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Field Notes

Adventure in the Galapagos July 2018

Following the path of Darwin on a natural history exploration of the Galápagos Islands, July 2018. A great trip!By any measure, the Galápagos Islands are one of the world’s most exciting travel destinations. The sheer abundance of wildlife, the amazing volcanic setting, and the historical... read more »


Eastern Kingbirds Feeding Chicks

Photographer Gregg Thompson watched Eastern Kingbirds feeding their chicks and shared photos of a “...sequence both amusing and interesting at the same time.The adult comes in with some food. Sometimes all of the chicks and other times just the closest beg, and the adult drops the food in their... read more »

Topics & Themes:  nesting

Red-winged Blackbirds on the Attack

What's up with this Red-winged Blackbird? He's mad as can be, and you'd better watch out, no matter what species you are! Tom Gray spotted this handsome male in Shoreline Park, in Mountain View, California.Tales abound of these birds "hitching rides" on the backs of larger birds. And what's the... read more »

Topics & Themes:  photography

Plan Your Next Birding Trip!

Planning a trip? We’ve pulled together some online resources that can help you find that special place for birdwatching—or special bird—on that family vacation across the state or that business trip to the other side of the world. read more »

Topics & Themes:  birding, birdwatching

Anna's Babies

“Judging from the comments, baby hummingbirds rank right up there with teddy bears for cuteness,” says Mike Hamilton. On a rather "bleak" day of birding, Mike happened upon someone observing an Anna's Hummingbird nest with two babies. Lucky for us! That very morning, these chicks had been... read more »

Topics & Themes:  photography

Young people are discovering nature in Denver's urban oasis

“You don’t have to look very far to see the impact of climate change,” says 15-year-old Asher Millikan, at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge just outside Denver. Photo by Meredith Turk for BirdNote.The Arsenal was saved by birds. Now, this young woman is ready to save it again... read more »


BirdNote Live - The Podcast!

Nearly 700 people joined us for BirdNote Live in Seattle. Photo by Tom Collins for KNKX.Birds are with us everywhere. They animate our stories, inform our art and music, and reveal startling truths about the world we share.Host Mary McCann joined with special guests Barbara Earl Thomas, Dr. J.... read more »

Dear BirdNote ... Love Sylvia

There’s no greater thrill than receiving letters like this one. Check out Sylvia’s Barred Owl at the bottom!And here are just a few of the notes we’ve received from listeners just like you. Thanks for your support of storytelling that tunes listeners into birds and nature, and inspires action! read more »

Why Is That Bird Part White? Leucism!

If you see a bird with abnormal white feathers or washed-out plumage, that bird may have a genetic condition called leucism, (pronounced LUKE-ism). Leucism prevents pigments from reaching some — or sometimes all — of a bird’s feathers. Check out these photos of leucistic birds by several BirdNote... read more »

Topics & Themes:  plumage

BirdNote for All

A hearty thank you to all of our 2018 GiveBIG donors!Thanks to you, listener-supported BirdNote opens the door — to birds, to nature, and to conservation — for all!Through the art of joyful storytelling, BirdNote transports listeners out of the grueling demands of the day and into the calming,... read more »