In this issue: View the 114th Christmas Bird Count Results, How Drought Affects Bird Populations in Texas, eBird, and more.

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August 2014

 

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Hummingbirds at Home: Summer 2014

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View the 114th Christmas Bird Count Results

Snowy Owl | Fi Rust

Snowy Owl (Fi Rust)

Compilers across the country have sent in their data and regional summaries from the 114th Christmas Bird Count.

Every year, from mid-December to early January, thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas brave inclement weather and pre-dawn jaunts to gather data for the CBC, the largest and longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations. Read the regional summaries and explore the data here→

 
Searching for Food | Brent Ortego

Searching for Food (Brent Ortego)

How Drought Affects Bird Populations in Texas

Many obvious social and economic impacts are associated with localized drought, but the effects on bird communities are nuanced. Texas CBC compiler and regional editor Brent Ortego compared CBC data from the four most recent non-drought years to the four most recent drought years to determine potential correlations between drought and bird numbers in his home state. Read more→

Gray Jays | Réjean Turgeon, GBBC  style=

Gray Jays (Réjean Turgeon, GBBC)

eBird Makes Backyard Bird Counting Easy

The integration of the GBBC and eBird makes it easy to submit and track bird observations any time of year. New tools make data visualizations a snap, and bird alerts will notify you automatically if a rare bird has been sighted in your area. Learn more about how the GBBC and eBird work together→

Costa's Hummingbird | Nathan Rupert, Flickr Creative Commons

Costa's Hummingbird (Nathan Rupert, Flickr Creative Commons)

Helping Hummingbirds in Arizona

Thirteen species of hummingbird visit Arizona during the year. It is relatively easy to draw these tiny dynamos to homes and gardens simply by planting the right native shrubs and trees, and by providing fresh water in an area safe from predators. Twenty volunteers recently planted hummingbird-friendly plants in the new wildlife garden at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, located in Phoenix, with just that goal in mind. Find hummingbird-friendly foliage and learn more about the wildlife garden→

Eric Kilby | Flickr Creative Commons

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Eric Kilby, Flickr Creative Commons)

The Magic of Migration

Migration is one of the most intriguing bird behaviors. For Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, fall migration begins in August after the new broods have fledged and when natural food sources are at their peak. Read about how hummingbirds prepare for their arduous journeys during migrations to both their breeding and wintering grounds, and how to give them a bit of help for the trip→

Getting Started

Watch Young Ospreys Learn to Fly

Osprey in Flight | John Wachter/Audubon Photo Awards

Osprey in Flight (John Wachter, Audubon Photo Awards)

Ospreys nest and raise their young on high platforms and ledges, usually well away from the prying eyes of curious humans. But you can observe one Osprey family’s daily activities with Audubon and Explore.org's Osprey camera. Follow the progress of the growing fledglings as they stretch their wings and learn to fly in preparation for their journey southward in fall. Watch Now→

Additional Resources

Design a Hummingbird-Friendly Garden

Where Did All the Hummingbirds Go?

How Satellite Transmitters Help Scientists Understand Bird Movements

Participate in the Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation Program

Improve your seabird identification skills and help restore habitat on seabird nesting sites at Hog Island, Maine, September 7-12. Learn more→

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