Julie Zickefoose back in Connecticut

Julie Zickefoose, naturalist, writer, artist, author of "The Bluebird Effect" Flyer & Illustrations by ©Julie Zickefoose. All Rights Reserved.

Julie Zickefoose, naturalist, writer, artist, author of “The Bluebird Effect” Flyer & Illustrations by ©Julie Zickefoose. All Rights Reserved.

Julie Zickefoose comes to Connecticut for a evening  talk hosted by the Potapaug Audubon tonight Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 7:00 P.M., “The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds” Location & Directions Click here for map.  Old Lyme Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street Old Lyme CT 06371. I-95 Exit 70.

Julie is a popular wildlife artist, naturalist, writer, and author of Letters from Eden: A Year at Home, in the Woods, and The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds, a recent pick for Oprah Book Club “Book of the Week.”

Julie draws inspiration for art and writing from her 80-acre wildlife sanctuary in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio – land from which she says she learns something new every day. She and her husband, Bill Thompson III, ” have seen more than 180 species of birds and nearly 70 species of butterflies on their nature sanctuary.”

The Bluebird Effect, according to Zickefoose, “has grown from 40 years of working with, studying, drawing and helping birds; trying to fix them when they’re broken and mothering them when they’re orphaned.” The book includes more than 320 illustrations by the author.

For more on Julie Zickfoose: Website juliezickefoose.com

Listen to a past interview on BirdCallsRadio with special guest Julie Zickefoose here 

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BirdCallRadio: Biking For Birds with Dorian Anderson

Dorian Anderson, Biking For Birds 2014. Norwalk, CT. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup.

Dorian Anderson, Biking For Birds stops in southern CT for an interview with host Mardi Dickinson on BirdCallsRadio on  January 17, 2014. ©Mardi Welch Dickinson/KymryGroup. All Rights Reserved.

Dorian Anderson Biking For Birds joins host Mardi Dickinson on location in southern Connecticut in a impromtu interview together as he takes a short break to refuel and rest from biking and birding fundrasier. This is the first leg of Dorian’s Journey across the county. We will get into the birds Dorian has seen, type of equipment and gear he has onboard to situations Dorian has encountered plus much more.

Biking for Birds is a year-long environmental odyssey aimed at protecting wild birds and their habitats. During this twelve-month endeavor,  which commenced January 1 from Cape Ann, Massachusetts., geneticist Dr. Dorian Anderson, a Philadelphia native, hopes to see and photograph 600 species of birds while pedaling his bike 15,000 miles across the country.

To further eliminate a carbon footprint during his travels, Dr. Anderson will not have a support vehicle to assist him; everything he needs will be carried on Dorian’s  back and his bicycle. This Big Year permutation will certainly add an unprecedented level of adventure to the endeavor, and it should set a new standard for environmentally sustainable travel.

The immediate goals of this endeavor are three-fold. First, I want to find as many bird species as possible. If I can complete the proposed route, I should find between 550 and 600 species. I hope my efforts to achieve this goal will promote heightened interest in birds, bird watching, and bird conservation. Second, I hope Biking For Birds will showcase the bicycle as a healthy and environmentally sustainable form of transportation. Third, I have partnered with both The Conservation Fund and the American Birding Association. and I hope to raise $100,000 (or more!) on behalf of these organizations that focus on land conservation and promotion of birdwatching, respectively. – Dorian Anderson

Corporate partner Best Western will provide him with lodging, and 100 percent of all donations raised will go to The Conservation Fund and The American Birding Association. Those who wish to donate or follow Dr. Anderson’s epic adventure should visit his blog at bikingforbirds.blogspot.com

Click below to listen to show #84: Biking For Birds with Dorian Anderson

 

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Dorian Anderson, Biking For Birds next guest on BirdCallsRadio

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Dorian Anderson on Biking For Birds is our next guest coming up Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 on BirdCallsRadio WORLDWIDE Internet Streaming & BCR iTunes.

Dorian will join host Mardi Dickinson on location in southern Connecticut in a inpromtu interview together as he takes a short break to refuel and rest from Biking For Birds fundrasier. Want to ask a question? email me at birdcallsradio@gmail.com, tweet us @BirdCallsRadio or post a question on Facebook

Biking for Birds is a year-long environmental odyssey aimed at protecting wild birds and their habitats. During this twelve-month endeavor,  which commenced January 1 from Cape Ann, Massachusetts., geneticist Dr. Dorian Anderson, a Philadelphia native, hopes to see and photograph 600 species of birds while pedaling his bike 15,000 miles across the country. To further eliminate a carbon footprint during his travels, Dr. Anderson will not have a support vehicle to assist him; everything he needs will be carried on Dorian’s  back and his bicycle. This Big Year permutation will certainly add an unprecedented level of adventure to the endeavor, and it should set a new standard for environmentally sustainable travel.

