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Field Notes

Anna's Hummingbird Family

This delightful Anna's Hummingbird family was photographed by Gregg Thompson. In three weeks, the hatchlings grew to fledglings under the watchful and tireless eye of their mother.The chicks are snug in a tiny, marvelous nest made of bits of leaves, twigs, lichen, bound together and anchored in... read more »

Conserving Cerulean Warbler Habitat

Did you know that the United States shares many migratory songbird species with our neighbors in Central and South America?Follow us along the migratory path of the beautiful Cerulean Warbler. And learn what the Rainforest Alliance is doing to conserve the bird’s breeding habitat in Appalachia... read more »

Dr. Bill Keppler's Responsible Stewardship

This blog is the first in a series about the ways that members of the BirdNote community are working to #BringBirdsBack.“We all have a responsibility. It’s not so much conservation. It’s what I call responsible stewardship of our planet.”— Dr. William KepplerEvery day, BirdNote transports... read more »

The Dawn Song of Spring

BirdNote recently received a letter from Sylvia Sibley, age 9, describing her profound experience hearing the dawn song of her neighborhood birds. We hope you enjoy her story, which captures the wonder of nature’s daybreak symphony . . .Today I want to share with you one of the most amazing... read more »

Earth Day 2020 - 50 Years!

Earth Day, the 50th anniversary. On April 22, 1970, deep in the middle of the Vietnam War, we still had concerns for the natural world … cities thick with smog, pesticides taking their toll on birds, rivers on fire. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin had come up with the idea of a national day... read more »

Teshekpuk Lake

Black Brant © Pipers Creek, Flickr Creative CommonsAccording to National Audubon: The nearly 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska -- or NPR-A -- supports a stunning diversity and abundance of wildlife.Why Is Teshekpuk Lake Important?BirdNote science advisor and writer,... read more »


Birding from Inside

Jason McCue is the newest member of the BirdNote communications team. A recent graduate of Seattle University’s environmental studies program, he is excited to work with the incredible BirdNote team and community of listeners.Ahh, how I’ve longed for April. The winter is coming to an end, making... read more »

Creating a Garden Paradise for Birds - And Humans

A Top Ten Guide —1. If you plant it, they will comeSelect native plants for your gardenNative Plants Attract Native BirdsBirds and BerriesHummingbird HavenOctober Planting for WildlifePileated ApplepeckersRobins and Berries in Winter 2. Variety is the spice of lifeA variety of food sources... read more »

Nature's Goggles - Nictitating Membranes

They're there and then they're gone — literally in the blink of an eye!The nictitating membrane is a “third eyelid” that extends from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner. You may see it when a bird (like this Black Vulture) – or certain other creature – blinks. Thinner and more... read more »

Topics & Themes:  photography, science

BirdNote Turns 15!

On February 21, 2005, BirdNote first took flight!15 years and 1500 shows later, we're still delighting listeners around the world with stories of inspiration and hope. During this special anniversary, we honor the people who launched the program, nurtured its growth, and continue making... read more »