Seeing More Hummingbirds In Winter Lately? – Earthfix

We have been seeing more Hummers this winter at our feeder. Interesting info here. It’s worth keeping an eye out for species other than Anna’s because that one is native.

As winter begins, humming bird experts say more of the tiny birds may be sticking around the Northwest instead of migrating south. There are three types of hummingbirds Northwesterners might be seeing more of at feeders or in their yards this time of year: the Rufous, the Anna’s or the Allen’s hummingbirds. Read the rest of the story at:

http://earthfix.kcts9.org/flora-and-fauna/article/seeing-more-hummingbirds-in-winter-lately/

“Magic Mud” found to be important to shorebirds

From the Vancouver Sun:

The “magic” in the mud was first uncovered just south of Vancouver where up to half the world’s western sandpipers touch down to refuel as they migrate north.

Now the gooey, paper-thin biofilm has also been found to be a key bird food on the other side of the Pacific, revealing what researchers say is a “missing link” in the avian world.

Biofilm can make up to 70 per cent of the diet of small shorebirds, which slurp up the stuff like energy drinks, says Environment Canada researcher Robert Elner, who led the international team that reports its study findings this week.


Read more:
http://www.canada.com/life/Magic+tidal+flats+shorebird+populations/6115696/story.html#ixzz1lpXv2Yvp

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Discussion about seabird populations to take place in Bellingham

While not directly happening here, this event involves us, as our seabird populations are pretty much the same as the ones they are discussing. Another ‘canary in the coalmine”, pun intended…

1/17 Bellingham Herald
ISABELLE DILLS /     THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
BELLINGHAM  – A discussion about seabird populations and mortality trends will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at The Sustainable Living Center.
The discussion will be led by Julia Parrish, a nationally known seabird and conservation biologist and director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team.
The program is free and open to the public.
The Sustainable Living Center is at 2309 Meridian St., above the RE Store.
Parrish also will lead a hands-on workshop on bird identification and data collection from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22. To register, contact RE Sources at 360-733-8307.        
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/01/17/1821083/discussion-about-seabird-populations.html

Superb video on local ocean acidification

Check out this 9 minute video from Oregon Public Broadcasting on the effects of ocean acidification on shellfish and animals at Tatoosh and the Oregon coast. A very good narrative of what’s happening to us right in our backyard of Tatoosh, and Hood Canal for that matter.

http://ecotrope.opb.org/2010/10/video-what-makes-oyster-larvae-unhappy/

Ravens and Crows…a bit of education

Birdnote had an interesting story on ravens and crows this week, good to show kids,  and it was republished on Living on Earth. Enjoy!

http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.htm?programID=10-P13-00040&segmentID=6

Bird ID class

David Gluckman, AAS Field Trip Chair, is once more teaching his Bird ID class at Peninsula College at the Ft. Worden campus in PT the last Wed/Thursday in October (26th and 27th at 1:15 pm each day) and the first Wed/Thurs in November (2nd and 3rd at 1:15 pm each day) with a field trip on Saturday October 30 (in conjunction with the AAS trip to Ft. Flagler). The course is listed in the Community Classes, the first one under the Environmental Interest (p. 29) in their fall class schedule. This course will be an opportunity for those of you who want to sharpen your skills as well as beginners needing information about how to get started, what books and optics you might need as well as information about specific species in various local areas. He will be using his extensive local photograph collection in his lectures. For further information call David Gluckman at 379-0360 or Peninsula College at 385-4605.

Seabirds dying from coastal algae bloom -update

The ongoing bloom on the coast is a disaster for our shorebird population. This may have devasting effects for decades to come. Thanks to the volunteers helping out to get the surviving birds to some shelters. I’m unsure how many otters may be affected as well.

KPLU story on it: http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1570689/KPLU.Local.News

10/27 Northwest News Network Coastal Algae Bloom: “It’s Like An Oil Spill, Without the Oil” Tom Banse It’s like an oil spill, but without the oil. That’s how wildlife rescue people are describing an unusual red tide along the Northwest coast. The algal bloom is causing hundreds upon hundreds of dead or dying seabirds to wash up on coastal beaches. Today, the deluge of distress shows signs of tapering off. Listen at http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1570689/KPLU.Local.News/Coastal.Algae.Bloom.’It’s.Like.An.Oil.Spill..Without.the.Oil’ See also 10/28 Everett Herald PAWS rescuers scramble to save seabirds covered in algae http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20091028/NEWS01/710289753/-1/NEWS#PAWS.rescuers.scramble.to.save.seabirds.covered.in.algae

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