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In birdwatching, Christian ‘ornitheoligists’ see God's hand

Nov. 12, 2021 11:09 AM EST

(RNS) — It is early morning in the Great Smoky Mountains. Kevin Burrell is half asleep and wrapped tightly in his sleeping bag. Before surrendering his warm cocoon to the chilly morning air, he hears the call of a hermit thrush just above his tent, coaxing him to stay in bed for just a few...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Nov. 10, 2021 13:37 PM EST

The (Charleston) Post and Courier. Nov. 8, 2021. Editorial: Serious or symbolic, anti-vaccine mandate pits McMaster vs. rule of law It’s not clear what if any effect S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s order barring his Cabinet agencies from enforcing the...

Paddle a string of islands in the lower Susquehanna River

Nov. 06, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Summer was fading into autumn as I glided into a labyrinth of wooded and grassy islands and exposed necks of mud — the Conejohela Flats in the lower Susquehanna River. There may be no other place on the Susquehanna that surrounds you by so...

Volunteers band together on project to investigate owls

Oct. 25, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After three fruitless journeys into the darkness, Sonia Martinez and her daughter, Isabel, finally hit paydirt. There, in mist nets the Martinezes had helped install an hour earlier, were two tiny northern saw-whet owls. Lured to the Carpenter St....

Forest hawk listed as endangered, but falconer disagrees

Oct. 23, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — On Jacks Mountain, where the trees showed hints of gold and orange, raptors took flight on an autumn afternoon, hitching a free ride on warm updrafts all along the ridge. Mike Dupuy, a master in the sport of falconry, can see them, even miles away,...

Minnesota hawk watchers gear up for peak migration season

Oct. 04, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — When he was a carpenter in Mankato, fall could be a dismal time for Jim Amundson. He became keenly aware of the hours he would soon have to spend outside working in frigid, snowy conditions. Now he can’t wait for September and October to arrive....

Wisconsin birding club seeks to make hobby more inclusive

Oct. 02, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — “Lifer! Lifer!” Roman Pommerening excitedly pointed to the bright yellow bird flitting through the brush. At just 6 years old, Roman, who has already identified about 100 birds, added the magnolia warbler to his ever-growing list of birds spotted for the first time...

Illinois proving popular route for American white pelicans

Sep. 19, 2021 09:21 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A kind of bird that not that long ago was so rare in Illinois that people traveled hours just to catch a glimpse of one have lately been winging their way through the Chicago area. Snow-white 30-pound birds called the American white pelican are on their...

Colombian teen draws, donates bird guide to raise awareness

Sep. 17, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

Jacobo Rendon, 14, began setting out in March 2020 with his ornithologist mother on a mission to spot, count and record the birds they saw in their Colombian town of El Carmen de Viboral. Working with binoculars and a borrowed camera, they figured it could make for a nice science fair entry....

Hundreds of migrating songbirds crash into NYC skyscrapers

Sep. 16, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City this week died after crashing into the city's glass towers, a mass casualty event spotlighted by a New York City Audubon volunteer's tweets showing the World Trade Center littered with bird carcasses. ...