Spring is right around the corner. If you'd like to share the beauty of this miraculous time of year with your family, now is the time to get your birdhouses ready. Birds begin looking for suitable nesting sites now. David Menough, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited of Arvada, offers do's and don'ts for selecting the right birdhouse.
The Chihuahuan Desert grasslands of northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S. are the principal wintering grounds for 90% of grassland bird species breeding in the western Great Plains of North America. Species such as Baird's Sparrows, Chestnut-collared Longspurs and Sprague's Pipits, which rely on this region during the winter, have declined by upwards of 80% since the 1960s. Results from Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and cooperators' research shed light as to why these birds are declining and emphasize that unless immediate action is taken, forecasts are dire.
They wake us with gentle melodies each morning. They entertain us with their aerobatic antics. They open our children's eyes to the wonders of nature. David Menough, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited of Arvada, offers tips on what you can do to show the birds how much they mean to you.
The field season is under way in northern Mexico, where RMBO and partners are studying the winter survival and habitat use of Baird's and Grasshopper Sparrows in the Chihuahuan Desert grasslands. Writing from Chihuahua, biologist Erin Strasser shares an update on capturing and tracking sparrows, insights gained so far this season and stunning photos from the field.
Encroachment of coniferous trees such as juniper can noticeably alter sagebrush ecosystems and, in turn, habitat quality for wildlife. Range Conservationist Brandon Elkins writes about a project to remove juniper trees in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming to benefit sage-grouse and other wildlife.
Despite sub-freezing temperatures and driving snow, 38 volunteers took part in this year's Christmas Bird Count at Barr Lake. Count compiler Chuck Hundertmark offers a report on species observed that day, including a few rarities for Barr Lake.
To kick off the New Year, RMBO hosted its second annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids at Barr Lake. Educator Tyler Edmondson recounts the spectacular day of birding and highlights the species observed by budding young birders.