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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2017
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Submit News and Announcements to The Birding Wire
With the busy holiday season approaching, 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.

APPS
eBird iOS—Automatic Tracks Available
The eBird mobile app for iOS now offers the ability to record 'tracks' to map and measure precisely where eBirding is done.

BIRDING TOURS
Bird Cuba With BirdsCaribbean
Join BirdsCaribbean, the Caribbean Birding Trail and acclaimed Cuban bird guide, Ernesto Reyes Mouriño, on the adventure of a lifetime in January or March of 2018.

EAGLE WATCHING
Missouri Announces Eagle Days
From December through February, discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through Eagle Days events around the state, or enjoy eagle viewing on your own.

EVENTS
Winona Bird Club Holiday Potluck
Winona Bird Club is holding its annual Holiday Potluck, Wednesday, Dec. 6, beginning at 6:00 pm at the Holzinger Lodge, 925 W. Lake Blvd. in Winona. Minn.

JOBS
Associate Editor, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The Communications Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology located in Ithaca, NY is currently seeking an Associate Editor.
Software Engineer for eBird/Macaulay Library
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is seeking a motivated Software Engineer to lead efforts to manage millions of images, sounds, and videos in a scientific archive, the Macaulay Library.

ORGANIZATIONS
Audubon Connecticut Awarded Program-Sustaining Grants
In an announcement made by top federal and state environmental officials, Audubon Connecticut was honored as a recipient of two grant awards from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF).

PROMOTIONS
Cornell Lab Bird Academy Offering Holiday Discounts
To mark the season of giving, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Academy is offering discounts of up to 30% on its flock of online courses.

SPECIES
Another Blizzard of Snowy Owls Could Be Coming to Lower 48
The Aububon Society reports that according to Project SNOWstorm, data is predicting a big irruption of Snowy Owls across the continental U.S. this year.
Big, Bold and Beautiful: Flame-faced Tanager
Flame-faced Tanagers are found only in the eastern Andes Mountains from southwest Venezuela to central Peru, where they join mixed-species flocks with birds such as wintering Scarlet Tanagers.
12 Juvenile Whooping Cranes Released in Louisiana
A group of 12 juvenile whooping cranes were released into the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' (LDWF) Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Nov. 14 in Grand Chenier as part of an experimental population being monitored by LDWF.
Wild Facts About Wild Turkeys
Maybe you're already dreaming about Thanksgiving: turkey, stuffing, all the pies. And maybe you thought you knew everything about turkeys. Think again.

WILDLIFE
Endangered California Foxes Poisoned By Rodenticides
Due to their harmful impacts on non-target wildlife — including hawks, owls, bobcats and mountain lions — second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides are now restricted in California.

The Birding Wire Photo Gallery


The Birding Wire's good friend, Molly Molloy, a member of the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society in Las Cruces, NM, shared several photos of these animated "Singing Sandhills," taken at New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge as the sun was setting Saturday, Nov. 18—during the refuge's popular 2017 Festival of the Cranes Week. "I'll bet there was a million dollars worth of professional photography equipment on that (irrigation) ditch today," Molly wrote. "And lenses that were bigger than me!" Many thanks to her for sharing—we could almost hear the cranes. Technical: Nikon CoolPix P900, ISO 280, f/5.6, 1/500 sec.

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Birdy Holiday Gift Ideas from Cornell Lab
Ithaca, N.Y.--For the nature enthusiast on your list, consider a holiday gift from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to enhance knowledge and enjoyment of birds throughout the year. These gifts give twice because a portion of each purchase supports the Cornell Lab's nonprofit mission to improve the understanding and protection of birds.

The Cornell Lab Publishing Group offers beautiful children's books, handy pocket guides for bird identification, and the Backyard Birdsong Guide that sings with the push of a button. The Bird a Day calendar brightens up each day with with photos, fascinating facts, range maps, bird-watching activities, ID tips, and songs that you can hear using the free downloadable BIRD QR app.

Give the gift of knowledge with an online course from the Cornell Lab's Bird Academy. Choose from courses about backyard feeder birds, warblers, hawks, and more. These self-paced courses are a fun way to learn bird-identification skills that will lead to years of enjoyment with birds and the outdoors.

Immerse kids in bird activities with the BirdSleuth Holiday Kit for Kids from the Lab's Education team. It's packed with fun ways for kids to learn about birds and nature. It includes full-color Bird ID cards, Scavenger Hunt cards, Bird Bingo cards, three coloring pages, bird-related activities for the holidays, and more. Great stocking stuffer!

Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's holiday gifts page for more gift ideas.

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Nov. 23 - Nov. 24
Thanksgiving - No Wire Distributions
Dec. 2 - Dec. 3
Jim Foster Wildlife Photography Seminar
Birding & Nature Center, S. Padre Island, Tex.
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. 15
MLK Federal Holiday No Wire Distributions
Feb. 19
President's Day Holiday No Wires
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