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eNewsletter November 2015

Frogmouths, Nightjars & Goatsuckers are Here!

My long delayed bird set has finally arrived at the Hivewire Store featuring 15 species of these unique and amazing noctural birds. Distantly realted to owls, these birds are known for their exceptionally latge mouths and expert camouflage abilities.

The Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth pretends to be part of a tree during the day

Chuck-will's Widow

Chuck-will's Widow gives a hint of the intricate patterning of these unique birds

Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Catalog items in the Songbird ReMix series will be part of Hivewire3D's Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales.

Real Birds: A Storm Gathers for North American Birds

by Audubon


Audubon’s new study reveals the devastation global warming will likely bring down on birds―and identifies the habitat strongholds they’ll need to hang on.  

Western North Dakota is famous for its birds. The land here is checkered with neat squares of farm fields and native prairie overlying a scatter of pothole lakes, their curving shorelines shaped tens of thousands of years ago by chunks of melting glaciers. This rich landscape provides critical breeding grounds for millions of birds, from the Mallards and Blue-winged Teal that pour out of the so-called “duck factory” to the Bobolinks of the tallgrass prairie.

 But the region is changing fast. Even as birds continue to flock here every summer, expanding agriculture has eaten away at their habitat, and since 2008 the area has witnessed an energy boom of global proportions. Today the fields, prairies, and badlands are punctuated with hundreds of rectangles of raw, orange dirt, each studded with its own set of trailers, storage tanks, and nodding pumpjacks. Every day, companies use hydraulic fracturing to extract nearly a million barrels of oil from the Bakken formation, a layer of shale that lies about two miles beneath the prairie. Roughly 8,000 wells are operating already, and an additional 40,000 could be drilled and fracked in the next 20 to 30 years. In line at one brand-new convenience store, a woman carrying a hardhat sums up the prevailing attitude: “Patience are for doctors.” In the Bakken, the time is now, and the future is a long way off.  Read More...


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