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Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city. Many were specifically established for migratory birds and are strategically positioned along one of the four major North American migration flyways. Others were established to protect specific bird species or subspecies.

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Budget Friendly Tips for Your New Rescue

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If you have decided to give a dog a second chance by rescuing them from a dog shelter or rescue group, good for you! Not only can you feel great about the choice you made to save a life, your.

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Fall Hawk Migration Hotspots

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Our favorite birds of prey fly south. “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird. I would fly about the earth. seeking the successive autumns.” (George Eliot). Appearing now (or very soon) at a Flyway near you – fall raptor migration! Thanks to HawkCount.org for sharing tallies from over 300 North American (and Central American) sites.

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15 Hummingbirds that Can Only Be Seen in or Near Costa Rica

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A couple of the biggest of bird families are restricted to the Americas. Both can be found in nearly every available habitat, one is infamous for giving birders identification malaise, the other for putting on dazzling natural shows of grit and iridescence. Just about anywhere a birder ventures, the miniscule members of the latter family can be seen, and in most tropical locales, it’s not just one species.

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Rwanda Dreaming

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The beginning of the northern summer is a good time (as any) to dream of some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. No, I am not talking of Brazil or Columbia, they are not just in the tropics but more importantly, they are officially huge. When you compare the species richness not per country, but per square kilometre, that is when you get a more realistic picture, and then those tiny tropical countries rightfully stand out in the spotlights.

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The Cherokee National Forest just got bigger!

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616 acres added in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s still possible (amidst the scurry to take from public lands) to protect our pristine wilderness areas. Through multi-partnerships, cooperation, federal funding, and the private conservation efforts of one family, 616 acres were officially added to the Cherokee National Forest in September 2018.

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where? I discovered this cover-photo map somewhere at the BirdLife International’s website. It illustrates the bird richness per country. And what does it tell us, other than the obvious “head for South America” or perhaps Indonesia?

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of June 2018?

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In terms of migration excitement, June feels like the party you arrived at just a little late. Everyone still seems to having a ball, but the merriment isn’t flowing quite as freely as it was before. Live it up, though, because, with a few weeks, the migration party may really be over! I’m prepping for a big birding bonanza in Honduras (!!!!

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Birds of Prey of the East & Birds of Prey of the West: Review of Two Field Guides

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There are 35 raptor species that have a presence in the United States and Canada, 56 (more or less) if you count by subspecies, and they are all covered in admirable, exhausting, unbelievable detail in B irds of Prey of the East: A Field Guide and Birds of Prey of the West: A Field Guide by Brian K. Wheeler. These guides are sequels, updates, and complements to Wheeler’s previous classic books, Raptors of Eastern North America and Raptors of Western North America (PUP, 2003), now out-of-print an

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How to Bird by Car

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When for whatever reason you may no longer be much of a walker, that shouldn’t be a reason not to be a birder. A car is the obvious solution. When it’s sunny, you have the shade you want; when it’s cold, you can turn on the heating; when it’s windy, you can close the windward window. And you can also use your car speakers to play that owl call. What sort of a car would be the best choice?

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House Finches Feeding on Seaside Goldenrod

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While birding out at the coast of Queens this year I have noticed on several occasions a variety of birds, mostly finches, feeding on the seeds of Seaside Goldenrod ( Solidago sempervirens ), the salt-tolerant, butterfly-sustaining, and absolutely gorgeous coastal aster. Though the flowers are long gone, along with the trademark, bright yellow coloration, they still sustain life through the many seeds still attached to the plant.

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The Little Big Year: Week 40 – Last week in CR, and The Quetzal!

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Our trip to Costa Rica has come to an end, and sadly, it ended with one of the best weeks of birding in the entire year. We spent to bulk of the week in the San Isidro El General area, staying there as well as up in the Quizarra area. We had three nights in The Birders Retreat Air BnB, two nights in San Isidro proper, and then back to Quizarra to stay at the Valle de Luna BNB for our last night.

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How to See 300 Bird Species in 3 Days

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Birds can be enjoyed in a wide variety of ways. Those of us who chase rare birds for our counties, states, or other human-made geographical distinctions watch birds for more reasons than the twitch. For example, we might just enjoy the calls and antics of those White-throated Sparrows while searching for a Harris’s. Most folks who live for a twitch also marvel over a flock of Evening Grosbeaks bounding through winter skies, and love the goldfinches that frequent a backyard feeder.

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The Lake of Beasts: Kerkini, Greece

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With only a few more days left, 2017 was coming to a close. Birdwise, it turned out to be a good one and my year list was almost 400 species long, which made me happy… almost. I needed 4 more birds to round it up to 400, and as I said, I had only a few more days left. At home, I may find a new bird, perhaps two, but four? The solution? The Kerkini Lake.

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7 State Parks for Fall Colors and Birding

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Leaves and birds in the Appalachian Mountains. From now through the first week of November (2018) autumn leaves are peaking along the ridges and valleys of the Appalachians. This time of year is doubly good if you’re also a birder! Here is a list of my favorite mountain state parks to visit during the first brisk days of fall (and into the winter). North Bend State Park, West Virginia.

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Hummer Time

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Angela Minor has lived, traveled, and birded from the southern U.S. to the Rocky Mountains and beyond, Alaska, throughout the Caribbean, and in seven countries in Europe. As a freelance travel writer, she authors the state park birding series at Bird Watcher’s Digest, writes for several travel publications including Blue Ridge Country, Smoky Mountain Living, World of Cruising, and serves as a field editor for Birds & Blooms.

