Category Archives: Conservation

BBS – Second Impression

When I started birding I often heard from people who have birded much longer than me about the impact modern farming has had on birds. But I didn’t really understand until I ran my two rural BBS (Breeding Bird Survey) routes. The … Continue reading

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Breeding Bird Survey – First Impression

I ran my first BBS (Breeding Bird Survey) last Sunday. And I came away with mixed feelings. Mainly positive but still something seemed off. First, here is a description of a BBS from the Breeding Bird Survey webpage. “Each survey … Continue reading

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A Quest My Good Man

I think I have been very good not using Monty Python references in this blog. If you are even a small fan of Monty Python you know you can reference anything to their skits. Today though I say the heck … Continue reading

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BBS – Sign Up Now

Recently on IN-Bird Amy Kearns requested volunteers for the open routes of the Indiana Breeding Bird Survey (BBS). I have always wanted to run one but the time of year usually conflicted with family vacations. Plus I thought we were going … Continue reading

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Besides the Rusty, Another Endangered Species to Check

I’m sure you’ve recently seen postings about the annual Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz. The Blitz encourages people to count Rusty Blackbirds which are in severe decline nationwide. Even a recording of zero is okay as it shows that people … Continue reading

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Endangered Species Lists – Local to Global

Over the last few posts I’ve covered some topics related to our locally threatened species. I referenced H. David Bohlen’s study of the birds of Sangamon County IL for 40 years and then compared his results to a list of local birds over 30 years. But … Continue reading

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Observations on Local Species Loss Over 30 Years

Recently I presented H. David Bohlen’s A Study of the Birds of Sangamon County, Illinois 1970–2010.  In it he reviews his 40 year survey of birds of the Springfield, IL area.  If you haven’t read it please go back and read … Continue reading

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More Local Habitat Loss

Previously I reviewed H. David Bohlen’s A Study of the Birds of Sangamon County, Illinois 1970–2010. In it he shares his conclusions on monitoring birds in Springfield IL over the last 40 years. One of his main points is the loss … Continue reading

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Review: A Study of the Birds of Sangamon County, Illinois 1970–2010

Previously I discussed the decision of the IUNC of moving the Turtle Dove from vulnerable to extinction in the mid-term and how it got me thinking about which of our Midwest birds might be endangered. And when it comes to reading on-line articles I hardly ever … Continue reading

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“What if there were 100,000’s?”

This has been bothering me for sometime. I go out and watch birds. I record my results in eBird. I participate in Christmas Bird Counts and Big May Day Counts. I helped plant trees at an Audubon site back in … Continue reading

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