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BIGGEST WEEK
'Biggest Week' Joins With ABC to Help Declining Warbler
This year, American Bird Conservancy and Black Swamp Bird Observatory are partnering to step up the focus on conservation during the Biggest Week in American Birding, encouraging all Biggest Week participants to contribute to the Save the Golden-Wing Project.

BIRDING HISTORY
Is Birding Boom a Recent Phenomenon?
Our friends at Great Birding Projects offer and interesting historic look back at birding, and what has brought us to where we find ourselves today.

CONSERVATION
$1M NAWCA grant awarded for UP conservation
The Upper Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council (UPRCD), working in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited (DU), was recently awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for work protecting habitat gaps in an otherwise well protected landscape.
FWS Habitat Restoration Programs Pump $327M into Local Economies
The report, Restoration Returns: The Contribution of Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program Projects to Local U.S. Economies finds that Service programs created more than 3,900 jobs in Fiscal Year 2011, generating a total economic stimulus of $327.6 million.
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DUCK STAMPS
NJ Youth Wins 2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition
The acrylic rendition of a king eider by 16-year-old Si Youn Kim, of Tenafly, N.J., was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at the Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va.

EARTH DAY
Google Features Animated Rufous for Earth Day
Yes, Earth Day 2014 is behind us, but as audublog noted yesterday, internet giant Google chose to honor the day with an animated "Google Doodle" of a Rufous Hummingbird, a favorite of those birders living in the Western U.S. (especially the Southwest).
Party With The Cranes April 26
On Saturday, April 26th, 2014, bring your family to the International Crane Foundation (ICF) headquarters in Baraboo, Wis., where we are celebrating Earth Day with our Party for the Planet™

ENDANGERED SPECIES
First Condor Eggs of Season Hatch in Captive Breeding Program
The first California Condor chicks of the season began hatching last week at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho. The first one Tuesday was followed by two more on Wednesday.

FEATURED BIRDCAM
Ospreys Nest in Front of Maryland Traffic Cam
It's the traffic cam that suddenly became a nestcam. For the second time in a week, with permission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Maryland Transportation Authority has removed an osprey nest from in front of a traffic camera at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

INTERNATIONAL
BirdLife Participates in Mainland China's First International Bird Fair
Fifteen years ago, birdwatching was regarded as an unusual minority hobby in mainland China. Today, there are about 40 birdwatching societies with thousands of regular members all over the country, and numbers are growing rapidly.

JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
San Diego Audubon Development and Communications Manager
San Diego Audubon Society (SDAS) seeks a highly motivated individual with professional experience in development, communications, and information management to serve as the organization's Development & Communications Manager.
Multiple Positions Available at Cape May Bird Observatory
The prestigious Cape May Bird Observatory is going through an exciting transition period right now, and several opportunities exist for those who would like to be part of the awesome CMBO/NJA team.

NESTCAMS
Minn. DNR Launches Video-Streaming Peregrine Nestcam
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced this week that live video from a nesting pair of peregrine falcons in downtown St. Paul is now featured on it website and the females is currently incubated four eggs.
Peregrine Falcons Nesting in Downtown Salt Lake City
Watch the falcons' antics by logging onto the Division of Wildlife Resources' website. Right now, the falcons are caring for four eggs. The eggs are in a nest box on the northeast corner of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

RESEARCH
Bird Studies Canada Involved in Migration Research
This spring, researchers are deploying over 200 automated radio telemetry stations in southern Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Each station can detect and track radio-tags within a range of roughly 20 km (12.5 miles).

SCHOLARSHIPS
San Diego Audubon Camp Scholarship Application Deadline May 1
San Diego Audubon announces the 2014 Curry-Kenaston Fund Scholarship for a San Diego Audubon Society member or an immediate family member to attend an Audubon nature camp (or approved similar camp), birding or nature-oriented educational course or event of choice.
San Diego Audubon Camp Scholarship Application Deadline May 1
San Diego Audubon announces the 2014 Curry-Kenaston Fund Scholarship for a San Diego Audubon Society member or an immediate family member to attend an Audubon nature camp (or approved similar camp), birding or nature-oriented educational course or event of choice.

SPECIES
Forest Jewel: Black-throated Blue Warbler
While the male Black-throated Blue Warbler is vibrantly colored, the female is so nondescript that Alexander Wilson, known as the "father of American ornithology," described it as a separate species in the 19th century.

STATES
Missouri Releases 45 Greater-Prairie Chickens
Last week's release of 45 Greater-prarie chickens obtained from Nebraska will bolster small flocks of prairie chickens within the Grand River Grasslands, which includes Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Pawnee Prairie.



