Five Quick Questions and Find Out Which Bird You Saw
Merlin Bird ID - available for iOS devices and just released for
Android - is a revolutionary new app for identifying common birds of North
America. What's so revolutionary?
- It asks you
five simple questions about the bird you saw and then gives you a
short list of the most likely possibilities
- That short
list is a smart list - Merlin uses data from our eBird project to tell
you which birds are most likely to be seen near you, right now
- It’s loaded
with 2,000 top-quality photos and 1,000 songs and calls to help you
confirm your ID
The app now covers 400 species and is
available for iOS 7devices and Android OS4 and
higher (it's not available for Kindle, Nook, or Windows phone). It is a
large download (630 MB), so please use a wifi connection when you download
it. Thanks to Pennington for
sponsoring the creation of the Android version.
Merlin is a great tool for beginning birders or anyone who wants to help
share their love of birds. Download the free app now.
Do you know the name of
these handsome hoverers? Click through to find out on our Citizen Science
blog. Photo by Walter Nussbaumer.
Species Is This?
Some birds are so small and fast that we usually just see them
as blurs—and in such cases we can be grateful for fantastic photos that
freeze the action. This is the smallest bird in North America and a
resident of the West, where the males perform staggering aerial feats when
displaying to females. Do you know what species this is? Check your guess and learn more.
Does this quiz have you humming for more? On our new Citizen
Science blog you can explore a map of
where they occur, try to match speeds with their
wingbeats, and get a feel for how much nectar they drink in
Keep an eye on the Citizen Science blog for
a new theme each month—in August look for tips and facts about berries in
Downy Woodpecker by Yvonne via Birdshare.
You Keep Birds Safe Around Windows?
Last month the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium design came
under criticism for the hazards its huge glass exterior poses to birds. The
debate highlighted a real problem: collisions with windows cause hundreds
of millions of bird deaths per year—and sadly homes are cumulatively more
dangerous than high-rises. But new techniques have made it possible to
create glass that birds can see and avoid while remaining crystal-clear for
humans. Read about the solution in Living
Red-backed Fairywren by Tom Tarrant via Creative Commons.
Summer of Fairywrens
In the sweltering outback of Australia's Northern Territory
lives a tiny, long-tailed bird with an oversized voice: the Red-backed
Fairywren. Adult males are a mixture of glistening black and flaming red,
and they have complicated social lives that inspire endless ecological
questions. A small group of undergraduates delved deeper with their own
summer research projects, learning basic field skills and exploring larger
questions. See the full story and video on
Semipalmated Sandpipers and
Dunlin by Nate Zalik via Birdshare.
Great Bird ID Webinar Series in Time for Fall Migration
Now don't get us wrong, there's plenty of summer left—but fall
migration is on its way. In fact, some shorebirds are on their way south
right now. And they'll soon be followed by rivers of raptors, waterfowl,
and more. To get you ready, we've got three sets of in-depth bird ID
webinars taught by Dr. Kevin McGowan.
The webinars will be offered on Monday nights at 7 p.m. and again
at 9 p.m. Each webinar series consists of five parts given on
Identifying Shorebirds: August 18–September 15
Identifying Raptors: October 6–November 3
Identifying Waterfowl: November 10–December 8
Each one-hour session consists of instruction, quizzes, and
question-and-answer. The cost is $12.99 or $9.99 for Cornell Lab members. Learn more and register for a webinar.
The Hawk Cam's Extra Camera: Cornell's
Christine Bogdanowicz spends her spare time as a "Birder on the
Ground" taking photos of "our" Red-tailed Hawks when they're
away from the Bird Cams. Read more.
Who's Got the Funkiest Nest? See the winners in our recent Funky Nests in Funky Places challenge.
Find Out Where Outside Cats Really Go: Cornell Lab researcher
Caren Cooper reports on an enlightening new citizen-science project that will track your cat for
Have You Ever Seen a Snowy Owl in Summer? In this video, travel
to the Alaskan tundra to check on Snowy Owl chicks with
researcher Denver Holt.
Take a Road Trip: Our Upcoming Bird Festivals and Events webpage
makes it easy to plan your next birding destination. You can look through
listings by calendar or on a map, so you can start planning your road trip
right from the page.
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