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Hog Island Audubon Camp

Last month, I spent two weeks on Hog Island in Maine, where I was one of the instructors for two week long programs, one about Breaking into Birding, the other about the Joy of Birding. Hog Island is a small island too close to the mainland...Show More Summary

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of July 2016?

11 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

Americans celebrate our nation’s independence the same way we observe most other holidays: three-day weekend! Not that we really need...

Cat Owners: Can You Help Me?

14 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

My friend Nina is an animal lover. All her pets are rescues. She keeps her cats inside. Unless she is accompanying...

One Good Tern Deserves Another: Roseate Tern

A few days ago, I wrote about our smallest tern, the Least Tern, and since one good tern deserves another, I decided today to write about the Roseate Tern. When I was in Maine earlier this month, I was hoping against hope to see one,...Show More Summary

Birding Trips Bucket List

Guianan cock-of-the-rock. I have a friend who travels professionally, running high-end tours and events for corporations and organizations all over the world. I used to think of myself as a well-traveled person, having been to 30+ countries around the world. Show More Summary

Bahia Los Frailes

For the most of the visitors to Baja California Sur, the name Los Frailes means little or nothing. This is...

For Pheasants, Mo’ Women = Mo’ Problems

Having a harem sounds like a pretty sweet deal. After all, variety is the spice of life, no? But this...

Gotcha! White-Faced Ibis

I and a self-confessed slacker-birder at times and I know this has led to me overlooking some rare birds. I almost drove past a White-faced Ibis this weekend. I saw a couple of Ibis on the edge of a pond in Old Saybrook on Sunday. I've...Show More Summary

Life Happens And Life Goes On

We all get hit with an unexpected dose of life happens at one time or another. Expensive things may break and we may lose friends or family but that's life. I've had my own run of that recently, putting a hold on my usual birding routine. Show More Summary

Snowy Plover Chicks on Okaloosa Island

I have seen dozens of Snowy Plovers and other shorebirds along the Emerald Coast of Florida, but until last week...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of June 2016)

We’re getting some steamy temps in the temperate zone I live in, which confirms every other sign that summer is...

Least Terns!

In June 1976, Russ had a professional meeting in Savannah, Georgia, and I tagged along to go birding. I had only been a birder for a little over a year and never anywhere near a coast, so my focus was entirely on seeing what I could find. Show More Summary

Red-necked Grebes in Germany

There is no denying the fact that birders are a discriminating bunch. This seems to apply especially to birders in...

Burra Rock Conservation Reserve

Having spent several weeks in the bush in remote areas south of Broome I have plenty to share, so choosing...

Halfway Through the Year and Still a Lot More Birds to See in Costa Rica

It’s June, it’s solstice time, it’s when the kids run out the front door of school screaming in jubilation. At...

What’s in a Name: Brewer’s Blackbird

Blackbirds, as a family, often to have those simple descriptive names that are easy to mock (Yellow-rumped Warbler, ugh) until...

Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of June 2016?

The solstice tells us that we are finally immersed in summer, assuming you live north of the Equator. Antipodeans are...

A “Thank You” is All You Need

Birders are utterly suspicious characters. By Greek law enforcement officers, I had already been taken for a spy. But, seen...

Experiments With Eagles

I went to the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer, Alaska--which is a delightful festival, I highly recommend it. I met a ton of people who were originally from Minnesota and for one reason or another had moved to Alaska. I can see why, it's beautiful and great for people who enjoy the outdoors. Show More Summary

U.S. Endangered Species Act: The System Works

In a world that’s often full of tragedy, every now and then some good news comes along to restore one’s...

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