Saturday, April 27, 2013

Birding St. Marks NWR

Although the weather didn't promise fallout conditions like last weekend, I got out for a bit and birded St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Bald Point State Park. I was hoping to photograph a few species that I had seen earlier this year, but haven't photographed yet. It was a laid back excursion but paid off nicely.

I started at Tower Pond. The trail in was pretty quiet and full of mosquitoes. A singing Yellow-throated Warbler gave nice views, though. At the pond, there weren't a ton of shorebirds, but the sight of a Wilson's Phalarope frantically running around the mudflats was hilarious. I've never seen this behavior before, and it was quite enjoyable. 

Wilson's Phalarope
I walked the trail near the lighthouse, but that was also slow. A Blackpoll Warbler and Sora were seen. The White-faced Ibis is still around. I was excited to see a scaup right off the road to the lighthouse and I figured it would be a Lesser. I got out of my car and I was thrilled to see that, to me, this looks like a Greater Scaup! This was also a new photo bird.

Greater Scaup
Also right along the road, in a mud bank, a Lesser Yellowlegs was present with a Least and Spotted Sandpiper. Yet another bird I had seen this year, just didn't get the chance to photograph.

Lesser Yellowlegs
I had one more target; Marsh Wren. They are common at St. Marks, but I usually only hear them. Until today, I hadn't put the effort into photographing them. I finally heard a Marsh Wren singing very near me, so I patiently waited. I caught the movement in the reeds and got a less-than-ideal photo. It never came out into the open, but this will do.

Marsh Wren
On my way out of the park I noticed a flooded field. Solitary Sandpiper came to mind, so I scanned to see if I could pick one out. I found three! One was kind enough to pose.

Solitary Sandpiper
I decided to head to Bald Point State Park to check through the shorebirds for any peeps. I didn't find any, but a Red Knot molting into breeding plumage was a small consolation. Sanderling were also molting, and the remaining dowitchers appeared fully molted.

It felt good to clean up some of my misses this year. I've been keeping track of my "birds photographed to year list" ratio. I've now photographed 92.5% of my year list, which I think is doing pretty well. And now I'm only two clicks away from 300!

I think tomorrow I'll spend at St. George Island State Park and hope a couple of warblers are kicking around. It doesn't look like there is any weather to put down the migrants... but here is to hoping. This is my last weekend in Florida. I will be back in Michigan next Saturday (5/4).

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bobolink Season

If you scan through the recent Florida bird postings, you'll notice a lot of Bobolink reports. My first Bobolinks of the year came this past weekend as fly-bys and fly-overs at St. George Island State Park, but were all too quick to photograph. Today, Matt Gould texted me to let me know some Bobolinks were hanging out along the lake edge in a field at Tall Timbers Research Station. I took a look and sure enough, I had 8 Bobolink feeding and calling in the field. The resident Eastern Kingbird pair chased them if they got too close. Photography conditions weren't perfect, but here is what I got.

 Bobolink breed in Michigan, but I was happy to photograph it down here. One less bird I'll have to chase once I get home. I won't have much time to bird Michigan once I get there, but I will be taking advantage of the few free days I do have to go birding.

Two weeks from today I'll be in Alaska for a short visit! I'm counting down the days...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The F-Word

It is a word that is thrown around a lot during migration. One of the most exciting times during migration, spring or fall, is the fallout! On 4/20, I drove to St. George Island State Park on the gulf coast of Florida hoping that the cold front would drop many migrants. I did not realize the park opened at 8am, and I got to the gate at 7:40am. As I waited outside my car in the stiff, cold north wind, hundreds of migrants were pouring in and heading straight for the youth camp area of the island. The majority of the birds were buntings (both Indigo and Painted), but I also saw Orioles, Tanagers, Bobolinks, and warblers all being put down by the front. This was incredible to watch, literally hundreds of migrants falling from the sky.

Finally, at 8am, I paid my entrance fee and rushed to the youth camp. Birds were everywhere! You couldn't hold your binoculars up without seeing birds. One of the first birds I was able to photograph was a cooperative Eastern Wood-Pewee that looked a little miserable.

Eastern Wood-Pewee
For the next six hours I worked the youth camp, coming up with new species every round I made. It was obvious more and more birds were arriving as the day went on. The most common warblers were Yellow and Black-and-white. The Yellows were very bright!

