The Beautiful Bountiful world of Birds.
- Bird Evolution PDF file
- Latitudinal Gradients in Species Diversity PDF file
- Grassland Birds PDF file
- Ornithology Basic Concepts PDF file
2013-14 Class, 1-24-14, 2016 Class 3-22-16, and 2018 Class 2-12-18, Tim Siegmund, Ornithology
- TMN Class Manual -Unit 12 – Ornithology, Outline
- Basics for Beginning Birders-ECRMN 2-1-18 pdf file
- Intro to Intro Ornithology-ECRMN 2-1-18 pdf file
2020 Class, February 6, Ornithology by Marsha May, former TPWD employee
- Ann Collins Feeder Birds on birding from feeders. Topography of a bird chart.
- Joyce Conners on entering sightings into national databases. (coming)
- Cindy Travis on Bird suet blocks.
Donna Lewis Wildscape Garden Video March 14
One of our Apple Tree Day Care education projects was on Owls, specifically on “owl puke”. You need to watch Jan Wise and others present this session.
November 12 2020 Chapter Meeting AT session on Hawks by Mary Ann Melton
- Amazing world of Hawks PDF file
- Perigrine Falcon video included in above but may not play inside PDF
September 8, 2022 Chapter Meeting AT, on Vultures by Debra Sorenson:
Virtual Birding Seminars, all now available online for your viewing pleasure
Good morning birders!
Well it took us longer than we hoped, but the recordings from the Virtual Birding Seminars are now edited, posted, and ready to view! You can find them here: https://wildlife.tamu.edu/
Our final task is to send y’all the answers to the speaker questions from the seminars. After that, you will only receive emails from us if you indicated that you want to during the post-seminar surveys.
We hope you and your families are well.
Emily & Maureen
Great Information from Others:
On behalf of the Lakeville Nature Conservancy near Lakeville MN, Lisa Garcia wanted to let the El Camino Real Chapter know that this Ornithology web page was a big help to their group! Received Dec. 21 2022.
“We’ve teamed up with our local library and for the next 5 weeks, our organization will be hosting an Environmental Education workshop! We’re teaching the community about a plethora of topics including understanding conservation practices, learning about renewable energies, creating pollinator and wildlife habitats, learning about composting, etc… Your webpage led us to some great information on birding and bird identification to incorporate into our seminars, so our group requested I reach out and thank you know how much you’ve helped us!”
“As a thank you, I wanted to share this ‘Make Your Own Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder’ guide one of youngsters (Nicole) from the workshop found:” https://www.bottlestore.com/ma
“Not only is it a great way to recycle materials into something useful, but there’s so much information on there for bird watching, bird identification and ways to help the birds.” (From Don Travis: it really is an amazing and informational website.) Nicole was very excited to share it with you! She thought it would make a wonderful addition.”
From STEMettes member Hailey (age 11), an avid birder, she liked our Ornithology page with all it’s references and offered this link on Bald Eagles that she likes as an additional reference:
- What is STEMettes? “We’re showing that Girls do Science too, and trying to inspire the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) fields by showing them the amazing women already in STEM via a series of panel events, hackathons and exhibitions. Join Us!” See the Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Stemettes
- From the email from Roger Jarvis, with the Bay Minette STEMettes: “Sadly our STEMettes are unable to meet in person due to the pandemic and I know the kiddos are pretty bored being stuck inside. This summer we’ve been (virtually) discussing the classification of living things like trees, flowers, & insects. We’ve been keeping our own journals for observations too which is super fun. One of our members Hailey (11) had the idea that we should talk about the identifying birds- she’s been birding before so she’s our resident expert! Your list of resources there gave us some good info to get started so we wanted to reach out and say thanks 🙂“
From Boy Scout “Sean”, working on his Bird Study Merit Badge, he suggested a website with many great links on the aspect of “Birding”.
- https://alansfactoryoutlet.com/how-to-make-bird-sheds-and-houses-for-bird-watching/ It is a lot more than building bird houses!
- And the email from Assistant Troop Leader Matt Kelly: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fx7wmdecqyi4fqs/Scout%20email.pdf?dl=0
“Birds” at Master Naturalist Meeting, August 2017, by Joyce Conner
Become a Bird Song Hero. From the amazing folks at Cornell Lab comes a new educational tool called Bird Song Hero. It’s a visual online web application that shows the audio wavelength patterns of bird calls along with the actual sound and photos with names. It is amazing how this will help give you a visual memory tool to help identify those somewhat similar bird songs. Give it a try! See how far you can go in their tests.
Migratory Bird Songs. From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources comes the Bird Song Chart. Click on a bird and hear the song.
Cornell Labs new free Merlin smartphone app. Merlin asks you a few questions and narrow downs the possible species based on what you see and hear. iPhone now, Android June 2014. Over 1800 images and 800 audio recordings to date.
iBird is another very comprehensive birding application, for iPhones, iPads, Androids, Kindles and Windows 8. See an introductory video here. Then go to ibird.com for more. Various versions from free to $20 or more.
