Over the last decade, the explosion of books related to birding has seen the formation of a subgenre focused on the GISS concept. GISS (typically pronounced jizz) is an acronym for General Impression, Size, and Shape. This refers to the method of identifying a bird by visible features other than the color and markings. It’s how most seasoned birders make split-second identifications in the field. Over time, GISS has come to be a catch-all term for the holistic approach to bird identification where distribution, time of year, habitat, and behavioral considerations blend with size and shape (and good old fashioned field marks!) to make a bird knowable in an instant.
Padre Island National Seashore
The National Park Service is proposing to modernize regulations for non-federal oil and gas rights exercised in national parks. The proposal would update current regulations that are now 36 years old.
It’s a warm summer day and I’m enjoying excellent views of pelicans, gulls, terns, and other waterbirds. Which national park am I in?
The serious birder of the 21st century is a bit of an amateur polymath. There’s no doubt a thorough knowledge of bird identification is essential, but there’s a host of ancillary disciplines that make for more rewarding and successful birding.
Five Unruly Motorists Agree To Pay $150,000 For Damages To Resources At Padre Island National Seashore
Five motorists who headed off into an area of Padre Island National Seashore that was off-limits to vehicles and drove around the tidal flats there have agreed, along with their insurance agencies, to pay more than $150,000 in damages to the park.
Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is home to one of the largest nestings of rare Kemp's Ridley sea turtles. And it also sees a number of other turtle species throughout the year, as well. And sometimes, when those turtles show up in the winter months, cold snaps can stun them. You can learn how to deal with a stunned turtle by attending a park lecture later this month.
Essential Summer Guide '14: Turtles, Birds, And Surf-Kissed Beaches At Padre Island National Seashore
Turtles and birds are some of the higher profile visitors to the stretch of Texas along the Gulf Coast that's home to Padre Island National Seashore.
Tool From USGS Lets You Assess Sea-Level Rise, Storm Overwash, Coastline Changes At Your Favorite National Seashore
With hurricane season upon us, what are the odds that your favorite national seashore might be impacted by a Category I storm? How might sea-level rise in the years ahead affect your favorite beach? The U.S. Geological Survey has developed a tool that can give you some insights to those questions.
The ocean waters off the national seashores and national parks that touch those waters offer incredible opportunities for recreation, whether it revolves around fishing, boating, or simply swimming. Now efforts are under way to develop a national policy focused on recreational fishing in those and other ocean waters.
Spring is an exciting time for both birds and birders across North America. The colorful songbirds are on their way back to their northern nesting grounds after spending a lazy winter in the tropics. Warblers, with a rainbow of plumages and equally diverse collection of songs, are the most sought-after birds during migration.