Citizen science is a way for you to learn about birds, science, and conservation by participating in real scientific studies. As a partnership between the public and professional scientists, we make up one of the world's largest research teams! www.birds.cornell.eduYouth celebrate urban birds as local birder and SSPP student Frankie Lewis can testify. Cornell University's Ornithology Lab once again offers young birders opportunity to learn about urban birds, those birds in their own neighborhood.
My current interest is in pigeons--there is a nest with two pigeon eggs in the lightwell outside my bathroom window in San Francisco's Sunset District. Through Project Pigeon Watch I discovered that pigeons are truly good parents--have you ever seen a baby pigeon? Probably not as their parents don't let them wander off until they are full grown. And all this time you couldn't think of a nice thing to say about pigeons. Courtship behaviors are quite interesting. Did you know they mate for life?
Feral pigeons display courtship behaviors throughout the year although they are more likely to mate in late winter and spring. Once a pair has formed a "bond" they will stay together for life. www.birds.cornell.edu/pigeonwatchWhat's so special about pigeons? There are up to 28 morphs or colors of pigeons! See the Project Pigeon Watch video to learn more. So, what to read? For fun there are the classic Mo Willems Pigeon books. But, for serious birders, you might want to start with Birds of San Francisco and the Bay Area by Chris C. Fisher and Joseph Morlan (Lone Pine Publishing 1996). Check out birdwatching.com for a comprehensive list of reading material.
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