BirdCallsRadio: Judith Davis, Great White Pelican

Great White Pelican, (probable female in breeding plumage), extralimital, roosting with American Pelicans, J.N.Ding Darling NWR, Sanibel Island, Florida. ©Townsend P. Dickinson All Right Reserved www.kymrygroup.com

Great White Pelican, (probable female in breeding plumage), extralimital, roosting with American Pelicans, J.N.Ding Darling NWR, Sanibel Island, Florida. ©Townsend P. Dickinson All Right Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the photographer. http://www.kymrygroup.com

A Conversation with our next guest Judith “Judy” Davis who was the first person to identified the Great White Pelican that landed on Sanibel Island, Florida from Sunday, February 28, 2016 till Monday March 1, 2016.

Judy is a retired educator of New York State and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Judy has been a birder since Jr Audubon in 1947. She has been Volunteer at .J N. Ding Darling for 18 years that includes roving or guiding along Wildlife Drive, helping with biological surveys and helping new volunteers with bird Identification especially shorebirds including painting signs which luckily are being replaced. Additional NEW article Click here on Great White Pelican at Ding Darling

Show Notes:

  • First person to identified the Great White Pelican on Sanibel Island
  • Birders & Photographers working together with ethical guidelines
  • Biological surveys
  • Bird Identification especially shorebirds
  • Importance of today’s technology & social media
  • The value of volunteers
  • Expect the unexpected

 Judy Davis – GREAT WHITE PELICAN BirdCallsRadio#85

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BirdCallsRadio Reboots!

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For Immediate Release:                                                          Additional Information:
May 19, 2016                                                                              Mardi Dickinson 203-846-0359
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BirdCallsRadio Reboots

Yes that’s right, it’s back. BirdCallsRadio worldwide is pleased to announce the reboot of the show with host Mardi Welch Dickinson. She will continue to bring exciting and forward thinking guests including birders, artists, educators, authors, scientists, and organizations to interested listeners through the restart of the show, recorded in a new state-of-the-art digital broadcasting studio which enables location reporting from birding and conservation hot spots.

New guests, as before, will include key players with interests in bird identification, conservation, equipment, gardening, nature tours, and ornithology. The format and delivery method of the content will change slightly to streamline content delivery. We are moving from radio style delivery format to polished podcasts.

The next guest is Judy Davis a longtime birdwatcher and conservationist who identified the arrival of the Great White Pelican, an extreme rarity from Africa, on Sanibel Island, Florida in February of 2016. She tells us all about the events that transpired before the pelican departed for parts unknown.

Our goal is to get beyond a few sounds bytes through in depth conversations designed to provide a more thorough examination of a given subject. In a new twist, we will occasionally feature expert guest co-hosts to complement the featured guest. We are excited too about plans for on location mobil reporting from birding and conservation hot spots around the world and through regular and timely field updates.

We are building on the successful efforts of our first 36 months. In that time BirdCallsRadio™ developed a unique voice worldwide in all matters relating to wild birds and conservation. There is simply no other media outlet with the same broad scope and in depth content anywhere. Stats indicate that we had unique listeners tuned in from 42 States and 104 Countries. People can listen to us by worldwide live streaming, or through recorded shows on their computers, smart phones or tablets on both Mac & PC platforms. Free content is available from the BCR website or through downloaded BCR iTunes podcasts.

Guests and co-hosts Inquiries are now under consideration and bookings for future shows are ongoing. If you are interested in joining the growing line-up please contact us for consideration.  Advertising Rates are also available now for website ads and air time spots including Affiliate Partnerships.

For more information about BirdCallsRadio Show, www.birdcallsradio.com, call (203) 846-0359 or email birdcallsradio@gmail.com

