Shorebirds Facing Extinction

“Shorebirds, The World’s Greatest Travelers, Face Extinction” NY Times article by John W. Fitzpatrick and Nathan R. Senner. Read the article here.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Photo still from video by Gerrit Vyn for Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

Red-breasted Merganser Migration, Youngstown, NY


Decided to take a trip to Youngstown to spend some time by the water this weekend and was delighted to find flocks of red-breasted mergansers, most of which were fishing in pairs before flying off together. I had the pleasure of watching one couple diving for fish up-close. I enjoyed the tranquil sound of the water with their flight calls in the distance. Listen to their flight calls via Cornell Lab of Ornithology sound lab here.

Day Trip to Ithaca: Visiting the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Since I became interested in studying ornithology, Cornell Lab of Ornithology has been on my list of places to visit. I finally took a quick trip to Ithaca where I was able to spend the night in a cute Airbnb studying my bird biology course and snacking, rest up, and then spend a few hours at lab the following day before heading back home.

IMG_20180319_174641_870View of the pond at Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


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This was my cozy place in Ithaca. Sign up here to get $40 off your first Airbnb trip anywhere!

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Bird Biology Studies

I am beyond excited to have just purchased this text book from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Handbook of Bird Biology. I will also be taking their courses Comprehensive Bird Biology and Field Ornithology to help me really obtain the knowledge I need to move forward with internships and field experience in ornithology. I also just went to orientation at our local wildlife department last night and should be able to start volunteering in the next week or two. I’ve dreamt of getting into this field since I was a child, but sometimes life takes you on a stray path for awhile. I’m very lucky to have all these opportunities in front of me right now, and I will document every wonderful detail of it here on my blog.

If you’re interested in snagging your own copy of Cornell’s Handbook of Bird Biology, you can purchase it here.


Catskills Getaway

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Visiting back home in the Catskills. I grew up in the Hudson Valley and moved to the city of Buffalo a few years ago. I always crave these visits and feel so lucky to call this place my true home.