Blog Archive: November 2018

Birdorable Palila

2018 Bonanza Bird #2: Palila

November 24th, 2018 in Birdorable Bonanza 2018, Finches 1 comment
Cute Birdorable Palila

Today our 2018 Bonanza continues with a Hawaiian species of honeycreeper: the Palila!

Many species of Hawaiian honeycreeper are endangered or face threats, and the Palila is no different, unfortunately. The Palila is considered to be critically endangered, due in part to loss of habitat.

Palilas are highly dependent on the Mamane tree. This association includes using the tree as a food source and nesting habitat.

Tomorrow's new bird is Europe's largest species of pigeon. Can you guess which species it is?

Birdorable Acorn Woodpecker

2018 Bonanza Bird #1: Acorn Woodpecker

November 23rd, 2018 in Birdorable Bonanza 2018, Woodpeckers No comments
Birdorable Acorn Woodpecker

Thanks for tuning in to our 2018 Birdorable Bonanza. We're kicking off this burst of new Birdorable birds with a species of New World woodpecker: the Acorn Woodpecker.

Acorn Woodpeckers have an unmistakable adult plumage of black and white with a deep red crown. These social birds breed cooperatively.

Photo of Acorn Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker by Becky Matsubara (CC BY 2.0)

They also gather and hoard their namesake food communally, using dead trees or utility poles to store thousands of acorns.

Tomorrow's new bird is an endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper finch. This specialized bird lives on the Big Island and is closely associated with the Mamane tree. Do you know the species?

Birdorable Scarlet Ibis

10 Years of Birdorable Bonanzas! 2018 Starts Friday!

November 21st, 2018 in Birdorable Bonanza 2018 4 comments
Birdorable Bonanza

Back in November 2016, we celebrated the 10th year of Birdorable by kicking off our 8th annual Birdorable Bonanza. This Friday, November 23, we're kicking off our 10th Bonanza!

Each year we reveal a new batch of birds in a burst -- our Birdorable Bonanza. You can check out what the previous years were like here: 2017; 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010; 2009.

In 2009, our first bird was the Scarlet Ibis and last year's bonanza ended with the Superb Lyrebird. 

During this year's ten-day-long event, we'll reveal a new bird each day. 10 new birds for our 10th Bonanza! The new birds will include our 700th species, the most requested Birdorable of all time! Join us starting this friday to see what new birds will join Birdorable in our 10th annual Bonanza!

Here's a sneak peek at Friday's new species, a medium-sized woodpecker with an appearance some compare to that of a clown. Can you guess which species will start things off?

Birdorable Spotted Towhee

Oregon 2020 Bird Population Survey

November 7th, 2018 in Citizen Science, Science 2 comments

Researchers in Oregon are working on a huge survey of birds in the state: Oregon 2020. Data from field observations is being compiled to determine the abundance and distribution of Oregon's bird species.

The study in part uses data collected by citizen scientists who bird the state and enter their findings into eBird.

In a presentation given at a bird symposium last year, Birdorable cartoon birds were used to help visualize concepts in field observation data collection, like "imperfect detection" and "detection probability".

The project aims to compile its data on the birds of Oregon by the year 2020. While data collection occurs year-round, County Birding Blitzes are used to collect data in hotspots over a short period of time by a lot of different observers (kind of like Christmas Bird Counts).

To learn more about the project and maybe even contribute data, check it out at Oregon 2020.

Thank you to Tyler Hallman for sharing his presentation with us.