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With the busy holiday season upon us, 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 in order to appear in each Wednesday's publication and electronic distribution. Submit items to editor J.R. Absher at birdingwire@gmail.com.

Vermont Biologists Offer Bird Feeding Basics
With winter weather now taking hold, Vermonters are readying their bird feeders. But before residents put up their avian offerings, Vermont Fish & Wildlife recommends a review of the bird feeding basics.

Nebraska: Three Parks to Host Christmas Bird Counts in December
Take part in a winter tradition and participate in the Christmas Bird Count this month at three state park areas across Nebraska.

Help Track Brown Pelicans on Gulf Coast
A group of South Carolina scientists are calling on Gulf Coast residents and visitors to help track Brown Pelicans in a project designed to inform oil and gas industry developments in the region.

Changes Proposed for 2018 Federal Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to celebrate hunters' remarkable achievements and our unique American hunting heritage with a change to the 2018 Federal Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the Duck Stamp.

Registration Underway for 27th International Ornithological Congress
Registration is currently underway for the for 27th International Ornithological Congress to be held in Vancouver, BC August 19-26.

Audubon Society Names New Board Members
The National Audubon Society is announcing the addition of three members to its national board of directors.

2017 Arizona Wildlife Photo Contest Winners Announced
"I came upon this brave cactus wren taking on the cholla cactus," said Pamela Parker of Mesa, explaining how she got the winning shot of this year's wildlife photo contest.

'Song Sleuth with Sibley' Sweepstakes Underway
Wildlife Acoustics, makers of the Song Sleuth bird identifying app, has launched the "Song Sleuth with Sibley" Sweepstakes presented with L.L.Bean, giving bird lovers the once in a lifetime opportunity to bird with David Sibley, renowned artist and author of Sibley's Guide to Birds, during the L.L.Bean Birding Festival, May 26-28.

Modification to Utah Monuments Announced
Acting upon the recommendation of U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and with the support of Utah's governor, Congressional delegation, local officials, and residents, President Donald J. Trump this week signed proclamations to adjust the boundaries and management of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM).

Hazards on Migration Route May Imperil Arctic Shorebirds
Arctic shorebird populations have been dwindling for more than a decade, but recent research suggests that habitat loss and other factors along their migratory routes may be more responsible for their declines than conditions in their Arctic breeding grounds.

Troubadour of the Plains: Lark Bunting
The Lark Bunting is a gregarious species, found in large flocks that sometimes number in the thousands during migration and in the winter.
Groups Call for Stronger Measures to Conserve Sage-Grouse
Conserving Greater Sage-Grouse requires more habitat protection, not less. That's the message conservation groups are delivering to the administration as it considers revisions to the landmark 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse conservation planning initiative.
Invasive Frogs Give Invasive Birds a Boost in Hawaii
Concerns that ravenous invasive coqui frogs could reduce the food available for Hawaii's native insect-eating birds, many of which are already declining, spurred researchers to examine the relationship between frog and bird populations—but their results, published in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, weren't what they expected.

Snowy Owls Flocking to Indiana This Winter
Indiana Audubon Society is alerting owl fans of a historic invasion of the all-white, snowy owl that is taking place in Indiana right now. The usually absent arctic owl only visits Indiana during cyclical "irruptions" occurring every four to five years.
Time to Buy or Renew Voluntary NH Hike Safe Cards
Hikers, climbers, back country skiers, kayakers and other outdoor enthusiasts in New Hampshire are encouraged to purchase their voluntary annual Hike Safe Card for 2018 to help ensure that N.H. Fish and Game Law Enforcement Conservation Officers, trained in wilderness rescue, are there to come to your aid if the unexpected occurs in a remote location.
Arkansas Waterfowl Deaths Linked to Avian Cholera
During the last four weeks, waterfowl have been reported dead at seven localized areas in northeast and east central Arkansas. Tests are still pending for some birds found dead, but test results from the first case indicated those birds died from avian cholera.

Guided Birding Tour of Michigan's Belle Isle Dec. 7
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites wildlife watchers to join a guided caravan birding tour of Belle Isle Park Thursday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m.

Survey: Teens Spend Only One Hour Outdoors Per School Day
On a typical school day, teenagers spend just one hour outdoors, according to a new survey from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).

The Birding Wire Photo Gallery

Wildlife and nature photographer Jim Foster ( www.jimfosteroutdoorsphoto.com) of Salmon, Idaho shared this handsome lineup of Gambel's Quail with Birding Wire readers. Technical: Canon 7D, EF 70-200mm lens + 2.0x, ISO 500, f/5.6 @1/200th sec.


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Dec. 6
Winona Bird Club Holiday Potluck
Holzinger Lodge, Winona, Minn.
Dec. 9 - Dec. 10
Holiday With The Cranes
Galveston Island, Tex.
Dec. 20
Final Editions of all Wires for 2017
Jan. 3
First Editions of 2018
Jan. 11 - Jan. 14
Wings Over Willcox
Willcox, Ariz.
Jan. 11 - Jan. 15
Jan. 12 - Jan. 15
Jan. 15
MLK Federal Holiday No Wire Distributions
Jan. 19 - Jan. 21
Wings of Winter
Paris Landing State Park, Buchanan, Tenn.
Jan. 24 - Jan. 28
Jan. 24 - Jan. 29
Feb. 7 - Feb. 10
Feb. 9 - Feb. 11
Birds of a Feather Fest
Palm Coast, Fla.
Feb. 15 - Feb. 18
Winter Wings Festival
Klamath Falls, Ore.
Feb. 16 - Feb. 18
Sax Zim Bog Girding Festival
Meadowlands, Minn.
Feb. 19
President's Day Holiday No Wires
Feb. 21 - Feb. 25
San Diego Bird Festival
San Diego, Calif.
Feb. 22 - Feb. 24
Eagle Expo & More
Morgan City, La.
Feb. 22 - Feb. 25
Whooping Crane Festival
Port Aransas, Tex.
Mar. 2 - Mar. 4
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