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Settling the Scores

I suffer from acute birding FOMO. Passing up on opportunities for exploration and discovery, especially alongside friends, bums me out. Last year, Taylor and Brent worked to organize a grassroots bird survey in the style of Audubon’s official Christmas Bird … Continue reading

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It’s a Shore Thing

Birders and other ecology enthusiasts track the seasonal cycle very closely. Through observation of the annual changes in conditions, we refine our expectations and our understanding of how the natural world works. Every year is different, though, and sometimes nature … Continue reading

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Surviving the Doldrums

March is not my favorite month. It’s a challenging time for a New York naturalist, caught in between seasons without the excitement of either winter or spring. On top of that, it is the only month of the year with no … Continue reading

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1-2-3 Break!

Wednesday was overcast and gray, but mostly dry and pleasantly warm. I set out early in the morning to check in on a few unusual birds that had been sighted nearby. My first stop was Oak Beach, one of the … Continue reading

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February Fun

In the wake of our upstate adventure, Brent and I decided to check out some of the interesting birds which had been reported towards the eastern end of Long Island. We met up at a parking lot just east of … Continue reading

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Superb Owl Sunday

It’s a bad joke, a simple typo, and I shouldn’t find it as amusing as I do. Every year when the Super Bowl rolls around, the Superb Owl silliness adds an extra level of fun to the celebration. I appreciate seeing my … Continue reading

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Foggy Photography

Sunday had a tough act to follow after the successes of Saturday, but I was still determined to make that most of my weekend. The forecast predicted foggy, gray weather throughout the day with wet and stormy conditions blowing in before … Continue reading

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The Wings of Winter

A light fall of snow leading into Friday resulted in minimal accumulation, but the forecast called for a more serious winter storm over the weekend. The scheduled Brooklyn pelagic tour was rescheduled for the following Saturday, which got me off … Continue reading

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Here I Go Again

New year, new list! A whole new cycle of natural events, a whole new suite of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. 2016 was a busy year and a great success for wildlife watching, as I achieved the goals I set … Continue reading

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Weathering the Storm

On Friday night I’d made plans to catch up with an old coworker. Julie, a former member of the Project Puffin team, was in town for a conference, so we decided to meet in Manhattan. After we unsuccessfully entered the Hamilton ticket … Continue reading

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