2011 American Kestrel Season One of the Best
Dick Tuttle gives us an end-of-season update on American Kestrel nestings. Despite a tough start due to wet spring weather, our smallest native falcons did just fine.
Creature Feature: Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)
"Look. There goes another!"
"No way. How did you see that?"
"Look for the movement."
"I certainly can't see them when they land."
These were snatches of a conversation I was part of as we traveled through the farmlands of Wisconsin in early Spring, running between ponds looking for waterfowl. The subject? That field will-o'-the-wisp, the Horned Lark. We'd see their ghostly forms flitting out into the fields everywhere, but it was a challenge to keep track of them, especially once they landed. This is one of the quintessential open country birds of the Midwest, a bird that livens up even the dullest open farm fields.
A New Management Plan Works for Prothonotary Warblers
Dick Tuttle reports on a new approach to deploying nest boxes to benefit both Prothonotary Warblers and Tree Swallows.
Let's Build Towers for Chimney Swifts
Chimney Swift numbers have been declining for a couple of decades, and the number of buildings with towers suitable for Chimney Swift roosts have been declining as well. Now we can provide Chimney Swift roosting sites to help this fascinating species.
Green Lawn Cemetery Pond Restoration Underway
July marked another point of progress at Green Lawn Cemetery as Eagle Scout prospect Scott Mansfield and a group of volunteers from Powell-based Troop 428 put their skills and their muscles to work refurbishing a 220 foot section of the perimeter of the Pond (also known as "The Pit").