What we’re about
Urban Birdscapes is dedicated to creating cities, neighborhoods, and communities that are good for both birds and people.

Who we are
Urban Birdscapes is brought to you by Rob Fergus, a geographer and ornithologist with a Ph.D. in urban bird conservation from the University of Texas at Austin.

5 Responses to About

  1. Dear Rob,

    This is Mohammed Dilawar we would like to thank you for putting information in regard to our work on your esteemed website.

    Every year on 20th March we celebrate World Sparrow Day which celebrates the 10, 000 year old relationship that we have with House Sparrows.

    Soon we will be launching the website for 2011 we will be thankful to you if you can through your website help us in promoting this at a global level.

    In case you have any queries please feel free to get in touch with us.

    Best wishes,

    Mohammed Dilawar

  2. Shikra Fapp says:

    Dear Rob,

    Your work is a source of inspiration and knowledge. Congratulation! Please keep it up!

    May I ask you your advise today trough this comment box? I am involved in some very interesting lifescaping projects (here in West Cairo). The idea is to enhance the quality and the quantity of life around us without adversely impacting the human sphere.

    I need advices on one educational (and non-for-profit) project :
    We wish through this project to explain to our kids how to steward urban nature. For that, we would like to organize for, what we are calling, a “beyond the specie” exercise. The idea is to “mark” (I guess to band) few sparrows that will born in the kids’ bird nest and to follow & help their future lives. The kids would then perceive sparrows as groups of individuals more than an opaque animal specie. (I hope you understand the aim of this exercise).

    Could you please guide us for that? Is this idea possible (as per law, as per bird societies ethic)? What would be the best way to band a sparrow in nest (when, how, with what)?

    It would be really great if this project can get your help.

    Best regards, Congratulations again for your works!

    Shikra Fapp

  3. Rob says:

    Sorry for the delayed response, I’ve been to conferences and on a long birding trip across Texas. Shikra, I love the pages you have up and your project. I don’t know a lot about ringing birds in Egypt, but online it looks like the person to contact might be Prof. Dr Przemyslaw Busse (email: busse@univ.gda.pl). Hope he can get you the info you need on ringing–ask about color ringing or banding where you put different colored bands on birds to track them as individuals later. I would love to help out in any other way I can.

  4. Shikra Fapp says:

    Thanks Rob for the hint about Egyptian bird banding. I wrote to that address. Let’s see!

    I would like today to share with you one pictogram I designed and use for securing urban wildlife shelters. It may be useful for you or your customers. It’s free for use and distribute if you like it!

    Watch out – Life inside

    You can copy it at this link : http://egyptlifescape.blogspot.com/2011/02/watch-out-life-inside-pictogramm-for.html

  5. Shikra Fapp says:

    Dear Rob,

    I placed an animation on Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sd6R5gwl7c) that may interest urban birdscapers.

    Thanks for your blog,
    Best regards,

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