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Field Notes

Converting Pastures to Forest in Hawai'i

BirdNote producer John Kessler writes about spending a day in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge with Jack Jeffrey. For more than 25 years, Jack was the senior field biologist there and has overseen the restoration of thousands of acres of natural forest vital to the endemic birds of the... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  ecology

The Skinny on Dippers

Brendan McGarry reflects on an aquatic songbird, the American Dipper. read more »

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Topics & Themes:  reflection

California Clapper Rail Study by the USGS

Book researcher, freelance writer, and photographer Ingrid Taylar was on hand in January 2009, when a US Geological Survey team from the Western Ecological Research Center arrived to band and radio-tag the remaining thousand or so California Clapper Rails in the Bay Area. Here's her story. read more »

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Topics & Themes:  science

What Listeners Are Saying About BirdNote

Four listeners share why BirdNote is important to them. Whether you are a new listener, a web visitor, or already a donor, your support is very important to us. We depend upon people like you. Help us to spread the message of bird conservation in 2013. read more »

When Birds and Buildings Collide, Part II

A description of a day rescuing and recovering migrating birds, with Annette Prince, Director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors read more »

When Birds and Buildings Collide, Part I

A Day Rescuing and Recovering Migrating Birds-- With Annette Prince, Director of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors Part I: Rescue – On the Streets of Downtown ChicagoFall and spring, hundreds of thousands of migrating birds collide with glass buildings in downtown areas. On Sunday, October 21,... read more »

Too Many Doves?

Too Many Doves?    I recently did a post called Mourning Doves by the Numbers, which had some interesting stats in it, like one that states that Mourning Doves can breed up to 6 times each summer. Being from the Chicagoland area, I like to say that they "breed early and breed often"!All... read more »

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Pleasure Beach: A Place for Birds and People

Striking a balance between the needs of threatened birds and humans isn't always easy. On a May morning, a brilliant sun shines down on a Connecticut shoreline. Flocks of shorebirds, some of them state or federally threatened, swoop onto deserted beaches with few visible signs that humans were... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Owls Vocalizing in Fall

Why do owls ramp up their territorial calls during fall while most songbirds have already ramped down? read more »

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The Things That Wings Can Tell You About a Bird

One of the reasons we birders are so fascinated by our feathered friends is certainly related to their mastery of the air. They can fly and our terrestrial species has always viewed flight as an enviable, sometimes magical ability. read more »

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Topics & Themes:  flight, plumage, science

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