Mabita Research Station, Honduras during June 1014

May Nothing Evil Cross this Door

A house constructed by parrot conservationists in Honduras builds hope for those near and far. Come celebrate the grand opening of this house by viewing these pictures with the words of the song, “May Nothing Evil Cross This Door.”

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Parrot counting site on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

The Loros of Ometepe – Spring Count 2014

We finished our first biannual Amazon parrot count of Ometepe Island – 873 yellow-naped and red-lored Amazons. This seems like enough birds for a sustainable population, but it is too early to tell what threats they may face. Come help us out while enjoying the beauty of this island!

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Be Birdy with eBird

Be Birdy with eBird

Once when I was an undergraduate I dreamed of a career in birds in which I had helped set up a huge data base of bird observations. Run by computers (which were nearly unheard of except in the hard–to-get-into-computer labs) people could see at a glance where birds were located around the globe. When I […]

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Great Albatross News

Great Albatross News – Getting the Lead Out on Midway Atoll

In July, 2011 I wrote of the devastating impacts of lead based paint on Midway Atoll that could be killing up to 10,000 albatross a year.  It’s been frustrating for many that we as citizens and as citizen scientists have not had the political will to petition our government through the USFWS to clean up […]

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Parrots Count

I live in a region in the United States  where there are thousands of feral or naturalized parrots: Florida.  I mourn that the native parrot, the Carolina Parakeet, is long gone from here.  I have mixed thoughts of the presence of nonnative birds, but this doesn’t mean that I don’t delight when I hear a charming […]

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Citizen Scientists on the Sparrow Line

My very first Christmas Bird Count occurred in 1978, and it was my last until this past Sunday.  Something always seemed to come up: work, travel, other obligations. Maybe it was because that first count was so miserable;  I had a hangover and was out all day in the cold and rain.  Not wanting to […]

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