Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)

Many birders travel to Texas to glimpse the black-bellied whistling duck, a year-round resident of the lower Texas Gulf Coast and other portions of the state. The whistling duck is also found in Mexico, Central and South America and occasionally in Arizona, California and Louisiana, as well. Known for its high-pitched whistling call, the whistling duck's long legs and neck … [Read more...]

Whooping Crane (Grus americana)

One of two crane species found in North America, the endangered whooping crane-- measuring a stately four to five feet in height--is the continent's tallest bird. Once widespread throughout North America, the whooping crane faced almost certain extinction in 1937 when the wild population consisted of just fifteen birds. Thanks to dedicated conservation efforts by Canada and the … [Read more...]

For the Birds – Bird Surveys & Bird Banding

During my training to become a Texas Master Naturalist, one of my goals was to volunteer with many organizations in different capacities to see what I most enjoyed. I spent some of my first 40 volunteer service hours toward certification doing habitat restoration and rehabilitation work to remove non-native invasive species of plants from area public … [Read more...]