Birder's Guide

NOV 2016

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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28 Birder's Guide to Gear | November 2016 Avoiding Bird Collisions second part outlines some of the avail- able options for prevention, with notes about their permanence, cost, and effec- tiveness. Some can even be implemented seasonally. For more information on the how and why of collisions, and what to do with an injured bird, check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "Problems with Windows" webpage ( cornell-windows). Basic Emergency Kit for Surviving Casualties - Brown paper bag - Napkin or tissue to put in brown paper bag with the bird - Phone number for certified wildlife rehabilitator - Sense of calm urgency; contact the rehabber immediately Note that it is illegal to keep native bird species, even if you're trying to help them recover. Do not try to feed any in- jured bird unless you are directed to do so by the rehabber. Forensic Kit for Dead Birds - Napkin/paper towel/tissue - Sealable plastic bag - Permanent marker - Freezer - Phone number for collection/ museum/nature center (permits strongly suggested) - Paper/index card, on which to record the time, date, location (be as specific as possible: E side of X building at 1200 This Road, City, County, State), collector's name, species if known, cause of death if known You may be wondering why you should pick up dead birds that hit windows. Every dead bird contains data. "Teaching museum[s]...with finite not actively collect vertebrate specimens such as birds. Instead, the growth and usefulness of…collections depend on donations of salvaged specimens, the highest quality of which are window- killed specimens", says Tonya Haff of Top: Buildings surrounded by low-quality habitat are still likely to be struck by birds during migration. Poor habitat, however, may lower the odds of summer and winter strikes due to lower bird density. Blinds may help prevent some collisions, but this window has a much stronger reflection than the blinds can overcome. Photo © Heidi Trudell Bottom: ABC Bird Tape is an easy and economical way to make interesting visual patterns that are within the 2"x4" inch spacing guidelines. Photo © Mary Gustafson

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