Coast to coast and border to border, Birding Trails offer great opportunities to find birds. On a summer trip in New England, along the Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire, you can hear the vividly colored Blackburnian Warbler. Texas birding trails offer birds that can't be found anywhere else in the United States. Washington State's birding loops guide you through diverse habitats.
Many stops are on local, state, or national parks or refuges – all public lands. And the last Saturday in September is National Public Lands Day! Volunteers will be out there, planting trees, repairing trails, and restoring native habitats for all those birds. Make plans now!
Go Outside -- And Follow A Birding Trail!
Written by Adam Sedgley
This is BirdNote!
[Long-tailed Duck calling]
Grab your binoculars, follow your state’s Birding Trail map, and you have a good chance to see the birds of your region.
On a summer trip in New England, along the Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire, you can hear the vividly colored Blackburnian Warbler. [Blackburnian Warbler song] Hit the Rhode Island Coastal Birding Trail in winter, and you’ll hear the calls of thousands of Long-tailed Ducks [Long-tailed Duck call].
Head west to the Chicago Birding Trail to savor the songs of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Rose-breasted Grosbeak song] and Scarlet Tanager [Scarlet Tanager song].
Texas birding trails offer birds that can’t be found anywhere else in the United States, like the Green Jay and this Altamira Oriole [Altamira Oriole song].
Washington State’s birding loops guide you from Puget Sound with its Tufted Puffins [Tufted Puffin calls], to the arid lands east of the Cascades and the beautiful song of the Sage Sparrow [Sage Sparrow song]. (Now known as the Sagebrush Sparrow)
Many stops are on local, state, or national parks or refuges – all public lands.
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For BirdNote, I'm Michael Stein.
Bird audio provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Blackburnian Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Altamira Oriole and Sage Sparrow songs recorded by G.A. Keller. Long-tailed Duck call recorded by Gerrit Vyn. Rose-breasted Grosbeak song recorded by S.R. Pantle. Tufted Puffin calls recorded by E.S. Booth.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org September 2017 /2019 Narrator: Michael Stein
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