I am reading a book titled “Life List – a woman’s quest for the world’s most amazing birds.” It is about Phoebe Snetsinger, a Missouri housewife who became interested in bird watching at age 49 when she was diagnosed with cancer and was told she probably had a year to live. That diagnosis set her off on a quest to see all the birds she could in the time she had left on earth.
This is the time of year when some folks think about taking down their sugar-water feeders, wondering if perhaps the hummingbirds have left our area. Don’t you do it. Best advice is to leave the feeders up for two weeks after you see the last hummer at your place. Hummingbirds are sticking around later and a few, especially the rufous variety, are over-wintering here.
Few birds fly around more than the albatross. It spreads its 12-foot long wings and soars across oceans, fair weather or foul, literally spending years at sea, forsaking land for long periods at a time. The world’s premier ocean aerialist, this bird has longer and thinner wings than any other avian species. Astoundingly, it will fly more than 100,000 miles annually over gale-swept oceans, never making landfall. Its primary range is the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".