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People wearing life vests look through binoculars while sitting in canoes on a river.
The Single Most Important Way to Make Your Binoculars Last
June 30, 2023 — Experts share how to keep your foremost birding tool in working order and what to do if yours breaks.
A dove sits in a hanging planter basket next to a house.
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 round globular nest made of twigs and dry grasses with a hole for entry built in a cactus in a desert landscape.
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.
A sign affixed to a metal post on a beach reads "Piping Plover nesting area." The posts, connected by string, designate a restricted area.
Should I Talk to a Stranger Walking a Dog Off Leash Near Nesting Birds?
July 01, 2022 — Experts say it depends on the situation—and your comfort level.
How a Land Acknowledgment Can Correct Stereotypes of American History
November 18, 2021 — Here’s how to properly recognize Indigenous people and the land we’ve stewarded for millennia.
17 Fabulous Fall Birding Events
October 03, 2018 — From watching hawks on the wing as they funnel south to attending action-packed birding festivals, avian activities abound in autumn.
Seven Spring Hotspots for Warbler Photography
March 10, 2017 — Migrant traps aren't just a boon to birds—they put photographers in a sweet spot too.
Get Covered for Tick Season With These Eight Expert Tips
March 10, 2017 — Before you hit the great outdoors, follow our advice to keep the eight-legged critters at bay.
Build a Nest Box to Welcome Spring Birds
February 18, 2016 — It’s National Nest Box Week—in the U.K., at least. But that doesn’t mean you can’t put up a box stateside—here’s how.
Bringing the Birds of Costa Rica to a Vermont Classroom
August 10, 2015 — A grade-school teacher travels to the tropics to inspire her students’ interest in birds.