The Birding Life

Open Mic: Birding opens up a new appreciation for the Sonoran Desert

In 2014 I was given the opportunity to go birding for the first time as part of a new All About Birds Program. Without previous experience, I decided to take the offer the staff at Ironwood Tree Experience gave me.

Open Mic: Birding opens up a new appreciation for the Sonoran Desert2016-12-01T10:02:42-05:00

Open Mic: Searching for Snowy Owls in Ohio

At the beginning of this year, I remembered missing the chance to spot a Snowy Owl when the bird stormed across the United States the previous winter, so I was determined to see one of these birds this winter.

Open Mic: Searching for Snowy Owls in Ohio2015-03-24T22:22:10-04:00

Open Mic: Fruits of the Future

It was a winter morning, the cloudy skies blocked out the brilliance of the sun. A chilly wind ran through the treetops like a group of mad, fast-moving invisible Capuchin monkeys. The branches of a nearby tree were shaking uncontrollably and the delicate stems could not support the weight of its leaves and blooming flowers.

Open Mic: Fruits of the Future2014-06-13T11:56:08-04:00

Open Mic: Owls and bringing new birders into the fold

A few years ago, I was watching my lifer Snowy Owl near Muskegon, Michigan, when a big van approached. A photographer, hefty lens and tripod in hand, got out. After setting up and snapping a few shots, he crept closer to the owl.

Open Mic: Owls and bringing new birders into the fold2014-03-11T09:36:42-04:00

Picidae: The Drummers of the Woods

Keeping the beat of the woods with their percussive knocks, Picidae, the woodpeckers, are distinctive birds with long beaks well-adapted to forage for food.

Picidae: The Drummers of the Woods2014-03-05T11:25:36-05:00

Birding in Wilderness

Few birders immerse themselves outside on extended trips into the wilderness, even though we do love the natural world. Although we work to preserve habitat for birds, we rarely visit large swaths of habitat, no matter how close they are to our backyards.

Birding in Wilderness2014-02-18T12:28:17-05:00

Open mic: 2014 Cape May Youth Autumn Birding Day

The Cape May Autumn Birding Festival is a weekend long event that is in its 68th year, making it the longest-running birding festival in North America. Birders from around the state and country gather to this migration hotspot to witness the spectacle of fall migration in New Jersey.

Open mic: 2014 Cape May Youth Autumn Birding Day2014-01-06T10:04:04-05:00

Hummingbirds

Most people have seen hummingbirds at least once in their lifetime, but how much do you really know about them? Hummingbirds are an incredibly diverse group. They belong to the family Trochilidae, and includes the read more >>

Hummingbirds2013-12-03T11:35:32-05:00

Learning and Birding at Conserve School

When I first arrived at Conserve School in northern Wisconsin, I knew that seeing a Black-capped Chickadee, one of my favorite birds, was a good omen.

Learning and Birding at Conserve School2013-03-25T11:17:00-04:00