Yellow Warbler
Another new face for me this year was Blackpoll Warbler. They were around in decent number, although I never got one to pose nicely. A good looking warbler!

Blackpoll Warbler
Orioles, Tanagers and Buntings were also dropped by the front. Hard to miss the red of the male Scarlet Tanager amongst the green leaves!

Scarlet Tanager
Orchard Orioles were chattering and chasing each other around. This made them easy to locate.

Orchard Oriole
I saw singles of both Swainson's and Gray-cheeked Thrush, if I have them identified correctly. They can be a little tricky.

Gray-cheeked Thrush (broken, pale eyering, no warm tones on face, and a gray cheek)

Swainson's Thrush (full eyering, warm tones on face)
If anyone thinks otherwise, I'd love to hear it.

Probably the best looking show-stopper went to this male Magnolia Warbler. I forgot just how sexy this warbler is!

Magnolia Warbler
I took a lot of pictures but won't post them all here. More will be posted to the Flickr site.

It was a very productive day and one of my best days of birding in a long time. I hope I can catch another good day at St. George before I leave.

Friday, April 19, 2013

More Tallahassee Breeders

It looks like most of the local breeders have taken up residence (besides Mississippi Kites, perhaps). Today I heard my first Acadian Flycatcher on territory at Tall Timbers. Orchard Orioles and Eastern Wood-Pewee are singing all over, but I have yet to snag a photo of either. Work is winding down, so expect more to come soon.

Over the past few days, Louisiana Waterthrushes have made themselves apparent by singing consistently. I spied one singing from high over a water pool and, given the distance and poor light, was surprised to snap an identifiable photo. This one is for Bob Mulvihill, a supporter of the big year who requested a "really good" picture of a Louisiana Waterthrush. I wouldn't classify this as "really good", but at least its something!

Louisiana Waterthrush
Another local breeder I've been able to photograph lately is the Chimney Swift. They hang around our bunk house where I am staying. I wonder if they are making use of the old, never used Chimney present. This is the eastern counterpart to the Vaux's Swift. Vaux's range comes nowhere near Florida, so I think it is safe to "count" this one as Chimney Swift as well.

Chimney Swift
Tomorrow (Saturday 4/20) looks like it might be an outstanding day for birding in Florida. I will be birding at St. George Island near Apalachicola, FL for the 3rd time and hope to witness some great warblers and perhaps my first Dickcissel of the year.

I only have a couple weeks left here in Florida. I am hoping to be around the 300 mark for birds photographed by the time I leave, but adding 22 birds might be pushing it. I still have a few breeders I can add and plenty of migrants to still pass through. I was hoping to get to the Tortugas, but with only 2 days off each week I don't think I can realistically make the 11hr one way drive happen. However, I will be attending the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer, Alaska from May 9-12th, so that should more than make up for it.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Big Day!

Written by Andy Bankert:

"On Saturday, April 13th, David Pavlik, Matt Gould, Craig Bateman, and myself ran a big day attempting to reach the 200 bird mark.  David and Matt have been working up at Tall Timbers Research Station, so we had several birds scouted out that normally aren’t expected on an April big day.  Craig is a student at UF and I was itching to travel and see some colorful migrants before I start working on the Great Plains this summer.   Scouting and planning are probably the most important parts of running a successful big day, but I won’t bore you with those details.  Dave Gagne in Pasco County and Dick Cissel at gave us lots of good information on some key species that we did not have time to scout out.  Tall Timbers sponsored the event and really helped promote this endeavor. They were extremely helpful and supportive and reaching our goal wouldn’t have been possible without them.

Around 5 PM on Friday we decided that attempts to sleep any longer were useless.  We waited around for a few hours at our base up at Tall Timbers before heading south towards nowhere around 8:30.  We arrived at the end of the Road to Nowhere around 11 PM then searched for the best spot to try for our target Black Rail in the relatively quite marsh for the next 45 minutes.  Once we got into position the fifteen minutes seemed to take an eternity.  Swainson’s Thrushes and a Veery called as they migrated north, reminding us to keep our ears open for migrants as well.  Once midnight struck we played a few Black Rail calls, but nothing responded.  A Barred Owl and a Chuck-will’s-widow sang off in the distance, and Clapper Rails and Seaside Sparrows made their presence known in the surrounding marsh, but our target bird remained silent.  Over the next twenty minutes we picked up Swainson’s Thrush and Yellow-billed Cuckoo by flight call, then another car drove down the road.  This road is sketchy enough as it is, but the sight of someone else out there at midnight sent us running back to our car.  Once we got back to our car the other one turned around, so we decided to play a few more Black Rail calls from the road.  Eventually we were rewarded with a growl call of a Black Rail in the marsh in the direction we had just come from.  With high spirits and almost ten species under our belts we sped off towards Trenton. 

