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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

Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge - Adventure Awaits!

If you’re eager to explore for birds and other wildlife, a trip to a national wildlife refuge could be just the thing! There are more than 500 of these wild places in our National Wildlife Refuge System. No state is without them, and as Americans, we own them all. The refuges are managed by the... read more »

Oriole Nests - Avian Works of Art

The nest of nests, the ideal nest, is unquestionably that of the Baltimore Oriole.        ~ John BurroughsMaybe. But all the orioles found in the United States – nine species in all – have pretty cool nests. Check these out!Baltimore Oriole    ... read more »

Meet the Sungrebe!

     Sungrebe female © Allan Hopkins                                        ... read more »

Travel with BirdNote to Big Bend National Park

Join BirdNote and Victor Emanuel Nature Tours on an Amazing Trip: Big Bend National Park, Cibolo Creek, and the Davis Mountains, April 23 - May 01, 2016You heard about Big Bend National Park from Alex Chadwick. (Check out those stories here.) Now, you can travel there yourself, in April 2016,... read more »

The Cowbird Story, Revisited...

You may have heard the story of the Brown-headed Cowbird evolving its habit of "nest parasitism," due to the 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 it from... 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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