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Next Generation

Environmental Education ProgrammingEach year, BirdNote Next Generation awards grants to three or four environmental education programs to incorporate BirdNote media into their curricula. BirdNote also contracts with three or four media producers each year to create new media about, by, and for... read more »

Horned Grebe Catches a Bay Pipefish

Photographer Gregg Thompson watched a Horned Grebe catch — and eat — a bay pipefish at the Edmonds Marina on Puget Sound in Washington State.Wondering how this bird got the descriptor "Horned"? Check out its breeding plumage!Gregg writes: "Bay pipefish are family relatives of seahorses. The males... read more »

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The Amazing Whiskered Treeswift

The Whiskered Treeswift is the smallest of four species of treeswifts. Treeswifts are closely related to swifts, but unlike the latter, treeswifts are able to perch. And that perching makes for the ultimate camouflage of a treeswift's nest. Photographer Con Foley spotted these birds in the Panti... read more »

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Harlequin Ducks at Alki Beach

Photographer Gregg Thompson encountered these handsome male Harlequin Ducks at Alki Beach in Seattle, Washington.Could Gregg have been spotted?Putting the "histrionic" in Histrionicus histrionicus:Check out this BirdNote show about Harlequin Ducks:The Hardy Harlequin###All photos © Gregg Thompson... read more »

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An Osprey Goes Fishing

The Osprey is the only North American raptor to eat fish almost exclusively, and it's well adapted to do so. To help grip its slippery prey, the talons of the Osprey have barbed pads and a reversible outer toe with two (extremely sharp) talons in front and two in back — unusual among birds of... read more »

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Travel with BirdNote to Texas Hill Country

Join us April 10-18, 2019, as we team up with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours to visit the Texas Hill Country!-> View the full itinerary and sign up here! <-In a state brimming with natural history and cultural attractions, few regions of Texas hold greater allure than the famed Hill Country... read more »

Black Oystercatchers

A few summers ago, photographer Gregg Thompson followed a Black Oystercatcher family near the Tsawwassen Ferry dock outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. Look at the way they change as they grow!# # #All photos are © Gregg Thompson and may not be used without permission.Check out this story... read more »

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5 Things to Do for Birds in the Autumn – And One Thing for Yourself!

 Autumn ... Feels like a new year.We all remember the feeling of starting back to school at the end of summer. A serious change of scenes and seasons. And there's a lot to be done for the birds, too. With winter coming on, think of what you can do to help...1. Clean out your nestboxes.It's a... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdfeeding, gardening

Celebrating "National Wildlife Refuge Week"

National Wildlife Refuge Week - October 14 - 20, 2018Lots of Free Activities Across the Country!What Are You Doing to Celebrate?Green Jay     © Joanne KamoThe Green Jays of Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge - Listen NowPectoral Sandpiper     © Joanne... read more »

Female Anna's Hummingbird Preening

Living year round along the Pacific Coast of the US and into the Southwest, Anna's Hummingbirds are territorial, feisty little favorites at backyard feeders. This female was photographed perched and preening by Mike Hamilton.Check out these BirdNote shows about Anna's Hummingbirds:Who Was Anna... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  photography, plumage

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