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How Free Is a Free-range Chicken?

It can be confusing to buy truly free-range chicken and eggs at the grocery store. The next time you’re at the store, take a close look at the labels. Chickens raised for meat or eggs... chickens that spend their days outside pecking for bugs, grubs, and fresh green vegetation... are best known... read more »

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Send Us a Postcard ... Drop Us a Line...

We want to hear from you!Do you have a cool story about birds and your connection with them? If so, we'd love to hear from you. You don't have to be a bird expert, although if you are, that's OK, too. The main thing is — we'd love to know what inspires you about birds and why. Which ones? Do they... read more »

Biking Thousands of Miles ... for Birds

11,500That's how many miles Dorian Anderson had biked when I met him on the coast of Washington State in late August. He'd averaged nearly 50 miles a day since he started from his home state of Massachusetts on the morning of January 1. The weather on his first day was freezing with a stiff wind ... read more »

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Helping Birds Avoid Colliding with Glass

Birds colliding with glass is a real problem, especially during migration. Many cities have initiated Lights Out! programs, which helps. And there are things that homeowners can do, too. BirdNote's Chris Peterson interviewed Christine Sheppard of the American Bird Conservancy about the problem... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  flight, human interaction

Rat Poison - Bird-safe Alternatives

August, 2014 - GOOD NEWS! Thanks to American Bird Conservancy and others, Reckitt Benckiser has agreed to pull 12 d-CON products off the market! Check the transcript to learn of alternatives for dealing with pests.When birds of prey die from rodenticides, it’s a double whammy, because there are... read more »

Snowy Egret - Killer Hats

Today you’ll find Snowy Egrets in the south and central United States and in remnant wetlands along the Atlantic coast. But once, they were rare. During the late 1800s, millions of birds – including Snowy Egrets – were killed annually to adorn the hats of fashionable ladies. Outraged citizens... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

The Year of Listening Carefully, With Kurt Hoelting

Writer Kurt Hoelting spent a year not driving his car, or riding in a jet, to reduce his use of fossil fuels. During his adventure in local living, he made an important discovery: “I noticed, maybe six weeks into the year, that I could really begin to feel the pace of my own body slowing down –... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Finding Adventure in The Circumference of Home

Kurt Hoelting – a writer, wilderness guide, and commercial fisherman – went car-free and jet-free for one year to reduce his carbon footprint. Instead, he traveled by foot, kayak, and bicycle. Drawing a 60-mile radius around his home, Kurt explored the land within the circumference – and... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  human interaction, reflection

Interview with Jeff Wells

Dr. Jeff Wells, senior scientist with the Boreal Songbird Initiative, has published The Birder's Conservation Handbook. With profiles of 100 North American birds at risk, Dr. Wells also offers suggestions that can help stem the decline of birds - including this White-throated Sparrow - which nest... read more »

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Wilson's Warbler near Summer's End

By early August, the rich yellow of the feathers of the Wilson's Warbler seems to flash in every forest thicket. Despite predators and weather, many pairs of adults have raised four young, which now flit about on their own. The young males hatched this spring learned their father's songs this... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  migration

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