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July 4th Holiday
In observation of the Independence Day holiday we will not be publishing any services on July 3 or July 4. We will resume our normal distribution schedules on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
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With the busy summer event upon us, in order to assure timely placement of your news items, listings and company announcements, remember to send submissions to The Birding Wire no later than mid-afternoon every Tuesday to appear in each Wednesday's publication and electronic distribution. Direct your listings or questions to editor J.R. Absher at birdingwire@gmail.com.

AMERICAN BIRDING EXPO
The American Birding Expo Conservation Fund
One of the fundamental purposes of the American Birding Expo (Sept. 29-Oct.1 in Philadelphia) is to promote conservation of wild birds and their habitats. In its first two years the event raised more than $19,000 for the Expo Conservation Fund.

CONFERENCES
Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit Nov. 3-4
The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory is calling for abstracts of presentations for the first-ever Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit, to be held in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, November 3-4, 2017.

CONSERVATION
Wetland Restoration Project Completed on Russell Sage WMA
Nearly 40 conservation partners gathered at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area June 20to celebrate the completion of the Wham Brake enhancement project to enhance 3,500 acres of wetland habitat in northeast Louisiana.

DUCK STAMP
2017-2018 Duck Stamp Released
The new 2017-2018 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, also known as the Duck Stamp, was released at a ceremony at Bass Pro Shops in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Friday, 23 June.
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5 Cool Things About the Duck Stamp
As we mark the start of this year's stamp sales, the U.S. Department of Interior is highlighting some cool things about the Duck Stamp.
New Federal Duck Stamp Flies Into Stores
Canada geese are flying to new heights as the stars of the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, which went on sale June 23. The 84th Federal Duck Stamp debuted at a special event hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Little Rock, Ark.

HABITAT ENHANCEMENT
Youth Pollinator Habitat Program Celebrates Annual Achievements
Coinciding with National Pollinator Week on June 19 – 25, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever is celebrating its 2016 efforts to support diverse wildlife habitat for the future of pollinators and upland gamebirds.

LEGISLATION
American Bird Conservancy Supports Bill to Suspend Neonics
Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the Saving America's Pollinators Act of 2017, directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend registration of a toxic group of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or "neonics."

MEDIA
BirdCallsRadio New 'Women in Conservation' Series Begins This Week
BirdCallsRadio & Podcast announces a new series, "Women In Conservation," with first guest Laura Erickson — the only woman recipient of the American Birding Association's prestigious Roger Tory Peterson Award -- appearing this week on Thursday, June 29.
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NESTCAMS
Connecticut Purple Martin Cam
The Connecticut Audubon Society's Purple Martin Cam in online and viewers can now observe the hatchlings that arrived Monday, June 26.

NEW PRODUCTS
Cotton Carrier Introduces New G3 Camera Harness Line
The new G3 Camera Harnesses from Cotton Carrier Systems provide added comfort with a more stylish, ergonomic design to keep cameras safe and accessible while allowing photographers to go hands free for total mobility.

SCIENCE
Birds' Feathers Reveal Winter Diet
A study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications tries a new approach for determining what declining migratory grassland birds called Bobolinks eat after they head south for the winter—analyzing the carbon compounds in their plumage, which are determined by the types of plants the birds consume while growing their feathers during their winter molt.

SPECIES
Little Parrot: Grass-green Tanager
The aptly named Grass-green Tanager is the only member of its genus, Chloronis, a Greek word derived from khloros (green) and ornis (bird). In Spanish its common name is Tangara Lorito, "little parrot tanager."

STATES
Habitat Improvements Planned on Conner Farm WMA
A timber harvest is being planned to improve wildlife habitat on the 250-acre Conner Farm Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Exeter, NH, to benefit wild turkey, deer and a variety of songbirds, such as veery.
Indiana: Steer Clear of Endangered Interior Least Tern Nesting Areas
Make sure to give the federally endangered interior least tern space if you see one, especially during the May-to-August breeding season when they return to Indiana.
Wisconsin Statewide Birding Report for June 2017
In the bird world, and now the calendar as well, summer is firmly here. Many birds are in the heart of their nesting season — males singing vigorously to announce their territories while females take up the bulk of duty incubating eggs.
Michigan Bird Viewing is Highlight of Spring and Summer
Spring and summer are great months to visit grasslands and view the variety of birds that make their homes among the grasses. While visiting, make sure to tread carefully, as many birds nest on the ground.

The Birding Wire Photo Gallery


This week's featured photograph of a wintering common eider flock feeding frenzy near Stonington, Maine was submitted by outdoor scribe and photographer Ron Spomer (www.ronspomeroutdoors.com). "Maine is the only state in the lower 48 to host nesting common eiders," Ron writes. "Down to two nesting pairs in 1907, the birds increased to 25,000 pairs by 1971, but are again declining due probably to a combination of excessive hunting harvest and predation. Black-backed gulls take up to 90% of eggs and ducklings around some nesting islands. Bald eagles, mink and river otters add to the pressure. Human over-harvest of mussels, 80% of the species' diet, could also be contributing." Spomer said he found these birds with a flock of perhaps 500 concentrated in a narrow channel between two saltwater bays. He sat among boulders on shore and patiently waited in freezing temperatures for the flock to return. The outgoing tide created a strong flow in which the birds were flapping and diving. "It was a wild, primal, almost Arctic scene," he said. Technical: Canon D70, Canon 100-400 IS II lens, 1/200 sec., f-8, ISO 800.

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