Author Archives: Rob Fergus

Dutch International Conference on Metropolitan Planning and Ecology

Last week I participated in an International Conference on Metropolitan Planning and Ecology organized by BirdLife Netherlands (VBN) in Almere, Netherlands.  Almere is a Green City with amazing design features, and a commitment to sustainable development.  Wandering the streets and … Continue reading

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Urban Birds to Help

Birds in urban yards and neighborhoods dominated by buildings and tiny yards, patios, or balconies need help finding food, shelter, and water.  Especially if there are large parks, wooded streams, or other patches of habitat nearby, creating additional small patches … Continue reading

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Suburban Birds to Help

Traditional suburban yards are dominated by lawns, flowerbeds, foundation plantings, and shade trees.  With a little additional work, they can provide useful habitat for many local birds that need help to survive in suburban neighborhoods. Suburban Birds to Help are … Continue reading

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Rural Birds to Help

If you own a rural yard or larger property, you probably have a lot of birds already in your yard.  But there are always additional birds in your area that may need a little extra attention in order to thrive … Continue reading

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Birds to Help

No matter where you live, there are cool birds that need your help to better thrive in your yard.  Even the smallest balcony or urban yard can provide important habitat for birds looking for food, shelter, water, or shelter. Birds … Continue reading

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Review: Bird Homes and Habitats

There are a lot of books out there on how to attract birds to your yard.  The basics of providing bird feeders and housing have been known for over 100 years. So what is to distinguish one bird-helping book from … Continue reading

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Urban Birdscapes on Facebook

Now it is easier than ever to share urban bird conservation news and notices through a public Urban Birdscapes Facebook Group.  Join the group to be part of the movement to make cities and neighborhoods around the world better for … Continue reading

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Year of the Starling in the Netherlands

Vogelbescherming Nederland (BirdLife Netherlands) is promoting 2014 as the Year of the Starling.  Here’s one of their promotional posters. Starlings are urban exploiters, nesting in cities and foraging widely in a agricultural fields. They have declined by over 50% in many parts … Continue reading

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BirdLife International Survey on the Status of Urban Bird Conservation

Last week in Ottawa we were able to present our BirdLife International Survey on the Status of Urban Bird Conservation to Marco Lambertini, the CEO of BirdLife International, at the BirdLife International World Congress.  This survey provides a look into … Continue reading

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What the heck is a Birdscape?

The first use of the term “birdscaping” that I can find is in the title of Birdscaping Your Yard, a 47 page pamphlet published by the State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection in 1972. The term “birdscaping” is not used … Continue reading

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