Eastern Bluebird

The royal blue of the Eastern Bluebird is always a pleasure to see this time of year. Their sweet songs and vibrant colors are a welcome sign of Spring. You may notice birdhouse boxes in many parks and backyards built for them which has helped to boost their population over recent decades. This has followed a long decline due to loss of habitat.

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Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Appreciation of Nature and the Outdoors

I recently created this video showing some of the work I’ve done. I hope you enjoy it. :)

Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures

Debra Toor

Debra Toor

I’m pleased to introduce you to author Debra Toor.

I was intrigued when Debra asked for permission to use one of the photos I had posted here on photonatureblog.com of a turkey vulture for her book cover. I had taken the photo in Saugatuck, Michigan of the bird as it was eating a fish. Debra’s recently published book, “Survival Secrets of Turkey Vultures” had some wonderful and interesting information about this subject.

 

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Photo by Jeffrey Foltice

“The publication of a book that tells the story of turkey vultures and creates connections for readers has been emotionally rewarding. This book is a tribute to vultures. It is critical for readers to connect with vultures locally and globally.  In recent years, vultures have vaulted into prominence. Population declines of vulture species in Asia and Africa have drawn attention to their valuable ecosystem services: Purifying ecosystems and preventing the spread of diseases,” she said.

Debra spent three years researching and writing this book, interviewing biologists and ornithologists in both Canada and the United States. In addition she collected data from peer-reviewed journals and researched the work of nature photographers who have documented turkey vultures in their native habitats.

Debra has always had an interest in nature-

“A few years ago, I was conducting a farm harvest tour for students.  The farmer pointed to three soaring vultures.  He revealed that these vultures would soon begin their journey south, but would return to the area in early spring. I started to wonder about the vultures.  What motivated these birds to migrate to Canada? I began to explore books, journals, and online bird sites. I was hooked.”Toor_Cover

Debra added:

“The next time you see a vulture, observe their behavior.  Spread the word about these helpful scavengers.”

Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day.  It is held annually on September 6.  Stay tuned for event ideas and learning activities at http://www.ecostoriesbydebtoor.com/

The mother of three lives with her husband in Ontario, Canada.

For more information:

Readers can explore turkey vultures by reading the book.  It includes fun learning activities.

From the publisher: Guardian Angel Publishers

http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/turkey-vultures.htm

Digital format: $5.00

Softcover:  $10.95 + $4.95 S&H

Hardcover: $15.95 + $5.95 S&H

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Secrets-Turkey-Vultures-Debra/dp/1616335718/

Softcover: $9.86 + S&H

Hardcover: $17.95 + S&H

Website:

Her website:  http://www.ecostoriesbydebtoor.com  has the following resources to supplement the book: An interactive visual glossary, and free learning activities.

The website is also packed with captivating photos, vulture facts, and much more.

Sharp Eye

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Great Horned Owls seem to prefer hunting from elevated areas that overlook fields. They can hear and see their prey more easily from such an unobstructed vantage point. This one I photographed in Southwest Michigan near such a field.

Nature’s Decorations

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

These birds reminded me of Christmas tree ornaments as they rested on the branches of a pine tree.

Oh Canada

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I captured the moment this flock of Canada geese were flying as the sun set. The afterglow painted the sky a pale pink color while the group of birds sailed through the air.

Hiding in Plain Sight

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Walking by a tree with this owl carefully hiding, you could be forgiven for not seeing it. I caught this little one peaking out from a hiding place.