Noted sportsman, author and photographer Ron Spomer submitted this shot of a pair of juvenile rock sandpipers that entertained him while he was awaiting a bush plane during a ptarmigan hunt near King Salmon, Alaska a few years back. His equipment included a Canon 10D, 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS lens at 275mm, 1/500, f-9, ISO 500. Spomer tells The Birding Wire that his accompanying setters showed no interest in pointing Alaskan shorebirds. More of his work may be viewed at www.ronspomeroutdoors.com.

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Biggest Week: Works of Audubon, Peterson and Sibley at Toledo Museum
To welcome spring as well as the region's annual Biggest Week in American Birding Festival, the Toledo Museum of Art is presenting a special exhibition featuring 45 works by artists known for their study and exquisite depictions of birds.

Just as the sound of songbirds evokes springtime, the names John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, John Gould and Roger Tory Peterson are synonymous with the finest representations of birds ever made.

In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science will be on display April 25-July 6, 2014 in Gallery 18. The exhibition chronicles the intersection of natural science and art in the pursuit of describing and identifying birds, from a medieval treatise on falconry to Audubon's Birds of America and today's field guide. Admission is free.

It's the second time in three years a gallery at the Museum has gone to the birds-the first was 2012's popular For The Birds exhibition. The 2014 exhibition is completely different with the sole exception of Audubon's The Passenger Pigeon.

"In Fine Feather shows the importance of art to the field of ornithology. We can see an evolution over time in the way birds were studied and depicted," said exhibition curator Paula Reich, the Museum's head of interpretative projects and managing editor. "What's more, the images of these birds are really stunning as works of art."

Works on display include hand-colored engravings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors and books. The oldest is a reproduction of a 13th-century manuscript on falconry that is often cited as the earliest illustrated book about birds.

Five watercolors by Peterson recently acquired by the Museum are on view for the first time. Peterson, considered the father of the modern field guide, has had a major influence on the field of ornithology and ecology. Noted bird authority Kenn Kaufman talks about Peterson's impact on the study of birds and his influence on Kaufman's own life in a videotaped interview that is part of the exhibition.

In addition to works on paper from the Museum's collection, the exhibition includes art loaned by local collectors, libraries and organizations, including the Toledo Club, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Bowling Green State University and the Ohio Historical Society. Also featured are three watercolors by David Allen Sibley, loaned by the artist, whose update of the 2000 bestseller, The Sibley Guide to Birds, was released to great enthusiasm earlier this year.

In related programming, the Museum and the Nature Conservancy of Ohio will present an Inside/Outside Birding and Nature Tour at 1 p.m. May 18. The first half of the free program will be an exploration of birds seen in the exhibition with Kaufman. Next, participants will trek outdoors with Terry Seidel, director of land acquisition for the Nature Conservancy in Ohio, to explore the Museum's Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden, home to a surprising variety of plans and birdlife. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 419-255-8000 ext. 7432 to register.

In Fine Feather is made possible by members of the Toledo Museum of Art and the Ohio Arts Council through a sustainability grant program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Admission to the Museum is free. Parking is free for members and $5 for nonmembers.
For more information, visit www.toledomuseum.org

-The Birding Wire

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Apr. 24 - Apr. 27
Delmarva Birding Weekend
Worchester County, Md.
Apr. 24 - Apr. 27
Apr. 25 - Apr. 26
2014 Bioblitz
Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary, Corolla NC
Apr. 25 - Apr. 27
May 2
Peregrine Falcon Program
Harpers Ferry Community Center, Harpers Ferry, Iowa
May 2 - May 4
Prairies & Piney Woods Birdfest
Selah Ranch, Mount Vernon, Tex.
May 2 - May 4
Weekend of Birding
Queen Anne's County, Md.
May 10
NJ Audubon World Series of Birding
Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May, NJ
May 10
21st Annual Hummingbird Festival
Starsmore Discovery Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 10
May 10
NJ Audubon's 31st Annual World Series of Birding
Bernardsville, NJ
May 11
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Birdathon/Bandathon
Honey Creek Nature Preserve
May 14
Nebraska Game and Parks SE Birding Day
Nebraska Eastern Saline Wetlands, Lancaster County
May 15 - May 17
May 15 - May 18
Tawas Point Birding Festival
Iosco County, Mich.
May 15 - May 18
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Convention
The Barn Restaurant, Prairie du Chien, Wis.
May 15 - May 18
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology Convention
The Barn Restaurant, Prairie du Chien, Wis.
May 16 - May 18
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Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology Annual Meeting
University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, Pa.
June 6 - June 8
Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology Annual Meeting
University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, Pa.
July 8 - July 14
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