Tag: Birding

The Lessons of Epic Birding Failures

One birder recounts the lessons of epic birding failures.

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Extreme Birding: The Big Night

One birder takes on an epic challenge: birding from sundown to sunup in a Big Night.

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There are No Shortcuts to Birding Nirvana

Our newbie birder learns valuable lessons about taking road directions from birders and how to appreciate the hidden values of power line clearings.

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The Hidden Hazards of Learning to Bird

The latest in the Zero to Hero: Birding series where — among other things — our newbie birder discovers that not everyone automatically assumes she’s using those binoculars for birding.

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A Day in the Life of A Bird Bander at Mad Island Marsh

A day in the life of a bird bander at the Conservancy’s Mad Island Marsh Preserve.

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What’s the World’s Largest Bird Feeder? You’ll Never Guess

What’s the world’s largest human-created source of bird food? Hint: it’s not in your backyard. And it creates an interesting dilemma for conservationists.

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Zero to Hero: Birding Edition

Can someone who can’t tell a house finch from a song sparrow become an expert birder in four months? Our blogger is about to find out.

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Counting Red Knots: Keeping Tabs on a Threatened Bird

Sometimes it pays to be old school. For two decades, two researchers have been counting shorebirds the old fashioned way, one bird at a time.

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Ready, Set, Bird: 6 Spring Migration Hotspots

Spring migration is underway, so dust off your binoculars and check out our picks for great spring birding hotspots.

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10 Field Guides for the Serious Naturalist

Looking to expand your wildlife ID skills beyond the usual bird guide? How about learning to identify dragonflies? Or warblers? Or squirrels and chipmunks? Our blog has you covered with some of the most innovative – and unusual – recent field guides.

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How to Green Birding’s ‘Big Year’

In a “Big Year,” birders race to rack up as many bird species as possible, often at a great economic and environmental cost. The Big Green Year changes that.

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Birders: Report Forest Pests During the Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count is one of the world’s largest birding events and citizen science efforts. This year, expand your impact by also noting forest pests. Our blogger gets you started.

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The Hooting Season: Enjoying Great Horned Owls

The breeding and nesting season for most birds is months away. But not so for great horned owls. Here’s what you need to enjoy the hooting extravaganza at a park near you.

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Enjoy the Fall Migration: Your Guide to Bird Observatories

The fall bird migration is underway. And there’s no better way to enjoy the spectacle — and help science — than to visit a bird observatory near you. Ornithologist Joe Smith gets you started.

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10 Great State Parks for Wildlife

Sure, national parks get all the press. But across the United States, state parks offer incredible opportunities for birders, wildlife photographers and other naturalists. Here are ten of the best.

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