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Killing swans is a bad idea

For the Birds, Mute Swans, News on March 5th, 2014 1 Comment

Originally posted on  CNN.com Feb 21, 2014 I was driving my daughter to her boyfriend’s house. About 20 mute swans were floating in the shallows near the shore of Conscience Bay in the Long Island Sound. I wondered whether, in all good conscience, I should ruin my daughter’s swan swoon. “Take a good look at […]

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GYRE Expedition – Day 5- Bearing Witness; Witnessing Bears. Act 2 (Wednesday, June 12)

Bears, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Travels on June 26th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/15/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/15/gyre-expeditio…nesday-june-12/ ‎ A mile down the beach and a mile out on the flat more-or-less, another mother trails three cubs from clam-hole to clam-hole. When she spots a big dark male headed her way from half a mile away, she moves off, in a hurry and a worry, frequently […]

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GYRE Expedition, Day 4 – Landing in Hallo Bay (Tuesday, June 11)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Travels on June 25th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/13/gyre-expeditio…uesday-june-11/ We spent several morning hours steaming west across Shelikof Strait to Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park, and landed the skiff on a rocky ledge at one end of a long bite of black beach backed spectacularly by the snow-peaked Alaska Range and Hallo Glacier. The highest peaks, […]

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GYRE Expedition Day One – Morning (Saturday, June 8)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Travels on June 20th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic: 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/11/gyre-expediton…aturday-june-8/ ‎ Morning we wake in Tonsina Bay, one of many coves ringed by near-vertical forested slopes. The beauty takes my breath away. So do a half-dozen mountain goats, each with a small baby, above the treeline, above a grass slope, on a rocky precipice. How do mountain goats […]

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GYRE Expedition – Departure (Friday, June 7)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Travels on June 20th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/11/gyre-expeditio…-friday-june-7 From Seward, we left Resurrection Bay, past Rugged Island, and felt the full roll of an ocean swell addressing us broadside from the southeast, rolling us as we plowed forward. Around us, some of the world’s most spectacular coast. Sheer shores spired by eagle-topped spruces rising to snowy […]

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Snowy Owls of 2012: The White Album By Carl Safina

For the Birds on February 7th, 2012 No Comments

Snowy Owl Photo: Carl Safina For reasons not entirely certain and yet almost certainly related to high numbers of lemmings in the Canadian Arctic during 2011, thousands of Snowy Owls are visiting the lower 48 states this winter. The phenomenon was featured on national TV on NBC news, and it has been written about in […]

Seabirds; The Other Seafood Lovers By Carl Safina

For the Birds on January 31st, 2012 No Comments

Originally posted on Huffington post on 1/23/2012. I recently got a letter from the United States Federal Bird Banding Laboratory. (Yes there is such a thing.) I was pretty surprised. In the 1980s I studied seabirds and hawks, and I banded many thousands of birds. But that was a long while back. I no longer […]

Gyrfalcon! by Carl Safina

For the Birds on January 18th, 2012 3 Comments

On Saturday (Jan 14, 2012), Pat and I went to look for a Snowy Owl that’s been seen in the dunes at Jones Beach, Long Island, New York. It’s been there for a few weeks and it was seen the day before we went. (It was also seen the day after.) But for us, and […]

Lindblad Expeditions: Days 16 through 18: At Sea and back to the Falklands

For the Birds, Lindblad Expeditions Cruise on November 10th, 2011 No Comments

For two days we traveled westward from South Georgia in calm weather but dense fog, then arrived back in the Falkland Islands. On the outbound leg, the Falklands’ tree-less, rock-and-tussock profile seemed chilly and windswept. On our return, the same place seemed balmy and spring-like. The contrast between South Georgia, with its single songbird, and […]

Lindblad Expeditions: Day 15

For the Birds, Lindblad Expeditions Cruise on November 9th, 2011 No Comments

On our expedition’s last day on South Georgia, we went ashore on the narrowest part of the northwest coast, a wild, Lord-of-the-Rings landscape of steep rock-and-hummock slopes, howling winds and sheets of shrouding mists. This pilgrimage was prompted mainly by the chance for a visitation with nesting Gray-headed Albatrosses on the high slopes.   The […]