birds and wind turbines

Birds and Wind Developments

The Challenge Wind power has the ability to be a green, bird-friendly form of power generation, but it can also adversely affect birds. In 2009, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimated that 440,000 birds per year were killed by U.S. wind turbines, and included this figure in the agency’s 2013 budget request to Congress. Birds can die in collisions …

North American Migration Flyways

North American Migration Flyways

There are many routes that migratory birds follow, and although some of them are pretty simple, some of them are extremely complicated and hard to trace. Many things contribute to that diversity, including differences in flight speed, time of starting, geographical position, distance traveled, the latitude of the breeding and wintering grounds, and other factors. Geographically grouped species with an almost continental distribution may travel …

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23 Easy to Grow Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

Watching hummingbirds sip nectar out of plastic containers is pretty entertaining, but it doesn’t compare to the feeling you get when they’re sipping it from flowers that you grew. Hummingbirds are mysterious creatures. I’ve had hummingbirds frequent my garden for years, and I’ve always enjoyed watching them, especially through my binoculars. But I still can’t figure out which flower is …

best binocular harness for bowhunting

2021’s Best Binocular Harness for Bowhunting (Reviewed)

Introduction Are your binoculars a pain in the neck? I mean that literally. Hunting for long periods of time with binoculars hanging from your neck can cause soreness and blisters. The neck straps supplied with most new binoculars, even with very expensive pairs, are often inadequate. The typical neck strap is a thin, hard plastic strip about one-half inch wide. …

best binoculars for concert

Top 3 Best Binoculars for a Concert (Buyer’s Guide & Review)

What are the best binoculars for a concert? When sitting far from a performance, it’s almost impossible to see the performer, which is very annoying if you paid a large amount of money for your concert ticket. In that situation, the only way you can get an up-close look at the stage is by using a pair of binoculars. Binoculars …

Best Monocular for Bird Watching

The 3 Best Monoculars for Bird Watching (2021 Edition)

What is the best monocular for bird watching? Birdwatchers of all types need a good piece of equipment for viewing birds at a distance. For most people, this means buying a good pair of binoculars. I, however, am a huge fan of using a monocular instead. The benefits of a monocular for bird viewing are pretty straightforward. By using only …

how to digiscope with a monocular

How to Digiscope With a Monocular (8 Steps)

This article is by Lucy Heiderscheit, a writer for Optics Empire with a ton of knowledge on optics. In this article, I’ll explain how to digiscope with a monocular in eight short, easy to digest steps. First, let’s start with some background info. What is Digiscoping? To put it in simple terms, digiscoping is when you couple an optic scope …

Why use a monocular?

Why You Should Use a Monocular (7 Reasons)

A monocular should be used during any activity that requires long distance viewing and a compact device. Some key hobbies that a monocular should be used for are hiking, camping, hunting, bird watching, wildlife viewing, astronomy, sporting events, theatre events, and art viewing. In addition, a monocular should be used as an alternative option for individuals who cannot use binoculars. …

what are monoculars used for

What Are Monoculars Used For? (7 Main Uses)

What are monoculars used for? To answer this, we first need to address what a monocular actually is! What are Monoculars Used For? Monoculars are like your own personal tiny pocket telescope. A monocular is a small modified refracting telescope that is easy to transport. They are an optical instrument used to view objects that are far away using one …

why use binoculars for watching sports

Why Should I Use Binoculars at Sporting Events?

Do you carry binoculars with you to sporting events? Well maybe you should start. Here are my reasons why using binoculars at sports games is a great idea. 1. History Repeats Itself Remember that high school football game you went to? Well you got there late and the only spot you could find was way up in the bleachers. When …