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Large, black vulture may have been blown by storm into N.L. community

BURGEO, N.L. — A large black vulture that has been enthralling residents of a small Newfoundland community may have ended up there after getting …

Birdist Rule #74: Watch Some Movies About Birding

It can be hard to go birding during the holidays. Maybe you’ve eaten too much and can’t get up off the couch. Maybe your weird cousin has cornered …

Where Birds and Planes Collide, a Winged Robot May Help

The bird, apparently a female falcon, wheels into view 100 feet over Edmonton International Airport, flapping her wings — hunting behavior. She pursues a flock of starlings, which scatter into the safety of the woods. The falcon is majestic, graceful and resolute.<p>She is also a machine — a battery, …

A Field Guide to the Birds of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

If you haven’t seen the new Star Wars movie yet, you’re missing out. It’s good. Lots of action, lots of laughs, and lots of returning characters. …

Why birdwatching and writing poetry are strikingly similar for this poet

‘You must wait for the bird to emerge. Just like poetry.’ An interview with poet and photographer Nitoo Das.<p>“When you see a bird, do you think of …

The Value of Birds in Colombia’s Post-Conflict World

<i>by Dr. R. Scott Winton</i><p>As we peer through the fog in the pre-dawn twilight, the birds we see are anonymous silhouettes. Once the tropical sun breaks …

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Ontario birding record set after man travels more than 90K kilometres

A 27-year-old Ontario man has become the province’s top birder after travelling more than 90,000 kilometres since Jan. 1.<p>Jeremy Bensette of …

10,000 Birds | Western Tanager in Queens – Finally!

Long ago I predicted that I would eventually see a <b>Western Tanager</b> in Queens. Last December one was even found on the Queens County Christmas Bird …

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The Great Bittern reveals itself to Mumbai after 79 years

Last spotted in Vile Parle in 1939, migratory bird makes itself cozy in Vasai birding hotspot<p>The Great Bittern is a wading, partially migratory bird …

From Bags to Binoculars: Essential Gear for Better Birding

Courtesy of Budgora / Flickr<p>The rare green-breasted mango<p>Before you set out to spot a green-breasted mango or an ivory-billed woodpecker, you need …

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Break Into Birding With This Local Birdwatching Starter Pack

Looking to try something new? If you're looking for an activity that blends the joy of getting outdoors with the thrill of a scavenger hunt, you …

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Spread your wings and take up bird watching

Bird watching is a hobby that's really taking flight and whether you're an old hat or a newcomer, we're here to tell you which birds to search for in …

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Eleanor Sterling, PI — Citizen Science Central

Eleanor Sterling is Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and Director of Graduate …

Bruce Mactavish: A connoisseur of birding

It is hard not to look at an eagle soaring overhead, a bright red cardinal in a back yard during a mainland visit or the charismatic little …

Birdwatch: On the trail of the elusive buff-breasted sandpiper

It never occurred to me, peering through rain-soaked binoculars, that I would have to wait 43 years to see another one<p>It was late September 1974. Manchester United led the old Second Division, Kung Fu Fighting was top of the pop charts, and the BBC had just launched its Ceefax service. Meanwhile, I …

How birdwatching helped me beat poverty

Flying Insects Are Disappearing at Huge Rates, And We Should All Be Worried

But we can help them survive!<p>Not long ago, a lengthy drive on a hot day wouldn't be complete without scraping bug guts off a windshield. But …

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'Birding' catching on among new generation of nature buffs in Top End

It is a hobby that does not require much money — you just need time and a healthy dose of patience.<p>Those in the know say the art of bird watching, …

Birding Dilemma No.23 – Taking family for granted.

This dilemma comes from a visit to see my sister this week and being squeezed for time.She happens to live in the middle of the New Forest, 94,000 …

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If you want to help wildlife in your garden, should you plant native plants?

If you want to help wildlife in your garden, should you plant native plants? It's one of those long-standing questions that is an important part of …

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Just in Time for Migration Season: The Warbler Guide

Warblers are among the most challenging birds to identify. But, as we enter the fall migration season, Princeton University Press has the perfect …

Birdwatching

Six Apps to Better Your Next Birding Adventure

Birding can be a great way to take a break from technology, but smartphones are also a real asset in the field: You can check the winds on your way …

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‘Birds are our literal canary in the coal mine’

Immersive night-time adventures into a ‘wild avian landscape’ are taking place this week as part of Brighton Festival. Artist Jony Easterby explains …

The value of flocks

SAFETY IN NUMBERS: A flock of Dunlins rests on the Skagit Flats in Washington State. Photo by Sarah Jessup/ShutterstockWhile I was walking a wooded …

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The rise of millennial, urban-dwelling birders

Data-savvy 20-somethings and braying “birder bros” are quickly gamifying a pastime once defined by notebooks and Tilley hats<p>It was evening on a …

All birders need a trusty field guide

The birder’s basics are a pair of binoculars and a field guide. With this basic kit, you could spend a lifetime enjoying the avian world. Most people …

Mystery of birds’ movements at sea solved

• New research reveals unprecedented insights into where British and Irish breeding seabirds go when they're not on land, providing critical …

What Are You Looking At? Eleven In-Your-Face Bird Photos

Every year our Audubon Photography Awards produce a wealth of incredible images—and 2017 was no exception. In addition to this year's APA winners, …

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