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Field Notes

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 »

Merganser Mojo

Gregg Thompson found a Red-breasted Merganser in gorgeous breeding plumage at Edmonds Marina north of Seattle. This male was making all the traditional courtship moves. We hope there was a receptive lady around to appreciate his skill and beauty.Our guy is getting ready: his crest is lowered.Now... read more »

Topics & Themes:  behavior

Missing BirdNote in Your Facebook Feed?

Get your moment with nature — and birds — every day!Facebook has changed the algorithm it uses to determine what appears on your news feed. That means you may not see — or hear — BirdNote each day. To continue enjoying remarkable stories about the lives of birds, we invite you to prioritize... read more »

Love Among the Pigeons

Edmonds Marina — and love is in the air. Actually, on the dock. Gregg Thompson caught these Rock Pigeons in a very public interlude. Rather than try to describe the action, we'll just let you make up captions for yourselves!###All photos are © Gregg Thompson and may not be used without permission... read more »

Topics & Themes:  behavior

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 »