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Field Notes

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

t]Meet 17-year-old Elisa Yang. She’s the founder and president of the California Young Birders Club. Shahla Farzan for BirdNote.[/caption]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... 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

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 »

American Wigeon, A Painting by Barry Kent MacKay

American Wigeon ... one of three species sharing the common nameIn the United Kingdom, the name is spelled “widgeon”, with a “d”, but the spelling used by the American Ornithologists Union “official” checklist of birds drops the letter “d”. Either way, there are three species sharing the name:... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  ornithology

Black Turnstones Head South

Black Turnstones are back at Alki! It's mid-August and Gregg Thompson is photographing Black Turnstones returning to the Puget Sound area for the winter. And he's trying to sort through the group, studying different plumages and ages. Most of these birds are adult non-breeders or adults coming... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  plumage

Ben Mirin, a.k.a. DJ Ecotone

Tweets into beats:We asked Wildlife DJ Ben Mirin to remix our theme songSound artist Ben Mirin travels the world collecting the sounds of nature.His energy is incredible. Ben, better known as DJ Ecotone, takes the sounds he finds and remixes them into frenetic, electronic compositions — he’s a... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  recording

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