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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...

Tough Love on the Beach

In June, I go to Nickerson Beach, a place of nesting Common Terns, American Oystercatchers, Piping Plovers, and, later in...

Six Months of Birding in Costa Rica

It’s 2017 and we have reached the halfway point. If you are doing any sort of year list, you know...

Night Moves

So it turns out dogs are useless. Or at least the four dogs in the house I’m staying at in...

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2017?

July can be very special time of year, but the birding rarely reaches the level of excitement our migratory months...

The Belgrade Amazon Campaign or the House of the Eagle

Beljarica backwaters cover the 900 ha of wilderness on the eastern bank of the Danube, between the river and the...

Fledgling Yellow Warblers at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

The dog days of July, when birders desperately seek out south-bound shorebirds, odd breeding records, or anything else to keep...

Night Herons

I am sure that the most memorable first bird sightings have a way of sticking in your head. Whether it...

Orokonui Sanctuary, Dunedin

Mainland island sanctuaries are popular in New Zealand for any number of reasons. On an island where a major cause...

Watching the Sky at Cedar Key

The setting sun had cast a pinkish glow on the storm clouds brewing along the horizon near Cedar Key, Florida....

Raptors of Mexico and Central America: A Book Review

There are birders who watch hawks and there are hawk watchers who bird. These, the hawk watchers, are the people...

Seaside Sparrows Feeding Young at Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, Two Mile Unit

Last weekend we had an extended family weekend at a beach house in Wildwood, New Jersey, just north of Cape...

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2017)

Weekends, you may have noticed, exhibit remarkable elasticity, capable of being stretched far beyond their normal boundaries. Many of you...

Broome’s beach-nesting shorebirds

The past few weeks have seen increased activity on Broome’s beaches and this is not just the human activity, but...

Arm & Hammer Bird Trading Cards

Last week some wonderful people who were along on most of our spring warbler walks, Don and Lynn Watson, sent me an unexpected gift—a little package of 51 bird trading cards. Most were from the Dwight & Church Company—the cards had been...Show More Summary

Peabody Street's Year of the House Wren

Every morning since May I’ve awakened to the songs of three different male House Wrens. One is nesting in my neighbor Jeanne Tonkin’s yard, kitty corner from mine. One is nesting in the back of my own backyard, the third in the woodsy area next door. Show More Summary

Monfragüe National Park, A Vulture Lover's Paradise

Let me tell you about about vultures...and Iberian ham... Birders looking badass as hell climbing up to Monfragüe Castle to do some birding in Monfragüe National Park in Extremadura. I recently visited Extremadura which is in the southwest region of Spain and bordered by Portugal. Show More Summary

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Depend on Clean Air and Water

Baby birds need breathable air even more than they need food. When I think about the Fourth of July and the Declaration of Independence, I remember the self-evident truths that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their...Show More Summary

3 Favorite Moments 1ST Tablet Post

I still use a flip phone and have avoided touch screens up until now. My lack of familiarity with this technology has caused me to miss out on a couple of opportunities. Trying to write this is like trying to thread a needle while wearing mittens. Show More Summary

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