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Thoughts for Beginning Birders

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Barn Owl


Just thought I would post a few thoughts for the ever burgeoning group of people joining the ranks of birdwatching.






Malachite Kingfisher, Perching, Botswana Photographic Print

Robles Gil


24 in. x 18 in.

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The foundation for all modern birdwatching is the field mark system originally conceived by the "father of modern birding", Roger Tory Peterson. It revolves around the concept that each bird has unique features that can be used to identify it. Peterson also introduced the idea of shape as a good first indicator of species identity.In his initial version of Field Guide to the Birds of North America he put silhouettes of birds on the inside cover as a means of illustrating this idea. So in summary, field marks form the basis for the identification of birds. But there is more to the story.....







Male Painted Bunting, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA Premium Photographic Print

Jones, Adam


40 in. x 30 in.

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Strikingly Beautiful Birds - Lorikeets

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Citizen Scientists - Helping Bird Conservation Immensely

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There was an interesting article in the local paper recently entitled "Citizen Scientists at Work" (Seely, 2009). Early on in the piece the author made a statement that was intriguing news to me:

"He's part of a little-heralded but significant movement in natural resource managment that is worth noting on this Earth Day - the rise of the citizen scientist."

What an interesting development!






Shadowed Meadows, Sunlit Pines Outdoor Art

Friedman, Jon R.


24 in. x 24 in.

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As a way of backing up this supposition, the author goes on to quote a State of Wisconsin employee who coordinates citizen based monitoring programs for the Dept. of Natural Resources, Loren Ayers: "Thousands of volunteers are now helping natural resource agencies and organizations in Wisconsin and around the country to keep an eye on everything from wildlife populations to water and air quality. The surge in interest in such volunteer opportunities has been matched by a growing wi…

Birding the Oregon Coast

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A Scenic View of the Oregon Coast at Samuel H. Boardman State Park Photographic Print

Schermeister,...


64 in. x 48 in.

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I grew up and currently reside in Wisconsin, but from 1990-94, I lived in Corvallis, Oregon . It is in the Williamette Valley about an hour inland from the Pacific coast. I used to make frequent day trips over to the coast on the weekends to hike, bird, and ride my bicycle. So I had seen bits and pieces of the Oregon coast, and since I liked what I saw so well, in April, 1993 I decided to take a trip along the entire coast from border to border. I am truly glad that I did that because it was a marvelous experience, filled with gorgeous scenery and some good birding, including a dozen life listers.

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Cow Parsnip Flowering on Cape Blanco Coast, Port Orford, Oregon Photographic Print

Cummins, Richard


16 in. x 12 in.

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I started my trip by driving up the Williamette Valley to Portland and t…

Owl Art Prints and Photos

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Strikingly Beautiful Birds - Scarlet Tanager

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Scarlet Tanager Giclee Print

Butler, Arthur G.


9 in. x 12 in.

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Here is a bird that continues to stun me with its beauty year after year.






Scarlet Tanager Art Print

Savage, Patricia


8.75 in. x 11.75 in.

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I love to see it in the spring, with its vivid scarlet color against the new green of the spring foliage.






Male Scarlet Tanager Photographic Print

Jones, Adam


24 in. x 18 in.

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I have found a place - a wonderful oasis of nature in the midst of an urban landscape - where I have seen this bird in May, the last two years running. Last year, I even spotted the green female there, so perhaps they are nesting in this area. I look forward to checking this out again this coming May. What a pleasure it will be to see this bird again. It just adds to the joy of spring!






Louisiana Tanager and Scarlet Tanager Stretched Canvas Print

Audubon, John James


16.515 in. x 21.75 in.

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