Purple Martin goodies: A website from a Purple Martin expert, “Chuck”. And an article from there on a really good snake guard for Martin poles, PDF File. And This presentation, designed and created by the Purple Martin Conservation Association, is an effective way to educate people about Purple Martins and what it means to be a Purple Martin landlord. The presentation includes (but is not limited to) martin history, martin management techniques and conservation projects. Beautiful photos enhance the information. https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/product/ppt/pmca-slide-show/ Buy a copy for $5.00 for your own use and to present it to others. All Rights Reserved so can’t publish to open websites.
- Probably the best overall site for bird lovers is Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Many projects you can join in on. Also see their site All About Birds. And here’s a direct link to their Bird Cams for live viewing.
- Audubon.org is another very good one.
- Our own chapter photo web site of bird pictures. Contact web support to add yours.
- Text Book “Ornithology, Third Edition” by Frank Gill, on Amazon.
- Cheryl Lewis’s “Resources for Native Pollinators” document from presentation “Making the World a Better Place One Yard at a Time”
- Pamphlet Texas Birds, a Pocket Naturalist guide – beginner quick reference. On Amazon.
- Homeowner’s Guide to Birdwatching From Your Backyard: Submitted by Steve Davidson, outreach coordinator, from his blog. Tips on overall ecosystem and attracting birds – plants, trees, equipment and etiquette: https://www.raleighrealtyhomes.com/blog/birdwatching-backyard.html
- Book “Birds of Texas”, by Keith Arnold and Gregory Kennedy,TOP RATED! see Amazon reviews. Jim Anding’s favorite. Shows birds as they really look in Texas.
- Book “The New Stokes Field Guide to Birds Eastern Region“, on Amazon
- Book “Handbook of Texas Birds, 2004” by Texas Ornithological Society, on Amazon.
- Princeton Field Guide “A Guide to the Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of N. America on Amazon.
- Book “Sibley Guide to Birds” Popular, good pictures.
- Book “Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America“, Ann Collins’ favorite!
- Book “Peterson Guide to Birds of Texas”
- Book “The Birds of Texas”
- Book “Sparrows of the US and Canada” a photographic guide, on Amazon.
- Book “The Growth of Biological Thought”
- Nat’l Geographic Field Guide “Birds of N. America” on Amazon.
- Laminated Card Local Birds of Central Texas
- Laminated Card Texas Wildlife and Others
- Visit and learn about The Great Backyard Bird Count and what species we have in Texas and elsewhere.
- Video of Peregrine Falcon protecting her brood, so amazing.
- Wildlife Trails in Texas TPWD web site
- Learn about Alex, the intelligent Parrot on The Alex Foundation web site
- Map: National Geographic’s Bird Migration of the Americas Thematic Map
- Contest Texas Coastal Bend Wildlife Photography Contest
- Contest South Texas Wildlife Photography Contest
- Paper Economic Value of Nature Tourism in Texas
- Interactive Map: Conservation International’s Biodiversity Hotspots
- USGS Bird Migration Details
- Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan
- Device: Bird Song Identiflyer Song Player
- Hummingbird sites Hummingbirdworld and Hummingbirds.net
- Instead of drinking through a straw-like structure as many insects do, hummingbirds use their tongues’ to lap up nectar. In just a second or so, a hummer can drink up all the liquid a flower has to offer. High-speed macro photography has now revealed how they do it. See this video.
- Hummingbirds sometimes use their unmatched flying skills for something other than feeding on flowers–for fighting over them. Flowers in full bloom are a call to arms. It’s fight and flight – a display of skill and fiery tempers. See this video.
- See video of Texas’ own Bracken Cave Bat colony CNN news special.
- Listen and download bird songs from around the world from Xeno-Canto, over 60,000 recordings from over 7000 species.
- See a BBC video of an Exquisite Aviator – a Goshawk flying through ever smaller openings at extreme slow motion – amazing!
- “Beginner’s Guide to Bird Watching, by HomeAdvisor” is an excellent site discovered by a sixth grader named Allysa after seeing our page and thought this would be a good addition to our references – submitted by her grandmother Jill Matthews. It covers binocular selection, finding and ID’ing birds, ethics, bird clubs and more. Happy birding from Allysa and Jill.
A list of websites describing predators of Hummingbirds, provided by Carrie McLaughlin http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek070901.html
http://moumn.org/loon/?family=Hummingbirds (posted under RT Hummer/1977)
Birds of the Oaks & Prairies and Osage Plains of Texas, A Field Guide Checklist
- 01.13.09_Turkey Vultures
- 05.11.09_Northern Cardinal
- 07.27.09_Red-tailed Hawk
- 08.17.09_Feeding Birds in Winter
- 10.07.09_Barn Owls
- 11.26.09_Wild Turkeys
- 01.27.10_Crested Caracara
- 02.10.10_Mourning Dove
- 03.17.10_Barn Swallows
- 09.09.10_American Crow
- 02.17.11_Great Backyard Bird Count
- 03.03.11_Early Migrants