosting in a group of pine trees, leaving behind foul-smelling and acidic droppings on lawns and roofs. So the neighbors chipped in and tried to hire a wildlife specialist from the United States Department of…