The Ventana Wildlife Society is the only organization in California working to restore the critically endangered California Condor population. Located in Big Sur, the sanctuary was severely damaged by the California fires. The Society has updates on the Big Sur Fire here.
The group needs donations in order to rebuild after the fires. You can donate online.
The Society also has an online boutique with logo gear and other merchandise. This week’s Tuesday t-shirt is their Condor in Flight Jr. Raglan.
Condor In Flight
The Cattle Egret made the news in Britain this week. Although the birds have been spotted there in recent years, this year a pair has successfully raised chicks there for the first time. The breeding pair was spotted in Somerset. The report mentions that the breeding site will remain secret to protect the birds.
According to Wikipedia,
The Cattle Egret has undergone one of the most rapid and wide reaching natural expansions of any bird species. It was originally native to parts of Southern Spain and Portugal, tropical and subtropical Africa and humid tropical and subtropical Asia. In the end of the 19th century it began expanding its range into southern Africa, first breeding in the Cape Province in 1908. Cattle Egrets were first sighted in the Americas on the boundary of Guiana and Suriname in 1877, having apparently flown across the Atlantic Ocean. It was not until the 1930s that the species is thought to have become established in that area.
[…] In Europe the species had historically declined in Spain and Portugal, but in the latter part of the 20th century it expanded back through the Iberian Peninsula, and then began to colonize other parts of Europe; southern France in 1958, northern France in 1981 and Italy in 1985.
In this week’s T-Shirt Tuesday I’d like to present a new design from our sister shop, Birdorable.
The California Quail is the state bird of California. Males are beautifully colored and have a cute curved head plume. Really, these guys are pretty cute already. Just check out these California Quail photos on Flickr and you’ll see what I mean.
Birdorable also has a State Birdorable of California design that shows the cute bird along with the flag of California.
In this week’s T-Shirt Tuesday I’d like to highlight one of our simpler, text t-shirts for birdwatchers.
This original birding design which reads Life Is Short Bird Hard makes a great gift for birdwatchers. Take advantage of the time you have and spend as much of it as possible birding! Life is short – bird hard! Life Is Short Bird Hard is in a weathered font for a vintage look.