WildBirds.com eNewsletter August 2009
Get Healthy, Go Birding! 
To Lose Weight...
Take a tranquility break! Hang a birdfeeder in your backyard or place a small bird bath outside your favorite window. Watch the birds' antics--feeding and playing. Birding is a great way to short circuit stress and actually slim your waistline!
It's true. Researchers at Penn State U. found when the brain secretes high levels of corisol (a stress hormone that signals the brain it needs food) you are more likely to snack on high fat food. Those less stressed by the same event produced less cortisol and spared themselves some pounds.
To Get Going...
Make a list of 10 birds found in your neighborhood. (Download a free state list at www.WildBirds.com.) Take a 30 minute "scavenger walk" and check the birds you found off your list.
Not sure about a bird you saw? Go straight to the source--Thayer Birding Software! The ID Wizard allows you to select color, size, location, etc. and instantly see a photo gallery of all the birds matching your description. You can even compare two similar birds side-by-side for easy identification.
psssst...Receive a 40% discount on the Gold Edition! Take your camera on your walk and send your bird photos to us to post on our website for others to download. See details below.
For Mental Stimulation...
Birding sharpens your mental and visual acuity by honing your ability to distinguish fine details in appearance and sound as you identify a bird. It also exercises your reflexes, memory and analytical skills. Bonus: A quiet walk at dusk along a wooded trail, listening, watching...becoming part of nature--another stress buster! 
For a Lifetime of Fun!
Birds are not only beautiful but fascinating too. Their varied voices, their behaviors so interesting and complex... you can easily spend a lifetime watching birds and still not be bored. What a gift these creatures are!
Techniques for Older Birders  
Getting Old is for the Birds! 
Pete with Kagu 
There are over 10 million US birders aged 65 or older. Many seniors visit parks and wildlife refuges that provide facilities such as handicap-accessible, paved nature trails, maybe  leading to open observation decks, for wheelchairs, motorized scooters and walkers. Before visiting any park, refuge or lodge, call or check its website to see if it accommodates your physical needs.
Some sedentary tactics include birding from the car. Binoculars or a window mounted scope is useful if the bird is far away. Golf carts are often provided at some lodges and B&B's to make getting around easier.
Of course, when stuck inside due to inclement weather or your aching sacroiliac, you can always let the birds come to you. Strategically placed feeders and bird baths offer hours of entertainment and fun. More tips:
  • Never bird alone in isolated areas
  • Take a cell phone wherever you go
  • Bring all the meds that you'll need for the day.
  • Wear medical tags if you're allergic to anything
  • Use a harness binocular strap to take weight off your neck
  • Download Thayer Birding Software's photos and songs to your iPod/MP3 player to help ID birds
  • Purchase short-distance-focus binoculars
Summer Beach Reads: 

Hummingbirds      Bird Behavior         Birding Adventure
1. A Hummingbird in My House - A young hummer left behind for the winter
2. Wings of Spring - Beautifully written - over 200 photos of spring rituals
3. More Tales of a Low-Rent Birder - For everyone interested in birds
Beach Bird Etiquette
Do Not Disturb!
Shore birds are beginning their fall migration early this year. Cold weather in the arctic is forcing the birds to follow summer to South America ahead of schedule, with more shore birds showing up during August in fields and mudflats throughout the midwest as well as coastal areas.
Few shore birds migrate during the day with most taking off at sunset in noisy flocks. Interestingly, birds that failed to breed leave about a week prior to the rest. Adult breeder females then leave about a week before the adult breeder males, who in turn leave a week before the juveniles who finally take off a month after the first birds began migrating.
This allows the younger birds time to mature and store fat for a trek they make based solely on instinct. Without adult guidance, many young birds end up far from their intended winter destination. True to their nature, the young birds will imprint on the new location and return year after year to their very own wintering ground. By habituating to new migration routes and wintering regions, species are able to adapt and survive when normal food sources dry up or regular habitats disintegrate.
Summer beach goers are being asked by Audubon to help and protect shore birds during this critical time:
Walk around birds. Like people, shore birds need to feed and rest in peace. Avoid flushing birds when you walk, bike or drive on beaches. Every time they fly up, birds expend precious energy and burn fat reserves they need to migrate.
Keep dogs away from birds. Birds see dogs as predators and are disturbed by their presence, even if nearby humans don't seem to bother them.
Do Not Disturb. No kite flying or kite surfing. To birds, kites are gigantic aerial predators, so keep your distance from birds when you fly kites or engage in kite surfing and similar activities.
Do Not Feed. Feeding seabirds is not recommended. Feeding wild birds near fishing areas can expose them to the dangers of hooks, lures and lines. Additionally, feeding birds on the beach causes them to become nuisance animals.
Good birding!
Pete Thayer & The Wildbirds.com Team! 
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Suite 4
Naples, Florida 34110 800-865-2473
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In this issue
Getting Old is for the Birds
Beach Bird Etiquette

It's Hummer Time

Hummer Feeders
If I Were a Bird...
I would be a hummingbird, the smallest bird known to man. Why? Simple: Hummers can consume half their weight in sugar each day! With some species still weighing less than a penny, that's the diet for me! Besides, I love the color red! 
Hummingbirds are very territorial and their antics  highly entertaining!  Window feeders are perfect for the less than limber birder.
What kind of bird would you want to be? Email us and tell us what species and why. Favorites will be published on our WildBirds.com and OnlineNatureMall.com

Photo Contest

 Roseate Spoonbill
 North America Winner
Roseate Spoonbill
by Chris Schober
World Winner!
by Taffy Parry
If you entered the photo contest and did not receive your Online Nature Mall Discount or prize, please email us right away so we can get it to you. Hardware failure caused a loss of some email addresses.

Best Shore Bird Guide!

Shore Birds
Shore birds are very difficult to identify. Experts at OnlineNatureMall tout
this as THE best shorebird guide!

Plush Birds Galore 

Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology have teamed up to create these adorable plush birds that sing!
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Six fuzzy friends PLUS a nest to keep them cozy! 
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Photo Contest Winners!
It's easy to enter our photo contest. First, sign-up for the WildBirds eNewsletter. Then, e-mail your photo to us at Sales@Wildbirds.com Winners will receive a free gift and a 10% off coupon at OnlineNatureMall.comAll other contestants will receive a 5% off coupon. 

Contest Rules: Only one photo per contest may be submitted. All birds photographed for this contest must be alive and living in the wild. You must also correctly identify the bird in your photo! Not sure of the name of the bird?
Thayer Birding Software's Identification Wizard lets you input the size, colors, habitat, location and even the song of any North American bird, then instantly displays a photo gallery of all the birds fitting your description for easy identification!  
We have 2 categories: One for birds found in North America and one for birds found around the world. Please identify which category you are entering.
Attention Summer Entrants: Due to hardware failure many email addresses were lost. If you have not received your gift or discount coupon for photos appearing this month, please email us right away and we'll get that to you! We're sorry for this inconvenience.