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Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018

Join the Great Backyard Bird Count!

In as little as 15 minutes you can help birds by counting the ones you see during February 16–19. Sharing your tally will help scientists track the health of the world’s bird populations. Count as many times as you like, anywhere you like, and send your tallies via the Great Backyard Bird Count website or use the eBird mobile app. It’s as easy as watching your own bird feeder, plus the birds will thank you! Learn more at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ #birdyourworld #yearofthebird

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Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Protect Our Hemlock Trees!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018

Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Protect Our Hemlock Trees!

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is an aphid-like insect, originating from Asia, which is devastating Hemlock trees throughout much of the Eastern United States. This deadly bug has been progressively moving closer to our area, and early detection of HWA is crucial to effectively managing its spread. This winter season we are once again conducting a series of field surveys in which the public is invited to join and work alongside conservationists from RTPI, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Jamestown Community College to monitor for the presence of this invasive pest. Want to get...

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Short-eared Owl Camouflage

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018

Short-eared Owl Camouflage

I can’t understand why the Short-eared Owl has this plumage…it’s really tough to tell from these photos! You can also see the bird did not enjoy yesterday’s late afternoon snow, sleet, rain mix. I’m glad so many people have been coming by to enjoy watching our occasional owl at Stratford Point, and most are being very kind and respectful. Please keep it up! Stay on our trails and keep your distance while letting the owl hunt and fly around. It may end up providing terrific views if you stand in place considering how active it is at certain (varying) times. Scott...

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Short-eared Owl

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018

Short-eared Owl

You have seen a lot of Snowy Owl posts from me during this terrific irruptive season, and they are still with us in early 2018. However, I was lucky enough to enjoy this Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) actively hunting yesterday afternoon at Stratford Point. The bird may have just joined us that day as it was certainly very conspicuous, and it seemed quite hungry – though it was exceptionally talented at hunting with multiple kills! Short-eared Owls are ‘endangered’ in New York and their wintering population is ‘threatened’ in Connecticut. Undisturbed grassland...

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Saw-whet Owl Banding

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017

Saw-whet Owl Banding

Last night RTPI’s Elyse Henshaw joined US Forest Service researchers in their attempts to capture and band migrating Northern Saw-whet owls. Throughout the evening the researchers captured four birds in their mist nets, and subsequently collected data on each individual including physical measurements, age, sex and overall health. Each owl was then outfitted with a uniquely numbered leg band and then released back into the night. If and when these birds are captured again, the data collected contribute to better a better understanding of the movements and ecology of these charismatic little...

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