Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Loose Feathers #36

News and links about birds, birding, and the environment.

  • New Jersey's Department of Fish and Wildlife has a webcam of a peregrine falcon nestbox in Jersey City. As of Monday, no eggs had been laid, but there is a pair actively preparing for nesting.
  • now has a page devoted to birding clubs. It looks like it may be useful for travelling birders or new residents in an area.
  • The National Park Service has released species lists for the Blue Ridge Parkway, including one bird list for the entire parkway and several for smaller sections of it. There are also checklists for amphibians, reptiles, fish, and mammals.
  • A week ago, I mentioned that the DC Circulator was adding a new route around the National Mall; a map of that route has now been posted online.
  • American robins are common in this country, but one found in London is causing a stir.
  • The recovery program for Kirtland's warblers in Michigan includes gathering cones from jack pines at a state-run nursery for reforestation projects around the state. Cones from jack pines normally only open after a forest fire, but this program opens them mechanically and seeds them in a greenhouse.