This Acorn Woodpecker, which we spotted in southernmost California on our journey around the U.S. chasing the birds., looks like he stepped out of a modern art museum. Swing by our Flying Lessons website for updates on this trip -- and for hundreds more bird photos: https://flyinglessons.us/
Here's a super stupid thing to ponder this Global Big Day of birding: Today there are more than 350 species of glorious spring songbirds like warblers, sparrows, tanagers and thrushes flying over our heads from their winter homes in Latin America and the Caribbean to places in the U.S. and Canada where they will make their nests and raise this year's crop of baby birds. Now, 11 of these species are in danger of going extinct and 62 more species are in deep, deep trouble. So here's the crazy thing: These birds face some of their biggest threats in the countries where they spend the winter -- like Mexico and Columbia. And once these birds get on the U.S. Endangered Species List, it costs our government hundreds of millions of dollars every year to try and keep them from disappearing forever. So how much does the U.S. government spend every year to protect these 350+ species of songbirds in their winter countries where they face the worst threats? Less than $4 million and 1 employee. Come on birder lovers, let's write our Representatives and tell them that at this rate, funding for The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act is a joke.