birds http://wlrn.org en Name That Tweet: What Is This Bird, Anyway? http://wlrn.org/post/name-tweet-what-bird-anyway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I didn’t see it at first.&nbsp;</span></p><p>I was just getting into my car in the WLRN parking lot when I heard the warbling.&nbsp; It seemed the bird song was carried along on the air in surround sound, with a resonance that my colleagues inside the building would envy.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:17:04 +0000 Christine DiMattei 25984 at http://wlrn.org Birdwatchers In The Keys On Alert For Nature's Speed Demon http://wlrn.org/post/birdwatchers-keys-alert-natures-speed-demon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal on the planet. 
Throw a brick off the top of the Empire State Building and the Peregrine will fall out of the sky faster.</span></p><p>The secret is the falcon’s ability to shape its body into an almost perfect teardrop, fine tuning its muscles and feathers according to the feel of the rushing wind. Navy scientists using radar have clocked them doing 240 miles per hour. Peregrine Falcons don’t do this for fun. They do it to survive.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:29:21 +0000 Mark Hedden 22840 at http://wlrn.org Birdwatchers In The Keys On Alert For Nature's Speed Demon Future Of South Florida Conservation Lands In Limbo; Public Asked To Weigh In http://wlrn.org/post/future-south-florida-conservation-lands-limbo-public-asked-weigh <p>How valuable are state-managed conservation lands? It's a question the <a href="http://www.sfwmd.gov/portal/page/portal/xweb%20protecting%20and%20restoring/land%20assessment#everglades" target="_blank">South Florida Water Management District</a> has put to the public in a multi-month assessment of fee-owned lands throughout the state.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 16379 at http://wlrn.org Future Of South Florida Conservation Lands In Limbo; Public Asked To Weigh In Hunting The Flamingo Is A Birder's Rite Of Passage In "Garish, Neon" Florida http://wlrn.org/post/hunting-flamingo-birders-rite-passage-garish-neon-florida <p><em>The </em><em>Birdist</em>'s Nicholas Lund -- who, in a recent <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/05/state_bird_improvements_replace_cardinals_and_robins_with_warblers_and_hawks.single.html" target="_blank"><em>Slate</em> piece</a>, took each and every state to task for its choice of state bird -- stands by his assertion that the flamingo should be Florida's avian ambassador, even <em>if</em> most of the state's denizens will never set eyes on the pink fellows outside of an aviary or souvenir shop. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 15033 at http://wlrn.org Hunting The Flamingo Is A Birder's Rite Of Passage In "Garish, Neon" Florida Florida's State Bird Shouldn't Be The Mockingbird (Or The Flamingo) http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-state-bird-shouldnt-be-mockingbird-or-flamingo <p>In a "bird-rich" state like Florida, does the commonplace northern mockingbird deserve to reign as the official state bird? <em><a href="http://www.thebirdist.com/" target="_blank">The </a></em><em><a href="http://www.thebirdist.com/" target="_blank">Birdist</a></em>'s&nbsp;Nicholas Lund thinks not.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14476 at http://wlrn.org Florida's State Bird Shouldn't Be The Mockingbird (Or The Flamingo) Sea Level Rise May Happen Too Quick For Shore Birds To React http://wlrn.org/post/sea-level-rise-may-happen-too-quick-shore-birds-react <p>Humans aren't the only species facing an uncertain future in South Florida should current sea level rise predictions prove accurate. Migratory and resident shore birds also would feel the pinch of encroaching salt water, beach erosion, and shore line and habitat loss.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 14033 at http://wlrn.org Sea Level Rise May Happen Too Quick For Shore Birds To React Why The 'World's Weirdest Bird' Is Ditching South Florida And Heading North http://wlrn.org/post/why-worlds-weirdest-bird-ditching-south-florida-and-heading-north <p>The roseate spoonbill -- often mistaken by confused tourists for the non-native flamingo -- is one of Florida's great iconic species. Dubbed "one of the most breathtaking of the world's weirdest birds" by naturalist Roger Tory Peterson, the gangly creatures are an increasingly rare sight in South Florida.&nbsp;</p><p>According to a feature in the May-June issue of <em>Audubon Magazine</em>, spoonbills have been vacating South Florida in droves, heading north to more hospitable (read: often less developed) lands.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 18:16:04 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 13788 at http://wlrn.org Why The 'World's Weirdest Bird' Is Ditching South Florida And Heading North Why April Is A Bonanza For South Florida Bird Watchers http://wlrn.org/post/why-april-bonanza-south-florida-bird-watchers <p></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 6.0px 0.0px; font: 17.0px Helvetica">For birdwatchers and the bird curious, April in South Florida is the jackpot month – the time of year when almost anything with wings can show up.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:28:30 +0000 Mark Hedden 12412 at http://wlrn.org Why April Is A Bonanza For South Florida Bird Watchers Nine Awesome Everglades Animals (Aside From The Alligator) http://wlrn.org/post/nine-awesome-everglades-animals-aside-alligator <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is there any animal more closely associated with the Everglades than the American alligator? OK, the <a href="http://wlrn.org/post/python-challenge-hunter-its-eerily-quiet-everglades" target="_blank">Burmese python</a> has been the 'glades press "darling" as of late, but invasive, non-natives do not count for the purposes of celebrating the Everglades. While F</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">lorida's iconic reptilian king deserves all of the attention it gets, there are plenty of other cool critters that inhabit the Everglades. </span></p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 12276 at http://wlrn.org Nine Awesome Everglades Animals (Aside From The Alligator) Feral Cats Bill Pits Animal Welfare Advocates Against Conservationalists http://wlrn.org/post/feral-cats-bill-pits-animal-welfare-advocates-against-conservationalists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Animal welfare advocates are at odds with wildlife </span>conservationalists<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;as the Florida Senate prepares this week to look at a controversial feral cat bill.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 11656 at http://wlrn.org Feral Cats Bill Pits Animal Welfare Advocates Against Conservationalists Tagged Vultures May Solve Mystery About Why They Attack Cars In The Everglades http://wlrn.org/post/tagged-vultures-may-solve-mystery-about-why-they-attack-cars-everglades <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In January,&nbsp;</span>WLRN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;reported on the curious -- and destructive -- habits of some of the Everglades National Park's vulture population. The birds have been reported to "attack" parked vehicles, picking off rubber and vinyl. The baffling and costly behavior has led Everglades' staff to pass out </span><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/why-everglades-national-park-handing-out-anti-vulture-kits" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">anti-vulture kits </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to park visitors. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:03:02 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 10870 at http://wlrn.org Tagged Vultures May Solve Mystery About Why They Attack Cars In The Everglades This Weekend's Great Backyard Bird Count Allows South Florida Birders To Shape Science http://wlrn.org/post/weekends-great-backyard-bird-count-allows-south-florida-birders-shape-science <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dust off those binoculars and brush up on your birding skills. The 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count is on and South Florida is a historical hotbed of action.</span></p><p>The four-day count -- a joint effort by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada -- is a large-scale citizen-science project with participants from around the globe. There's no cost to join and it's open to birders of all levels, from the casual feeder watcher to hardcore "listers."&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Tricia Woolfenden 9477 at http://wlrn.org This Weekend's Great Backyard Bird Count Allows South Florida Birders To Shape Science