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Big-City Birding Is Hotter Than Ever

Big-City Birding Is Hotter Than Ever

— The Urban Birder gives us the scoop on the budding movement and all the unlikely places you should be looking for birds in.
The Audubon Mural Project Paints a Milestone 100 Species

The Audubon Mural Project Paints a Milestone 100 Species

— Marrying public art and climate change, six new species become ambassadors for conservation on the streets of northern Manhattan.
On Emu Pies, Riot Birds, and Roughing the Australian Outback

On Emu Pies, Riot Birds, and Roughing the Australian Outback

— In her intimate new book “How to Be a Good Creature,” Sy Montgomery finds the confluence between humanity and wildness.
Reimagining the Great Horned Owl

Reimagining the Great Horned Owl

— Animator Christoph Niemann brings new life to his tool in a mixed-media rendition of a raptor.
Are These Quirky Comics Launching a New Generation of Bird Enthusiasts?

Are These Quirky Comics Launching a New Generation of Bird Enthusiasts?

— From an anxious pigeon to philosophical sparrows, birds star in several popular Instagram comics that explore life's ups and downs.
How Starlings Spoke for the Gods in Ancient Rome

How Starlings Spoke for the Gods in Ancient Rome

— Religious leaders interpreted the shapes of these birds' murmurations to see if the gods gave, or withheld, their approval.
A Biologist's Bittersweet Return to See the Birds She Helped Save

A Biologist's Bittersweet Return to See the Birds She Helped Save

— Alisa Esposito made it her mission to protect Purple Martins from deadly collisions on a North Carolina bridge. When personal tragedy struck, the birds helped her through the ordeal.
The Surprising Connection Between the Kirtland's Warbler and the Birding World's Most Famous Murderer

The Surprising Connection Between the Kirtland's Warbler and the Birding World's Most Famous Murderer

— This 90-year-old specimen at the Chicago Field Museum seems like any other—until you learn its twisted backstory.
¿Comó se llama? How Birds Get Their Spanish Names

¿Comó se llama? How Birds Get Their Spanish Names

— Bilingual birding can offer a deeper understanding of the species we seek, while also helping to bridge communities across the Americas.
How Birds Gave Japanese Prisoners Wings

How Birds Gave Japanese Prisoners Wings

— More than 75 years after the U.S. government incarcerated 120,000 people, a Japanese American collects stories from survivors and descendants.