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Eastern Kingbird by Mike Benkis

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While human intervention may be complicating the lives of many bird species, it is vital that we recognize we can just as easily modify our yards to benefit their means for survival rather than limit it. As all bird lovers know, there is a certain joy that comes with putting out bird feeders and feed...

Learning theory says that the greater the number of senses students use to understand and acquire new concepts, the deeper those concepts will be ingrained in their minds — and the more easily they can be retrieved and applied.

Speaking of “applications,” Tracee M. Herbaugh, in an article, waxed eloquently about how Merlin, the birding app created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, enriches not only the experience of birding itself, but also the connections she forges with family and friends.

As the Share Omaha Giving Tuesday initiative approaches on November 28, the Audubon Society of Omaha is brimming with gratitude for the unwavering support it has received from its dedicated members. The upcoming Giving Tuesday promises to be a pivotal day, uniting communities in the spirit of generosity and providing crucial funding that directly advances the society’s mission of conservation and environmental education.

It turned out to be too good to be true. Back in 2015, six leading seed companies believed they had found an efficient, cost-effective way to dispose of unused seed that had been treated with pesticides and fungicides. Kansas-based biofuel concern AltEn would take the seed, transform it into ethanol and sell the resulting byproduct, called wet cake, to farmers, to use as fertilizer.

“When you embrace birding, the world opens up to you,” observes Nick Lund, author of “The Birdist’s Rules of Birding” blog, quoted in Koeppel’s article. Birder numbers are soaring, with more than 45 million watchers accounting for an economic impact of $41 billion a year, based on US Fish and Wildlife Service estimates.

Koeppel and his father (an avid birder) weren’t exactly birds of a feather, at least in the beginning. It took years for Koeppel’s interest to take off. Birding “seems beyond geeky to some, but once you start looking at it as a sport, or a game, it becomes deeply fascinating,” if not an obsession, he writes.

Identification, classification/counting and unpredictability combine to offer soul-satisfying skills to those willing to invest the time to take up birding. Koeppel breaks down birdwatching into three steps.

A short recap of what's been going on at Audubon Society of Omaha

Spring Creek Audubon Center has partnered with the Solidago Conservancy and the Lincoln Parks Foundation to purchase and preserve an additional 310 acres of previously unprotected native prairie in Lancaster County.

November 28, Share Omaha will sponsor a 24-hour fundraising event to raise support for Omaha-area nonprofits. Support our cause — the health of the environment — by donating online by credit card on Share Omaha’s website,

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