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Angel Fire Bike Park Expanding Green Trails

Starting May 18, 2018, over 60 miles of trails in the Angel Fire Bike Park and over 40 miles in the surrounding village of Angel Fire, New Mexico will be open for the summer season. On May 26-27, Demo Daze will make bikes and gear from top vendors available to test-ride, or get tips and suggestions on appropriate gear for anyone new to the sport.

Maine: First Statewide Eagle Survey Since 2013 Underway

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists and Game Warden pilots are in the midst of the largest statewide survey of bald eagles since 2013. The findings of this study will also be used to re-evaluate the future needs for monitoring of Maine’s breeding eagle population or determine whether to modify the 5-year aerial survey census that has been ongoing since 2008. 

Maine: Bumble Bee Atlas Volunteers Needed

 The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking volunteers to assist in the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas, a five-year, statewide survey looking to document the different species of bumble bees in Maine, their range, and their abundance. Volunteers are welcome from anywhere in Maine.

Wildlife Photographer to Give “The Art in Birding” Presentation at Vermont’s Dead Creek WMA

Vermont wildlife photographer Brian Machanic will present ‘The Art in Birding’ at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area headquarters in Addison, Vermont on Tuesday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a one-hour photography bird walk at the Dead Creek WMA.

Osprey Watch at Indiana’s Patoka Lake June 23

Ospreys are a unique, migratory raptor that frequents Indiana during breeding season and returns to South America for winter. DNR nongame bird biologist Allisyn Gillet will share information about the state’s osprey reintroduction program and how the species has made a remarkable return during a special program on June 23. Cost is $15 per person and includes a provided lunch. Bring your own binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras.

Monarch Butterflies A Sure Signal of Summer in Michigan

One of Michigan’s most distinctive signs of a new season is on its way – the brightly colored monarch butterfly.  The Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies recently shared a new draft plan aimed at reversing the decline of the eastern monarch butterfly populationand is welcoming public review and comment on it.

Critical Wildlife Area Signs Go Up in Southwest Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is installing in-water markers around Critical Wildlife Areas in southwest Florida. Alafia Banks CWA in Hillsborough County, and Myakka River CWA and Roberts Bay CWA in Sarasota County, have new signs alerting boaters to the status of these islands. 

Each CWA supports significant numbers of nesting birds, including brown pelicans, great blue herons and great egrets, as well as state-threatened roseate spoonbills, reddish egrets and tricolored herons, and federally-listed wood storks.

New Plan Aims to Reverse Monarch Butterfly Decline

The draft plan, called the Mid-America Monarch Conservation Strategy, builds on existing efforts of state, federal, and local agencies, as well as private organizations and individuals. It covers a 16-state region from Texas to the Upper Midwest, which encompasses the primary production and migratory habitat areas for eastern monarchs. Other eastern monarch states also are collaborating with the plan.

Enjoy Bird Watching on Colorado Public Lands Day at Navajo State Park

Colorado’s public lands are vital to wildlife. So what better way to spend Colorado Public Lands Day, May 19, than to view various bird species at Sambrito Wetlands at Navajo State Park. A mile-long hiking trail provides excellent viewing locations and it connects to other trails that lead to more good locations for observation. The area is home to a wide variety of ducks, shore birds, raptors and song birds.

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival Coming Soon

Tucson Audubon Society’s 8th annual Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, presented by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, takes place August 8–12, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel near Reid Park. Visitors come from across the country for the chance to see over 200 species of birds. The Nature Expo is an excellent way for locals and visitors to learn about birds and other southeast Arizona wildlife while escaping the summer heat.  

Ohio: Wildlife Watchers Asked to Report Wild Turkey, Ruffed Grouse Sightings

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is asking the public to participate in surveying wild turkeys and ruffed grouse by reporting sightings of these two species at the new Wildlife Species Sighting webpage at wildohio.gov. Information submitted to the brood survey helps to predict future population changes and guide wild turkey management in the state.


Global Big Day Birders Tally A Record 6,906 Species

Celebration of birds draws record number of participants for one-day count

Spectacular birds, such as this Sparkling Violetear in Colombia are reported from around the world during Global Big Day. Photo © Drew Weber/Macaulay LibraryDownload larger image.

Ithaca, NY— On May 5, Global Big Day birders tallied nearly 7 out of 10 species known to exist on the planet. That works out to record-shattering results: more than 6,900 bird species recorded by more than 28,000 participants.

During Global Big Day, a celebration of the world's birds, participants report their observations to the eBird website (ebird.org) run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. "Big Day" is the term used for any attempt to see or hear as many bird species as possible in 24 hours.
 
"If you get people all around the world going out birding on the same day, we can find most of the species of birds and then really start to understand them," says Chris Wood at the Cornell Lab. "And along the way, it’s a great way to expose people to birds and spark what for many people will become a lifelong passion."

Passionate bird watchers in Colombia upheld their enviable status as the country reporting the greatest diversity of birds. Global Big Day participants there reported more than 1,500 out of a possible 1,900 species—even the country's president and the air force were counting birds! Nipping at their heels was rival powerhouse Peru where the final species total was an astonishing 1,490 species. Bird watchers from more than 150 countries took part in the massive bird-watching event.

The Cornell Lab's Team Sapsucker, sponsored by LOWA Boots LLC, fielded three teams linking three far-flung locations along the Pacific Flyway used by migratory birds during spring and fall: Monterey County, California, Honduras, and northern Colombia. The midnight to midnight runs for these squads, made up of top-notch local eBird partners and birders from the Cornell Lab, yielded 592 species in habitats ranging from low-lying desert to breath-stealing mountain tops. Final species totals for each Lab group:

  • Team California: 203
  • Team Honduras: 244
  • Team Colombia: 279

The Sapsuckers' combined checklist is a kaleidoscopic cross-section of the birds of the Americas, including 25 species of hummingbirds, 6 types of trogons, 30 kinds of raptor, 59 flycatcher species, and 37 species of shorebirds. One of the goals of this Big Day is to raise awareness about the urgent need to restore and protect key coastal sites for migrating shorebirds.
 
"It's so amazing to think about Sanderlings departing California in a couple of days to go breed in the Canadian Arctic," says the Cornell Lab's Brian Sullivan, part of the California Sapsucker team. "Meanwhile Sooty Shearwaters have just arrived from islands in the South Pacific. Birds use our planet in such a different way than we do."

Bottom line? Never before have so many birders gone out in this many countries, found so many birds, and reported them to eBird for fellow birders, researchers, and conservationists to use. And that is indeed something to celebrate.
 
--If you'd like a bird-by-bird account of the Sapsuckers' Global Big Day and their final species list, visit https://www.allaboutbirds.org/bigday2018/.
--To check final tallies from around the world, go to https://ebird.org/globalbigday
--To read more about results from regions around the world, such as Europe, Asia, Africa, etc. visit https://ebird.org/news/global-big-day-2018-a-birding-world-record 
--To make a Global Big Day donation to support bird conservation, visit https://give.birds.cornell.edu/page/21158/donate/
 

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Media contact:
Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, (607) 254-2137, pel27@cornell.edu



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