Feb 282011
Foragings:: The latest news, resources, designs and more

News Birdsafe Design Proposal In Calgary:: From Urban Birdscapes is a story about the approval by the Calgary Planning Commission of Bird-Safe Urban Design Guidelines (PDF). Bats and Lighting Research Project:: This is a really interesting website documenting a research project by a PhD student at the University of Bristol. VIDEO: New cameras reveal secret lives of peregrine falcons:: Here is a story about a new Peregrine Falcon nest cam at Nottingham Trent University. Green: Basel’s green roof initiative:: Here is a really interesting video featuring green roof expert Stephan Brenneisen talking about green roofs in Switzerland. An Interview with …continue reading

Feb 142011
Foragings:: The latest news, resources, designs and more

News:: La Petite Ceinture de Paris:: This blog post from Nature urbaine features railroads that have been abandoned where nature has started to reclaim them, with some rather beautiful results. Twitter in the city: The urban life of birds:: An article from The Independent describes how urban birds are changing their calls by singing louder or singing during different hours and how this change may affect them. On the move:: Another article about urban birds, this one discusses the move of the home of a pair of Peregrine Falcons in downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, due to their current building requiring renovation. Landscape Urbanism vs. New …continue reading

Jan 072011
Urban Species Profile:: Bushtit

The tiny Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) is the lone representative of its family, Aegithalidae, in the New World. The Long-tailed Tit is likewise, the only member of the family in Europe, although it is not confined to Europe and ranges into Asia where the rest of the species in the family live. While the descriptions about this little bird list their habitat as woodlands and forests among others, the majority of sources neglect to mention their abundance in the urban habitat. A familiar backyard bird, I often see flocks of them in my city neighborhood year-round and have rarely lived anywhere I did …continue reading

Dec 202010
A Brief History of Birds on Buildings

For as long as we’ve made dwellings for ourselves, many birds have sought to cohabit them with us. In past times beliefs and folklore made them welcome visitors and some were even sought after, while at the same time, many birds were (unfairly) feared and discouraged. Today we still welcome many species while discouraging others, although for different reasons. All too often, birds and other wildlife, are seen as a pest although they pose no actual harm or threat to building residents. Fortunately, many people recognize the benefit of nesting birds and encourage and protect them. Many bird species provide …continue reading

Nov 162010
Presidio Habitats

Running now through May 15th of 2011 is Presidio Habitats in San Francisco. It is a joint venture between FOR-SITE Foundation and Presidio Trust and started running May 16th of this year. The Presidio has a long and interesting military history starting in 1776 with occupation under Spain followed by Mexico and finally the United States up until 1994. It is now a 1,491 acre national park with the Presidio now a National Historic Landmark District comprised of 469 historic buildings. The historic landscape is also part of the National Historic Landmark District and includes a historic forest which was army …continue reading

Nov 022010
Urban Species Profile:: Peregrine Falcon

One of the most popular of urban birds has to be the Peregrine Falcon. They are watched, monitored, talked about, written about, recorded and rescued in cities around the world. In London they can be seen at the Tate during their nesting period where volunteers are on hand with telescopes for several hours every day. In Seattle, they have been watched in past years via a live webcam. They are the fastest bird in the world averaging over 30 miles per hour in regular flight. However when hunting they can hit nearly 70 miles per hour and during a dive …continue reading