Birding unfamiliar areas can be dangerous on big days, but we figured wasting an hour at night wouldn’t hurt us at all.  There had been several reports of Burrowing Owls in Gilchrist County, so around 2 AM we found ourselves parked and listening along the road for our second big target of the day.  After forty minutes we hadn’t heard anything so we decided to leave, but on our way out a Burrowing Owl jumped up off the side of the road.  This was a huge pick up, and even though our list had just cracked double digits we knew this would be a good day.  This was followed by a long and uneventful drive up to Tall Timbers.

Most birders know Tall Timbers for the easily found White-breasted Nuthatches and Red-headed Woodpeckers, but there is a lot of land that the public cannot access where David and Matt have been birding for the past two months while studying Brown-headed Nuthatches.   This was a fitting place to start the day given the number of lingering winter birds, the few rare and local breeding species present, as well as the fact that Tall Timbers sponsored our big day run.  Great Horned Owls and an Eastern Screech Owl were added before the dawn chorus started.  Cardinals and towhees woke up shortly after 6 AM.  Around 6:30 we placed ourselves in a wet hammock for our first daytime target.  As the parulas, vireos, and other songbirds began to wake up we eagerly waited for the Louisiana Waterthrush to do the same.  David heard him start up at 7:10 on Friday, but Saturday was not cloudy so we were expecting him to start singing earlier.  Right around 6:55 the waterthrush sang and we jumped on our ATVs and raced down to the end of the road to add Prothonotary Warbler.  Then it was back to the beginning of the road to try for a Wood Thrush.  The thrush made us wait several minutes before singing, then we were off to tick White-crowned and Swamp Sparrows eating some seed that Matt had thrown on the ground.  Next we saw Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and heard Brown-headed Nuthatches as they were waking up.  A Grasshopper Sparrow cooperated by staying in the same field for the past few weeks, but we could not find the Red-breasted Nuthatch or Orange-crowned Warbler that Matt saw on Friday.  All throughout our whirlwind ATV tour of the property we were adding some of the more common breeders like Eastern Wood-Pewee, Summer Tanager, and Blue Grosbeak and lingering winter species like White-throated Sparrow and American Goldfinch.  An unexpected Pine Siskin flew over and a bonus Hermit Thrush popped up from a bush.  On our way out we stopped by a lake to pick up Wilson’s Snipe and Sedge Wren before running back to our house to see one of the four Lincoln’s Sparrows that has been visiting the feeders.  We missed a few species like Chipping Sparrow, Green Heron, and Gray Catbird that we figured we would run into later.  Craig spotted an unknown accipiter which would later come back to haunt us since it was probably a Cooper’s Hawk.  A singing Field Sparrow was our last new bird before the drive down to Tallahassee about thirty minutes behind schedule.

The first stop in town was at Claudia’s house.  We had already picked up our target siskin and hummingbird, but we still needed Baltimore Oriole, Cedar Waxwing, and Rufous Hummingbird.  We missed the orioles by fifteen minutes, and did not find the hummingbird which had been very inconsistent recently.   Waxwings, Chipping Sparrow, and Yellow-rumped Warbler were all new for the list, which now stood at 85 species.  On Wednesday, David and I had an American Robin in front of a house on Carolina St, but it was not there on Saturday so we drove around the block listening for this key target species.  Luckily for us it took a while to finally see and hear one, because we added Sharp-shinned Hawk and Greater Scaup during our quest.  A quick stop at Church’s Chicken yielded Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, Blue-winged Teal as well as our only Canada Goose of the day.  Horned Grebe was new there, but they are currently all over St. Marks so it wasn’t as exciting as finding one in April would normally be.  We skipped Lake Henrietta because Limpkin would be quicker down in Pinellas County, then made a quick stop at Springhill Sewage Plant to try for a Stilt Sandpiper I had on Friday but it wasn’t there.  Neither was Killdeer, which we were surprisingly still missing.  Leaving Tallahassee we sped down towards St. Marks shortly before 10 AM with over 100 species.  Unfortunately we were still thirty minutes behind schedule.

