Posted by: Kath Usitalo | November 16, 2012

Friday Freebie: This Site Is For the Birds

Using the All About Birds guide I’m calling this Mackinac Island bird atop Father Jacques Marquette’s head a Ring-billed Gull

So there’s no hockey on TV and the novelty of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has worn off. If learning about birds is on your To Do list you can while away the long winter evenings with the Virtual Field Guide to Michigan Birds, a free resource from Michigan Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

The All About Birds guide lists 25 categories of our fine feathered friends, from Finches to Flycatchers and Grebes to Gulls, Terns & Jaegers. In addition to hearing the “Typical Voice” of the birds you can read up on species size, shape, color pattern, behavior, habitat and range. There are also links to related videos and articles about some of the birds.

The Cornell guide is not exclusive to species found in Michigan—study the Range Map for that info—but surely it’s time better spent than on another episode of “Hoarders.”

http://www.michiganaudubon.org/education/identification_help.html

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