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Macaws, Macaw Pictures, Macaw Facts Macaws are beautiful, brilliantly colored members of the parrot family. Many macaws have vibrant plumage. The coloring is suited to life in Central and South American rain forests, with their green canopies and colorful fruits and flowers. The birds boast large, powerful beaks that easily crack nuts and seeds, while their dry, scaly tongues have a bone inside them that makes them an effective tool for tapping into fruits. Macaws also have gripping toes that they use to latch onto branches and to grab, hold, and examine items. The birds sport graceful tails that are typically very long.

Ethnobotany Vault : Ethnobotany and Economic Botany When Europeans first arrived, in both eastern and southwestern North America north of Mexico, they found people who were practicing agriculture, much of it with crops from Mexico. Consequently, the use of native wild plants received scant attention. This changed, however, when the Europeans penetrated the areas inhabited by hunters and gatherers. According to R.

How to Hack Your Smartphone to Take Good Photographs of Birds You know that part in Casablanca when Ilsa tells Rick, “You’ll have to do the thinking for both of us now”? Well, that’s exactly how I feel about my iPhone camera. I’ve been digiscoping, or taking photos with a camera attached to my spotting scope, for about 10 years. Great black hawk - The great black hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes the eagles, hawks, and Old World vultures. The great black hawk is a resident breeding bird in the tropical New World, from Mexico through Central America to Peru, Tobago and northern Argentina. It resembles the common black hawk, but is larger with a different call and tail pattern. This is a mainly coastal bird of forest and open woodland near water. It builds a large stick nest in a tree, and usually lays one dark-blotched whitish egg.

COOKIN' WITH THREE SISTERS Manataka American Indian Council Introduction This entire section is courtesy of the Oneida Indian Nation who developed an effective program call the Three Sisters Nutrition Project to benefit American Indians suffering from a variety of modern diseases. "...The lifestyle changes that have occurred among Indian people over the past 200 years have contributed to the high incidence of such disabling diseases as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Find a treasure trove of old Maine seed catalogs online They reveal our past on the farm and in the garden – and our present, too. The Internet Archive is a nonprofit digital archive that houses an astonishing collection of material, all downloadable, from Grateful Dead bootlegs to Charlie Chaplin movies to random 20th century software programs. is like a flea market in the cloud, without price tags. Among that ephemera is a treasure trove of more than 18,000 seed and nursery catalogs dating back to the 18th century, all digitized and uploaded by the National Agricultural Library over the last two years. Eventually, the entirety of the Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection of more than 200,000 catalogs will be available for the public to browse electronically.

Red-tailed Hawk, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology Similar Species The first step with identifying any hawk is to use its size and shape to decide what type you're looking at. Is it one of the three main groups: buteo, accipiter, or falcon? Buteos have broad, rounded wings and short, wide tails, and you often see them soaring without flapping. Red-shouldered Hawks, another common buteo, tend to be smaller than Red-tails with a banded tail and warm brown barring below. Swainson's Hawk has a dark trailing edge to the underside of the wing, and a dark chest.

Seven Primitive Survival Shelters That Could Save Your Life How to Make a Two-Strand Cord Many plant materials, including grasses that resist breaking when bent and the inner barks of shrubs and willows, can make strong enough cordage to lash thatching onto shelters. Thin willow wands, flexible capillary tree roots, rawhide cut from animal skins, and sinew strands that encase animal muscle make stronger cord, suitable for snare traps, bowstrings, and bindings. Directions Holding the cordage material between your thumbs and first fingers, twist it to form a kink in the middle. Now twist each half separately in a clockwise direction, then pass them around each other in a counterclockwise direction as shown. (A strand can be composed of one or more fibers, depending upon the diameter of the cordage material available.)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccycus americanus) California Partners in Flight Riparian Bird Conservation Plan Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccycus americanus) Photo by James Gallagher, Sea and Sage Audubon Prepared by: Stephen A. Laymon (

Site de la National Audubon Society, un organisme non gouvernemental américain dédié à la biologie de la concervation, avec un intéret particulier envers l'ornithologie. Le site contient des résultats d'inventaires annuels, des photos d'espèces variées, des informations sur des espèces pour lesquels des programmes de sauvegardes sont mis en oeuvre, et beaucoup d'actualité sur les recherches en écologie aviaire. by melanie_drouin Feb 18