Thursday, February 14, 2008

Great Bird Count Feb. 15-18

The 11th annual Great Backyard Bird Count begins February 15 and continues over
President's Day Weekend.

This free, fun event is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. For more information,

For all kinds of information about birding,
BirdCentral covers information about 600+ birds commonly found.

For more resources, the library has a variety of books and dvds, such as
National Geographic birding essentials : all the tools, techniques, and tips you need to begin and become a better birder by Jonathan Alderfer and Jon L. Dunn

Audubon videoguide to 505 birds of North America which includes two DVDs that describe each of 505 species that reliably breed in North America north of Mexico. The VideoGuide provides a voice or other sound from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology for each species that makes a sound of any consequence. The bird calls are combined with striking, close-up moving footage and informative still photographs showing the birds in their natural habitats. A narrated description provides detailed identification information and computer-drawn maps clearly communicate breeding and wintering ranges. Naturalist Michael Godfrey filmed, directed and narrated the VideoGuide, which he wrote with renowned nature writer Kenn Kaufamn, who also created the range maps.

There are also number bird guides available in the collection, by browsing
in the call number section 598.2 and following.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Notable Black Virginians and more

The Library of Virginia has selected 8 new honorees as
Notable Black Virginians

In addition to biographical information about the honorees, there is a link to suggested classroom activities, and links to last years honorees including Arthur Ashe.

At the Fauquier County Library, additional resources about black Virginians and their role in Virginia history includes:

My Confederate kinfolk : a twenty-first century freedwoman confronts her roots by Thulani Davis

Israel on the Appomattox : a southern experiment in Black freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War by Melvin Patrick Ely

Inspiring African American women of Virginia by Veronica A. Davis

Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in Civil War Virginia by Ervin L. Jordan, Jr