Tag: Birds

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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Nest Cam of the Month: Barred & Barn Owls

Nesting season is in full swing! Check out April’s featured nest cams ⎯ barred and barn owls.

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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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Nest Cam of the Month: Bald Eagles

Nest cams give you an up-close view of everyday avian drama. Check out March’s featured nest cam ⎯ the Decorah bald eagles.

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Osprey Nest Cam 2015: The Birds are Back for a Third Season

The ospreys are back! Enjoy live views, 24/7, of an Alabama osprey nest. And record your observations and ask our ecologist about what you’re seeing.

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Splish, Splash: Why Do Birds Take Baths?

Like people, birds love a good bath. But why? Ornithologist Joe Smith dips into the research on bird bathing, and reveals the science — and the mystery — of this backyard phenomenon.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Hummingbirds Journey North

It’s time to think about hummingbirds? Now? Yes! Watch for the green shimmer in your yard and report it to help protect these feisty migratory birds.

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Nest Cam of the Month: Great Horned Owls

Nest cams give you an up-close view of everyday avian drama. Check out February’s featured nest cam ⎯ a great horned owl.

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The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird

It has 360-degree vision. It binges on worms. And its spring mating ritual includes some of the funkiest dance moves in the bird world. Meet the American woodcock, a.k.a. timberdoodle.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: 10 Most Popular Projects

As Citizen Science Tuesday nears its first birthday, here is a retrospective of the most popular projects. It’s not too late to participate!

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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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Boucher’s Bird of the Year: The Bornean Bristlehead

Birder Tim Boucher’s life list numbers 4929 species, but he still gets excited by new sightings. Join him on a journey to Malaysian Borneo as he encounters his best bird of 2014 — an elusive and little-known forest denizen.

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Winter Bird Feeding: Good or Bad for Birds?

Winter bird feeding is hugely popular, with more than 40 percent of U.S. households participating. But is it actually good for the birds? Ornithologist Joe Smith looks at the science behind this backyard activity.

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The Ospreys Are Back!
Live views, 24/7, of an Alabama osprey nest. Record your observations and ask our ecologist about what you’re seeing.

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