Originally, we had planned to hit Wakulla Springs State Park for some breeding warblers, but luckily we had our three targets staked out on Old Plank Road which is much closer to St. Marks.  We tried quickly but unsuccessfully for a Swainson’s Warbler on US 98, but we were rewarded with a Broad-winged Hawk.  Driving down Old Plank Road we heard a Swainson’s Warbler which saved us an extra mile of driving later.  Then we quickly added Hooded Warbler and had to wait about a minute for the Kentucky Warbler to sing.  Three key species in less than five minutes!   On to St. Marks!

Another key aspect to big days is timing.  The choice to do the big day on the 13th gave us a greater chance at the large diversity of lingering winter birds we had staked out, but we knew hitting St. Marks at low tide could give us some trouble.  If we had waited a week we could have hit St. Marks at high tide as well as had breeding Yellow-breasted Chats and Acadian Flycatchers return.  I have to be at work on the 21st and the weather was absolutely beautiful on Saturday, so I have no complaints about the date selection for our big day.  Now back to the story!  It was around 10:20 when we entered St. Marks NWR with just over 110 species.  If we wanted to reach 200 I figured we would have to be somewhere near 165 when we left.  Since we were behind schedule we tried to rush through as quickly as possible so we skipped the twin bridges.  Our first spot was the twin dikes where a Least Bittern flew in front of us as we ran down a short ways to add Purple Gallinule.  We also spotted a Northern Harrier and some American White Pelicans in the distance.  The next stop was Mounds Pool 3 where I had found American Wigeon the previous day.  There were no wigeon but we added a few ducks like Redhead and Lesser Scaup and our only Tree Swallows of the day.  We made a quick scan of Headquarters pond for the Green Heron we were still missing with no luck.  Buffleheads were a new addition though.  Then we hit Tower Pond hoping for some shorebirds despite the low tide working against us.  On the walk in we didn’t see much until I thought I spotted a Black-and-white Warbler.  It turned out to be a Red-breasted Nuthatch!  Then David and Craig found a Cerulean Warbler, I got on a Worm-eating Warbler, and Matt found a Tennessee Warbler.  We had migrants!  Tower Pond was a lot more disappointing than low tide on Friday (I think the north wind on Saturday blew even more water out).  We managed our Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets, a single Willet, and the Green Heron we had been searching for.  The migrants gave us a confidence booster as we raced down to the lighthouse.  There we picked up Red-breasted Merganser, our first ibis of the day (a White-faced), and not much else.  Luckily we didn’t have to worry about Clapper Rail or Seaside Sparrow because we didn’t see or hear any there.  We were able to leave almost back on schedule, but with only 150 species on our list.  The magical number 200, and even the record at 185, seemed like a long ways off.  Ft. DeSoto also seemed like a long ways away but that is where we found ourselves headed shortly after noon.  A Swallow-tailed Kite greeted us as we headed east. 

There are two good ways to get to Ft. DeSoto from St. Marks.  One is to take US 19 down to the Suncoast Parkway and the other is to run all the way over to I-75 then head south.  Unfortunately, we did not know where exactly to find Sandhill Crane, Eastern Meadowlark, and American Kestrel on the US 19 route, so we decided to head all the way to I-75 to pick up a few of our targets.  Our first stop was to add Black-bellied Whistling-Duck in Gainesville.  We also picked up Muscovy and saw a Mallard and got attacked by some Swan Geese.  The rules aren’t too clear on the countability of Mallards in Florida since most of them are not native and they do hybridize with other ducks.  On the other hand they are included on CBC lists and they are on the official state list.  The record of 185 didn’t include the Mallards we saw that day, so we just made a special note.  The next stop off the highway was to pick up American Kestrel and gas, then it was south to Pasco County to add Sandhill Crane and Eastern Meadowlark to the list.  We also saw Mottled Duck and our second ibis species for the day (Glossy).  We didn’t have time to look for the lingering flycatchers or Killdeer in the area.  There are Killdeer at Ft. DeSoto right?  We had planned to see White-winged Doves near Crescent Lake, but a traffic jam on I-275 derailed those plans.  We did pick up our final ibis for the day (White) and our only Wood Stork from the highway.  We debated over whether to stop for Limpkins, but in the end the extra 5 minutes was worth it because we quickly spotted a Limpkin and added Monk and Nanday Parakeets plus Roseate Spoonbill on the drive. 

