Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday, Aug 12 on Marfa Public Radio

Check out Marfa NPR's live streaming from 10 am until 11 (we'll be the first segment) and then from 6:30 to 7 pm when it is replayed. We're pretty excited - we'll get to talk about the impact of the drought in spite of having rain recently!

Marfa Public Radio -

In case folks find our blog via Marfa NPR, here are a few species we may be referencing, in no particular order:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - low numbers (high count of 1 for Post Park all summer)
Cassin's Sparrow - conspicuous by their absence; all over the rest of the state
Summer Tanager - delayed arrival
Say's Phoebe - emaciation
Lincoln's Sparrows - delayed migration, high cat predation numbers
Bell's Vireo - emaciation, on-time arrival
Vermilion Flycatcher - on-time arrival, an exception
Yellow-breasted Chat - emaciation, on-time arrival, high cat predation
Orchard Oriole - present in good numbers, but not singing
Black-chinned Hummingbird - emaciation
Lark Sparrow - emaciation
Western Wood-Pewee - emaciation and abnormal behaviors
Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler - emaciation and modified behaviors, late migration
Barn Swallow - emaciation, late nesting, observed nest failures, high cat predation
Lark Bunting - very late migration

...the above fall into the context of species whose numbers and/or emaciation were highly apparent to us and comprise the bulk of our observations.

Between fires and drought, this should be an interesting conversation - we'll try to fill in more details after the show!

Photo/permalink via Marfa Public Radio:

Handy links from previous posts:
the drying, the drought (a bit heavy, but eye-opening)
in the meantime, pictures
freezer catch-up
and an optimistic final note: drought?

...and we will edit this post to let y'all know when the full segment is available online!

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