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Noble Proctor Remembered

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 Noble S. Proctor

April 10, 1942 ~ may 28, 2015

Noble S. Proctor Ph.D., 73, of Branford, CT, died on May 28. He was born April 10, 1942 in Derby, CT to Alfred Proctor and Ruth Baldwin Proctor. He grew up in Ansonia where he roamed the valley, initiating his lifelong love for natural history. He attended Ansonia High School and upon graduation, entered the U.S. Army. After his Army years and before starting college, he was employed by Yale University to collect materials for Protein & DNA studies for taxonomy of bird classification. He received his B.A & M.S. at Southern Connecticut State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. He was a professor of biology for 34 years at SCSU, teaching courses in ornithology, botany, and biogeography. He was also a wildlife photographer and has written & co-authored 10 books on birds and wildlife. For over 40 years, he led wildlife tours throughout the world, visiting 90 countries. 23 safaris to East Africa; 22 springs were spent in Costa Rica and 23 trips were made to Alaska where, for 14 years in a row, he spent up to five weeks on Attu Island in search for birds that wandered to U.S. shores from Siberia. He was among a group of scientists conducting avian field research in the Soviet Union for the U.S. Forest Service and spoke at the United Nations concerning the state of the environment on a world wide scale along with Jane Godall. An ornithologist all of his life, he amassed a lifelong birding list of over 6,000 species worldwide, 814 species in North America and his most prized list of finding 512 species of North American bird nests. Noble worked with his close friend, artist, author, photographer Roger Tory Peterson during his revision of the Eastern Field Guide to Birds. He was among the founding members establishing the Roger Tory Peterson Institute for Natural History in Jamestown, NY. His organizational memberships include; the American Ornithologists Union, The American Birding Society, CT Botanical Society, CT Butter Fly Association, and member of the New Haven Bird Club for 46 years. His many awards include; Outstanding Professor of the Year (SCSU), Connecticut Environmentalist Award, Outstanding Conservationist Award from the CT Botanical Society, CT Ornithological Association Mabel Osgood Wright Award in 2002 and in 2013 the American Birding Association’s Roger Tory Peterson Award.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn George Proctor of 43 years, his sons Adam Proctor (Courtney) of Nebraska, Eric Proctor (Amy) of New Hampshire, and his grandchildren Braxton and Alexis Proctor. He is also survived by his dear friend and longtime field companion Margaret Ardwin, his brother Alfred Proctor Jr., his many loving members of the George family and nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering in remembrance honoring Noble S. Proctor will be held on Tuesday June 9th from 6:30-9:00pm in the third floor auditorium of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (170 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT). Parking is available in the museum lot. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (311 Curtis St., Jamestown NY 14701). Cards of condolences can also be sent to his wife Carolyn and sons Adam and Eric and their families at 43 Church St, Branford CT 06405.

With kind permission to post this from Carol and Gary Lemmon via the Proctor Family.

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BirdCallsRadio: Bonnie Paton Moon & Larry Morgan

Bonnie Paton Moon, Daughter of the Late Wally and Marion Paton and Larry Morgan “Ambassador For The Birds,” Stewart & Caretaker for the property of Paton’s Birder Haven; are the next special guests on BirdCallsRadio WORLDWIDE, Internet Streaming & BCR iTunes. Come join us for Part 1 of this extraordinary interview.

Birdwatchers from around the world come to enjoy watching the hummingbird feeders that Wally and Marion Paton & family put out for all to enjoy for over 30 years. Paton's Birders Haven Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

Birdwatchers from around the world come to enjoy watching the hummingbird feeders that Wally and Marion Paton & family put out for all to enjoy for over 30 years. Feeding stations were set out attracting hundreds of different species including rare ones like the Violet-crowned Hummingbird. (Paton’s is considered one of the most reliable spots in the U.S. to view the Violet-crowned) First Certified sighting of the Cinnamon Hummingbird was at the Paton’s in 1992. One of only 2 sightings in the U.S. at that time. Other rare birds include the Plain-capped Start Throat.  Paton’s Birders Haven Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

In 1974, Wally and Marion Paton, life-long gardeners, naturalists bird-lovers began to plant flowers and install water features on their property in Patagonia Arizona. They put up hummingbird feeders and had great success, attracting Violet-crowned Hummingbirds along with even rarer species like the Cinnamon Hummingbird and Plain-Capped Star-throat. When the couple realized birders were crowding outside their fence to get a better view, the Paton’s opened the gate and welcomed them inside. So began this conservation story of two dedicated naturalist that lives on as a testament to their vision.

Birdwatcher, Conservationist and naturalist from around the world enjoy the sites and sounds of the Paton Property forever!

