Kids can do the Great Backyard Bird Count for 2014

January 26, 2014

Kids can count the birds in the backyard! The Great Backyard Bird Count is to be held February 14–17, 2014. Anyone anywhere in the world can count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org. This would be a great classroom or family activity! Here is an instructional video all about what you would need to do from the website of the GBBC (Great Backyard Bird Count). Here’s How to Participate. Here’s GBBC for Kids!

News Release:
January 16, 2014
New York, New York
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, bird watchers from more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 14–17, 2014. Anyone anywhere in the world can count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at http://www.BirdCount.org. The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track the health of bird populations at a scale that would not otherwise be possible. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada.

“People who care about birds can change the world,” said Audubon chief scientist Gary Langham. “Technology has made it possible for people everywhere to unite around a shared love of birds and a commitment to protecting them.”

In North America, GBBC participants will add their data to help define the magnitude of a dramatic irruption of magnificent Snowy Owls. Bird watchers will also be on the lookout for the invasive Eurasian Collared-Dove to see if it has expanded its range again. GBBC observations may help show whether or not numbers of American Crows will continue to rebound after being hit hard by the West Nile virus and whether more insect-eating species are showing up in new areas, possibly because of changing climate.

Last year’s Great Backyard Bird Count shattered records after going global for the first time, thanks to integration with the eBird online checklist program launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab and Audubon. Participants reported their bird sightings from all 7 continents, including 111 countries and independent territories. More than 34.5 million birds and 3,610 species were recorded—nearly one-third of the world’s total bird species documented in just four days.

“This is a milestone for citizen science in so many respects—number of species, diversity of countries involved, total participants, and number of individual birds recorded. We hope this is just the start of something far larger, engaging the whole world in creating a detailed annual snapshot of how all our planet’s birds are faring as the years go by,” said Cornell Lab director Dr. John Fitzpatrick.

“Canadian participation in the Great Backyard Bird Count has increased tremendously in recent years, and it’s wonderful to see this program growing globally,” said Bird Studies Canada President Dr. George Finney. “The count is introducing unprecedented numbers of people to the exciting field of bird watching.”

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and make a difference for birds. It’s free and easy. To learn more about how to join the count visit http://www.birdcount.org and view the winning photos from the 2013 GBBC photo contest.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is made possible in part by sponsor Wild Birds Unlimited.

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Grandpa Ron and I had a Red-tailed Hawk perch on the wall outside a window. I captured 2 pictures of it before he had enough of me and flew off.


… and we always have quail, unless they are hiding…


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Baby Quail Photos

July 31, 2012

Here are some quail family photos as they gather to run across the patio!

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Lone Dolphin Is No Longer in Bolsa Chica Wetlands

May 6, 2012

The lone dolphin is no longer in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands – according to the latest post I found at ABC7. I hope it is safe! The Orange County Register article just notes that it hasn’t been seen since Friday….

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Dolphins in Huntington Harbor & Bolsa Chica Wetlands!

May 2, 2012

While we were zipping up and down Pacific Coast Highway on the way to work-out and back, Grandpa Ron and I wondered what all the people were doing standing around the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. So I googled “What are people looking at in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands?” AND Google told me! How sad that other dolphins might be bullying this poor dolphin! This link has several videos about the dolphins.

NBC LA Dolphin Story

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Sun Spots, Solar Flares, Aurora Borealis and …

March 11, 2012

Have those of you in the ‘northern’ states tried to see any aurora borealis from the sun flares (specifically Sunspot AR1429) happening lately? Northern Lights were spotted in the United States as far south as the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Wyoming, Illinois, Montana, and Kansas. Goddard Space Weather Lab is sharing some very interesting interactive information on What’s up in Space?? There are photos there from each of the states mentioned. The Oregon one is from Beaverton, Cyndi!

‘What ifs’ for solar flares are discussed in the National Geographic News.

For ‘solar’ music and super photos, check out AuroraBorealisPage. The main page is here and it is well worth your time to checkout the totally awesome photos and videos available. Several webcams are here. Awesome video if you have a Facebook account is at ArticLightPhoto which I ‘liked’ separately for its awesome display!

Ole Salomonsen also has the video and more beautiful aurora borealis photos posted on Flicker here where there are also many more contributors to the Northern Lights group. LoneStarNorth posted recent Minnesota Northern Light photos there as well.

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Grunion Run of 2012 – 8 pm Program at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Tonight!

March 10, 2012

The Grunion Run of 2012 has started! – If you can make it, it would be fun to attend the 8 pm Program at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, CA, for their Meet the Grunion Program followed by a visit to the beach to see these little fish for yourself! Here is more information about the program at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

What is a Grunion Run????? Grunions are little fish only found along the Southern California Coast and northern Baja California. There are all kinds of jokes about going to see the Grunion Run along various CA beaches because it happens late at night.

Here is a video from National Geographic:

Fish "Walks" on Beach to Spawn.

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Autumn Colors – Trees, Grasses and Snowy Mountains

November 6, 2011

Our favorite road between Los Angeles and Reno is 395. We never tire of the beauty. White-out blizzard conditions we’ll attempt to bypass but the dazzling white snowy landscapes are so beautiful afterwards! This last October we experienced beautiful colors! Most of all I love the first section of the road between Bridgeport and Mono Lake (Conway Summit) that I’m sharing with you – especially in the Fall. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do!

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