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The Federal Duck Stamp – An 80-Year-Old Institution Born in the Worst of Times to Make Things Better!

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Rusty Blackbirds - A Rusty Recovery

It’s basic black with an inelegant voice. It nests in places we rarely visit. And in relative obscurity, the Rusty Blackbird has suffered one of the most dramatic population declines ever recorded among our songbirds. The International Rusty Blackbird Working Group, a coalition of biologists and... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  citizen science

See More than Whooping Cranes at the Whooping Crane Festival

Chris Peterson is the founder and executive producer of BirdNote. While attending the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, north of Corpus Christi in Southeast Texas, the last week of February, BirdNote editor, Todd Peterson, and I went on some great field trips. Join us now for just two... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, festival

All Aboard to See Whooping Cranes!

Chris Peterson is the founder and executive producer of BirdNote.The annual Whooping Crane Festival takes place the last week of February in Port Aransas, north of Corpus Christi, on Mustang Island in Southeast Texas. The festival is well organized, well attended, and full of opportunities to... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  birding, festival

Black-necked Stilt - The Bird with Outrageous Legs

Visit a shallow wetland in summer, and you might see this slender, black-and-white shorebird with outrageous red legs. The Black-necked Stilt uses its long legs for wading as it feeds on tiny insects and crustaceans on the surface of the water. Stilts are sensitive to drought, which has... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  nesting

Pacific Chorus Frogs: Harbingers of Spring

On the West Coast, the sound of Pacific Chorus Frogs - also known as Pacific Tree Frogs - signals the arrival of spring. To send their calls into the night, the males swell their throat sacs to three times the size of their heads. Those who hear this chorus can be sure that Rufous... read more »

Counting North America's Waterfowl

In autumn, millions of North American waterfowl – like these Redheads – migrate south. They come from Alaska, the prairies and forests of Canada, the Pothole region of the Dakotas, and Eastern Montana. Their arrival is awaited by birders and hunters alike. Because waterfowl are a vital natural... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  migration, nesting, science

The Power of IBA Designation, With Pete Pumphrey

Important Bird Areas (IBAs) are vital habitats for birds around the world. Pete Pumphrey of Eastern Sierra Audubon describes the power of this designation for Owens Lake in Eastern California – and birds like these Least Sandpipers. “When we did our bird count in April . . . about 800 Least... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  Important Bird Areas

Bar-tailed Godwit Migration, Featuring Nils Warnock

During fall migration, a Bar-tailed Godwit like this one will fly over the Pacific Ocean, making a non-stop flight of 7,000 miles from Alaska to New Zealand. These amazing birds can achieve their epic journeys only after fattening up – along the coast of Alaska in fall, or along the Yellow Sea... read more »

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Topics & Themes:  migration

Revitalized Bird Habitat at Owens Lake

The dry lakebed of Owens Lake, in Eastern California, was once a major source of pollution. Today, it’s a magnet for birds like these Eared Grebes. How was Owens Lake transformed? Pete Pumphrey of Eastern Sierra Audubon, explains: “The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was ordered to... read more »

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