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Missing BirdNote in Your Facebook Feed?

Get your moment with nature — and birds — every day!Facebook has changed the algorithm it uses to determine what appears on your news feed. That means you may not see — or hear — BirdNote each day. To continue enjoying remarkable stories about the lives of birds, we invite you to prioritize... read more »

Love Among the Pigeons

Edmonds Marina — and love is in the air. Actually, on the dock. Gregg Thompson caught these Rock Pigeons in a very public interlude. Rather than try to describe the action, we'll just let you make up captions for yourselves!###All photos are © Gregg Thompson and may not be used without permission... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  behavior

What does it take to record the world’s birds?

What does it take to record the world’s birds? BirdNote and Cornell Lab of Ornithology producer and photographer Gerrit Vyn take you deep into the Brazilian forest in search of the critically-endangered Araripe Manakin — and deep inside the Lab’s archive.By Gerrit Vyn, Mary McCann and BirdNote... read more »

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Snipe Hunt!

Gregg Thompson went hunting for good photos of shorebirds in the rich wetlands of Juanita Bay, east of Seattle. He found several Wilson’s Snipes showing off their hunting skills.Cryptic brown, tan, and gray markings can make a Wilson’s Snipe hard to find in wet, open habitats like these mud flats... read more »

We sent our reporter out to find a rare species... the teen birder

Elisa Yang loves birds, and she won’t take no for an answer.By Shahla FarzanToday we’re taking you back to high school, to meet some teenage birders. They’re a species rarely seen in the wild. It’s kind of hard to be a teen birder. You’re most likely the only one in your school. And if you... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, birdwatching

Red-tails Get Mobbed

For several weeks, avian photographer William Jobes chronicled the events at and near the nest of a pair of Red-tailed Hawks in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. When he first discovered the nest, a single fledgling of a few weeks old was the sole offspring occupant. Both adults were active in and... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting, photography

Canada Geese Caption Comments

BirdNote Facebook fans are so clever! We asked for a caption to this photo by Mike Hamilton of two Canada Geese, and here's what our fans came up with: read more »

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Topics & Themes:  humor, photography

A Trick of the Light . . .

Anna's Hummingbirds sparkle with iridescence... with their emerald green back and hot pink throats — known as gorgets. But wait! Catch them in a certain light, and the sparkle goes away, or entirely new and vibrant colors appear. The microscopic structure of the feather barbules — not pigments —... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  plumage

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 (while supplies last).As an independently funded and produced program, we rely on the support of our listeners to pursue our mission. Thank you... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography

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 »

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