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From the "Red Poll" Arctic Audubon Society's newsletter

Alaska’s Internet Birding Resources by Dave Shaw, Arctic Audubon & Audubon Alaska Board

It probably won’t come as a surprise, but people aren’t using the telephone the way they used to. Five or ten years ago, I suspect most birders were getting their rare bird alerts and sightings over the phone, but that has changed. Arctic Audubon has decided that with the rise of internet birding resources, our Birding Hotline might not be needed. So, sadly, the Hotline may be discontinued.

For those of you that still use the Hotline and haven’t migrated over to the instant gratification of the internet, here is a guide to the best of Alaska’s internet birding resources.

1. eBird: This is a worldwide database of bird sightings. It is used by many thousands of birders across the globe. eBird is largely a citizen science initiative that uses bird sightings to generate a huge databases of lists. Sign up and explore local bird activity or lists from all over the planet: www.ebird.org

2. Boreal Birder: This Yahoo list serve is the best resource for birders in Interior Alaska. Arctic Audubon’s Birding Hotline has been transcribed onto the site for some time. Check the list or sign up for the email alerts here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BorealBirder/

3. Alaska Rare Bird Alert: Just as the title implies this site is about rarities. If you want to chase the Siberian Accentor in Seward or be ready the next time the White-winged Tern ends up at Fairbanks’ South Cushman Ponds, this is the place to look: https://lists.alaska.edu/mailman/listinfo/alaskabirds-l

4. Alaska Birding: This is another statewide list worth following: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/akbirding/

The following lists are useful if you live or are traveling in other parts of Alaska:

1. Eagle Chat: This list follows sightings in Southeast Alaska:

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Eaglechat/

2. Beringia Birders: For the far western portion of Alaska:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beringia_birders/

3. Kachemak Bay Birders: Birding info for Homer and surroundings: http://kachemakbaybirders.org

4. KPBirding: Bird sighting information for the Kenai Peninsula

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kpbirding/

5. Kenai Bird Festival: The webpage for this birding festival has a portion dedicated to current sightings on the Kenai: http://kenaibirdfest.com/

6. Kodiak Birding: Sightings on Kodiak Island: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KodiakBirding/

 

These sites should keep even the most enthusiastic Alaska birders busy for quite some time. If you discover more resources not listed, here, please let us know!


American Bird Conservancy

The Cats Indoors program invites YOU to check out our COMPLETELY REDESIGNED  web site.  The site now proudly displays quick links to important information such as our brochures; fact sheets, scientific literature, and other resources:

http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html

Outdoor Cats: Single Greatest Source of Human-Caused Mortality for Birds and Mammals: New Study

A new peer-reviewed study authored by scientists from two of the world’s leading science and wildlife organizations – the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) – has found that bird and mammal mortality caused by outdoor cats is much higher than has been widely reported, with annual bird mortality now estimated to be 1.4 to 3.7 billion and mammal mortality likely 6.9 – 20.7 billion individuals.

The study, which offers the most comprehensive analysis of information on the issue of outdoor cat predation, was published in the online research journal Nature Communications and is based on a review of more than 90 previous studies. The study was authored by Dr. Peter Marra and Scott Loss, research scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and by Tom Will from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Migratory Birds. It is available at http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/pdf/Loss_et_al_2013.pdf.

http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html


 

JAS Adopts Position Statement on

Dogs, Wildlife, and Wildlife Viewing

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Free Audubon Guide to

North American Birds

The Audubon Online Guide to North American Birds is FREE to use on the Audubon.org homepage. This searchable online guide to North American Birds features 750 species of birds in 22 Orders and 74 families. The guide covers all of North America's breeding birds--approximately 580 species--as well as an additional 180 non-breeding species that visit the U.S. and Canada.

To take advantage of this great resource, click on the Audubon Online Bird Guide icon on www.audubon.org.


Beak Deformities in Alaska Birds

 

Scientists at the US Geological Survey Alaska Science Center are trying to track the geographic spread of an epizootic of beak deformities in wild birds that appears to have originated in Alaska.  

 

In 1999 and 2000, the USGS conducted a Christmas Bird Count survey of feeder-watchers and found that the beak deformities were clustered primarily around Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley, going as far north as Trapper Creek and Talkeetna.  This epizootic appears to be spreading, since there are now regular reports of beak deformities from as far north as Fairbanks, throughout southeast Alaska, and as far south as the Puget Sound area in Washington state.  The USGS has now documented 30 different species in Alaska with overgrown or crossed beaks.  

 

To help with this effort, please do the following:

1) Look for birds with abnormal beaks. Note the species, where you see the bird, how it is behaving, and what the deformity looks like.

 

2)  IMPORTANT!  Please enter the details of your observations into our online reporting form (“Report a deformed or banded bird”): Click Here   Or, If you are not able to submit this information online, please contact Colleen Handel directly

You may also see Northwestern Crows with bands on their legs. Please record what the bands look like (Are they colored? In what order?) and if the bird has an abnormal beak. This information should be reported online or directly to Colleen Handel.

US Geological Survey Beak Deformity web site:  Click Here
 

Field Observation Report Form (web based):  Click Here  

 

Feeder-watch Report Form (web based):  Click Here or  Download Report Form

 

Contact Information:

Colleen M. Handel

USGS Alaska Science Center, 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508

(907) 786-7181 cmhandel@usgs.gov


 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Wings Over Alaska Program

Earn certificates for identifying 50, 125, 200, and 275 bird species in the state.


CHECK OUT e-BIRD 2.0.

KEEP YOUR BIRDING RECORDS ON LINE FOR FREE.

A SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE CORNELL LABORATORY OF ORNITHOLOGY AND THE NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY.

eBird 2.0, a project of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, is an updated version of the powerful Internet-based program currently used by thousands of birders. eBird is a free, user-friendly way for birders across North America to record, archive, and share their observations at any hour of the day. It is also an important tool for conservation, providing researchers with a comprehensive picture of the abundance and distribution of birds.

Alaska eBird

Alaska eBird is a great way to record your observations, manage your life list, and help contribute to avian monitoring and conservation in Alaska.  Visit the Alaska eBird website, which includes photos, interesting birding news and features, as well as observation records: http://ebird.org/content/ak/

eBird newsletter 

New Publication from ebird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

If you eBird (count birds for fun), you can enjoy a new eBird newsletter, along with their thanks for contributing your bird observations to eBird. eBird wants to keep you posted about new and improved features for recording and exploring data; highlights from the eBird community; bird trends; and news of how scientists and conservationists are using your data. Check it out!

The mission of Juneau Audubon Society:

"To conserve the natural ecosystems of Southeast Alaska, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations"

 

The Raven

 

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