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"You Need a Mister!"

Ken Jacobsen is a retired senator in Washington State who’s a keen birder. When he was on the campaign trail, Jacobsen often advised constituents on ways they could improve conditions for birds in their yards and neighborhoods. You won’t believe what happened when he encouraged one constituent to... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  humor

Shifts in Habitat = Shifts in Species

We asked David Sibley, creator and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds, how changes in the environment are affecting birds such as this Brown Thrasher. He says, “A shift of habitat has caused a shift in the species” he's observed in the Northeastern US. For example, Wild Turkeys, Pileated... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

The Most Abundant Birds in North America

By August, most birds in North America have finished nesting, bringing billions of new birds into the world. So many birds. It might make you wonder: what is the most abundant bird in North America? read more »

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Topics & Themes:  ecology, science

Helping Birds Avoid Colliding with Glass

Birds colliding with glass is a real problem, especially during migration. Many cities have initiated Lights Out! programs, which helps. And there are things that homeowners can do, too. BirdNote's Chris Peterson interviewed Christine Sheppard of the American Bird Conservancy about the problem... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  flight, human interaction

President Theodore Roosevelt's Bird Checklist for the White House

“Bird-Lore: A Bi-Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Study and Protection of Birds”Official Organ of the Audubon Societies(Vol. X11 No. 2 March – April, 1910)From the author, Lucy W. Maynard of Washington, DC: … I had the opportunity to speak with the President, and I asked him if I might make, from... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  reflection

Birds Inspire American Composer Maria Schneider

BirdNote’s Chris Peterson spoke with American composer, Maria Schneider, about how birds inspired her jazz composition Cerulean Skies, which received a Grammy in 2007 for "Best Instrumental Composition.""What inspired Cerulean Skies is birding every day in Central Park in spring, late April and... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  music, reflection

Theodore Roosevelt - Presidential Birder

Of all American presidents, just one might have halted the playing of “Hail to the Chief” so he could listen to an Orchard Oriole singing — Theodore Roosevelt, “the conservation president.” During his presidency, Roosevelt helped establish 51 preserves for birds, five national parks, 18 national... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Which Chickadee - Black-capped or Carolina?

Of all the birds that turn up at birdfeeders, chickadees are favorites. And they’re instantly recognizable. Yet sometimes we have to ask ourselves: “Which chickadee is it?” In the eastern and central states, there are two species: Black-capped Chickadees in the north, and Carolina Chickadees... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birdwatching by ear, sound

A Gyrfalcon Takes a Pigeon out of the Sky!

In late February, 2014, photographer Gregg Thompson visited a grain silo near Vancouver, British Columbia, where a Gyrfalcon has spent the winter. Actually, Gregg spent several days there, hoping to take a photo of this dashing predator as it catches one of the many pigeons that roost in the silo... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, photography

The Mockingbird - A Virtuoso of Variety

This aptly named Northern Mockingbird might imitate, in succession, birds as different as a bobwhite quail, a chat, a sandpiper — even a cardinal — then cap it off with the meow of a cat and a few phrases of car alarm. In spring, a male mockingbird sings all day, with hundreds of variations ... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  sound, species account, vocalization

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