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What Was Your First Bird of 2019?

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It’s 2019! Happy New Year! What was your first bird of the year? Share it, and the story, in the comment section. Hopefully, it was a good one and not a pigeon! The post What Was Your First Bird of 2019? appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Kicking Off the Bird Count Season at Cangreja, Costa Rica

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December is a busy time in Costa Rica. The end of the scholastic year coincides with the commencement of the “summer”dry season and a host of festivities to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. The end results are steady lines of traffic marching to crowded beaches, more visitors to the country’s famed national parks, and a parade or two where drunken wannabe cowboys on prancing horses add local spice to the festive mayhem.

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Urban birds, urban birding… is there a future?

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White-tailed Eagles normally take flight silently, yet, while checking some Common Starlings and hoping for Rosy Starlings , I heard a few noisy wing-beats, enough to turn and see a young eagle flying with a wing tag. Hidden from my view, it stood on a nearby tree and if it weren’t for those clumsy beats, I wouldn’t have noticed it. To prove more how young and inexperienced it was, the eagle even landed on the ground a mere 15 metres behind my car.

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The Joy of Bird Feeding: A Book Review by a Birder who Loves Her Feeder Birds

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Happy Second Day of the New Year, 10,000 Birds friends! I am still in the old year as I write this. Snow is falling lightly and it is difficult to concentrate on the screen because my feeder birds are turning out en masse for the delights I set out this morning: Northern Cardinals and Mourning Doves at the safflower seed, Carolina Chickadees flying in for one seed per trip, Red-bellied Woodpecker and Carolina Wren at the double suet feeder (the Red-bellied rules and the Wren flies off as he swoo

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Parks and Public Lands Win at the Polls

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Voters across the country support environmentally conscious ballot initiatives. Voters in several states had the opportunity to express their support (or condemnation) of various environmental (or anti-environmental) issues respectively in the recent election cycle. Results from November 2018 ballots indicate a large and dedicated block of voters who are concerned about the health of ecosystems, as well as the preservation of complex wilderness areas.

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Come@Me: Hummingbirds are Jerks

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Hummingbirds. Those lovely feathered sprites that visit our gardens, feeders, and even take part in adorable bathing practices on odd, red vases. So easy to love, admire and cherish! And yet…take a closer look and you won’t find any hummingbirds acting like cute little singing birds ready to perch on the finger of some lost, happy princess.

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Global Big Day in Costa Rica

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When it comes to initiatives that promote birding, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is hard to beat. The lab at Sapsucker Woods is where we find thousands of nature recordings housed at the Macauley Library. Numerous projects take place that monitor bird populations and help educate people of all ages about birds. The Lab also acts as the heart and soul for the very popular (and often addictive) citizen science gem known as eBird.

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Costa Rica’s Best Birds of Halloween

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The final days of October are naturally spooky, at least in the north. It gets darker earlier day by day. The Maples and Oaks are in a rush to drop their remaining leaves and “shut down” for several months. Increasingly cold winds play with the crumpled dead foliage and if we stop and listen carefully, the lurking, unfriendly breeze whispers, warns, “winter…” It’s a valid warning, much colder and darker days are coming and Halloween sits on the threshold of th

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Pseudonymns for Costa Rican Birds

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Some birds are too cool for just one name. Others have names that give us pause because they don’t seem to describe, to convey, what that bird is really all about. And then there are the names that are just too damn long, especially for the size of the bird. Try taking field notes on Common Tody-Flycatcher and Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant and you will know what I mean.

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DDT, oil spills, and a wall.

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360 miles of National Park land at the border! My first ‘protest’ memory involved putting pencil to notebook paper and writing the President about the harmful effects of DDT. The Weekly Reader had shocked everyone in class with news of Bald Eagles dying – and humans were to blame! As a youngster who loved to read, I thought the best way to stop this assault was with words.

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The Little Bird Year: Week 41 – Madera Canyon, Tucson Arizona

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We are finally getting settled this week, now that we are back from Costa Rica, and in what we refer to as our temporarily-permanent new home. Tucson Arizona is turning out to be a very birdy area. I have to admit I stole some parts of that phrase from the director of the Tucson Audubon Society, Jonathan E. Lutz. In a Thanksgiving note to all the members, he used that phrase, and I agree, the birding options here are pretty numerous.

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Come@Me: Snowy Owls are Superior in Every Way to Great Gray Owls

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Owls are mystical beasts that are well loved by both birders and those who casually look at birds. There are many species that captivate those looking at them: Burrowing Owls , Barn Owls , a variety of fishing-owls, Stygian Owl , Elf Owl , the list goes on and on. Great Gray Owls and Snowy Owls are two that come up a great deal in these discussions but there is really only one that should be mentioned.

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Starting Another Year of Birding in Costa Rica

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Not long ago, I had trouble sleeping because of these small, random explosions going off in my neighborhood. Each one was followed up by a litany of dog barks, some high in pitch, others low, far-carrying woofs. I fashioned ear plugs out of tissue, I tried sleeping on the downstairs couch (that would have worked but Ginger the hamster was running like crazy on her wheel), I did my best to get some sleep.

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To Drill, or Not to Drill? That’s the Wrong Question.

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As we enter the second century of protecting, preserving, and respecting our wild spaces, certainly no one would actually consider undoing, reversing, and exploiting our national parks, forests, and monuments. Right? And yet, it has begun. Minnesota’s Superior National Forest is now on the radar for underground mineral mining. In an area known for ‘the cleanest water in the world,’ 234,000 acres were sheltered from mining exploration…until now.

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