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Hricik: Birders impress with keen eyes, ears during annual Bird Watch

June 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

MEDORA — A little more than a month into my move to North Dakota to work for The Dickinson Press, I had still never been deep inside Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s South Unit.
It’s the behemoth of conservation more than 35 miles to the wes…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

U of M-Crookston partaking in a national bird survey

August 14, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

CROOKSTON, Minn. The bird wasn’t happy about its predicament. And judging by its angry squawks and clacking beak, the great-crested flycatcher was even less impressed with Laura Bell’s efforts to free its wings and feet from the mesh that rose from the forest floor like a large volleyball net. Continue Reading

Flood-control project becomes birding Mecca

August 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A flood-control impoundment southeast of here has proven to have a benefit water managers never anticipated. The four-square mile Agassiz Valley Water Resource Management Project also has become a haven for birds and the people who watch them. Continue Reading

TRNP has record numbers of species and visitors during walk

June 6, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

The scene in movies on an early morning campground is always peaceful and quiet. Continue Reading

Area birding festival takes flight

May 22, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Second annual event draws 40 to Lake Andes region. Continue Reading

Tackaberry has been watching birds for 60 years

May 9, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

FRONTENAC, Minn. Alice Tackaberry has been a bird watcher for most of her life. But the 90-year-old remembers almost the exact moment when her interest really took off. Continue Reading

ALWAYS IN SEASON: Owl season arrives in late February

February 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Late February is the season of the great-horned owl. The owl is resident here, present in every month, but in February, it begins the work of its life, raising the next generation. It may seem early for nesting, but nature moves at breakneck speed, and for owls, every moment is precious. It takes several days for the female to fill the nest and another 37 days for the eggs to hatch. This means about six weeks from egg laying to hatching. Continue Reading

ALWAYS IN SEASON: Birds provide early signs of spring

February 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The horned lark is always an early sign of spring, but it is not always a sure one. Horned larks show up along rural roads in the Red River Valley just about the time the snow begins to recede and the ground begins to appear. Most years, I notice the first horned larks about the middle of February. Continue Reading

ALWAYS IN SEASON: Birds provide early signs of spring

February 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The horned lark is always an early sign of spring, but it is not always a sure one. Horned larks show up along rural roads in the Red River Valley just about the time the snow begins to recede and the ground begins to appear. Most years, I notice the first horned larks about the middle of February. Continue Reading

ALWAYS IN SEASON: Longspurs can be abundant — but also elusive

January 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Out walking the other day, I flushed a big flock of small birds easily the most individual birds I’d seen so far this winter. The birds were feeding along County Road 33, and as I approached, they lifted, wheeled and drifted away, settling in a stubble field, which was almost snow-free in what had been an open winter. Continue Reading