Monitoring Migrations in Israel

Hello from sunny Eilat, Israel! I’m out here this spring taking part in the intensive bird monitoring efforts put on by the Israeli Ornithological Center, and the International Birding and Research Center, Eilat. I’m participating in the survey side of things, rather than the banding (ringing for all of our Old World friends!) operation that constitutes the other major portion of the monitoring. This means I’m up in the Eilat Mountains 4-5 times a week counting large diurnal migrants (mostly Raptors, but also things like Storks, Pelicans, and Cranes).   The other 2-3 days a week I’m off doing general…

Champions of the Flyway 2015

The Mediterranean is a danger zone for millions of migratory birds that pass the region on their travels to and from Africa — twice every year. Malta is an infamous example of the hazards these birds face by hunters and poachers, but the island of Cyprus is a hotspot for those illegal activities too. The magnitude of illegal hunting on this Mediterranean Island is staggering. Hundreds of thousands of birds from all groups and families are killed there every migration season. BirdLife Cyprus staff are currently working hard to bring about lasting change but with illegal killing still increasing and conservation resources…


New: Leica Introduces the Ultravid HD-Plus 50 at IWA 2015

Yesterday marked the last day of IWA Outdoor Classics 2015 in Nuremburg, Germany. IWA is one of the world’s leading exhibitions for outdoor and hunting equipment in the world. Over the weekend, Leica Sport Optics introduced a range of new products for naturalists, the highlight being the Ultravid HD-Plus 50. With the Leica Ultravid HD-Plus 50, Leica has designed and constructed a new generation of Leica Ultravid binoculars with considerably improved light transmission and resolving power. The Leica Ultravid HD-Plus 50 models are available with eight-fold, ten-fold and twelve-fold magnification and are identified by an engraved ‘HD’ in red on the strap…


Chasing Noah

Noah Strycker is an enthusiastic birder, a great writer, and is presently on the adventure of a lifetime! For many years he penned a featured column in WildBird magazine and was affectionately referred to as “BirdBoy”. He has long since outgrown that nickname, and currently works as an Associate Editor of “Birding” magazine (ABA). His prolific writing portfolio contains over 75 other articles for various birding & wildlife magazines and he has penned two books as well: “The Thing With Feathers” and “Among Penguins“. Since the stroke of Midnight on January 1st, 2015, Noah has been on an amazing journey which will carry him to…