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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Friday, March 23rd, 2007 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Want to learn more about birds? Learning all about hummingbirds a few days ago got me interested in the other birds out there as well. This all stems back to my childhood memories of my dad pointing out different birds to me too. He taught me how to spot a robin, a blue jay, a cardinal, starlings, sparrows and even a woodpecker. Navigation is really simple here. The site is divided into the following sections:

All About Birds – Here you can learn all about birds, just like the title says. This section is divided into categories. You can find them on the tabs across the top of the page on the navigation strip.

In Birding 1, 2, 3, you’ll learn how to identify birds, where to find birds and how to report your observations.

The Bird Guide is an awesome search engine style guide. Choose a bird from one of the drop down boxes and you’ll get all the information available on that particular bird. Or, you can check out the Video Gallery (not recommended for those of you with dial-up), which has some pretty amazing video of the birds. Underneath the video, you may see a link to their species account also, which gives you all the information on the bird that you’ll ever need.

So, you want to watch and keep track of the birds you’ve seen for your personal records, but you don’t know what kind of gear you need? Well, that brings us to the Gear Guide. Here you will get a lot of information on the gear you need to watch all those birds!

You can also learn how to lure birds to you by watching with the Attracting Birds section. Here you will learn how to feed, landscape and more to attract birds to your yard. This section also discusses the challenges you may face.

The Great Backyard Bird Count – This takes bird watching to a new level. Here you will learn how you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. You will find navigation on both the top navigation strip and on the side menu. While the bird count for 2007 is over, you can still get a checklist of birds in your area by clicking Submit Your Bird Check List. It will inform you that the event is over as well. Then, click the link to get a printable bird tally list for your area. You can get a listing for your postal code, city and state or even a national park. I’m already wishing it was 2008, so I can participate too!

The Search for the Ivory Billed Woodpecker is an ongoing search for a bird that was believed to be extinct, but new evidence has led scientists to believe the birds still exist. Therefore, they are out there searching for them. They’ve searched Florida and Arkansas, but did they find their bird? Check this section out to find out!

Bird of the Week – This is a nifty little feature that highlights one bird a week. When I visited, the lucky bird was the Purple Martin. I think they are rather handsome birds. Make sure you check out the Cool Facts area about this bird too. They are rather nifty.

News at the Lab – Under this heading, you will get the latest news of what’s going on at the Cornell lab.

Birds in the Headlines – What birds are making the headlines around the world? Well, how about the Northern Bald Ibis? Or, the Warbler who was lost for 139 years and was rediscovered in Thailand. Those were in the news when I was there!

This is a really cool site on birds. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I can’t wait to start filling in my checklist of birds I’ve seen around town. Have fun exploring!

~ Amanda

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