Birding Rx

A bird a day keeps the doctor away.

An Unexpected Visitor

In late October of last year, I was spending time with my family at our home in Morris County. It was morning and we were sitting downstairs together reading the newspaper. Suddenly, we heard a strange noise coming from above the flue in our fireplace.

White Pelicans in New Jersey!

“American White Pelican” by Manjith Kainickara – originally posted to Flickr as American White Pelican. My alarm was set for 4:00 AM on December 20, a Sunday morning. I woke up excited and eager to start the day. My phone started going off with text messages from friends about our meeting location. As any birder [...]

Up Close and Personal with an American Redstart

Today, I helped New Jersey Audubon Society scientists record data on the resighting of this banded American Redstart. Such a beautiful warbler and a wonderful day birding on Sandy Hook (Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands, New Jersey)! Arguably the best way to add a bird to your life list.

Nature Notes: Early Spring on Sandy Hook

Today, I enjoyed a beautiful, warm and sunny, early spring day on Sandy Hook in Highlands, New Jersey. After the winter we had, today seemed like a long awaited miracle. I chose to spend my morning and early afternoon birding with a friend. We joined Monmouth County Audubon Society's walk and saw a ton of [...]

Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count on Sandy Hook

Today marks the start of National Audubon Society's 115th Christmas Bird Count (CBC)! From December 14 through January 5, thousands of volunteers across North America are invited to go out, count birds and contribute data to an early-winter bird census. When looking at the CBC Map, you will see that every state offers a significant [...]

#GivingTuesday 2014: Celebrate All Things Winged with The Raptor Trust

Scoured the shelves for deals on Black Friday? Gearing up for gadget buying on Cyber Monday? Don't forget to honor the most important day of this week (after Thanksgiving, of course), Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a call to action, a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season. The third annual [...]

Nature Notes: Birding on Sandy Hook

The bird nerd that I am, I decided to join a New Jersey Audubon field trip on Halloween today. It was a cold and overcast morning as we walked along the fields and trails of Sandy Hook. New Jersey Audubon does a great job of providing every birder (regardless of skill level) with an excellent, [...]

Nature Notes: Birding in Northern Jersey

As any bird nerd will tell you, migration months are the best time for birders to see so many species! Warblers, thrushes, vireos, flycatchers, and other migratory birds, including shorebirds have flown thousands of miles from Central/South America and the Caribbean to nest in my home state of New Jersey, or to continue on to [...]

Effects of Mountaintop Removal on Appalachian Wildlife

Changes to the water, air and land in coal country have caused trouble for vast amounts of biodiversity in the region.  The biodiversity of the Appalachian headwater streams is second only to the tropics.  The southern Appalachian mountains are home to the greatest diversity of salamanders on the globe, accounting for 18% of the known [...]