At 5:20 we were almost at Ft. DeSoto, but our list was only a little over 160.  We were nervous about setting a new record and seriously doubting our chances of hitting 200.  When the record was set in 2009 we only had 2 new species after 6 PM, but with the long distance route this year we still had many birds to add to our list.  A stop at the old Whimbrel spot failed to produce the target, but we added Sandwich Tern and Common Loon.  A stop at the duck pond gave us both Night-Herons and a bonus Surf Scoter.  While paying the entrance fee a Magnificent Frigatebird flew overhead.  After much debate we went to East Beach Turnaround first to rack up some shorebirds.  We added easy birds such as Sanderling, Semipalmated Plover and Dunlin plus some more difficult species like Piping Plover and Semipalmated Sandpiper.  A Prairie Warbler sang from the mangroves giving us another tick on our list.  Next was another shorebird stop at North Beach.  The roped off area had very few birds and we added Black Skimmer and Common Tern and maybe some other common species.  We were still missing a few shorebird species so we went to the northern lagoon and saw Long-billed Curlew and Marbled Godwit.   David spotted a Northern Gannet out over the Gulf.  Red Knot and Western Sandpiper still eluded us.  We were frustrated with the missing shorebirds, but we decided to check on migrants for the remaining hour and a half of daylight.  At north beach we saw some photographers looking at a beautiful male Scarlet Tanager and David and Craig found an Acadian Flycatcher.  It was nice to pick up this missed breeder!  East Beach Woods gave us our Black-and-white Warbler but not much else until a Merlin decided to fly over while we were leaving.  The mulberry area was nice to us producing Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Common Nighthawk.   Unfortunately we could not find the Eastern Phoebe that has been sticking around.  With the light fading we tried the concession area and were rewarded with a flock of Red Knots.  This would be our last new bird in the daylight, and we headed north to try for a Barn Owl.  We had broken the record, and our list was at 192 species at this point. 

Within a few minutes of arriving at the owl spot, a Barn Owl flew by.  Then came the most important quest of the day: finally catching up with a Killdeer.  We tried a few ponds along 28th St. playing calls every now and then.  Finally at what looked like a landfill in the dark a Killdeer decided to make its presence known to us.  At this point we only had one target left.  Another dangerous thing on big days is leaving birds for the second night, but since we did not have a good spot for King Rail up north we decided to save time earlier and make our last bird be the rails in Pasco County.  We arrived around 10 PM and some of us heard one of the two King Rails that has been present along Tyndall Road.  After a quick dinner in Ocala it was a long drive back to Tall Timbers but we arrived safely around 3 AM with a new record of 195/6 species (depending on the whole Mallard thing).

We were extremely happy with the new record, but some birds like Northern Flicker and Western Sandpiper were surprising misses that made 200 seem like it was within reach.  The Veery that called around 11:50 PM on Friday and the unidentified accipiter were also annoying.  It seems like 200 is possible, but it would take a lot of work and a decent amount of luck.  Surprises like Sharp-shinned Hawk, Surf Scoter, Cerulean Warbler and Red-breasted Nuthatch were needed to help us get into a position to even think about 200.  All four of us had a blast, and maybe sometime next week we will realize what happened.   Hopefully I can get out of bed tomorrow morning and see what migrants have dropped into St. George Island. 

Bird List
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Canada Goose
Muscovy Duck
Wood Duck
Mottled Duck
Mallard (feral...countable?)
Blue-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Northern Bobwhite
Wild Turkey
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Magnificent Frigatebird
Wood Stork
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
White-faced Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Swallow-tailed Kite
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Black Rail
Clapper Rail
King Rail
Purple Gallinule
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
Wilson's Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Long-billed Curlew
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Least Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Black Skimmer
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Nanday Parakeet
Monk Parakeet
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Burrowing Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Swainson's Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Bachman's Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow"

While I didn't add too many to my photographic big year on this day, see the post below for a photo of White-faced Ibis. Also, if you feel like donating for the American Bird Conservancy's conservation in Hawaii, see this page. The donation is tax deductible! 

Awesome birding!!!