May 16

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Avian Superhighways: The Four Flyways of North America

Each spring and fall, North American skies fill with billions of birds in one of nature’s most spectacular shows: avian migration. The sheer number of travelers is staggering, but there is an order to the chaos. Birds navigate along more or less regular routes when they migrate. In North America,… Read more >>

May 12

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Birdability Birders: Fostering a More Inclusive Birding Community

In 2021, American Bird Conservancy teamed up with Birdability, a nonprofit dedicated to improving birding accessibility, to produce a six-part webinar series, “Birdability Birders: Conversations about Birding with Access Challenges.” Intended to promote accessibility, inclusion, and representation within the birding community, the series featured six birders with a variety of… Read more >>

Apr 29

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How Do Birds Navigate During Migration?

Bird migration is one of the most amazing phenomena in the natural world. Many birds travel from the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere and back every year, following food resources and friendly climates. But how do seasonal migrants — and other birds such as seabirds undertaking lengthy oceanic foraging trips… Read more >>

Apr 28

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25 Amazing Images of Bluebirds

Bluebirds are among the most-beloved songbirds in North America, and it’s easy to see why. These musical birds brim with so much color and charm that they’ve come to embody happiness and hope for many. To celebrate these charismatic birds, we’ve compiled 25 fantastic pictures of bluebirds, which we’ve broken… Read more >>

Apr 22

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What's the Deal with Duck Bills?

If you’ve ever gotten a glimpse inside the beak of a bold duck or goose that approached you at a local park or elsewhere, you may have done a double take. Were those…teeth?! What exactly are ducks up to when they tip forward and submerge their front halves in the water? And why do duck bills have that odd “duck-billed” shape, anyway? We’re here to answer all of your questions about ducks’ eating habits and shed light on those famously funny-shaped beaks.… Read more >>

Apr 12

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Take Flight From Lawn Pesticides: Tips for Organic, Bird-Friendly Gardening

Around 1 billion pounds of conventional pesticides are sprayed and scattered each year in the United States, applied to everything from the food we eat, to the grass we walk on, to the plants in our gardens. Although invisible, many of these chemicals remain in soil and water for months… Read more >>

Apr 01

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Nutcrackers, Chisels — and Air Conditioners?! The Diverse World of Bird Beaks

Birds use their beaks for a wide variety of functions, including communication and defense, as well as eating. These amazing appendages might seem simple, but they hold plenty of surprises. If you want to learn more (or maybe feel a little nosy), join us for a dive into the world of bird beaks below.… Read more >>

Mar 26

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Birds of Michigan: Top 15 Birds to See in the Great Lakes State

More than 450 bird species have been found in Michigan. Such impressive diversity is natural given the state’s size and proximity to four of the Great Lakes — and the fact that it supports an array of outstanding bird habitats, including boreal and hardwood forests, prairies, dunes, and aquatic systems,… Read more >>

Mar 16

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These Seven Bird Species are Most Likely to Collide with Windows

Migration season is an incredible time for birdwatching in North America, as billions of birds fly across the continent to reach their breeding and wintering grounds. But the journey is not without its dangers. In the United States alone, up to one billion birds are killed each year after colliding… Read more >>

Mar 10

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10 Gorgeous Green Birds of the Americas

While the color green is commonly associated with parrots and parakeets, it’s actually found in a range of birds throughout the Western Hemisphere and the wider world. Some of these species, like the Green-winged Teal, sport small gem-like green patches, whiles others, such as the Glistening-green Tanager (see below) radiate an emerald glow from head to tail.… Read more >>