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Bird’s Nest Soup Is More Popular Than Ever, Thanks to Swiftlet House Farms

Bird’s Nest Soup Is More Popular Than Ever, Thanks to Swiftlet House Farms

— Across Southeast Asia, people are hosting swiftlets to harvest their valuable nests. But the status of the bird's wild population remains precarious.
The Story Behind the Foul-Mouthed ‘Effin’ Birds’ Twitter Account

The Story Behind the Foul-Mouthed ‘Effin’ Birds’ Twitter Account

— Crude and sarcastic birds are suddenly invading people’s feeds, and the man responsible couldn’t be happier.
Read an Excerpt From Noah Strycker's Book on His Record-Breaking Year of Birds

Read an Excerpt From Noah Strycker's Book on His Record-Breaking Year of Birds

— Strycker recounts all the gritty and glorious details of his 2015 global Big Year in "Birding Without Borders."
This Japanese Woodcarver Helps the Blind See Birds Through Touch

This Japanese Woodcarver Helps the Blind See Birds Through Touch

— Haruo Uchiyama sculpts intricate, life-size birds to teach the world about evolution and extinction. His current mission: modeling 40 species of Hawaiian honeycreepers.
Greater Sage-Grouse Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

Greater Sage-Grouse Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

— In his new book, photographer Noppadol Paothong focuses his lens on the iconic bird throughout its life cycle.
Reimagining the Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

— Dianne Bennett drops her bucolic bluebirds into an environment humming with human activity.
Watch ‘Birds of May,’ a New Documentary About Red Knots

Watch ‘Birds of May,’ a New Documentary About Red Knots

— The film explores the growing debate over the environmental impact of oyster farms in Delaware Bay, an important stopover site for the threatened shorebirds.
You Need to See These Hooded Grebes Perform Their Bonkers Mating Display

You Need to See These Hooded Grebes Perform Their Bonkers Mating Display

— A new film offers a rare glimpse of the critically endangered bird's dazzling courtship moves on the windswept plateaus of Patagonia.
‘Ravens,’ One of the 20th Century's Best Photography Books, Is Back on Shelves

‘Ravens,’ One of the 20th Century's Best Photography Books, Is Back on Shelves

— Masahisa Fukase’s seminal series on loss and solitude, channeled through corvids, is an avant-garde work of self-reflection.
How to Go From Watching Birds to Drawing Them

How to Go From Watching Birds to Drawing Them

— Sketching while outdoors or even at home will broaden your birding skill set and add a whole new dimension to the hobby.