Birdwatchers from around the world come to enjoy watching the hummingbird feeders that Wally and Marion Paton & family put out for all to enjoy for over 30 years. Paton's Birders Haven Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

Birdwatchers from around the world come to enjoy watching the hummingbird feeders that Wally and Marion Paton & family put out for all to enjoy for over 30 years. This was a photo taken inside the families home looking out at the birdwatchers each and every morning. Paton’s Birders Haven Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

Bonnie Paton Moon is a daughter of the late Wally and Marion Paton of Paton’s Birder Haven. After her mother’s passing in 2009, Bonnie embarked on a 4 and 1/2 year odyssey, to preserve and protect her parent’s internationally renowned birding Mecca known as Paton’s Birder Haven in Patagonia, AZ. Due to the foresight of the Paton family, and the partnership of the American Bird Conservancy, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and Tucson Audubon Society supported by over a thousand generous supporters, this little gem of birding paradise has now been saved in perpetuity. Saved not only for the birds that have come to depend on the Paton’s habitat for food and water, but also for the future generations of birders and nature enthusiast can share this delightful oasis in the desert.

l. to r. Larry Morgan  “Ambassador For The Birds,” & Caretaker for the property of Paton’s Birder Haven," Bonnie Paton Moon, Jackie Paton Covey, Daughters of the Late Wally and Marion Paton, Paton's Birders Haven. Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

Standing in front of the famous fountain that the Late Wally and Marion Paton built in April 21, 1996 at Paton’s Birders Haven. l. to r. Larry Morgan “Ambassador For The Birds,” & Caretaker for the property of Paton’s Birder Haven.”, Bonnie Paton Moon, Jackie Paton Covey, Daughters of the Late Wally and Marion Paton of Paton’s Birders Haven.  Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

Click below for  this show: Bonnie Paton Moon and Larry Morgan interview. You can also download it to go on BCR iTunes also in right column 

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Click here and go to Know Your Bird Calls for our NEW Contest to win a prize starting on this show! Your answer must be in for the deadline of Monday May 19 at 12 noon! As of May 27, 2014 no picked the correct answer. BCR will extend this contest till June 2, 2014.

Be sure to check out the the first post on the history of the Paton Birders Haven here. Paton’s Birder Haven Lives On!

Wally and Marion Paton celebrating the completion of the newly completed fountain at Paton's Birder Haven on April 20, 1996. Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the Paton Family.

Wally and Marion Paton celebrating the completion of the newly completed fountain at Paton’s Birder Haven on April 20, 1996. Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the Paton Family.

We thank the American Bird Conservancy, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, and Ann Cullen Smith whom at the young age of 105 year old and staunch conservationist, encouraged many to do the right thing and protect this jewel property called Paton’s Birders Haven; and Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds, including many of BirdCallsRadio guests and thousand of others who have donated so generously to save this slice of heaven. BUT, Most of all, to Wally and Marion Paton and the entire Paton family to have to foresight and know the importance of being real conservationist and saving a piece of heaven for all to enjoy!

Paton's Birder Haven Original Wooden Sign. Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family

Paton’s Birder Haven Original Wooden Sign. Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family

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Know Your Bird Calls™

BirdCallsRadio Announces a new contest!

Yellow Warbler, male, singing in spring on territory, Crane Creek, Ohio. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Yellow Warbler, male, singing in spring on territory, Crane Creek, Ohio. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission.

 Here’s how to play.

  1. BirdCallsRadio will post and play a bird sound, you then have to guess the type of bird making the sound. This could be a call, song or another type of sound that a bird makes.
  2. Email your answer to the Form below.  Or click on “Know Your Bird Calls”.
  3. All correct responses will be put into a hat and a winner will be picked at radom.
  4. The winner will receive a very cool prize.
  5. Your answer must be in by the deadline of date TBA at 12 noon!
  6. The answer will be posted on BirdCallsRadio website.

Thank you to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology for there generosity in contributing the audio recording of a bird sound for BirdCallsRadio first “Know Your Bird Calls” Contest.

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Here is the 1st Know Your Bird Calls™ sound. Listen here.

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Paton’s Birder Haven Lives On!

The Paton/Morgan interview is now rescheduled for airtime on

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:00am EST. 

Bonnie Paton Moon and Larry Morgan are our next special guests coming on BirdCallsRadio WORLDWIDE, Internet Streaming & BCR iTunes. Come join us for Part 1 of this extraordinary interview.

Bonnie Paton Moon Daughter of the late Wally and Marion Paton of Patons Birder Haven., now Tucsons Audubon Paton Cener for Hummingbirds. Patagonia, AZ. Looks over the daliy bird sighting ©Richard D. Moon. All Rights Reserved.

