January 23 @ 8:15 AM
515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063
Tyler is a wonderful winter haven for non-migratory birds.
Explore Tyler’s winter landscapes with experienced birders who
know all the best places to look. Birders of all experience levels welcome.
Bring bird guides and binoculars if you have them. Meet at the
Identifying a bird can be a challenge, even for experienced birders. And if you’re new to using field guides, it can be daunting to figure out where to even begin searching in the hundreds of pages of species.
The large ground finch’s bite is bigger than its chirp — or a T. rex’s bite, for that matter.
Date: February 2, 2019
Location: Radnor Memorial Library Winsor Room
This event is presented by Radnor Memorial Library, Radnor Conservancy, Bird Towns of Radnor and Tredyffrin/Easttown.
How can you and your family learn about birds and contribute to science? Get involved with the National Audubon Society Great Backyard Bird Count 2019! Phil Witmer, past president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, will familiarize you with some of the common winter birds you may see in your backyard and show you how you can participate in the 2019 GBBC which takes place from Friday, February 15 through Monday, February 18. Raffle prizes courtesy of Lou Muth at Do It Best Hardware of Wayne.
Wrens aren’t our flashiest birds, but they more than make up for it with their big personalities. Small and brown, they rarely sit still, whether vigorously defending their nests and territories, pecking for food on the forest floor, or just incessantly chattering away. They’ll get into shouting matches and physical confrontations with interlopers, including much larger species and humans, and even destroy eggs of other birds. In other words, wrens don’t mess around.
Earth is losing wildlife at an alarming pace, a crisis many scientists now describe as a mass extinction event. The planet has seen several mass extinctions before, but this is the first in human history — and the first with human help. Wild plants and animals are vanishing amid a storm of human-induced disasters, namely habitat loss, unsustainable hunting, invasive species, pollution and climate change.
A government report claims that extracting 120 million barrels of oil from the Arctic Ocean will lower global carbon emissions. Economists disagree.
There’s little about a Snow Bunting that isn’t perfectly suited to life in the deep freeze. These winter wanderers are outfitted like little polar explorers, with a natural down parka of dense white feathers that cover even the birds’ ankles and base of the bill—and keeps their exposure to cold at a minimum.
“Where’d they go?”
Scientist Ryan Norris was puzzled. Just moments ago, two doting Gray Jays were bouncing about the nearby spruce trees like Labrador retrievers happy to see their owner. When he wrapped a couple of cotton balls around one of the spruce tips, his rotund chums had quickly seized upon the offering. Cotton comes in handy for birds when they’re in need of insulation material for nest construction.
Evolution works with what’s at hand. So if you start with a normal bird skull – bill pointing forward, eyes oriented front or sideways, ears behind eyes – and introduce the challenge of seeing behind your head while your bill is pushed deeply into the soil, what do you get? The American Woodcock! With its long bill constantly probing the soil for earthworms, its entire skull has been rearranged. Relative to other birds, woodcocks’ eyes have moved toward the top and rear of the skull, pushing the ear openings downward. Apparently the brain followed suit!