Backyard Bird–The Catbird

It’s quiet, now. Gone is the constant chatter, whistles and meowing sounds as you jump from branch to branch safeguarding your territory against all trespassers. Gone too is the uniformally gray body with the black cap and tail feathers, with just a smidgen of rust coloration under the tail coverts, that allows you to blend in with your natural habitat of dense undergrowth and thickets. They call you a skulker, a bird hard to see in the dense underbrush. Usually heard but not seen. Definitely NOT a backyard bird. Except in my backyard. Maybe it’s because my back yard is filled with trees and dense underbrush along the rear and side fences. Or maybe it’s because there is a wooded …

How An Adopted Person Can Find Their Birth Family

In nearly all States, adoption records are sealed and withheld from public inspection after the adoption is finalized. To maintain the confidentiality of these records, most States have instituted procedures by which parties to an adoption may obtain nonidentifying and identifying information from an adoption record, while still protecting the interests of all parties. Non-Identifying Information Nonidentifying information is generally limited to descriptive details about an adopted person and the adopted person’s birth relatives. Nonidentifying information may include the following: – Date and place of the adopted person’s birth – Age of the birth parents and general physical description such as eye and hair color – Race, ethnicity, religion, and medical history of the birth parents – Educational level of …