Jim Wright on one of the simple pleasures of birding: discovering new places and new birds not far from home. I wrote my very first “Bird Watcher” column — about what to do when you find an injured bird — for The Record in the spring of 2009. The column has appeared every other Thursday ever since. Depending on who you talk to, it’s either too infrequent or too often.
My daughter Leslie is 36 years old and profoundly handicapped. She is developmentally four to six months of age or “infantile.” She requires total care and can offer no assistance in any way in her care. She was with us at home for 27 years until I reached my early 60s, and for 10 years now has been in a local supported independent living program. Her care and the waiver program that makes it possible are now threatened because of the current state budget shortfall.
Expect these energetic, entertaining birds to be on view at the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count. Now appearing at a bird feeder near you: the hairy woodpecker. It’s common, it’s cool, and it’s often misidentified because it looks so much like its smaller distant cousin, the downy woodpecker. You’ll have a good chance of seeing both during next week’s Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb. 16-19), so it’s good to be able to tell one from the other.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".