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ABC's Bird of the Week - Cerulean Warbler


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Bird of the Week
Cerulean Warbler
Cerulean Warbler by Greg Lavaty
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Formerly one of the most abundant breeding warblers in the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys, numbers of this sky-blue warbler fell sharply during the 20th Century due to habitat loss and fragmentation on both its breeding and wintering grounds. Its population has declined by more than 70% since the 1960s.

The Appalachian Mountains are a breeding stronghold for the Cerulean, and an area unfortunately most impacted by mountaintop removal coal mining, which destroys this bird’s preferred habitat of mature, multi-layered deciduous forest. Habitat loss on its wintering grounds has also been impacted by agriculture and the conversion of habitat-rich shade coffee plantations to sun coffee devoid of large trees.

ABC has worked with the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative to reforest former mine lands, and with international partner Fundación ProAves to protect wintering habitat, creating the Cerulean Warbler Reserve in Colombia. ABC is also protecting crucial wintering habitat through land acquisition, conservation easements, reforestation, and promotion of shade coffee and cacao in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. And ABC is working to reduce the impacts of towers, building glass, pesticides, feral cats, and wind turbines on species such as the Cerulean Warbler and other migratory songbirds.

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Photo: Cerulean Warbler by Greg Lavaty; Range Map by ABC



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Friday Gievaway: Win a Shindig Diva Complete Party Package worth $85!!

Posted: 06 May 2011 04:29 AM PDT

Do you have a little bug that is getting ready to have their birthday? Then you're gonna LOVE this week's giveaway sponsored by Shindig Diva - A complete "Cute as a Bug" Party Package worth $85 delivered straight to your door!

Shindig Diva is a boutique event styling company.  Their specialty is parties in a box that are shipped directly to your door!  They believe that parties should be fun and fabulous, but the planning can be exhausting, so they do the hard work for you - From a  glam Paris Party to Elmo, Cowboys and  a fun Baking party! Just take a look at some of the stunning parties they offer:

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Gummy Worms
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Pre-made Pudding, Oreos, Gummy Worms
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PicNic Season: Sweet Strawberry Party Inspiration!

Posted: 05 May 2011 09:34 AM PDT

If you're planning an al-fresco luncheon or a Mother's day PicNic this weekend, then this post is for you! Totally simple, but oh-so sweet ideas taken from Bird's Party Magazine - Spring/Summer Issue.
Enjoy! :)

Hope you all have a fabulous Mother's Day Weekend!! XOXO

NJ Bird Photos: Birds of New Jersey

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Baltimore Oriole eating an orange

Posted: 05 May 2011 03:06 PM PDT

Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

Chris is ecstatic. We've put out oranges in late April for three years now. Each year, the orioles would build nests in a tree over the lake, but ignore our food. Today, we had our first oriole eat an orange.