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Its Heyday Long Past, Wildlife Wood Carving Looks to Broaden Its Appeal

Its Heyday Long Past, Wildlife Wood Carving Looks to Broaden Its Appeal

— Competitions are getting scarce. Crowds are dwindling. Collectors are dying out. Can this American art form survive?
This New Program in Denver Is Paving the Way for Birders With Reduced Mobility

This New Program in Denver Is Paving the Way for Birders With Reduced Mobility

— Birding Without Barriers is part of a national movement to ensure that mobility impairment does not hinder people from enjoying nature.
At a Time of Standstill, Remembering the Significance of Life on the Move

At a Time of Standstill, Remembering the Significance of Life on the Move

— With fall migration well underway, birders can appreciate the ecological and societal importance of global mobility during a difficult year.
Working to Restore Bird Habitat, I Carry On Traditions That Were Meant to Be Erased

Working to Restore Bird Habitat, I Carry On Traditions That Were Meant to Be Erased

— Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a chance to celebrate the diversity and resilience of our country’s original inhabitants, whose long-overlooked ecological knowledge can help guide conservation today.
‘Destringers’ Save New York City's Pigeons One Foot at a Time

‘Destringers’ Save New York City's Pigeons One Foot at a Time

— Bird feet can get entangled in string, thread, and hair, leading to serious and deadly injuries. Dedicated volunteers catch the birds to help.
Food Editor Sam Sifton on the Joy of Birds and the Perfect Birding Sandwich

Food Editor Sam Sifton on the Joy of Birds and the Perfect Birding Sandwich

— The New York Times cooking scribe has renewed a childhood passion—and struggled with bird-feeder befuddlement—at home during the pandemic.
Inside Germany’s Giant, Hungry, Flightless-Bird Problem

Inside Germany’s Giant, Hungry, Flightless-Bird Problem

— Greater Rheas, native to South America, are thriving in northern Europe—and coming into conflict with farmers whose crops they eat.
Why Nature Writer Helen Macdonald Says We Need to Embrace the Apocalypse

Why Nature Writer Helen Macdonald Says We Need to Embrace the Apocalypse

— In "Vesper Flights," a timely collection of essays, the bestselling author remains in awe of the natural world, and finds hope amid catastrophe.
Not Sure What NBA Team to Cheer For? Here's our Birder's Guide to the Playoffs.

Not Sure What NBA Team to Cheer For? Here's our Birder's Guide to the Playoffs.

— It's the postseason. It's fall migration. What a time to be alive.
The University of Illinois Might Make a Kingfisher Its New Mascot. It should!

The University of Illinois Might Make a Kingfisher Its New Mascot. It should!

— Spencer Hulsey, a former U of I student, began the campaign last year. This Monday the school's Senate will vote on the proposal.