Modern Falconry: Cultural Heritage caught in Geopolitics

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

Hawaii’s ‘Io & Kilauea Volcano’s Eruption

By Mark LaBarre Volcano eruptions damage the surrounding environment in many ways. Mount Kilauea's recent activity has placed the endangered Hawaiian hawk, called 'Io, in great jeopardy, yet, like all flighted birds, the 'Io has certain survival advantages over other animals. Volcanologist Mark LaBarre, a native of Hawaii, provides a comprehensive overview of the impact … Continue reading Hawaii’s ‘Io & Kilauea Volcano’s Eruption

Gen(i)us: First Three Days in the Life of a Pigeon

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

Quakin’, Shakin’ Feathers

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

Decline of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

This year the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 ("MBTA", 16 U.S.C. 703-712) celebrates one century of international coordination on bird conservation with Canada. The MBTA is a US public law implementing a US-UK treaty negotiated by the United Kingdom on behalf of Canada. Later, Mexico, Japan and the Soviet Union (now as its successor … Continue reading Decline of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

World Wetlands Day: An observation

Tomorrow, February 2nd is World Wetlands Day.  This year's theme is Sustainable Urban Wetlands.  Currently half the world's population lives in urban settings, but by 2050 that figure will be 66 percent.  Shrinking wetlands will not only have huge impacts on wildlife, but their decline also affects the livability of cities. Read the latest Birds … Continue reading World Wetlands Day: An observation

Are birds your creative inspiration?

...then submit your work to Horus! BirbObserver welcomes your writing and artwork about your own bird, wild birds - basically, anything about birds - real, fictional, mythical, etc.  Send us your poetry, short essays, short stories, artwork, etc., and we'll post it on our Horus page for all to appreciate! Email your submissions to birbobserver@gmail.com  Remember … Continue reading Are birds your creative inspiration?

Bird’s Eye View: January 15, 2018

At a time when we invest heavily in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy – and at a time when  species extinction has reached its highest rate in human history – we owe it to ourselves, our children, our common Earth to scrutinize carefully the cost/benefit ratio of offshore oil drilling. Read the … Continue reading Bird’s Eye View: January 15, 2018