How to Increase Backyard Biodiversity

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How to Increase Backyard Biodiversity

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
This is an extremely exciting time of year, with spring migrants arriving and moving through the region as blooms and bugs soar in numbers. Something that I often notice during this time of year, is that some of the birds I am most thrilled to see are not necessarily feeder birds. Meaning, that the…

Why You Should Start a Yard Bird List

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Why You Should Start a Yard Bird List

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Spring is a very exciting time of year for backyard birding and if lockdown had to happen, we couldn't have asked for a better time for it! We may be noticing some different birds in our yards that we hadn't had the chance to observe before simply because we didn't have the opportunity …

The Morning Chorus: Explained

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Morning Chorus: Explained

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
We are now in the thick of bird courtship, which means that each morning we are able to wake up to the beautiful sound of birds singing. Often referred to as the "morning chorus" or "dawn chorus", it is surely a beautiful reminder of all that is coming to life during this time o…

Spring Sparrows: Who's Who?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Spring Sparrows: Who's Who?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Sparrow identification is one of the most difficult tasks each birdwatcher faces. Even experienced birders can find themselves flip-flopping between species and second-guessing themselves. This is because sparrows are quick, active, have similar mannerisms to one another, and are typically some va…

Birding for Beginners: Solace During Social Distancing

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Birding for Beginners: Solace During Social Distancing

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
It has been over a month since we have had to keep our distance from other people. Socially distancing can be difficult, we are all spending less time with our loved ones and feeling the effects of isolation. Not surprisingly, birds have provided a lot of comfort during this time. Not only is bird …

Lifers, Bins, & Twitchers: A Guide to Birdwatching Lingo

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Lifers, Bins, & Twitchers: A Guide to Birdwatching Lingo

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Have you ever noticed in birdwatching groups that some of the words and terms people throw around sound like secretly coded messages? That's because they kind of are. Coded-messages to other members of the birding community. The birdwatching community has its own unique set of words, phrases, a…

Light in the Dark: The Return of Orioles

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Light in the Dark: The Return of Orioles

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
The weather has finally been catching up with the season and it is feeling a lot like spring these days. Considering that for the most part, we are all spending all of our time at home during current social distancing measures, it is a great time to really delve into creating backyard biodiversity…

Springtime Backyard Birding: Our Top 10 Feeders

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Springtime Backyard Birding: Our Top 10 Feeders

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Spring has arrived, and with it has come spring migrants! So far throughout the region, we have seen a number of species such as Common Grackles, Red-winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrows, Purple Finches, and even Yellow-rumped Warblers, all returning to our feeders for much-needed nourishment after the…

Cleaning Up Our Messes: Opossums to the Rescue

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Cleaning Up Our Messes: Opossums to the Rescue

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Opossums, sometimes  referred to as "possums" are a very unique animal. Visually, they are very unlike other wildlife we are accustomed to seeing around. They are also the only marsupial native to North America. This means that they carry their young in a pouch, once the young are larger …