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We asked Toronto’s most fanatical snowy owl spotters to tell us their best birding stories

"A snowy owl just say there, turning its head to look at us. It was the most goosebump-y thing I’ve ever seen"

I Became a Better Birder When I Stopped Focusing on the Males

I knew a birder once who boasted of the high standards for his life list: He would not count a new species until he had seen an adult male. If the …

What One Magnificent Predator Can Show Us About the Arctic's Future

There was a slight complication the first time Bryce Robinson rappelled from the lip of a Seward Peninsula tundra cliff onto a ledge occupied by a …

A Rare Owl Turned Up Dead—Are Birders To Blame?

A rare bird alert is usually a fortunate event: But not so for a Northern Hawk Owl that turned up dead in rural Washington earlier this …

Four Impressive Bird Migrations You Can Watch from Your Neighborhood

Keep an eye out for these four migrants at a backyard or city park near you.

How Birds Bind Us

Just a few years ago, in the fall of 2014, Audubon released our Birds and Climate Report, which used data from the Christmas Bird Count and breeding …

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Cameras, an indispensable part of bird-watching

Have the binoculars made way for cameras among birders? As they get ready for the bird race scheduled for Sunday, the number of cameras being used …

Bald Eagles Return to Cleveland for First Time in 100 Years

A pair of bald eagles have made a home in Cleveland for the first time in more than 100 years. The duo's nest was first spotted at the Ohio & Erie …

Yellow cardinal spotted in Alabama baffles researchers who say it’s ‘one in a million’

It’s not often than a single wild bird can cause a stir within the birdwatching community but that’s just what one very special cardinal has managed …

Courting hawks put on thrilling sky show

I was birding the other day in the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve in Decatur when a burst of activity in the cloudless sky above me caught my eye. …

The incredible snowy owl has shown up this winter in large numbers across the Great Lakes

The incredible snowy owl has shown up this winter in large numbers across the Great Lakes<p>A unique project, called SNOWStorm, was started to help …

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Country diary: the marshes are teeming with waders

<b>Keyhaven, Hampshire:</b> The brent geese feeding on the grassland are restless, but not because of the people walking along the skyline above them<p>The mudflats are still, but first impressions are deceptive. On a grey, raw day, we stop on the bridge across the Avon Water as it enters the Keyhaven …

This Mysterious Tree Appears to Kill Birds Just For The Heck of It

Scientists can't work out why this tree keeps killing birds.<p>It's not unusual for plants to stick, prick, or entangle their seeds into some hapless …

Economics Is Like Birdwatching — You Have to Know What to Look For

By: Gary Galles <br>Have you ever been birdwatching? If not, how well do you think you would recognize the birds around you the first time you tried? …

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 …

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<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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Citywide, OaklandA starling spotted in San Francisco on Sept. 16th. | Photo: Eric Sonstroem/FlickrLooking to try something new? If you're looking for …

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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 …