Event Alert: Dixon Waterfowl Refuge Ramar Dedication

The Ramsar Convention of 1971 established a treaty between international governments to

maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use", or sustainable use, of all of the wetlands in their territories.

As of today, there are 2,040 recognized sites designated by the treaty as Wetlands of International Importance. 34 of these are in the United States, including the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes.

Dixon Waterfowl RefugeEntrance to Dixon Waterfowl Refuge, March 2011


The deserved designation was bestowed in February of this year, and a special dedication ceremony will take place on August 8th.

The public is invited to attend the event, which is free.

Got Bird Breath?

BirdBreath is a fun collection of bird-related comics published 5 days a week over at birdbreath.com. The regular cast of characters includes feeder birds & other wild birds as well as pet birds and the cartoons are cute and witty and worth checking out.

T-Shirt Tuesday: Go Pelagic!

This week's highlighted shirt is called Go Pelagic. The design is done in shades of sea blue and there is an ocean surf background to the word PELAGIC. This is great for birders that love looking for sea specialties from a boat. The seafaring birdwatcher design is shown here on a junior spaghetti tank top.

Kindle deal alert: The Snoring Bird

A great way to find titles for your eReader is to keep an eye on Kindle sales and discounts. Here is a great example: best-selling author and naturalist Bernd Heinrich's acclaimed memoir The Snoring Bird is deeply discounted in the Kindle Store right now. The title is on...

Book Review: Hawks at a Distance

Hawks at a Distance: Identification of Migrant Raptors by Jerry Liguori. First published 2011. As reviewed and pictured: softcover, 194 pages. As a raptor handler volunteer with FCWR, I got to work up close and personal with several different raptor species. Holding a beautiful bird of prey...