Birding

Why the ‘Elevator Music of Birding’ Is My New Favorite Tune

— After the Merlin Bird ID app helped me discover the Warbling Vireo, its song now feels like a secret message meant just for me.

Here’s How Drastically Birding Has Changed Over the Past 50 Years

— On the 25th anniversary of his book "Kingbird Highway," Kenn Kaufman reflects on the many ways the hobby has transformed since he first hitchhiked across the country chasing birds in the 1970s.

The Big Tern Cheat Sheet: How to ID Four Common Species

— In summer, North America’s four largest terns are near look-alikes. With a keen eye for detail you can tell them apart.

Welcome to the Dark Side: Your Guide to Nocturnal Migration Birding

— Here’s everything you need to join a growing DIY community where the action heats up when the sun goes down.

From House Finches to President Loki: The Surprises You Find When You Get Outside

— How one afternoon of birdwatching for Gaby Sotelo turned into a weekend—and perhaps a lifetime—full of birds.

The ‘Big Boom Theory’ That Could Help Conserve Common Nighthawks

— New research confirms that males’ wing-boom sound marks hard-to-find nesting sites—a boon for efforts to save these mysterious, declining birds.

How You Can Help Make Birding More Welcoming and Inclusive

— It's easy to create a friendly and encouraging birding community when you keep these pointers in mind.

Meet the Bird Guide and Blogger on a Mission to Keep Women Birders Safe

— Tiffany Kersten spent 2021 shining a light on the dangers many birders face in the field—and broke a birding record along the way.

10 Fun Facts about the House Finch

— These common and adaptable birds provide a welcome pop of color at feeders from coast to coast. But they weren’t always so ubiquitous.

10 Fun Facts About the Red-tailed Hawk

— There’s a lot to love about this familiar raptor, from its courtship acrobatics to its masterful hunting.