Looking for Hoatzins in the mangroves of the Brazilian Amazon. Tom Fowlks


Birding the United States

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7 Destinations For Viewing Spectacular Wildflower Blooms
March 25, 2024 — Catch the bonanza of color unfurling in mountain meadows, lush forests, and desert dunes across the United States—and see some birds, too.
A man speaks to a group of people next to a statue of Harriet Tubman at a historic site.
Explore Black Heritage at These Southern Birding Destinations
June 15, 2023 — Go beyond birds in three regions where natural history and Black history are intertwined.
Bald Eagles to Bluegrass: Birding Celebrations Happening This Fall
September 20, 2019 — Novice and experienced birders alike will find food, music, community, and plenty of birds at meetings and festivals around the country.
13 Fun Bird Events to Fill Your Summer Calendars
May 31, 2019 — From birding festivals to exhibits, the coming months offer an array of activities for avian aficionados.
Seeing Endangered Whooping Cranes Step Through the Fog of Extinction
May 10, 2019 — I traveled to southern Texas to see a wintering population of the birds now 500-strong—a major comeback from just 15 cranes in 75 years.
Get Yourself to Indiana's First National Park, Where the Birds Abound
April 25, 2019 — With an upcoming festival celebrating spring migration, it’s time to explore the rare habitats and hundreds of species at Indiana Dunes.
17 Fabulous Fall Birding Events
October 03, 2018 — From watching hawks on the wing as they funnel south to attending action-packed birding festivals, avian activities abound in autumn.
How Ecotourists Can Avoid Getting Greenwashed
September 28, 2018 — These resources and tips help ensure that eco-minded travelers' dollars make a difference for wildlife and local people.
Alcatraz Is Being Overrun by Seabirds, But Who’s Complaining?
August 09, 2018 — Fifty-five years after the infamous prison closed, “The Rock” now hosts thousands of nesting gulls, cormorants, guillemots, and more.
Turn a Routine Layover into a Mini Birding Adventure
April 25, 2018 — These five avian hotpots near major airport hubs make for easy mid-trip departures.