About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Are You an Ornithologist?

No, but I am an avid backyard birdwatcher and my family and I own two Wild Birds Unlimited shops in mid-Michigan. I think of myself as a student of nature. I like observing wildlife and doing research and learning new things about birds.

Ornithologists study everything and anything to do with the biology and habits of birds. It can be as focused as looking at the changes in blood cells in an individual bird or as wide as the study on how birds are changing in today's environment and how they might be affected by ecological change in the future.

However, ornithology is one of the few sciences remaining where non-professionals regularly make significant contributions like in the annual bird counts around the world. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology also has citizen science projects for anyone who watches birds, from backyards to remote forests, to help researchers better understand birds and their habits. Click HERE to learn more.

The Lab is a non-profit membership institution whose mission is to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Cornell’s programs work with citizen scientists, government and non-government agencies across North America and beyond. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology believes that bird enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels can and do make a difference.

Wild Birds Unlimited also feels it is very important to support efforts in environmental preservation and education. With every purchase you make, Wild Birds Unlimited stores donate a portion of the proceeds to support education, conservation and wildlife viewing projects at wildlife refuges, parks, sanctuaries and nature conservancies throughout North America. We also partner with several organizations listed below to bring people and nature together. Click on the links to find out more about some of these organizations.
American Bird Conservancy
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Bird Studies Canada
The Organization for Bat Conservation
The Purple Martin Conservation Association
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The National Wildlife Federation
The National Audubon Society
The North American Bluebird Society
Chipper Woods Bird Observatory
The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Foundation

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