Fighting the Doldrums of Late February Birding

Steve Brenner|

Birding is a year-round activity. It’s probably one of the best things about it. But without a doubt there are peaks of activity that ignite the fire in all birders and gets the masses out every morning. Obviously, I’m talking about migration. We all crave it; those warm spring mornings in early May, teaming with melodic songs and endless possibilities. …

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A Re-Education in Relocation

Steve Brenner|

Much like birds, people sometimes have to move around in this crazy world – particularly in these modern times full of hyper-tech global markets and the ‘Very Big Corporations of America‘. Often the reasons for a relocation involve one’s work or career, and there are a plethora of variables and consequences to consider when such things happen. But given that …

The Bird with…*Spots*

Cameron Rutt|

Fieldwork in a new locale necessarily brings with it a steep learning curve. Everything is foreign from the lay of the land to the host of simplicities that we all take for granted in a familiar location, like knowing where to find those mundane features of ordinary life: ATMs, groceries, and other various appliances (try finding a decent spatula around …

Earth Day 2015: A Reflection and a Video Clip

Andy McGann|

Another year passes and another Earth Day comes and goes. One measly day. Twenty-four hours is essentially the blink of an eye. Compare it to the Earth as we experience it. Our planet took 4.54 billion years to get this way. For me, the attraction of Earth Day is the occasion to think beyond our day-to-day schedules and our short …

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Bird Beer

Steve Brenner|

There are some combinations in our world that just make sense – Peanut Butter and Jelly, Salt and Pepper, Hall and Oates, and of course; Birds and Beer. For those of us in the birding realm, birds and beer is a familiar phrase, nay, idea of perfect bliss. Whether thine holy union is achieved at bird festivals, with birding buddies …

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eBird: Agreeing to agree

Cameron Rutt|

eBird has done countless things to revolutionize birding, not the least of which includes elevating birding to a scientific pursuit, where a once recreational activity now has meaningful implications. What was once relegated to a single day of birding for most regions over the course of the year – the Christmas Bird Count – now occurs on a near daily …

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An indoor cat is a happy cat

Anna Fasoli|

As an avid birder, I will say that there is nothing that induces more rage in me than seeing a domestic cat stalking a native bird. I observe outdoor domestic cats daily on my drive to work, as I pass open expanses of agricultural fields containing farms where “farm cats” roam free.  I even pass a house that has a …

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Things That Look Like Snowy Owls

Steve Brenner|

With an apparent Snowy Owl invasion upon us this winter, the excitement over viewing such a majestic creature cannot be overstated. Snowy Owls are truly one of the natural world’s most awesome birds, and no one can fault you for being ecstatic about finding one in the Northeast, Midwest, or anywhere! Yet, regardless of location, weather conditions, or birding experience, …

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12 Steps to becoming a cooler birder

Luke Musher|

Listen, we all know that we don’t engage in the coolest of activities. I mean I think it’s cool, you hopefully think it’s cool, but quite frankly, it’s inherently nerdy and most sound people would agree. Any activity that requires a lot of “useless” knowledge (to be clear, I don’t think it’s actually useless), a large proportion of your time …

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Bird Nicknames

Steve Brenner|

Like any eclectic group of hobbyists and professionals, birders have slowly developed their own language. In the broad sense, many of these terms are second nature to us: lifer, dipping, MEGA, etc. This custom vernacular is essential to bird watching culture, and often times can be the quickest way to identify a sympathetic avian maniac versus an innocent bystander curious …