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Cardinal by Hazel Erikson

Count Backyard Birds for Science (Updated)

2/16/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Beginning this Friday, February 18, bird lovers across the United States and Canada will count birds in their backyards and beyond during the 14th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon Society and […] Read more >

Gray Jay by Minette Layne

Bird of the Week: Gray Jay

2/13/2011 // By Laura Tangley

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Dark-eyed Junco by Mike Baird

Bird of the Week: Dark-eyed Junco

1/31/2011 // By Laura Tangley

With snow blanketing much of the East Coast, it’s not surprising that one of the most abundant species now visiting seed feeders in my Washington, DC, Certified Wildlife Habitat® is the dark-eyed junco. Nicknamed “snowbirds,” dark-eyed juncos are the most […] Read more >

Bald eagle by Andrew Nicholson.

Bird of the Week: Bald Eagle

1/14/2011 // By Laura Tangley

National symbol of the United States, the bald eagle also is an extraordinary conservation success story. Some wildlife experts estimate that when the first Europeans arrived on the continent, between 250,000 and 500,000 bald eagles occupied the country, about 100,000 of […] Read more >

Blue-winged teal by David Heritsch

Gulf Coast Birds–And Ours–Doing Alright (for now)

1/3/2011 // By Laura Tangley

On a recent chilly morning in southwestern Louisiana’s White Lake Wetland Conservation Area, Kim Trahan, a rice farmer who leases land in the state-owned area, surveyed the scene around him with satisfaction. To the south, a flock of several thousand […] Read more >

Northern Cardinal by Howard Cheek

Bird of the Week: Northern Cardinal

12/22/2010 // By Laura Tangley

No other bird symbolizes Christmas quite like the northern cardinal. Bright red males of this species adorn everything from greeting cards to clothing, wrapping paper, tree ornaments and other decorations this time of year. Throughout much of the United States, […] Read more >

Black-capped Chickadee by Gary Garton

Bird of the Week: Black-capped Chickadee

12/8/2010 // By Laura Tangley

If you live in the northern half of the United States, the odds are good that a black-capped chickadee will visit your property this winter. The most widespread of North America’s seven species of chickadee, it also is one of […] Read more >

Rufous Hummingbird by David M. Schindler

Bird of the Week: Rufous Hummingbird

12/1/2010 // By Laura Tangley

  About a week before Thanksgiving, fellow science writer Rick Borchelt spotted a “way out of season and way out of range” rufous hummingbird feasting at his backyard sugar-water feeder in College Park, Maryland. Since then, “I have been overrun […] Read more >

Wild Turkeys by Cal Bebee

Bird of the Week: Wild Turkey

11/22/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Like many of us this holiday, the Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts, probably feasted on turkey that legendary first Thanksgiving. In 1621, the big, handsome birds were plentiful throughout northeastern forests. They also were an important source of protein for the […] Read more >

Bird of the Week: Dickcissel

11/10/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Stroll across a Midwestern prairie anytime between late spring and early fall, and you’ll rarely be out of ear shot of the dickcissel’s distinctive trill: see-see, dick-dick, ciss-ciss-ciss. Stocky, streaked, meadowlark-lookalikes with a cardinal’s stout beak, these birds throng North […] Read more >