Internet Naturalist – November 23, 2014

  • Project FeederWatch a winter-long survey | Northumberland Today
    For two days in the week of Nov. 8, you will find me, for part of the day, sitting in the rocking chair near my back door, counting the birds visiting my feeder. Nov. 8 marks the beginning of another Project FeederWatch season. | Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track broad scale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. | Project FeederWatch was started as an Ontario based feeder survey, begun in 1976 by Dr. Erica Dunn of Long Point Observatory. By 2014, it had grown into an international research project, co-sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada.
  • Weekend Plans: Long Point Bay, Ontario – Rapid Media102414
    "Long Point Bay on Lake Erie is a world Biosphere Reserve, putting my local hole in league with the Great Barrier Reef. Until recently, this is something I was unaware of. I grew up here in Norfolk County and have fished the inner bay since before I could walk, but I never realized its importance to the Great Lakes system. I knew there was awesome bass fishing in the summer and that we have huge migrations of waterfowl that stop in the vast marshland surrounding the bay, but never really stepped back to realize how lucky I was to live in such a diverse freshwater fishery. Although Lake Erie is the smallest of all the Great Lakes, it’s huge; it’s a Great Lake. Kayaks are small and human powered, which makes for some limitations and challenges, but the rewards can be huge! Yak fishers have to fish for whatever we can reach on any given day, or time of year. The smaller size and shallower depth of Lake Erie mean its conditions can get nasty and dangerous very quickly. I have had my fair share of outings that I would not wish upon anyone. Those experiences have only taught me to be smarter about where I launch, or what days to even consider venturing out onto the water."
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