As our southwest Pennsylvania winter winds to a close we look to the oncoming warm in weather and increase in birds that accompanies Springtime! As always, with the arrival of new birds comes the increased potential for window collisions. Therefore, as spring arrives, we will dust off our bird-catching nets and plastic bags, re-read the BirdSafe Pittsburgh protocol, re-familiarize ourselves … [Read more...] about Spring 2018 is around the corner!
Pittsburgh artist Ashley Cecil is in the midst of an artist residency here at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Ashley has ended up choosing to focus her work around what we do as BirdSafe Pittsburgh and the flight tunnel research at the Powdermill Avian Research Center at Powdermill Nature Reserve. Because of the magnitude of the issue of window collisions, with an average of 599 million … [Read more...] about BirdSafe inspires art
Autumn is the busiest time of year for BirdSafe Pittsburgh monitors, because during fall migration more birds are moving through than during spring. Breeding adults are moving back to their wintering grounds along with all of the birds that were born this year. In fact, many (but definitely not all!) of the birds our monitors find as victims of window strikes are what we call “hatch-year” birds, … [Read more...] about Mid-fall 2015 monitoring update
BirdSafe Pittsburgh's fall 2015 monitoring season begins Tuesday, September 1. To see how to get involved in what we do, visit our volunteer page. The fall migration is much busier than the spring because of the sheer number of birds moving through. All of the birds that were born this summer are starting out on their first migration, and it is during this time that they are especially … [Read more...] about BirdSafe Pittsburgh Monitoring Efforts to Date
In stories old and new alike, real and imagined, people dream of taking flight. Though this illusion has metaphoric symbolism, the act of flying nonetheless intrigues humans. An act which birds accomplish not with the assistance of technology but through their very form. By examining the mechanisms and traits that enable a ‘birds eye view’, perhaps we can begin to understand why flying is … [Read more...] about Sensational Flying