Birding

Six Things I Learned by Scoping Out Baby Birds and Their Parents

Six Things I Learned by Scoping Out Baby Birds and Their Parents

— Summer is a great time to watch cute chicks grow—and understand how avian survival works.
Is That Golden Eagle Actually a Bald Eagle?

Is That Golden Eagle Actually a Bald Eagle?

— In its youth, our national symbol sports brown feathers on its head—making it easily confused with its rarer, golden cousin.
For the LGBTQ Community, Birding Can Be a Relief—and a Source of Anxiety

For the LGBTQ Community, Birding Can Be a Relief—and a Source of Anxiety

— LGBTQ birders are working together to make the hobby more inclusive and welcoming, while dealing with lingering challenges of acceptance.
A Birder's Dilemma: Should You Name Your Baby After a Bird?

A Birder's Dilemma: Should You Name Your Baby After a Bird?

— As parents-to-be, The Birdist and his wife considered birdy names for their son. Here's what they decided.
The Best Clue for Finding Cuckoos

The Best Clue for Finding Cuckoos

— Check the treetops for this popular menu item and up your odds of success.
The Common Nighthawk Is the Cool City Bird You’ve Been Missing

The Common Nighthawk Is the Cool City Bird You’ve Been Missing

— Here's how to find out if one's nesting by you—and what to do if one isn't.
Inside Birding's Most Dramatic 24 Hours

Inside Birding's Most Dramatic 24 Hours

— Every May hundreds of birders crisscross New Jersey in the frenzied, exhausting, demoralizing, jubilant event that is the World Series of Birding. This year, 'Audubon' reporters embedded with three of the teams.
Incredible Combination of Factors Leads to Historic Migration Flight

Incredible Combination of Factors Leads to Historic Migration Flight

— Earlier this week, a group of expert birders in Canada were treated to a staggering sight: more than 700,000 warblers over nine hours.
The Woods Are My Safe Haven—But That's Not True for Everyone

The Woods Are My Safe Haven—But That's Not True for Everyone

— The hit TV show “Atlanta” offers a reminder that one black person's paradise can be another one's terror.
How to Deal With Birding FOMO

How to Deal With Birding FOMO

— It’s been a week since I missed out on the Kirtland’s Warbler that strayed into Manhattan. I’m still not over it.