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Field Notes

The Cowbird Story, Revisited...

You may have heard the story of the Brown-headed Cowbird evolving its habit of "nest parasitism," due to the herd of bison, wandering the prairies. BirdNote science advisor, Dennis Paulson, has a different take on the matter. He writes:The bison story obviously has great currency, as I’ve heard... read more »

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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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Marty Visits School in the Woods, In Colorado!

The students at School in the Woods near Colorado Springs are called "naturalists," and these are all fourth-graders. They're here for the full school year because they won one of the 78 spaces in the lottery. (More than 200 seek to attend each year.) The kids listen to BirdNote every day, and... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Steller's Sea-Eagles

Wow, check out these Steller's Sea-Eagles spotted in the sea-ice off Hokkaido, Japan!Dory says: I took these photos from a fishing boat in the sea-ice off the port of Rausu,one of Japan’s World Heritage Sites. The port is on the Shiretoko Peninsula of Hokkaido,a mountainous region that attracts... read more »

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Meet the Birds of the Boreal Forest

Alberta      1) Great Horned Owl; 2) Short-billed Dowitcher; 3) Common RedpollAlberta's portion of the boreal forest comprises 8% of the entire forest and is larger than Sweden. The Great Horned Owl is Alberta's provincial bird, and an estimated 13% of the species' North... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Rough-legged Hawk takes off

After breeding on Arctic cliffs and tundra hillsides in summer months, Rough-legged Hawks winter all across the Northern Hemisphere. Open country is their ideal territory, where the small rodents they depend on are plentiful. Frequent photo contributor, Gregg Thompson, was fortunate to spot this... read more »

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Join BirdNote on a trip to Chile and Argentina, November 2015

Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay...Join BirdNote's Adam Sedgley and Kate Godman on a culturally rich, two-week journey with Earthbound Expeditions! Sip velvety smooth wines in the Maipo Valley, visit the seaside home of Pablo Neruda, discover amazing birdlife in Patagonia - including a colony of... read more »

Drew Lanham - Why I'm a Birder

This interview comes to you through a partnership between BirdNote and Audubon.Audubon offers a series of reflections on Why I'm a Birder.For ornithologist Drew Lanham, it started with the (in)ability to fly.I’ve always wanted to fly. I spent my earliest years climbing, leaping, running, and... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, birdwatching

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