Birding

courtesy: Michael McBride

A flock of trumpeter swans suddenly appeared on Lake Sequoyah late this winter to the delight of bird enthusiasts. Flocks of snowy white trumpeter swans historically wintered in Arkansas before almost going extinct in the 1800s. The swans are rebounding across North America, but experts say descendants have lost their migratory habits, which help the birds thrive. So for the past decade, wildlife scientists have collaborated on a multi-state project to imprint the birds onto certain secluded aquatic habitats in Arkansas.

Courtesy: Paige Murphy.

A reclusive scientist living in Fayetteville is the subject of a new documentary titled "Mike the Birdman." We meet the director and videographer. A screening is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, featuring a live musical performance by famous folk duo "Still on the Hill."

Courtesy: Deshwal/Panwar

Anant Deshwal and Pooja Panwar, graduate students at the University of Arkansas, are collaborating on testing ecoacoustic methods to assess bird diversity. In other words, they are recording bird calls. And a key test subject? Red Crossbills, plump reddish brown finches, with unusual beaks.

Bird lovers can participate in this annual event by counting birds for 15 minutes one or more days this weekend. Collected data can then be submitted here.

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A dedication of the Paige and Mary Bess Mulhollan Waterfowl Bird Blind at Lake Fayetteville Park is set for Wednesday, October 26th at 1:30-2:30. The bird blind is located just southwest of Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks.

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