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Public Invited to Vulture Venture Near Branson, MO

 Vultures are a well-known, but under-appreciated member of the bird world. Few people realize it, but these large, dark-colored birds that many people refer to as “buzzards” perform beneficial roles in nature. The Missouri Department of Conservation invites you to learn about these often-misunderstood birds on February 24 at its annual Vulture Venture program at MDC’s Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery on the west end of Lake Tanecomo near Branson.

Donít Forget New Jersey Audubonís 23rd Annual Sale on Sport Optics

New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory 23rd Annual Optics sale Saturday and Sunday April 14 and 15 at New Jersey Audubon’s Center for Research and Education  is a golden opportunity for people to score the perfect optical equipment to up their game, as well as raise money for the overall mission of the non-profit organization. Dealers from the hottest brands will be available to help you make the right choice, helping give the biggest bang for the buck.

 


ONLINE
Blue Sky Wildlife Two Years Young and Growing

Launched two years ago, in collaboration with Tim Appleton MBE, co-founder of Birdfair, Blue Sky Wildlife offers the independent traveller a choice of over 450 unique wildlife tours which they can book directly with established and award-winning local tour operators and companies already listed on this growing ecotourism website. 


VIDEO
Bird Note Releases Sing a Song of Sixpence Video for Children

BirdNote has just released a new video, Sing a Song of Sixpence. Share it with the young children in your life —or your school — and help them learn about black birds


WEBCAMS
Blue Heron Return to Chesapeake Conservancy's Eastern Shore Webcam

The great blue heron who are featured on the Chesapeake Conservancy's webcam located on Maryland's Eastern Shore have returned to their rookery about two weeks earlier than usual this year.

Blue Heron Return to Chesapeake Conservancy's Eastern Shore Webcam

The great blue heron who are featured on the Chesapeake Conservancy's webcam located on Maryland's Eastern Shore have returned to their rookery about two weeks earlier than usual this year.


Online Game Remixes the Sounds of Nature to Create Beats That Are Truly Wild

Editor’s Note: No, it’s not all birds, but it’s all-nature…with a little hip hop mixed in for flavor. It may be just the thing to interest youngsters in nature- including birding.

Scientists team up with wildlife DJ and hip hop archivists on “BeastBox”

Ithaca, N.Y.—Musicians have long drawn inspiration from nature—but a new online game is taking that connection one step farther. “Beastbox” takes sound clips from real wild animals, transforms them into loops, and allows users to mix and match them into an endless variety of beats, breaks, and drops. Along the way, players learn about the animals and the ecosystems they belong to.
 
The free game is the result of a three-way collaboration between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Cornell Hip Hop Collection, and Ben Mirin, a sound artist and beatboxer whose career as a “wildlife DJ” inspired the project.
 
“BeastBox is a surprise mashup brought to you by scientists, musicians, designers, animators, and coders,” says Mya Thompson, leader of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Academy project. “It’s dedicated to the idea that we could all use a few minutes to appreciate our musical planet. When I first met Ben Mirin, I knew we could take his wildlife DJ concept to a new level—and BeastBox is what came out.”
 
By bringing animals from the same ecosystem together on the virtual stage, players can unlock "Beastmode" and control the moves of animal characters as they dance to Mirin’s music. Each bonus track is created exclusively from sounds recorded in six featured ecosystems including the Madagascar rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Sonoran desert. Fun for all ages, BeastBox celebrates the musicality and biodiversity of our planet and encourages fans of music to become fans of wildlife.
 
BeastBox highlights two of Cornell's world-renowned collections: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library and the Cornell Hip Hop Collection. The Macaulay Library is the world’s premier scientific archive of natural history audio, video, and photographs. Many of the sounds players encounter in the game are archived in the library. Players who complete at least one ecosystem puzzle win the opportunity to download 20 wild animal sounds from the Macaulay Library collection.

Founded in 2007, Cornell’s Hip Hop Collection is the largest research archive on hip hop culture in the world. It is part of Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. BeastBox players are encouraged to browse the archive to better understand the cultural roots of beatboxing and hip hop.

Play BeastBox and learn more at: https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/features/beastbox



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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.
Feb. 24
Vulture Venture
Missouri Department of Conservation's Shepherd of the Hills Hatchery, west end of Lake Tanecomo near Branson, MO
Mar. 2 - Mar. 4
Apr. 14 - Apr. 15
New Jersey Audubon's 23rd Annual Sale on Sport Optics
New Jersey Audubon's Center for Research and Education at 600 Route 47 North in Cape May Court House (Goshen)
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