In these videos, The Piano Guys instruments are linked to 500,000 Christmas lights through 4,900 digital channels.
The Light Show was created by:
Production/Controls: Jason Ellsworth and Kyle Ottman, AlpenglowAnimated
Electrical and Lighting: Drew Buck, NightVisioninc
Additional Programming: Tom BetGeorge, MagicalLightShows
The Feather Files Name:Western Meadowlark Species: Sturnella neglecta Native to and Migration: Birds can be found in South Central and Western Canada; central and Western United States; North and Central Mexico. Resident to medium distance migrants. Date Seen: May 2018 Location: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah Notes: Open grassland birds, their song is familiar to many of us here on the prairies, but we seldom if ever see them!
The Feather Files Name: American Avocet Species: Recurvirostra americana Native to and Migration: South Central Canada; Central and Western United States; Mexico. Migrate from northern and central areas to south or coastal areas. Date Seen: May 2018 Location: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah Notes: A long-legged wader walks through shallow waters using its slender, upturned bill to catch aquatic invertebrates. Females may lay eggs in nests of other females, or even other birds. Several other species of birds do the same thing to the avocets.
The Feather Files Name: Mountain Bluebird Species: Sialia currucoides Native to and Migration: Mountain Bluebirds breed in western North America as far north as Alaska. They winter as far south as central Mexico Date Seen: May 2016; May 2017 Location: Arches National Park, Utah, USA; North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Notes: Mountain Bluebirds will use man made birdhouses if the location is to their liking.
The Feather Files Name: American White Pelican Alias: Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Native to and Migration: Northern breeding populations (Alberta and Saskatchewan) migrate to southern California, the Gulf States, Mexico, and Central America. Populations breeding in Texas and Mexico are resident. Date Seen:May 2018 Location: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah Notes: Snowy white with black flight feathers visible only when the wings are spread. A small patch of ornamental feathers on the chest can become yellow in spring. The bill and legs are yellow-orange. A yellow plate forms on the upper bill of breeding adults.
These birds feed from the water’s surface, dipping their beaks into the water to catch fish and other aquatic organisms. They often upend, like a very large dabbling duck. They do not plunge-dive the way Brown Pelicans do.
The Feather Files Name: Red-winged Blackbird Species: Agelaius phoeniceus Native to and Migration: Red-winged Blackbirds that breed through most of Canada spend the winter in the southern United States. The birds that breed in the United States and Mexico don’t migrate at all. Date Seen: May 2018, February 2019 Location: Utah and Arizona
Notes:These birds spend the breeding season in wet places like fresh or saltwater marshes. Male Red-winged Blackbirds will sit on a high perch over their territories, which they defend vigorously. Females slink through reeds and grasses collecting food or nest material. This explains why I didn’t recognize the female until I saw a flock of them feeding beside a lake during non-breeding season.
The Feather Files Name: Yellow-headed Blackbird Species:Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus Native to and Migration: Populations that breed in the Canadian prairies migrate southeast and then due south across the United States to wintering grounds in the Southwest and throughout Mexico. They form large flocks of thousands of birds that forage in crop fields, ranchlands, and farmyards from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas through much of Mexico. Date Seen: May 3, 2018 Location:Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah
Notes: The female chooses a nest site within a male’s territory. The nest always overhangs shallow water in wetlands, marshes, ponds and rivers.
Bluebirds have taught me a few things. First, the more you think you know, the more you have to learn. Second, never say never because they will fool you every time! Third, they have taught me to stop sweating details in my life and learn to enjoy the simple things. There are things far greater than ourselves out there, going on unnoticed right before our eyes.
– Malinda Matsuko, Bluebirder, 2005 –
The Feather Files Name:Mountain Bluebird Species: Sialia currucoides Native to and Migration: They spend winters as far south as central Mexico. During the breeding season they can be found across western North America as far north as Alaska. Date Seen: May, 2016 Location: Sand Dune Arch, Arches National Park, north of Moab, Utah