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Long Hops: Making Sense of Bird Migration

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 02:36:24 +0000

The concept of bird migration is far from new to even the most casual backyard birder. Many birds come and go as the seasons change.…

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10 Years – Our Conservation Promise

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:05:02 +0000

Somehow it happened. 10 years ago the Birdfreak Blog started. In those years our lives changed a lot. We grew and our kids grew. But…

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Vitamin N by Richard Louv

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 21:08:17 +0000

Vitamin N is the short title for Richard Louv’s latest book about getting people, especially kids, back out into nature. The extended title is a…

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Bioblitz at Callaway Farm

Sun, 29 May 2016 16:02:23 +0000

Callaway Farm is my (Eddie’s) rural backyard in northern Illinois. In 2012, the 2.5 acres were a corn field and since 2013, I’ve been working…

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The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman

Mon, 23 May 2016 13:00:56 +0000

The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman chronicles some of the best-known cases that showcase bird intelligence. But the book goes beyond the famous birds…

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Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants

Wed, 18 May 2016 13:00:35 +0000

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Douglas W. Tallamy is the quintessential guide to how and why we all…

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The Biggest Week in American Birding – 2016

Mon, 16 May 2016 13:00:20 +0000

Northwest Ohio is “The Warbler Capital of the World“. People come from all over the world to see all the beautiful spring migrants that stopover…

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Birdscaping With Wild Columbine

Fri, 13 May 2016 13:00:32 +0000

If you live in the eastern half of the United States, native Wild Columbine might be a good choice for birdscaping. The Callaway Garden planted…

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Nature Principle by Richard Louv

Wed, 11 May 2016 13:00:29 +0000

The Nature Principle is Richard Louv’s “companion” to Last Child in the Woods and covers some parallel topics as well as delves into more reasons…

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Why Use Native Plants for Birdscaping

Mon, 09 May 2016 13:00:35 +0000

While plotting and planning our backyard birdscaping project, a discussion arose on whether native plants are really that important, especially when a comparable “ornamental” can…

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17-year Cicadas are for the Birds!

Fri, 06 May 2016 13:00:39 +0000

In 2007, the Birdfreaks went Cuckoo for Cicadas. A 17-year periodical cicada called Brood XIII emerged to the delight of bird species in northern Illinois…

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Planting an Orchard

Wed, 04 May 2016 13:00:15 +0000

In the hopes to produce some of our own food, we decided this year we would be planting an orchard at Callaway Farm. After a…

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Feral Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life

Mon, 02 May 2016 13:00:24 +0000

Feral Rewilding the Land the Sea and Human Life by George Monbiot centers around the idea that conservation is not enough and that a rewilding…

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Children & Nature Network

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:00:42 +0000

In 2006, the Children & Nature Network was created by Richard Louv, Cheryl Charles, Martha Farrell Erickson, Martin LeBlanc, Michael Pertschuk and Amy Pertschuk. Their…

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Crossley ID Guide Britain & Ireland

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:05 +0000

The Crossley Id Guide Britain & Ireland follows the unique and beloved format of other Crossley ID guides with this one of course covering birds…

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Saving the Kirtland’s Warbler – Science Talks

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:00:31 +0000

“Saving the Kirtland’s Warbler” is one of a series of Science Talks that takes place at the Cranebook Institute of Science. These lectures are done…

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Midwest Crane Count – 2016

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:00:50 +0000

The annual midwest crane count took place on April 16th and we were once again in our “usual” spot, a privately-owned area known as Moody…

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Gardening is for the Birds

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:00:40 +0000

Gardening is for the birds and can be fun and satisfying on many levels. It’s a way to get outdoors, involve the family in a…

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Silent Spring Revisited by Conor Mark Jameson

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:00:43 +0000

Silent Spring Revisited is an excellent book that chronicles what has happened in terms of bird conservation since Rachel Carson’s landmark book. In 1962, Rachel…

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Birdscaping – Landscaping for Birds

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:00:24 +0000

Birdscaping is a portmanteau of birds and landscaping. It is the intentional effort to provide a natural setting to attract wildlife, especially birds, to an…

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Art of Bird Finding by Pete Dunne

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:00:35 +0000

The Art of Bird Finding is a compact, instructional guide to assist in the search of birds. Through 82 pages, Pete Dunne covers a great…

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10 Simple and Easy Ways to Complete a Bioblitz

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:00:36 +0000

What is a Bioblitz? The goal of a bioblitz is simple: take an inventory of all life forms you can find in a particular area…

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Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds From National Geographic

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:00:36 +0000

The Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds is a compact, attention-grabbing book from National Geographic Kids. The guide includes photos and info on 175 birds common,…

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Grass Lawns – Less is More

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:00:41 +0000

Grass lawns are the most common landscape in many places. They are durable, easy to grow and just what is considered normal. Since we are…

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Composting is for the Birds

Mon, 04 Apr 2016 13:00:44 +0000

Composting is for the birds! Okay, that might not be your first thought when you think of composting. But two main benefits of composting, soil…

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