10000 Birds – Icy Birding Along Portland’s Back Cove

It was the day before Christmas in Southern Maine, and an ice storm had  recently churned through, leaving the world bright and extra reflective. Home for the holidays, I convinced my mother to follow me to one of my favorite loops: the 3.5 miles around Portland’s Back Cove. We had no idea what we were…

Voices for Biodiversity – Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals

As individuals who work in the environmental field and whose hobbies involve being outdoors, we had heard of some of the extinct species featured in Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals by Daniel Hudon before we read the book. The popular metaphor-bird, the dodo, is one extinct species almost everyone knows about, and we also recognized Bachman’s warbler,…

10000 Birds – Winter Birding on Home Turf

Most of my blogs for 10000 Birds fall into the”trips” category. I go somewhere new, I’m excited about the experience, I write about it. But all birders know the value of your home turf, a.k.a. where you bird the most. Your home turf could be your yard, your neighborhood, your county, the place where you…