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This Blog Now Rests – But Check out The Nature Travel Network!

It may April Fool’s day, but it’s no joke that I’m halting my Birds, Words, & Websites blogging efforts over HERE  in order to concentrate them over THERE at Nature Travel Network, a new web project that I proudly announce today. The Nature Travel Network is a growing resource for bird and nature travelers and […]

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Happy New Year 2013!

Lots of changes are underfoot at Birds, Words, & Websites. First and foremost is that I have split off my travel and birding blog from my business blog. More than ever, I make my living by providing digital communications services to organizations and small business in the nature and travel realm (though I also do work outside of this genre from time to time). This is my passion – and I have been pursuing it with all my focus in 2012 as I will in 2013.

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News: Funding for Bicknell’s Thrush Research in the Caribbean

My first sighting of Bicknell’s Thrush took place on a cold, rainy morning atop Whiteface Mountain, just north from where this news was released (Lake Placid). The birds are increasingly rare and are under consideration for the endangered status by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Using a “full life-cycle” approach to conservation, an organization based near the […]

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Why Should Bird Watchers Take the “Pledge to Fledge?”

Pledge to Fledge is a global grassroots movement that sets a special day and time (August 24-26, 2012, and again next spring) to be a birding mentor. It’s about reaching out to someone in your non-birding circle and giving them a quiet introduction to birds. It’s about sharing your love and wonder with anyone who may not have anyone else willing or capable of showing them birds. You don’t have to be an expert. You just need to get out in the field and share what you know.

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Our Mission: Get More People “Out There” With Nature

I recently renewed contact with a long-lost friend who said “What you do [for a living] sounds so interesting. Getting out there with nature.” It was a kind, thoughtful comment. But I thought, how funny. Getting “out there” with nature. As if I and nature were not one in the same, were not cut from […]

Rambouillet sheep graze at Ladder Ranch in view of Three Forks Mountain (© Sharon O'Toole)

Bird Habitat Conservation Roundup from the “Intermountain West”

In the last year, I’ve been working on digital communications projects with the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV), a bird habitat conservation organization with an excellent track record of catalyzing large-scale habitat conservation through public-private partnerships. The Intermountain West Joint Venture  operates across parts of eleven western states (CA, OR, ID, WA, NV, AZ, NM, CO, MT, […]

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Birding Botswana: Episode One of Nikon’s Birding Adventures

Botswana is a land chock-full of wildlife and birds. On this episode James Currie heads to Chitabe Camp on the edge of the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta. While looking for his Golden Bird, the Wattled Crane, James tracks leopards and witnesses a remarkable phenomenon whilst watching some lions.

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Supermoon 2012: That’s Amore!

Last night an incredible celebration happened here on our block. When a friend suggested a Cinco de Mayo party in the backyard, which is a big, open area shared by at least six homes, things fell into place with ease. Before you know it we had a lively outdoor celebration with kids, balloons, badminton, bonfires, […]

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New Study: 6.8 Million Annual Bird Deaths at Communications Towers in N. America

An Estimate of Avian Mortality at Communication Towers in the United States and Canada News worth noting. What’s your feedback on the study, methods, or results? If the estimate seems representative, what impact do you think this will have on North American bird populations over time, especially as the number of cell phone towers increases? […]

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Birds of Botswana: Nikon’s Birding Adventures Series Now on the Air!

In February, Nikon’s Birding Adventures traveled to Botswana to film four episodes on the birds of Botswana. In these episodes, you’ll be treated to amazing footage of Africa at is wild best, including an intimate view of the famed Okavanga Delta, a watery oasis where the crew managed to film one of the largest and rarest owls, the Pel’s Fishing Owl. The first of the 4-part series airs TODAY, MONDAY APRIL 23rd, at 10.00 am EST on NBC SportsNetwork. Please tune in – you don’t want to miss this series!

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The Isrotel Yam Surf Hotel near the Red Sea

The Eilat Birding Festival was hosted at the Isrotel Yam Surf Hotel, just across the street from the Red Sea, which hosts a World Class diving center. On my eighth day of travel, I took a much needed day of rest and spent some time poolside on the “Bedouin tents” located on the deck.