June 03, 2020

These Black nature lovers are busting stereotypes, one cool bird at a time.

These young Black naturalists -- and the birds they love -- are some of the stars of Black Birders Week, a series of events and activities designed to highlight Black scientists, scholars and everyday nature lovers. While spreading their joy and knowledge, the countless people involved in the movement are also raising visibility of Black achievement at a painfully critical time.


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May 30, 2020

#BlackBirdersWeek aims to raise awareness, grow community.

The project is called #BlackBirdersWeek, and it will take place from Sunday, May 31, through Friday, June 5. Anyone who is interested should follow the hashtag #BlackBirdersWeek on Twitter and Instagram.


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April 22, 2020

The City Nature Challenge, Modified, Returns.

It is not the time for a global outdoor gathering of thousands of people to see who can find the most wildlife. But spring goes on (in the Northern Hemisphere), and the wildlife abides, so the fifth annual City Nature Challenge, originally envisioned as a worldwide live community science event, will go on this week too, with all those tens of thousands of amateur nature observers looking for nature closer to home and looking for a nature community online.


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April 14, 2020

Socially Distant Bioblitz (5/3/2020)

On May 3rd, join us for the second Socially Distant Bioblitz in our new tri-weekly series of self-paced natural exploration that adhere to the World Health Organization's guidelines for social distancing. (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public) Participants can contribute observations from home, or wherever you find yourself on May 3rd! This recurring event, every 3 weeks starting May 3rd, is sponsored by Antioch University New England and Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail.

The first Socially Distant Bioblitz on Sunday, April 5, was a huge success! We had an amazing turnout; nearly 350 participants submitting over 12,500 observations of over 3,000 species, representing 6 continents and 27 countries across the world.

What is a "bioblitz"? A bioblitz is a way of documenting the biodiversity of a property, town, or region by recording all of the species of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms within a designated time period and location. It could be a meal moth in your pantry, the amphibians calling from afar, the spiders in your house, the plants in the pavement, the doves flying by your apartment porch...any living organism you see or hear! Feel free to submit observations of plants inside your house or in your garden - just make sure to mark anything that was planted as "Cultivated" in your observation.

To participate, simply click the "JOIN" button in the top-right of the project page (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/socially-distant-bioblitz-5-3-2020). On the day of the bioblitz, your observations will be automatically added to the project.

We are looking forward to bio-blitzing with you!


Your SDB Organizers

Steven Lamode (@slamonde; Antioch University New England)
Sara Lobdell (@slob973; Antioch University New England)
Michael Nerrie (@mnerrie; Distant Hill Gardens)


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March 18, 2020

3 billion birds have vanished from our skies. Can we ever bring them back?

Look! Up in the sky! It’s … not as much as there used to be. Three billion wild birds have vanished from North America’s air in 50 years; a new study calls that loss “staggering.” Three billion is as many as 1 bird in 4 — birds of the forests, birds of the grasslands, gone.


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March 15, 2020

For scientists like me, good research isn’t enough. We have to tell our stories.

Ornithology conferences aren’t typically of interest to anyone but ornithologists. We spend days cooped up in meetings, listening to speakers, staring at graphs and tables, and attempting to digest research on bird physiology, migration and genetics.


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March 09, 2020

City Nature Challenge 2020

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February 29, 2020

Attention, birders! A new tool can help you automatically identify birds you spot, no field guide needed.

This “digital guide” is the product of a collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Swarovski Optik.


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Burrowing Owl Festival coming to Chaffey College Chino campus Saturday.

From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 29, Chaffey College Chino Campus is hosting a free Burrowing Owl Festival.


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February 21, 2020

Fifty years of data show new changes in bird migration.

A growing body of research shows that birds' spring migration has been getting earlier and earlier in recent decades. New research on Black-throated Blue Warblers, a common songbird that migrates from Canada and the eastern US to Central America and back every year, uses fifty years of bird-banding data to add another piece to the puzzle, showing that little-studied fall migration patterns have been shifting over time as well.


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