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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.
How an Acclaimed Composer Found His Musical Voice Through Birdsong

How an Acclaimed Composer Found His Musical Voice Through Birdsong

— Decades after a songbird's whirling melody set him on a new artistic path, John Luther Adams is more determined than ever to help us hear the planet's power and wild beauty—and fight to protect it.
‘It’s a Bird’ Is a New Comic Written by Central Park Birder Christian Cooper

‘It’s a Bird’ Is a New Comic Written by Central Park Birder Christian Cooper

— The story, which is loosely inspired by Cooper's racist encounter in the park, is the first in the digital "Represent!" series from DC Comics.
Finding a Constant in Nature During the Uncertainty of a Pandemic

Finding a Constant in Nature During the Uncertainty of a Pandemic

— Birds, the Trinity River Audubon Center, and nature provide stability for me when everything else feels so changeable.
Remembering Toni Morrison, the Bird Whisperer

Remembering Toni Morrison, the Bird Whisperer

— A year after Morrison’s passing, a journalist and birder reflects on how her time with the cherished author changed her relationship with birds—and with herself.
Searching for Elusive Blakiston's Fish Owls in the Ancient Forests of Primorye

Searching for Elusive Blakiston's Fish Owls in the Ancient Forests of Primorye

— Jonathan Slaght ventures into far-east Russia to locate the enormous raptors in this excerpt from his new book 'Owls of the Eastern Ice.'
These Bird-Inspired Dance Albums Deliver Catchy Beats and Conservation Funding

These Bird-Inspired Dance Albums Deliver Catchy Beats and Conservation Funding

— By merging his love of nature with his talents DJing, British music producer Robin Perkins is at the forefront of a new wave of electronica.
One of These Birds Should Be Washington, D.C.'s New Football Mascot

One of These Birds Should Be Washington, D.C.'s New Football Mascot

— The NFL team's racist name is finally gone. The Birdist has some suggestions for what should replace it.