About The Great Backyard Bird Count in the Year of the Bird!

Do you want to know about the Great Backyard Bird Count? Would you like to find out why it is important? Join us on Tuesday February 13th at 7:00pm to learn about and prepare for the bird count that takes place from February 16-19th. Kate Pratt from the Audubon Center at Bent of the River will help us understand just how important this is to the future of birds in our area. This event is free and open to the public. To save a spot, click HERE.

*How is the information from the GBBC used?
Bird populations are constantly changing. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to keep track of the complicated patterns of movement of species around the world. The information from GBBC participants, combined with other surveys, helps scientists learn how birds are affected by environmental changes.  Read more…

Two great articles in the News Times by Robert Miller helped give background on the movement to help our bird friends. One article is on the Bird Count and the other discusses how birds and other animals manage to survive in cold weather.

Also, it is the Year of the Bird according to National Geographic Society! We are all-in to celebrate birds….or Byrds….:-)

We will have related books in stock for the event. Light refreshments served.

The Genius of Birds

By Jennifer Ackerman. An award-winning, science, nature and human biology writer explores recent research indicating that birds are much more intelligent than previously thought and are capable of deceiving and manipulating, eavesdropping, gift-giving, playing, sharing and much more.

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The Birds Of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and Endangered

Birds of PBy Michele Raffin

 “A DELIGHTFUL ACCOUNT. It’s appeal is ageless, Raffin’s descriptions are riveting, and her devotion to the birds is remarkable.” –Joanna Burger, author of “The Parrot Who Owns Me” “A fascinating and rarely seen glimpse behind the scenes. The joy Raffin gets from her close relationships with these amazing animals and her outsize commitment to them comes through loud and clear in this engaging and joyful book.” –Dominick Dorsa, Curator of Birds, San Francisco Zoo “Reading this wonderful book, one cannot help but realize how much intelligence and beauty there is throughout the bird world. The birds are Michele Raffin’s teachers, awakening a deep sense of commitment to caring for our collective future . . . This book is about reconnecting with the nature of birds, and the nature of ourselves.” –Jon Young, author of “What the Robin Knows”

 

Latin for Bird Lovers

Latin Latin for Bird Lovers: Over 3,000 Bird Names Explored and Explained by Roger Lederer & Carol Burr

In every scientific discipline there is an official language formed of words derived from Latin. Ornithology is a perfect example of how these words can be illuminating. Take “Anas acuta,” better known as the Northern Pintail, whose scientific name means duck and refers to the male bird’s tail. Or pelagic (meaning of, related to, or occurring in sea), an important term for ocean-focused bird lovers. Latin for Bird Lovers explores and explains over 3,000 Latin words used to describe birds. It is information that is invaluable to birdwatchers worldwide: the words help define the identity and relationships among the nearly 10,000 known bird species; they can also define the species names by color, pattern, and size, help identify parts of the body, refer to the name of the ornithologist who discovered the bird, show where the bird is found, and even detail a specific behavior. The book also profiles twelve great ornithologists, has in-depth features on 20 beloved birds, and is gorgeously illustrated. Latin for Bird Lovers is for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and anyone interested in the words about birds.

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