It’s not very often that I see kids out birding, which is surprising. That’s not to say birding is easy, just that I know it is something lots of kids would like. I’ve done birding presentations at schools, mainly for younger kids such as 1st or 2nd graders.
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Spring generally means that winter doldrums and gloominess are left behind. The birds are back and singing, the flowers are blooming, and the air is warm, which always means paradise in Central Texas!
To birds, Hawaii is a troubled paradise. The islands used to teem with exotic and endemic species, but since the arrival of humans these native birds have been decimated. At low elevations, the combination of habitat degradation, invasive species, and malaria has eliminated practically all of the native birds.
Birding: Past, Present, and Future Challenges and Opportunities (a young birder's report from the 21st Annual Mass Audubon Birders Meeting)
By John Shamgochian In March I had the opportunity to attend the 21st Annual Mass Audubon Birders Meeting, held in at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. In recounting the experiences given us by this enthralling [...]
I started birding just over three years ago. My interest in birds came almost out of nowhere. In the fall of 2009, I took my bird to the vet, where I realized that there are adults who work with birds for a living. The moment I had that realization, I was done for.
The migrants are back! It’s been a late spring here in New York, but it’s finally arrived. April has banished winter for good, and the woods are beginning to fill with the sounds of returning songbirds.
Southeast Arizona is home to a dazzling array of beautiful and rare birds, but one species is foremost in the minds of birders travelling to the region than any other: the Elegant Trogon. On Camp Chiricahua last summer, the bird was never far from our thoughts, given that it graced the cover of all of our checklists.
After seeing the Horned Guans, we returned to camp. It was hot and humid, but it is always like that in the cloud forest. Meanwhile, various Black-throated Jays were making noise and flying about high in the trees. There was some Common Bush Tanager activity, and moving around with them we also found a small Rufous-browned Wren.
By Alberto Lobato(translated by Jennie Duberstein) The El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, located in the south of the Mexican state of Chiapas and decreed in 1990, encompasses an area of approximately 119,117 hectares (about 294,345 acres). [...]
When I was asked to write a bit about my experiences with the Young Birder of the Year contest, I was thrilled. There is so much to write about! The YBY contest was not only engaging and educational, but most importantly fun.