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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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How birdwatching helped me beat poverty

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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 …

Insects

'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, …

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10,000 Birds | 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.<p>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 …

Gardening

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 …

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 …

‘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 …

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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 …

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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, …

Nature

When It Comes to Birding, Nude Beaches Are as Good as Any

There’s nothing like birding on a blazing hot beach. Terns and surfers attack the waves; sandpipers and swimmers splash in the shallows; gulls, …

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Scientists Just Figured Out How This Bird Can Fly For Months Without Landing

The great frigate can stay aloft for 56 days by riding natural updrafts.<p>Plenty of birds fly vast distances on their migratory trips around planet Earth. But the most amazing of all might the frigate bird, which can stay aloft for <i>two months</i> straight without landing or resting. How the heck do they …

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When a crow dies, other crows investigate

Crows may be the homicide detectives of the avian world.<p>Despite birds’ reputation for being, well, bird-brained, crows and other members of the corvid family—which includes ravens and magpies—are actually quite intelligent. They’ve shown an ability to understand basic cause-and-effect …

Animals

Garbage-Fed Seagulls Are Spoiling Our Lakes and Reservoirs With Their Poop

Where there are landfills there are seagulls. An estimated 1.4 million of these opportunistic feathered critters feed on these vast tracts of waste …

North Carolina

Birdwatching can lower stress and improve mental health, new studies reveal

It's time to get the binoculars out!<p>Spending time in nature and keeping your eyes peeled for any signs of bird life is always a pleasing way to pass …

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Bristol's wildlife wonders - Natures Home magazine uncovered - Our work

I love Bristol. It's a beautiful city and is where the fantastic team at Immediate Media who produce the RSPB magazines with us are based, so I …

Nature

Find Cool Birds from Your Subaru Dashboard Using eBird

Some cars can lead you to the nearest latte or make dinner reservations at a Yelp-rated restaurant. But in certain new Subarus, your car can now …

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