Surveying the Birds in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria – Audubon

Pin-tailed Whydah (Puerto Rico)

“I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is Mine.” (Psalms 50:11 NASB)

Here is an Interesting Article from Audubon that I wanted to share from Audubon. It concerns their Christmas Bird count there on the island.

Christmas Bird Count

Puerto Ricans Band Together to Survey Birds in Hurricane Maria’s Aftermath

Amid power outages, devastated landscapes, and destroyed buildings, birders assessed the storm’s avian toll on their Christmas Bird Count.

José Salguero places his hands around his mouth to make the sound go farther. His right hand clenching the homemade cane he now needs to walk up the small mountain, he emits the call of the Puerto Rican Screech-Owl. The only answer he receives is silence. He keeps walking the same path he has been walking every year, only to realize this time, the outcome will be different.

“What is happening here that the birds are . . . ?” He doesn’t even finish the question. Omar Monzón already has the answer: “Maria.”…..

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Puerto Rican Tody (Todus mexicanus) by Judd Patterson

Puerto Rican Tody (Todus mexicanus) by Judd Patterson

2 thoughts on “Surveying the Birds in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria – Audubon

  1. Great post and great photos, especially the first one! My husband, Clyde Kessler, has been participating in Christmas Bird counts for over 40 years! He has uploaded over 20,000 bird sightings to eBird at Cornell! If you put his name in Google you will see a lot of his research!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this, Lee. The Philippines experiences about 20 typhoons a year; some are supertyphoons. Human casualties are often high. Am sure birds are affected the same way.

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