Birding Tips and Bird Watching

Protect the birds and their habitat.

  • To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, user caution when observing, photographing, and making sound or film recordings.
  • Limit your use of recordings and other methods to attract birds. Never use such methods in heavily birded areas, or to attract any species that is threatened, endangered, or is rare in your local area.
  • Keep well back from nests and nesting colonies, roosts, display areas, and important feeding sites. In such sensitive areas, use a blind or hide and take advantage of natural cover for extended observation, photography, filming or recording.
  • Before advertising the presence of a rare bird, evaluate the potential for disturbance to the bird, its surroundings and other people in the area, and proceed only if access can be controlled, disturbance minimized, and permission has been obtained from private land-owners. The sites of rare nesting birds should be divulged only to the proper conservation authorities.
  • Stay on roads, trails and paths, where they exist, and minimize habitat disturbance.

Respect the law, and the rights of others.

  • Do not enter private property without the owner’s explicit permission.
  • Follow all laws, rules and regulations governing the use of roads and public areas.
  • Practice common courtesy with other people. Your exemplary behavior will generate goodwill with birders and non-birders alike.

*Adapted from Amercian Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Full text available at

5 Tools and Appliances You Will Need to Get Work Done this Winter

Winter is the time of year that is the hardest to endure for most people. This is especially true for people who live in the northern states that are covered in ice and snow for several months. Unfortunately, there is still work to be done outdoors and around the exterior of your home in the winter. When the cold winds blow and the snow falls, you want to have these five tools in your possession to help you make it through the winter until spring comes.

Snow Blower
Snow Blower

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Winter Wonderland: Ski Destinations That Won’t Disappoint

It is difficult in the winter to resist the allure of mountains, and the white, powdery good stuff. Skier and snowboarders alike are always in need of a thrill and these mountain resorts can provide just that. If you’re looking for a truly magical ski vacation, you must try at least one of the following resorts.

Telluride, Colorado
Telluride, Colorado

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole is a magnificent facility in every respect. Take its Aerial Tram, this lift cost $30 million to build and travels 4,139 feet up Rendezvous Mountain. The trip is smooth; music plays the whole way, and the views are so spectacular that you might not want to get off. Then there’s the ski run called Corbet’s Couloir, it’s exhilarating and terrifying, even for expert skiers. The restaurants here are superb as well. The Kitchen serves sophisticated contemporary fare, and boasts an extensive wine list. Plus, you can’t beat the half-pound, lean-beef creations at Billy’s Burgers.

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The Best Off-Road Vehicles For 2013

Trucks and SUVs are generally regarded as the best vehicles when it comes to off-road driving. But, not all SUVs and trucks have the same off-road capabilities. While some of them may have big tires with deep treads, or good ground clearance, their handling may not be great or their engine may not be powerful enough. Off-road performances vary greatly among different models of trucks and SUVs, so if you want a good off-road vehicle, you have to compare their specifications and see what they are capable of, so that you don’t end up buying a vehicle that looks strong and rugged on the outside, but doesn’t actually have what it takes to tackle difficult off-road terrains.

2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

The F-Series is one of the best pick-up truck series that have ever been created, with the F-150 as the most popular variant. The SVT Raptor was introduced in 2010, and its sales were pretty good right from the beginning. The 2013 model has everything a good off-road vehicle should have, but it’s also very fast, which is an added bonus. It is powered by a 6.2-liter, V8 engine, which is rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, that features a manual shift mode, as well. It’s definitely one of the best off-road vehicles ever made, thanks to a variety of features that allow it to overcome even the most unforgiving terrains, such as the incredibly wide stance, the long suspension travel, the oversize skid plates that protect front and rear end components from impacts, and oversized tires, to name a few. In addition to all this, the SVT Raptor is one of the fastest trucks in the world, with a 98 mph top speed, going from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. You can get the 2013 F-150 SVT Raptor for $44,035.

2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

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