Culture

Five Fantastic New Birdy and Nature-Themed Books for Kids

— Winter is prime time to delve into the rich, thrilling, and instructive worlds evoked by the written word.

Six Books for Bird Nerds and Nature Lovers

— These new titles make ideal gifts—or go ahead and treat yourself.
A man looks at a disheveled raptor standing on a table looking back at him.

A Poetic New Film Follows Two Dedicated Brothers Saving Delhi’s Black Kites

— In director Shaunak Sen’s acclaimed documentary “All That Breathes,” the lives of the Indian brothers and the city’s ubiquitous raptors are set against a backdrop of pollution and political unrest.
A man with glasses, wearing a blue t-shirt, stands in  a forest.

Best-Selling Author Jeff VanderMeer Finds That Nature Is Stranger Than Fiction

— The novelist attained fame with gripping works of eco-fiction. How hard could it be to rewild his own backyard?
An oil painting of a brightly-colored Western Tanager, modeled after clay, crossing a rocky expanse.

The Western Tanager of Tomorrow

— George Boorujy’s evocative artwork depicts a colorful migratory songbird in a climate-devastated future.

A Long-Running Ode to the All the *&#% Birders See

— A 10-year-old Facebook group celebrates the surprising and weird sightings that can mark a birding trip—no actual birds required.

What's In a Bird Name?

— More than 100 North American birds carry the names of people, some of whom were enslavers, supremacists, or grave robbers. A growing movement aims to do away with honorifics all together and bestow monikers that reflect each species' unique qualities

California Has a Peacock Problem

— Feral peafowl have turned neighbor against neighbor in Los Angeles, where they claw up gardens, peck at car fenders, and belt out their songs at all hours. Is a more harmonious coexistence possible?
An Indigo Bunting sings on top of a sunflower.

Listen to the Birds Today

— Some days, they sing messages of peril. But some days, they sing songs of beauty and hope.
An artistic rendition of a Wood Thrush lays flat against tea-soaked paper. Made entirely out of foraged materials found in nature.

The Foraged Wood Thrush

— Jessica Maffia merges her artistic talents with her enthusiasm for nature in a plant-based representation of the Wood Thrush.