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Archive for April, 2009
We had a lot of fun with the Birdorable puzzle contest earlier this week, and so did our winners!
Clock winner Becci wrote, “What a fun contest. I hope I win, but if I don’t, it at least gave me a chance to test my birding skills!”
Runner-up Melissa of birding.about.com wrote, “BIRDS ARE GREAT – And I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for the fun!”
The mini buttons and “grand prize” clock were sent out to the winners yesterday. Thanks to all who participated!
Birds of Prey, New Birds, Vultures — 1 Comment »
This Earth Day we’ve added the 175th species to Birdorable: the Egyptian Vulture. This striking black-and-white bird with yellow face lives in southern Europe, northern Africa and southern Asia. Unfortunately, its numbers are in decline over large parts of its range. In Europe and most of the Middle East it is only half as plentiful as it was about twenty years ago, and the populations in India and southwestern Africa have collapsed almost entirely.
In Egypt this bird is also known as the Pharaoh’s Chicken because of its relationship with Ancient Egypt’s oldest deity, Nekhbet. They referred to the bird as the Mother of Mothers and it was depicted on the front of the pharaoh’s crown. The nurturing behavior of these vultures while rearing their young led to a view of them as model parents.
We saw these two Egyptian Vultures from a boat on the Chambal River in Rajasthan, India:
Happy Earth Day to everyone on the planet! If you’re reading this I know that you love birds, or you wouldn’t be on a website about cute birds. Sadly, birds are in trouble. Sure, you see pigeons, geese and sparrows everywhere, but those birds have adapted to urban habitats. A great many birds, such as meadowlarks and orioles, require natural habitats. They are in danger from habitat destruction and the ever expanding range of humans. Studies by the National Audubon Society show that over 25 percent of American bird species are in serious decline.
Earth Day is a great day to contemplate how you can help save our birds. Here are 10 easy things that you can do around the house to conserve our avian friends:
For more ways on helping birds check out the book 101 Ways to Help Birds (available on Amazon) by Laura Erickson. Happy Earth Day.
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