Bonnie Paton Moon Daughter of the late Wally and Marion Paton of Patons Birder Haven, now Tucsons Audubon Paton Cener for Hummingbirds. Patagonia, AZ. Looks over the daliy bird sighting
©Richard D. Moon. All Rights Reserved. Photo many not be used without wirtten permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

In 1974, Wally and Marion Paton, life-long gardeners, naturalists bird-lovers began to plant flowers and install water features on their property in Patagonia Arizona. They put up hummingbird feeders and had great success, attracting Violet-crowned Hummingbirds along with even rarer species like the Cinnamon Hummingbird and Plain-Capped Star-throat.

Wally and Marion Paton celebrating the completion of the newly completed fountain at Paton's Birder Haven. Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without  written permission. Please respect the Paton Family.

Wally and Marion Paton celebrating the completion of the newly completed fountain at Paton’s Birder Haven on April 20, 1996. Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

When the couple realized birders were crowding outside their fence to get a better view, the Paton’s opened the gate and welcomed them inside. So began this conservation story of two dedicated naturalist that lives on as a testament to their vision. With their passing, the fate of the sanctuary was an open question.

Paton's Birder Haven Original Wooden Sign. Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family

Paton’s Birder Haven Original Wooden Sign. Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family

Fortunately, this past summer of 2013, a partnership was formed between the American Bird Conservancy, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and Tucson Audubon to lead a campaign to “Help Save Paton’s Birder Haven”. The initial fund drive was very successful with contributions totaling $300,000 received. This piece of heaven has been visited and enjoyed by literally millions of birders and nature enthusiasts from around the world for over 40 years ago. As a result of these efforts, the property is now in the custody of Tucson Audubon and the future of this treasured property has been secured forever!

l. to r.  Bonnie Paton Moon Daughter, Marion Paton, Mother. Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

l. to r. Bonnie Paton Moon Daughter, Marion Paton, Mother. Photo taken by the ©Paton Family. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

Bonnie Paton Moon is a daughter of the late Wally and Marion Paton of Paton’s Birder Haven. After her mother’s passing in 2009, Bonnie embarked on a 4 and 1/2 year odyssey, to preserve and protect her parent’s internationally renowned birding Mecca known as Paton’s Birder Haven in Patagonia, AZ. Due to the foresight of the Paton family, and the partnership of the American Bird Conservancy, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and Tucson Audubon Society supported by over a thousand generous supporters, this little gem of birding paradise has now been saved in perpetuity. Saved not only for the birds that have come to depend on the Paton’s habitat for food and water, but also for the future generations of birders and nature enthusiast can share this delightful oasis in the desert.

Larry Morgan, “Ambassador For The Birds,” for Paton’s Birder Haven, stands in front of "The Paton's" sign  that hangs at the entrance of the Paton's house in Patagonia AZ. Photo taken by ©Walter Andrew. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

Larry Morgan, “Ambassador For The Birds,” for Paton’s Birder Haven, stands in front of “The Paton’s” sign that hangs at the entrance of the Paton’s house in Patagonia Arizona. Photo taken by ©Walter Andrew. All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission. Please respect the wishes of the Paton Family.

Larry Morgan, the current “Ambassador For The Birds,” for Paton’s Birder Haven, learned to appreciate nature at an early age, he grew up on a farm in south Mississippi. Larry has traveled to all 50 states and Canada, Mexico, Belize and Honduras to further his knowledge of the natural world. Larry says, “Being the “Ambassador to the Birds” at the Paton’s Birder Haven has allowed me to meet birders from around the world. It is a most fantastic “job”, I treasure my time spent at the Paton House in Patagonia Arizona. I love showing beginning birders new birds and help them to be able to identify them.”

The fund raising does go on still, Tucson Audubon continues to seek donations to make enhancements to the property and set up an endowment for future needs. Please consider helping in this worthwhile endeavor for the next generation.  Tucson Audubon

We thank the American Bird Conservancy, Tucson Audubon Society, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, many of BirdCallsRadio guests and thousand of others who have donated so generously to save this slice of heaven.

Join us and listen to this incredible story told by two extraordinary participants. There is much to share and it will be told in two installments. Here is Part 1 Interview with BirdCallsRadio: Bonnie Paton Moon & Larry Morgan

 

 

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