News

11/12/2021

From Audubon:
Landmark Legislation Sets a Framework for a Cleaner Future for People and Birds

The Story

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11/9/2021
From the Cornell Lab:
A Miracle of Abundance as 20,000 Whimbrel Take Refuge on a Tiny Island

Story and short film

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Bobolink Survey in Northfield
Details
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5/20/2021
Message from John Nelson, Chair of the Association of Massachusetts Bird Clubs re. Endangered Species
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5/13/2021
Golden-winged Warbler seen

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Bird Club Member Patter Field Suggests Local Newspaper Consult with Birders on Identifications

Read the Letter

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Some Male Birds Fly Under False Colors

"Male tanagers are meant to be noticed. Many species of the small, tropical bird sport deep black feathers and splashes of eye-catching color — electric yellows, traffic cone oranges and nearly neon scarlets.

To achieve this flashiness, the birds must spend time and energy foraging for, and metabolizing, plants that contain special color pigments, which make their way into the feathers. A vibrantly colored male is thus sending an “honest signal,” many scientists have long theorized: He is alerting nearby females that he has a good diet, is in good health and would make a worthy mate.

But some birds may be guilty of false advertising, a new study suggests. Male tanagers have microstructures in their feathers that enhance their colors, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Scientific Reports. These microstructures, like evolution’s own Instagram filters, may make the males seem as if they are more attractive than they truly are."

Emily Anthes, "Some Male Birds Fly Under False Colors to Attract Mates, Study Suggests," New York Times, April 21, 2021

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Free Online Birding Course

Spark Birding is offering a free program to encourage more people to explore birdwatching as a hobby and to learn the basics. The program is tailored to the New England region and includes a free online course, Birding Essentials for New England, that covers bird behavior, essential gear, the most common birds here, and how to identify birds. For more information or to signup, visit sparkbirding.com/getstarted.

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Scientists Identify Toxin That Has Been Killing Birds

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The Northfield Bird Club is heeding the call of the Association of Massachusetts Bird Clubs (AMBC) and signing on to a conservation initiative entitled "Bring Birds Back."

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New Buildings in Duluth Using Bird-Friendly Glass

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Events

Bird Walks
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Local Insects and Spiders in Winter
December 2 (Thursday), 6:30-7:30pm
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Bats of New England
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m.
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Birds in Winter: Surviving the Most Challenging Season
Monday, Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m.
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The Northfield Open Space committee is seeking volunteers for trail work in the Mill Brook area. Since the Bird Club uses this area, let's help out. For more information go to: northfieldmasstrails.org/trail-work/

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Check our Programs page for more

Also check the Athol Bird and Nature Club for programs and walks