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You Gotta Fight When You Think it’s the Right Thing to Do

I bird, therefore I am. Birding defines me, that much is clear. Yet, for the last month and a half...

Poolside in Cabo Pulmo

The last 30 days have been a real challenge, both personally as well as in our business. So, it was...

Everything’s Coming Up Carrie Laben

We at 10,000 Birds are lucky to have such distinguished writers on our team. Yet, few of them are actually...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of July 2017)

Summer may be the season that best illustrates the stark difference between being outside and being in position to see...

Birds in the New Redux: Mass Extinctions

Bachman's Warbler, now extinct, was first collected forscience by Reverend John Bachman in 1833, who gave hisdescriptions and specimens to Audubon, who never saw one. One of the fun things about archiving old programs is reading a news...Show More Summary

Watching Birds From A Single Stretch Of Track

One of the things that can detract from a bird watching experience is moving around too much. Sometimes you can see more birds sitting in one spot than you can walking through miles of trail. I made a compromise this morning by confining my birdwatching to a single 100 yard stretch of railroad track. Show More Summary

Indecision, Procrastination, And Birdwatching

One of the things I struggle with at times is making a quick decision. Sometimes it is necessary to analyze things carefully in order to make a decision but when you spend more time thinking than doing it can lead to missed opportunities and procrastination. Show More Summary

Red-kneed Dotterels breeding around Broome

You only have to look back over the past few months of my posts this year to realise that we...

Great Crested Grebe

Redgannet’s repeated attempts to eat stuff that was bigger than his own head brought exasperated warnings from his long-suffering mother....

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2017?

July has settled like a hot, muggy blanket over my part of New York, offering little more than streaky, young...

The Captain of Our Soul

This weekend, I visited my friends David and Suzy Foster in northern Wisconsin near Boulder Lake, and they took my dog Pip and me out on their pontoon boat. We spent a few moments watching the resident loon family, and I snapped a few photos. Show More Summary

Our Audubon Chapter Campout at Lassen Volcanic National Park

One of the best things about our annual Lassen Park campout is that we get to see several species of...

Tri-colored Herons on the water front of La Paz.

In my continuing coverage on the herons and egrets of La Paz, I am going to show off the Tri-colored...

The Ancient Mariner Meets the Lord of the Flies

One of the bloodiest news stories about endangered species I’ve read in a long time involved six students and recent graduates of a prestigious Honolulu prep school on a camping trip in westernmost Oahu in December 2015. For an unfathomable...Show More Summary

Big Day on Cedar Key, FL

My friend Savanna and I rose at dawn, gulped down coffee and then hit the best birding hotspots on Cedar...

The Cutting Edge: Bird Feeder Patents

Bird feeding is serious business.  The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimates that Americans spend nearly $1 billion annually on...

Puddle Gull

In the summer time before the shorebirds come back the birding can seem a bit slow. Sure, birds are around,...

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2017)

Summer means different things to different communities across the world. The closer to the poles you live, the more likely...

Get the Lead Out: 2017 Redux

Aldo Leopold, a true conservationist. When I started producing For the Birds in 1986, I tried to keep the program light and fun, with helpful information about bird feeding and solving backyard bird problems but mostly focused on the wonder of individual species and how wild birds fit into popular culture, history, literature, and art. Show More Summary

Glossy Ibis breeding around Broome

Over the past few months there has been a steady increase in the number of Glossy Ibis around the Broome...

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