Flock Together

Photo: Cameron Bloom

Birds exist everywhere we do, so it’s little wonder that they have been important to human cultures from earliest times. Our Flock Together project aims to explore the varied and rich relationships between birds and people around the world. We're highlighting volunteers at avian rehab clinics, ornithologists dedicated to their research subjects, artists who draw attention to the beauty and plight of birds, regular people who go above and beyond to protect backyard birds, and so much more.

If you know of other great tales of humans and their gloriously unique interactions with the birds they love, we want to hear about them. Send a note (and a photo, if possible) to flocktogether@audubon.org.

A Life Dedicated to Saving Sea Turtles and Shorebirds

Tony Amos spent 40 years rescuing and studying wildlife on the Texas coast. After his death, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a new generation is stepping up to continue his legacy.

Photo: Esther Horvath

Stretching Their Wings

Lauren McGough became a falconer as a teenager. Now her compassionate training with Miles, a troubled Golden Eagle, has given him a new life.

Photo: Ilana Panich-Linsman

The Busy Life of Bob the Flamingo

Once badly injured, the recovered bird now teaches residents of Curaçao about the importance of conservation.

Photo: Jasper Doest

Kite vs. Kite

Paper kites are flown competitively over Delhi—where they slice up raptors like Black Kites. These siblings are patching up injured birds and pushing for safer skies.

Photo: Luke Massey

The Bird That Understands Humans

On the African savanna, a fascinating and unprecedented partnership between people and wild birds gets started with a simple "brrr-hm."

Photo: Claire Spottiswoode

Saving the Sacred Black-Necked Cranes of Bhutan

The people of this tiny country have made huge strides to protect the vulnerable bird, including holding an annual festival each November.

Photo: Ambika Singh

The Bird That Saved My Family

After tragedy struck, the Blooms struggled to recover. Taking in an injured magpie turned out to be just what the family needed to begin healing.

Photo: Cameron Bloom

Mongolia's Noble Eagle Hunters

Since the time of Kublai Kahn, the Kazakh people have allied with raptors to find sustenance in a barren, mountainous land.

Photo: Cedric Angeles/Intersection Photos

How Falconry Turned One Man's Life Right-Side Up

After spending his childhood on the mean streets of D.C., Rodney Stotts found new purpose as a raptor expert and role model for school kids.

Photo: Greg Kahn

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