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Creating a Garden Paradise for Birds - And Humans

A Top Ten Guide —1. If you plant it, they will comeSelect native plants for your gardenNative Plants Attract Native BirdsBirds and BerriesHummingbird HavenOctober Planting for WildlifePileated ApplepeckersRobins and Berries in Winter 2. Variety is the spice of lifeA variety of food sources... read more »

5 Things to Do for Birds in the Autumn – And One Thing for Yourself!

 Autumn ... Feels like a new year.We all remember the feeling of starting back to school at the end of summer. A serious change of scenes and seasons. And there's a lot to be done for the birds, too.1. Take down your nestbox and clean it out.It's a good idea to wear gloves and a dust mask... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdfeeding, gardening

Birdhouses in Turkey

It’s easy to imagine that putting up a birdhouse or nestbox is a relatively recent practice. But in Turkey, it has a long history. Since at least the 13th century and continuing through the period of Ottoman rule, birdhouses were placed on all sorts of structures: mosques (like this one – the... read more »

Birds at Mid-summer

What's Going On with the Birds?We often call the solstice "Midsummer," but it's actually only the beginning. August 1st is – strictly speaking – Midsummer. So what's going on in the bird world now? Like the week in Lake Wobegon, it's been mostly quiet. For the most part, the birds have stopped... read more »

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Kingfisher Perches

For better and for worse, humans can have a huge impact on the lives of birds. One positive impact for Belted Kingfishers is that some road building and digging of gravel pits has created banks where the birds can nest and thus allowed the expansion of their breeding range.* But increased... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Cedar Waxwings - Spring Courtship

Frequent photo contributor, Gregg Thompson, writes:"I recently ran into a flock of Cedar Waxwings that seemed to be acting differently than I have seen before. At first, I noticed two individuals on a branch, and one would sort of sidle up to the other one."Cornell's Birds of North America Online... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  breeding display, photography

Champions for Birds

CELEBRATING BIRD CHAMPIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRYAs part of GiveBIG’s “Day of Champions,” we asked you to tell us about champions for birds — people who are going above and beyond in the care and protection of our feathered friends. We were so inspired by the stories you shared of ordinary people... read more »

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BirdNote Fans’ Favorite Backyard Birds

BirdNote asked listeners to tell us about their favorite backyard birds. The responses ranged from bluebirds and hummingbirds to raptors and thrushes. But chickadees received the most votes for their charm, energy, and "polite" behavior. Here are a few of the responses from BirdNote fans... read more »

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The Ten Commandments of Subirdia

In his book Welcome To Subirdia, bird expert John Marzluff offers a guide for living in close proximity to birds and other wildlife. His advice includes the following “commandments:” Do not covet your neighbor's lawn; keep your cat indoors; make your windows visible to birds; don’t light up the... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  gardening, human interaction

Where Do Birds Find Shelter?

Shelter for birds comes in many forms. Maybe you heard the BirdNote story about the Northern Saw-whet Owl that took shelter in a tree on a Christmas tree farm. Or the Song Sparrow that will happily visit a brush pile in your yard. And the Pileated Woodpeckers that excavate not only nesting... read more »

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