birds

Funding Will Help Restore Croton Point Park Meadow

Jul 26, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Westchester County executive and a state senator from the Hudson Valley announced funding for a meadow restoration project on Monday. The site is a haven for migratory birds, including bald eagles.

  In the late 1970s, the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon were heading toward extinction, victims of the combined threats of DDT, habitat loss, and lax regulation. Flight Paths tells the story of how a small group of New York biologists raced against nature’s clock to bring these two beloved birds back from the brink in record-setting numbers.

McGrath documents both rescue projects in never-before-published detail. At Cornell University, a team of scientists worked to crack the problem of how to breed peregrine falcons in captivity and then restore them to the wild. Meanwhile, two young, untested biologists tackled the overwhelming assignment of rebuilding the bald eagle population from the state’s last nesting pair, one of whom (the female) was sterile.

Darryl McGrath is a journalist who has written about upstate New York’s environment and rural regions for over twenty years.

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  The Flying Deer Nature Center in New Lebanon, NY has teamed up with Mass Audubon's Berkshire Sanctuaries for two presentations this week.

The first is Deep Nature Connection: An Evening Talk with Jon Young which will take place on Friday, April 24 at the Lenox Community Center. For 26 years, Jon has served as a mentor in the art of understanding bird and animal language, leading communities worldwide to recover these skills.

The second event is Song of the Forest, a one-day workshop for adults and kids at at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, MA taking place on Sunday, April 26. Bird Language gives us insight into the subtle goings-on in nature—including right in our backyards.

    

  Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself.

The Thing with Feathers explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatross, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature.

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Our first Vox Pop back from the fund drive and it's Rich Guthrie and Nancy Castillo talking about birds and bird watching. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Today on Vox Pop, bird expert Rich Guthrie answering your avian inquiries. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

    In the spring of 2010, one lone Steppe Eagle was shot down on a firing range in Afghanistan. Fortunately, help was available from former Army Ranger Scott Hickman and his buddy, Navy SEAL Greg Wright, who took him in and gave him the healing he needed. They named him Mitch.

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Today on Vox Pop, bird expert Rich Guthrie answering your avian inquiries. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

It’s the birding show on this edition of Vox Pop, with bird expert Rich Guthrie answering your avian inquiries. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

It’s the birding show on this edition of Vox Pop, with bird expert Rich Guthrie answering your avian inquiries. WAMC’s Ray Graf hosts.

Bird is the word on this edition of Vox Pop as we welcome our experienced birder Rich Guthrie. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.