Is Feeding Birds “For the Birds”?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | March 15th, 2010 | 9 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Antarctica, bird feeders, bird seed, bird watching, cleaning bird feeders, climate change, environment, evolution, global-warming, migration, Newfoundland, planting trees

Birds in Newfoundland

One in five Americans considers himself or herself a “bird watcher,” according to a report published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last summer. Going by the report’s guidelines, in order to qualify as a “bird watcher,” you either had to have taken a trip one mile or more away from home for the primary purpose of watching birds, or you had to have closely observed birds around your house. If you mostly spotted birds passively — while mowing the yard, for example, or while at a zoo — you would not be counted as a “bird watcher.”

Five Billion Birds on the Wing: Where to Watch Autumn Migrations

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | November 5th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: autumn, bird watching, birds, migration


As I hiked with my dog through prairie open space on a recent morning, we were both captivated by the wild creatures around us. In his case, it was the prairie dog colony; in mine, a long V of geese honking overhead. The swallows have left, and I haven’t heard a meadowlark since early September.