About an hour’s drive from my home in Nova Scotia the majority of the world’s semi-palmated sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) stop every year to gorge on “mud shrimp” on the mud flats of the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin.
Landfills are wonderful, exciting places. The only place potentially more exciting is a sewage lagoon, but short of finding one of those the lure of a new bird at the landfill of the southernmost city in the world was too much to bear.
The Whooping Crane was, and is, one of the most endangered birds in North America. Though probably never abundant, the population reached a staggering low of about 15 birds in 1941 due to hunting and habitat loss/degradation.
Every once in a while in birding, something completely surprises you. Sometimes it’s an assumption that you’ve always had, that you suddenly realize is completely false. For Nathan Hentze, the Limpkin, the female Eurasian Teal and female Green-winged Teal offered such epiphanies.
Birder and writer Nathan Hentze takes us through the tundra where he discovers that flat places are more often than not, anything but flat!
George Burden discovers that Father Goose is alive and well and living in Canada. His real name is Bill Lishman and you’ll read his story and say, “Oh, I know about him.”
A bird of prey and a cat playing together? Apparently we have something to learn from them. If they can learn to get along, why can’t we?
Julia McLean provides an historical and cultural context for grouse hunting in Great Britain while also ruminating on the decline of local markets and our disconnect from nature and our food sources.
At age 86 and on her deathbed, Minnie Rose Lovgreen dictated a lifetime of sage advice to her neighbour on raising chickens for eggs. As cities across North America debate whether or not to allow chicken coops within city limits, Minnie’s book offers charming common-sense instruction in how easy and rewarding it is to keep laying hens anywhere.
Andrea K. Paterson speaks about the noisy environment that we live in and discusses the tragic loss of natural silence. She urges people to consider attending to silence and to nurture the silent places.