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Date: 7/13/20 11:42 am
From: 'Mike Sefton' via Birders <birders...> Subject: [birders] Non-bird: Winner of photography awards, Michigan Young Birders Camp recap, Piping Plover monitoring at WPBO, and more
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> Date: July 13, 2020 at 1:30:23 PM EDT
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> Subject: July eNews: Winner of photography awards, Michigan Young Birders Camp recap, Piping Plover monitoring at WPBO, and more
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> July 2020
> Michigan Audubon connects birds and people for the benefit of both through conservation, education, and research efforts in the state of Michigan.
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> Our success is possible by the commitment of more than 2,000 members statewide. Join, renew, or gift a membership today!
> Jocelyn Anderson Captures 2020 Michigan Audubon Photography Awards
> We are excited to announce that the winner of the 2020 Michigan Audubon Photography Contest is Jocelyn Anderson! Her three submissions were stunning, with the Blue Jay in Flight photograph standing out above all. The photo will appear on the cover of a future issue of our member magazine, the Jack Pine Warbler. Until then, enjoy her Yellow Warbler portrait taken in Whitmore Lake during the spring of 2019.
> Jocelyn is a wildlife photographer in southeastern Michigan who is a big fan of birds. She focuses on capturing moments of wildlife, looking to showcase the beauty of the natural world. These photos range from dramatic moments of action to birds simply being. Her work has been featured by the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and BBC Wildlife.
> 2020 Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):
> Jennifer Harte
> William McHale
> J. A. Mikulich (Chestnut-sided Warbler featured at the top of this eNews and on the cover of the Summer Jack Pine Warbler)
> Each photographer will do a Michigan Audubon Instagram takeover, showcasing their work and sharing their stories with you. You can read more about the photography awards in our recent article and follow our Instagram to see more work by these talented artists.
> Click here for the full article on the photography awards
> Young Bird Enthusiasts Connect Virtually
> During Michigan Young Birders Camp
> We may not have been able to get together in person, but that didn’t stop the third annual Michigan Young Birders Camp (MYBC) from happening! As June drew to a close, eight young bird enthusiasts gathered virtually to embrace the avian world. From bird banding to chats with experts from the field, campers were able to experience much of what was initially planned from the comfort of their homes.
> Between bird banding and the daily birding by campers spanning geographically from the Upper Peninsula to mid-Ohio, 65 to 80 bird species were observed each day. Collectively, the group experienced 115 different species throughout the week.
> They worked together to design "birdtopias," did individual presentations on North American bird species, responded to daily questions in their nature journals, and more. To learn more about the week, read Education Coordinator Lindsay Cain's article.
> Click here to read about 2020 MYBC
> Do You Keep a Nature Journal?
> Nature journaling can take many forms and the great news is, there’s no wrong way to go about it. You may decide to sketch the plants or animals you’re seeing, describe your surroundings in detailed flowery stanzas, or even write about your questions, thoughts, and feelings. The more detailed you can be with your nature journaling when you start, the better foundation you will build for keeping up the practice and feeling excited about your journaling activities. Observe with all five senses and acknowledge what you’re feeling mentally and emotionally. Learn more about nature journaling here.
> Media Highlight: “The Sun is a Compass: A 4,000-mile journey into the Alaskan wilds”
> Most of us at some point in our lives need a pause, a reboot, a sabbatical of some sort. This is the story of an ornithologist who in many ways lost sight of her curiosity and wonder about the natural world and about birds, despite (or due to) being entrenched as a researcher in the field of ornithology. To renew her passion, and regain clarity about the bigger picture, Caroline and her husband embarked upon a 4,000-mile excursion into the Alaskan and Canadian wilderness. Read Conservation Program Coordinator Linnea Rowse's full article about the book.
> Click here to read more about The Sun is a Compass
> Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
> Color Banding Helps With Piping Plover Monitoring at WPBO
> Have you ever wondered what those colorful bands mean and why they are used on species such as the federally endangered Piping Plover? Check out the recent blog from Whitefish Point Bird Observatory's Outreach & Education Specialist and Piping Plover Monitor Alison Vilag to learn more about color banding and to be introduced to "Zombie Chick," one of the Piping Plover nesting at the Point this season.
> Click here to read more about Piping Plover monitoring
> Summer Owl Banding Under Way
> "It’s hard to believe that this is the fifteenth year of summer owl banding. A lot of sweat has gone into working in the woods at night through July and August over the years. Thanks to the mosquitoes, even more of our blood has gone into this project."
> ~ Lead Owl Bander Chris Neri
> Pictured left: This Northern Saw-whet Owl is the 4,000th owl banded during the summer seasons at WPBO.
> The July 8 owl banding update reported 90 owls banded; 84 Northern Saw-whet Owl and 6 Long-eared Owl.
> In addition to the owls, the banders always enjoy the moths during the summer nights.
> Wavy Chestnut Y Moth
> Autographa mappa
> St. Lawrence Tiger Moth
> Platarctia parthenos
> For the safety of field staff and visitors, public observation of owl banding will not be available this season. For updates on the owl banding program, you can look for weekly blog posts by the banders on Wednesdays at wpbo.org/category/owl-banding/.
> Click here to read the Owl Banding blog
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