Falconry, an ancient cultural heritage arising around 2,000 BC in Mongolia or Central Asia, is alive and well in the Mideast. In fact, mid Eastern nations predominate in the United Nations listing of Falconry as Intangible Cultural Heritage. Mid Eastern falconry made BBC news reports today as more evidence from a 2015 terrorist kidnapping incident … Continue reading Modern Falconry: Cultural Heritage caught in Geopolitics
Thanks to Ayoub Hadidi (FB), administrator of Bird Squad group, for this intimate portrait of the hatching of a pigeon chick and its first three days of development. The pigeons live just outside Ayoub's house and are comfortable with his handling. As usual wild pigeons, they fly out and about the town during the … Continue reading Gen(i)us: First Three Days in the Life of a Pigeon
This month TheRoundUp looks at free flight, indoor and outdoor. Meet a number of people on social media and learn about some of the resources available there. For instance. Straus Mikalsky's experiences with free flight led him to seek professional instruction from Chris Biro (above) at Liberty Wings. As an adult, Straus grew enamored of … Continue reading TheRoundUp, July 15, 2018: Summer Swelter
Faith and religious values inform and motivate hopeful action. Intimidating global issues like deforestation, biodiversity and global warming may find practical solutions in the Ivory Tower, but often it takes faith and religious values to motivate manpower. A Rocha, an international organization of Christian stewardship, responds to the planet's biodiversity crisis with community-based conservation projects. … Continue reading Stewardship, Birds & Conservation: A Rocha in Cruzinha, Portugal
Just a short note to let you know that as we continue to switch over to our new website - BirbObserver.com - we'll be taking a short hiatus from publishing The Round Up. Rest assured that this marquis section of BirbObserver will be back in the coming few weeks! In the meantime we encourage you … Continue reading Note to Readers
Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic response to TheRoundUp - we love hearing and sharing your stories and hope the shared experience helps you along your path of joy and equilibrium in life. We blush to acknowledge that the media-intensity of the page means download times vary and regret any inconvenience. We've archived 2017's TheRoundUp … Continue reading The Round Up Archives is Here!
Sharingexperience we learn from one another and have some quixotic bird fun with antics like #BirdDominion. From "Spring watch" to a cameos of such birdlovers as Facebook Admin Ayoub Hadidi of BirdSquad, we present 'bird happenings' Instagram and Facebook and encourage you to explore accounts you may hitherto have missed. Click here to visit the latest … Continue reading The Round Up – March 15
Birds have inspired some of the most moving and insightful art and literature in history. BirbObserver reprints this thoughtful period poem by Englishman John Clare (1793 – 1864): The Yellowhammer's Nest BY JOHN CLARE Just by the wooden brig a bird flew up, Frit by the cowboy as he scrambled down To reach the misty dewberry—let … Continue reading Horus: The Yellowhammer’s Nest
By Mark LaBarre For five days before Helike disappeared, all the mice, martens, snakes, centipedes, beetles -- and every other creature of that kind in the city -- left in a body by the road that leads to Keryneia ... But after these creatures had departed, an earthquake occurred in the night; the city subsided; … Continue reading Quakin’, Shakin’ Feathers
Catch up on social and community news on everything from weather, nectar replacement therapy, to missing Birbs; enjoy an imaginative frolic with bird friends and find some new friends by checking out accounts you may have missed earlier. Head on over to TheRoundUp now to view this edition!