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environmental champion

Hazel Wolf

The writer Paul Bowles said, “Nothing just happens. It depends on who comes along.” For the Audubon Society in Washington State, that “who” was Hazel Wolf. She was a labor activist, environmental campaigner, and life-long champion of causes she believed in. From 1969 until 1997, Hazel Wolf... read more »

Topics & Themes:  environmental champion, history

Kingfisher Perches

For better and for worse, humans can have a huge impact on the lives of birds. One positive impact for Belted Kingfishers is that some road building and digging of gravel pits has created banks where the birds can nest and thus allowed the expansion of their breeding range.* But increased... read more »

Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

What to Talk About When You Talk About Birds

If you’re a biologist and you want to save habitat for birds such as this Savannah Sparrow, how do you do it? You talk to people, says Ros Renfrew of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. And you listen. Ros meets with landowners in Vermont, New Hampshire, and across New England. “We might not even... read more »

Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

North with the Spring - Migration

American naturalist Bruce Beehler — inspired by Edwin Way Teale's similar journey in 1947 — is following the spring songbird migration to build greater appreciation for birds. In partnership with American Bird Conservancy, Beehler is traveling from the Gulf of Mexico to the boreal forest of... read more »

Topics & Themes:  environmental champion, migration

Champions for Birds

CELEBRATING BIRD CHAMPIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRYAs part of GiveBIG’s “Day of Champions,” we asked you to tell us about champions for birds — people who are going above and beyond in the care and protection of our feathered friends. We were so inspired by the stories you shared of ordinary people... read more »


Lester Franklin - Maryland Coastal Steward

Lester Franklin is a student in coastal Maryland. He's also a writer and a coastal steward, working to encourage people of color to get involved with birds, conservation, and the environment. For Lester, becoming more aware of nature was a step-by-step process that started with peaceful walks... read more »

Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

The Birds of Block Island - With Scott Comings

Scott Comings spent a lot of time on Block Island when he was growing up in Rhode Island. Today, as the associate state director of the Rhode Island chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Scott works to protect birds and nature — including the habitat on Block Island. BirdNote asked Scott if there’s... read more »

Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

Marty Visits School in the Woods, In Colorado!

The students at School in the Woods near Colorado Springs are called "naturalists," and these are all fourth-graders. They're here for the full school year because they won one of the 78 spaces in the lottery. (More than 200 seek to attend each year.) The kids listen to BirdNote every day, and... read more »

Topics & Themes:  environmental champion

People Improving the Lives of Birds

Over the years, BirdNote has paid tribute to people who improve the lives of birds. We find inspiration in the efforts of stewards such as Jim Brown, who’s preserving important habitat for birds such as this Lewis's Woodpecker, along the Clark Fork River in Montana. In downtown Chicago, Annette... read more »


Alex Chadwick in Big Bend: An Oasis for Birds

Carolyn Ohl-Johnson found a home — and a way of life — near Big Bend National Park. BirdNote contributor Alex Chadwick visited Carolyn at the desert oasis she created for birds such as this Rivoli's Hummingbird. But her accomplishment has required tremendous sacrifice. “I haven’t seen my great... read more »