migration http://nhpr.org en A Snowy Invasion http://nhpr.org/post/snowy-invasion <p>This year is being referred to as an "<a href="http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/gotsnowies2013/" target="_blank">invasion year</a>" for snowy owls, and it might be one for the <a href="http://stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/snowy-owls-historic-irruption-underway.html" target="_blank">record books</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>Most of the snowy owl sightings have been along the coast where a flat, open landscape resembles their native tundra. Reports from New Hampshire birders include sightings of up to nine in a single day. On Nantucket, the annual <a href="http://www.nhaudubon.org/birding/christmas-bird-count" target="_blank">Christmas Bird Count</a> found 33, far surpassing the previous count record of four.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 42310 at http://nhpr.org A Snowy Invasion New Hampshire Osprey Face Many Hazards On Trip To Amazon http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-osprey-face-many-hazards-trip-amazon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ospreys, also called sea hawk or fish eagle, are found all over the world including here in New Hampshire, But wherever they live, when the temperature drops the birds head for the tropics. For juveniles that first migration is a crucible that only 25 to 40 percent survive.</p><p>A project in New Hampshire is tracking Granite State birds and learning about the many misadventures they have between their departure in the fall and return in the spring.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:27:27 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 40118 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Osprey Face Many Hazards On Trip To Amazon Fewer Exotic Birds in NH This Winter http://nhpr.org/post/fewer-exotic-birds-nh-winter <p>Fall migration has wrapped up for all but a few bird species. This semi-annual rite of passage typically follows predictable timetables and geographic routes. Exceptions to the rule, "irruptive" species, are northerners that head this way certain winters, driven out of their home territories by food scarcity.</p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:54:00 +0000 Chris Martin, Francie Von Mertens & Andrew Parrella 38474 at http://nhpr.org Fewer Exotic Birds in NH This Winter The Turkey Vulture http://nhpr.org/post/turkey-vulture <p>October 18 is the Full Hunter&#39;s Moon, and heading south now are hunters of a different sort: turkey vultures, scavengers that feed on carrion.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 36923 at http://nhpr.org The Turkey Vulture Lawmakers Look To Keep The Door Open To PSNH Action http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-look-keep-door-open-psnh-action <p></p><p>Since June New Hampshire lawmakers have been grappling with what to do about the persistently above market cost of electricity at the state&rsquo;s largest utility, Public Service of New Hampshire. Now the legislative committee wants advice from regulators to see if selling PSNH&rsquo;s power plants is the solution, but that advice may be slow in coming.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:22:32 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 36896 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers Look To Keep The Door Open To PSNH Action Where Have All The Monarchs Gone? http://nhpr.org/post/where-have-all-monarchs-gone <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A lot of people are asking this question, concerned at the diminished numbers&nbsp;of this most charismatic butterfly. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not many schoolchildren this fall will be able to watch caterpillar transform into chrysalis and then glorious adult—metamorphosis in action.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 34759 at http://nhpr.org Where Have All The Monarchs Gone? Dragonflies Winging South http://nhpr.org/post/dragonflies-winging-south <p>Late summer brings cool nights and clear air - and winged migration. Along with birds heading south, there's a few butterfly, moth and dragonfly species that respond to the migratory urge.</p><p>One dragonfly - the common green darner - has been studied with results that suggest there's a lot of similarities between insect and bird migration. Tiny radio transmitters were attached with eyelash adhesive to green darners which were tracked by plane and ground crews.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 10378 at http://nhpr.org Dragonflies Winging South Shorebird Migration http://nhpr.org/post/shorebird-migration <p>The autumn shorebird migration starts <strong><em>early</em></strong>. The first signs of autumn are now found moving southward along beaches and in salt marshes or high above New Hampshire's 13 miles of Atlantic coast.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 10475 at http://nhpr.org Shorebird Migration Spectrum of Birdsong http://nhpr.org/post/spectrum-birdsong <p>Mid-May is like rush hour in the bird world.&nbsp;Migrants have returned for the nesting season and the air is full of birdsong.&nbsp;As you might guess, birdsong is as varied as birds themselves.&nbsp;In fact, birdsong is defined generously to include any and all sounds they make with territorial or courtship intentions.&nbsp;Let's start with a traditional vocalization and then branch out.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 5027 at http://nhpr.org Spectrum of Birdsong Coffee for the Birds http://nhpr.org/post/coffee-birds <p>Have you heard about coffee that's for the birds? There definitely is such a thing: shade-grown coffee. Until recently that's how all coffee grew: in the shade on small family farms.&nbsp;Canopy trees above provided shade along with a natural leaf mulch that kept soil moist, prevented soil erosion, and decomposed to&nbsp;provide nutrients.&nbsp;The canopy typically included fruit and nut trees that provided food for the farm family.</p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 1012 at http://nhpr.org Coffee for the Birds Word of Mouth for November 21th, 2011 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-november-21th-2011 <p>Reverse migration: African American populations boomerang back below the Mason-Dixon line. Plus, why adding "sandwich board" to your resume could be a good thing. Also, an NGO spreading sustainability in Niger turns 10. And a look at a Native American Art exhibition from the Hood at Dartmouth. Finally, data through light - the future of electronic transfer?</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:00:04 +0000 Virginia Prescott 545 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth for November 21th, 2011 Back Below the Mason-Dixon http://nhpr.org/post/back-below-mason-dixon <p>Census figures show that 57% of black Americans live below the Mason-Dixon line, the highest percentage since 1960. Denene Millner is a columnist, blogger, and author – she wrote about what she calls “the great reverse migration” for the latest issue of Ebony.</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:00:03 +0000 Virginia Prescott 544 at http://nhpr.org Back Below the Mason-Dixon