A great birding destination for new and veteran birders

The Lower Rio Grande Valley holds a special place in the hearts of US birders and is surely one of the top five places to visit in the country for birds. The combination of great winter weather and a wealth of bird species that can only be found in the ABA area in this corner of southern Texas is a big draw for the new birder. For the veteran birder, the chance of wandering vagrant bird species from Mexico (especially during winter) is what keeps people coming back time after time.

As an example in one of the tour vans I was driving at this year’s event I had a woman visiting for the first time who had already added 48 life birds to her life list in the previous three days and a couple of friends who had first visited the festival over 25 years ago and were back for their tenth visit.

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Instead of throwing the spare pumpkin seeds on the compost, consider turning them into bird feed.

Halloween season is getting close. Soon you can go out to the pumpkin patches, pick your pumpkin and carve a scary jack-o'-lantern. After you are done carving, you will end up with a lot of spare pumpkin seeds.

Instead of throwing them on the compost, consider turning them into bird feed. Birds love chowing down on pumpkin seeds. But before putting them out for the birds, make sure that you prepare them accordingly.

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About the rescue of the snow leopard and the black rhino

For years, ZEISS follows its mission to serve international animal and environmental protection. To save the snow leopard, the most endangered big cat in the world, ZEISS donated spotting scopes and telescopes to Conservation Officer Mr. Norbu and his team at Kaalifa Camp to observe these animals.

In addition, the annual "Rhino Conservation Award", which deals with the protection of the South African black rhinoceros and pays tribute to the corresponding efforts of individuals and organizations, has been sponsored by ZEISS since 2015. Their activities already show great success, for example, a decline in rhino poaching of 25 percent recorded in 2018.

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A new, first-rate scope

The telescope of the New Thuringia Chalet tells the story of the high mountain in the Habach valley as well as those of the Second World War and the post-war period. After a long time, the old telescope is now in need of renovation.

Therefore, ZEISS presented the German Alpine Association with a new spotting scope for their chalet, which now allows visitors to observe the impressive nature even over long distances.

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Saved from extinction

The Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita), one of the world’s rarest, most distinctive and gregarious avian species, was extinct in central Europe for over 400 years. Intensive measures on the part of BirdLife International and other conservationists are now showing the first signs of success in the colonies of birds living in the wild in Morocco.

ZEISS is supporting the BirdLife activities together with the foundation of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Learn more about the impressive history of the Northern Bald Ibis and the conservation projects that aim to resettle this species even in Europe.

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Memorable moments from a birding expedition!

Sally and Stephanie are proud to have participated in the Grand Iberian Bird Tour 2018-2019. In this article they talk about things that went wrong. But above all, many grateful moments.

They saw a lot of interesting birds from all over Europe, for example little Egrets flying over their heads, a flock of Whimbrels and another flock of Black-tailed Godwits.

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Tourism in line with bird conservation

George Armistead is Chief Network Officer at Rockjumper Birding Tours. He deals with questions that give a good indication on how tourism and bird protection can be connected.

The motto of the Rockjumper organization, to bring people closer to birds and to protect them at the same time, also drives his activities. Learn more about George and his work.

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John Horton, Warden of Alderney Bird Observatory (ABO)

The ringing of wild birds is a very important research method for ornithologists to obtain valuable information on migration, behavior and life of specific birds.

John Horton tells us impressively about his work on the British Channel Islands and a project with ZEISS that has fundamentally improved the ringing system.

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with Birdlife Malta and sponsored by ZEISS Sports Optics

"Malta, a holiday destination for many, but a country as a life-long naturalist and conservationist, I know it comes with serious baggage. Malta forms a vital link in the journey of migrating birds travelling through Europe into Africa."

Follow Darren Woodhead and a group of ornithologists to Malta, where they spent ten days exploring the fauna of this beautiful island in September 2018. Get inspired by their experiences and take a look at Darren's fantastic paintings.

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Successfully protecting birds in rural areas

For conservation of endangered bird species, scientific research can often make a valuable contribution. Especially on agricultural land, the conditions for preserving biodiversity are difficult.

Equipped with ZEISS products, a team from the University of Tübingen is investigating the needs of the Corn Bunting during the breeding season. Together with farmers and nature conservation authorities, suitable protection strategies are being developed.

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