Birding

How Birders Are Boosting Their Yard Lists While They Sleep

— Using DIY setups and free software, a growing number of community scientists are eavesdropping on nocturnal migrants flying above.

Two Fantastic Warblers Anyone Can Find

— Ready to up your warbler game but not sure where to begin? Seek out water to get started with this popular pair.
Birders photograph a flock of shorebirds in Hartney Bay, Alaska during the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival. Design Pics Inc/Alamy

16 Virtual and In-Person Birding Festivals to Celebrate Spring Migration

— Your favorite events might look a little different this year, but you’ll find online opportunities to explore birding hotspots from coast to coast.
American Woodcock. David Nelson/Alamy

Do Yourself a Favor This Spring: Go See the American Woodcock’s ‘Sky Dance’

— Timberdoodles have one of the wildest mating rituals among North American birds, and you should definitely check it out. Here’s how.

How You Can Be an Ally Outdoors

— It’s one thing to want nature to be safe and accessible for everyone—and another to help make it so. Here are some expert tips to get started.

Our Newest National Park—and West Virginia's First—Is Fantastic for Birding

— Located in the southern part of the Mountain State, New River Gorge National Park is a must-visit destination for birders and adventure seekers.

More Birds Bring More Happiness, According to Science

— A pair of new studies show how birds improve our wellbeing, adding to a growing body of evidence that avians are an antidote to our despair.

This Winter Marks an Incredible 'Superflight' of Hungry Winter Finches

— Across the country, birders are being treated to one of the biggest irruption years of boreal birds in recent memory.

Ask Kenn: How Did the Evening Grosbeak Get Its Misleading Name?

— In this month's Ask Kenn!, bird expert Kenn Kaufman shares the surprising origins of the finch's moniker. Plus, why your feeder birds fight so much.
White-breasted Nuthatch. Jocelyn Anderson/Great Backyard Bird Count

Researchers Reveal the Mysterious Fall Movements of a Familiar Backyard Bird

— New studies suggest that northern populations of White-breasted Nuthatches might also have irruptive years—and 2020 is one of them.