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Costa Rica with BirdNote, March 20 - April 1, 2018

Costa Rica, March 20 - April 1, 2018 - Join us as we team up with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours to visit Costa Rica!View the entire itinerary and sign up here.Small, friendly, and close to home, Costa Rica is one of the world’s premier birding destinations. With habitats ranging from lowland... read more »

Adventure in the Galapagos

Follow the path of Darwin on a complete natural history exploration of the famed Galápagos Islands, July 6-15, 2018.By any measure, the Galápagos Islands are one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations. The sheer abundance of wildlife, the amazing volcanic setting, and the historical... read more »

2018 Birds of BirdNote Calendar

The 2018 BirdNote calendar is here! Give $120 or more — or sign up for a gift of $10 a month or more — and we’ll send you a copy with our compliments.As an independently funded and produced program, we rely on the support of our listeners to pursue our mission. Thank you!BirdNote stories – joyful... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

Late Summer Shorebirds

Celebrating Shorebirds!It's late summer and all across North America, millions of shorebirds — sandpipers and plovers — are on the move. Seattle photographer Gregg Thompson has been following the annual pilgrimage for the last few years.Here's a handful of the birds he's seen. Thanks, Gregg... read more »

American Wigeon, A Painting by Barry Kent MacKay

American Wigeon ... one of three species sharing the common nameIn the United Kingdom, the name is spelled “widgeon”, with a “d”, but the spelling used by the American Ornithologists Union “official” checklist of birds drops the letter “d”. Either way, there are three species sharing the name:... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  ornithology

The Kids Are Growin' Up

Summertime — and this year's baby birds are growing up. Mike Hamilton's camera has found themunfurling new feathers, practicing essential skills, and sometimes . . . looking a little confused by it all.[We've named the birds below their pictures, so you can guess what they are. Have fun!]This... read more »

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Black Turnstones Head South

Black Turnstones are back at Alki! It's mid-August and Gregg Thompson is photographing Black Turnstones returning to the Puget Sound area for the winter. And he's trying to sort through the group, studying different plumages and ages. Most of these birds are adult non-breeders or adults coming... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  plumage

Ben Mirin, a.k.a. DJ Ecotone

Tweets into beats:We asked Wildlife DJ Ben Mirin to remix our theme songSound artist Ben Mirin travels the world collecting the sounds of nature.His energy is incredible. Ben, better known as DJ Ecotone, takes the sounds he finds and remixes them into frenetic, electronic compositions — he’s a... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  recording

Eastern Kingbirds Feeding Chicks

Photographer Gregg Thompson watched Eastern Kingbirds feeding their chicks and shared photos of a “...sequence both amusing and interesting at the same time.The adult comes in with some food. Sometimes all of the chicks and other times just the closest beg, and the adult drops the food in their... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Caspian Terns Tussle

At the Everett Marina in northwestern Washington State, photographer Gregg Thompson witnessed a serious squabble between two Caspian Terns: “This was on feeding grounds, and there were lots of birds in the same area. These two guys kept going at it. Lots of screeching. Stopped fighting and then... read more »

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