 “The immediate goals of this endeavor are three-fold. First, I want to find as many bird species as possible. If I can complete the proposed route, I should find between 550 and 600 species. I hope my efforts to achieve this goal will promote heightened interest in birds, bird watching, and bird conservation. Second, I hope Biking For Birds will showcase the bicycle as a healthy and environmentally sustainable form of transportation. Third, I have partnered with both The Conservation Fund and the American Birding Association. and I hope to raise $100,000 (or more!) on behalf of these organizations that focus on land conservation and promotion of birdwatching, respectively”. – Dorian Anderson

Corporate partner Best Western will provide him with lodging, and 100 percent of all donations raised will go to The Conservation Fund and The American Birding Association. Those who wish to donate or follow Dr. Anderson’s epic adventure should visit his blog at bikingforbirds.blogspot.com

Thanks for  your continued support of BirdCallsRadio.

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BirdCallsRadio Re-launched

BirdCallsRadio™ worldwide is pleased to announce that host Mardi Welch Dickinson will continue to bring exciting and forward thinking guests, including birders, artists, educators, authors, scientists, and organizations to interested listeners through the re-launched show.

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 to polished podcasts.

My goal is to get beyond sounds bytes through in depth conversations  that will provide a more complete examination of the subject. In a new twist, we will occasionally feature expert guest co-hosts to complement the main subject. We are excited too about plans for on location 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 20 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. We have reliable stats that indicate our listeners tuned in from 42 States and 102 Countries. People can hear us by worldwide streaming, or through recorded shows on their computers, smart phones or tablets from the BCR website or through downloaded BCR iTunes podcasts.

Guests and co-hosts inquiries are now under consideration and are being booked for future shows are ongoing. If you are interested in joining the stellar line-up please contact us for consideration.  Advertising Rates are also available now for website ads or air time spots.

I am excited to bring BirdCallsRadio™ back to loyal listeners and will make every effort to build on and exceed our previous achievements. I look forward to reconnecting with all of you and to form new relationships with those that will be joining us for the first time.

Cheers,                                                                                                                                         Mardi Dickinson

                                                             

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John Fitzpatrick on The Great Backyard Count

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The Great Backyard Bird Count is starting tomorrow February 14 -17, 2014.  This is a great way to join in and learn all about birds & have fun., And, just maybe become even more interested in understand the natural world better. I join in every year beacuse we think its imprtant to contribute to help The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) citizen-science project.  The Great Backyard Bird Count

Dr. John Fitzpatrick, director Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Dr. John Fitzpatrick, director Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Dr. John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, joined us on one of our past shows. IF you didn’t get a chance to hear the show, here is your chance to really understand about this great project and learn what you can do to participate. Click here to listen BCR archive 2-12-12 with John Fitzpatrick GBBC or download from BCR iTunes here. iTunes BirdCallsRadio

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Songbirds Stamps

Beautiful Songbirds

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The U.S. Postal Service celebrates ten melodic voices with the Songbirds stamps: the western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta), the mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides), the western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), the painted bunting (Passerina ciris), the Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula), the evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus), the scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea), the rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus), the American goldfinch (Spinus tristis), and the white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).

Each colorful bird is shown perching on a fence post or branch embellished with vines, pinecones, leaves, or flowers. The artwork appears against a plain, white background.

Why do songbirds make such a glorious racket every morning? In a word, love. Males sing to attract females, and to warn rivals to keep out of their territory. Between 4,000 and 4,500 different types of songbirds can be found around the planet, accounting for nearly half of all bird species. Songbirds are identified by their highly developed vocal organs, although some, like the crow, have harsh voices, and others sing rarely, or not at all. All songbirds are classified as perching birds. With three toes that point forward and one that points backward, they can grip branches, grasses, or telephone wires with ease.

Illustrator Robert Giusti painted the portraits, based on photographs. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps.

Songbirds will be issued as Forever® stamps in booklets of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate. http://uspsstamps.com/stamps/songbirds

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