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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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Celebrating "National Wildlife Refuge Week"

National Wildlife Refuge Week - October 8-15, 2016What Are You Doing to Celebrate?Green Jay     © Joanne KamoThe Green Jays of Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge - Listen NowPectoral Sandpiper     © Joanne KamoThe Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Listen... read more »

Red-tails at Play?

Photographer Mike Hamilton spotted these Red-tailed Hawks — one adult and one juvenile — east of Seattle. Play or serious business? Probably play, but you can decide.###Mike spotted another interaction between Red-tails last year. Check it out.Learn more and see photos and videos of Red-tailed... read more »

First-Year Birds

Mike Hamilton spotted these young birds late this summer. Most are in Washington State; two are in Texas. How many can you identify? -- Answers at the bottom.Birds are, from top to bottom: Steller’s Jay, Northern Cardinal, Western Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco, Osprey, Tree Swallow, Anna’s... read more »

BirdNote Theme Song - Where Did it Come From?

Since BirdNote debuted in February 2005, many listeners have asked about the source of our theme music. What is the name of the piece? Where is it from? How can I purchase it?It may surprise you to learn that the BirdNote theme is not a snippet from a longer piece. It was composed especially for... read more »

Vultures! Nature's Clean-up Crew

In celebration of vulturesKing Vulture © Patricia van Casteren                                       ... read more »

Late Summer Shorebirds

Celebrating Shorebirds!It's late summer and all across North America, millions of shorebirds — sandpipers and plovers — are on the move. Seattle photographer Gregg Thompson has been following the annual pilgrimage for the last few years.Here's a handful of the birds he's seen. Thanks, Gregg... read more »

Great Blue Heron - Lunch and a Bath!

Dine and dash? Nope, dine and splash!Photographer Mike Hamilton spotted this Great Blue Heron as it ate -- and then cleaned up.Patiently watching, waiting...Taking a stab at it...Nailed it - a tadpole!But now, what a mess!Soak it...Shake it off!Lunch and a bath... Life is GOOD!***Listen to... read more »

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Q&A with Drew Lanham

The Story Behind Rules for the Black BirdwatcherA Q&A with Drew Lanham, by Jenn DeanWhen Clemson professor and wildlife biologist, Dr. J. Drew Lanham, agreed to do a video for BirdNote, we had no idea of the reach the story would have. Based on a column that originally appeared in Orion... read more »

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Drew Lanham Talks About "Rules for the Black Birdwatcher"

When Clemson professor and wildlife biologist, Dr. J. Drew Lanham, agreed to do a video for BirdNote, we had no idea of the reach the story would have. Based on a column that originally appeared in Orion Magazine, “Rules for the Black Birdwatcher” sparked a conversation that continues a year and... read more »

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