It was a quality over quantity kind of season for banding Northern Saw-whet Owls this fall. While banders in North and South Dakota caught fewer owls per night, they recovered a total of 10 owls, or birds banded at another station or during a different season. Where were the owls first banded, and when? Read this post to find out (hint: one was first banded about 1,300 miles east!).
Did you know that a turkey gizzard can crush an object normally requiring 400 pounds per square inch of pressure? Or that native wild turkeys were almost hunted to extinction in Colorado? David Menough, owner of Wild Bird Unlimited of Arvada, writes about this "vain and silly" bird as we approach Turkey Day. Gobble, gobble.
"Another nest has failed." This is the recurring news that technicians monitoring Aplomado Falcons in Chihuahua, Mexico, have reported over the last 18 years. Private Lands Wildlife Biologists Roberto Rodríguez and Pedro Calderón report from Chihuahua on last season's monitoring of this iconic grassland species and efforts to conserve its dwindling habitat there.
While winter won't officially arrive until December, it's already snowed here in Colorado and temperatures are routinely dropping below freezing at night. David Menough, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited of Arvada, offers tips on helping our avian amigos stay warm and toasty during the frigid, frosty winter ahead.
Whew! The dust has finally settled after another fun BBQ for the Birds. Held Oct. 5 at the Old Stone House in Brighton, Colorado, the event was an opportunity for Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory to thank its members and raise funds for conservation and education programs.
Now that fall is upon us in the Rockies, RMBO biologists and technicians are finishing proofing data gathered this summer under the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program. It’s not glamorous, but with proofing data comes the confirmation of cool new species for the program. Biologist Nick Van Lanen reports on the summer field season and species detected for the first time during IMBCR surveys.
How many mosquitoes can a little brown bat eat in an hour? Do bats really get caught in people’s hair? Educator Maggie Vinson answers these questions in her write-up of the WILD About Bats workshop, held earlier this summer to inform citizens and educators about this diverse and ecologically important suite of mammals.