Flying Colors cofounder Stetson Hundgen and his ornithologist father talk about a lifetime of birding

When Stetson Hundgen was a child, he got to hang out with creatures of all kinds, Where the Wild Things Are-style. His dad, Kurt Hundgen, worked as an ornithologist at the Bronx Zoo for 20 years, so Stetson spent his days getting nibbled on by parrots, inspecting Ostrich eggs, and rounding up Canadian geese for… Continue reading Flying Colors cofounder Stetson Hundgen and his ornithologist father talk about a lifetime of birding

Where the wild parrots are—the story behind the United States’ colorful flocks

In the late 1960s, or so the story goes, Monk Parakeets, or Myiopsitta monachus, were frequently shipped from Argentina to New York as part of the global caged bird trade. Nobody knows exactly how it happened—maybe a window was left open at JFK airport, or a corrupt customs official cracked open a crate thinking it… Continue reading Where the wild parrots are—the story behind the United States’ colorful flocks

John Gould may have been the “Bird Man,” but Elizabeth Gould was the Bird Artist

It is an acknowledged truth that a single taxidermist must be in want of a wife—preferably one skilled with a pencil and brush. This, at least, seems to have been the case for John Gould, a preserver of animals and aspiring naturalist who was working at the Zoological Society of London in the late 1820s… Continue reading John Gould may have been the “Bird Man,” but Elizabeth Gould was the Bird Artist

Want to protect birds? Ban pesticides.

The Bobolinks were disappearing. In 2013 the scientific journal ​​PLOS ONE published a peer-reviewed study showing how insecticides and the decline of grasslands had a deadly effect on birds in Europe and North America, including the once-common Bobolink in New England.  “They are one of these species that goes down to the large grasslands in… Continue reading Want to protect birds? Ban pesticides.

The dangers of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides for wild birds

When it comes to caring for wild birds, the type of bird seed you choose can have a significant impact on their health. Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional bird seed can be hazardous to wildlife, while organic bird seed is grown in accordance with organic standards and is free of these toxic chemicals,… Continue reading The dangers of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides for wild birds

Organic bird seed: The benefits of a natural choice for wild birds

When it comes to feeding wild birds, one of the most important factors to consider is the type of bird seed you use. Conventional bird seed is grown using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals, which can be harmful to wildlife. Organic bird seed (such as the premium organic bird seed from Flying Colors), on… Continue reading Organic bird seed: The benefits of a natural choice for wild birds