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A Roadmap for the Future

March 31, 2023 — Our bold strategic plan will achieve new levels of impact for birds, people, and the planet.

Yes, Birding Does Change Your Brain

March 29, 2023 — Neuroscientists puzzling over how human memory and learning function often turn to birdwatchers to connect the dots.
An American Kestrel with green ink on its' left shoulder to help scientists identify it.

What Is Causing the American Kestrel’s Perplexing Decline?

March 29, 2023 — Although still common, these much-loved falcons continue to disappear from North American skies. Scientists are racing to understand why.
People birding on the side of a road with under-constructions cones in the center.

Travel in the Time of Climate Crisis

March 29, 2023 — As climate-related disasters ramp up, how can travelers minimize the harms and maximize the benefits they bring to recovering destinations?

Bird Nests Tell Extraordinary Stories, If You Learn How to Read Them

March 29, 2023 — Casey McFarland, author of “Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests,” describes how paying attention to nests can improve your birding.

As Storms Grow Stronger, a Historic Building Gains Height to Stay Dry

March 28, 2023 — Rather than abandon the 19th-century structure, staff at Hog Island Audubon Camp have elevated the Queen Mary by three feet.

The Window for Saving the Sagebrush Ecosystem is Rapidly Closing

March 28, 2023 — A health report for a vast western landscape finds alarming habitat loss but offers a strategy for saving what remains.

What Should I Do If I Find a Nest Where It Doesn’t Belong?

March 24, 2023 — Sometimes birds nest too close to home. Experts share what to do if you find birds raising young on your house or building.
A flock of Sandhill Cranes fly in a line against a blue sky, the moon in the background.

‘Flight Paths’ Unfurls the Wondrous History of Migration Science

March 10, 2023 — A new book details how amateur birders and bird-loving scientists pieced together the true story of avian migration.

This Wave Theory of Spring Migration Will Prepare You for Your Next Birding Outing

March 06, 2023 — Songbirds don’t leave their wintering grounds all together. Here’s when to expect different species as they cross the eastern United States.

Appreciate These Magnificent Avian Nests—and the Next One You Find in the Field

March 06, 2023 — Birds build an amazing variety of nest types, and each construction is a work of art.
Various birds and feeders including Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Finches, Northern Cardinal, and a Blue Jay.

Who Likes What: The Favorite Birdseed of Feeder Regulars and Rarities

March 06, 2023 — Here are the top three seed choices for a variety of species, per a scientific observational study of 1.2 million bird feeder visits.
A small, black and yellow American Goldfinch clings to a feeder while eating little, black Nyjer seeds.

What’s the Deal With Nyjer?

March 06, 2023 — The tiny black seed is a favorite of finches, but where does it come from? And why is it always capitalized?

Mixology: Breaking Down 5 Common Birdseed Blends

March 06, 2023 — With all the products available these days, sometimes the jargon and claims can get confusing. Here’s a quick primer.
Three people in white suits and masks collect the body of a large white bird in a nesting area next to water while flocks of other seabirds fly overhead.

The Bird Flu Blazes On, Amping Up Concerns for Wildlife and Human Health

March 01, 2023 — Facing an outbreak that’s unusually deadly for wild birds and spreading to more mammals, scientists worry about when, or if, it will end.

Every Bird Counts in This Incredibly Detailed Visual Checklist

February 22, 2023 — Data artist Jer Thorp’s stunning visualization shows every individual counted on a single Brooklyn day.
Small cards, each with a different bird illustration, spread out on the rocky ground and lit by a flashlight at night.

Seeking Auwo: Inside the Search to Find a Secretive Tropical Bird Lost to Science

February 22, 2023 — Last fall, an international team arrived on a small Papua New Guinea island to look for the elusive Black-naped Pheasant Pigeon. To track it down, they needed help from the experts: the island’s Indigenous hunters.
As the sunrise creates a gradient of oranges, blues, an purples four male Sharp-tailed Grouse spread their wings, low to the ground, as they try to impress a mate.

Fall In Love With the Ancient Dance of the Sharp-tailed Grouse

February 22, 2023 — Beguiled by the birds’ courtship ritual, wildlife photographer Noppadol Paothong makes a difficult journey to document their glory so that others can appreciate it.
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