Category: Birds

Birds in the Air: Talking Conservation and Christianity With the Next Generation

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This fall, Baylor University, a private Christian university in Waco, Texas, held its annual symposium on faith and culture. This year’s theme “Stewardship of Creation” examined the intersection of core Christian and environmentalism values. During the three-day event, more than 350 Christian leaders, officials from Waco City Council, and nonprofit leaders led sessions on agricultural […]

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Crow Pairs Strengthen Their Bond Through Preening

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This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of the National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide. 190205-crows-preening.mp3 Transcript: Parrots of all kinds engage in a public display of affection called “allopreening,” and it’s probably this activity that gave lovebirds their name. Lovebirds may have the reputation […]

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Watch a Black Heron Fool Fish by Turning Into an Umbrella

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Most of the time, Black Herons look like your typical wading bird—long legs, long necks, long beaks. But when it's time to eat, this jet-black African species has a pretty nifty trick up its wings: It turns into an umbrella.    Not literally, of course. But while fishing, the bird will tuck its head down, […]

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Field Notes From My First Rare-Bird Sighting

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As a yard birder, I’d never felt the urge to jump in my car and drive dozens of miles just to set eyes on an obscure species. But never say never. When I first learned on Twitter that a rare Red-flanked Bluetail had been spotted at a library in downtown Los Angeles, my interest was […]

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How to Set Up the Perfect Perch for Backyard Bird Photography

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Bird feeders are a useful way to attract photo subjects, but they don’t usually make the best backdrops for your shots. Fortunately, most birds prefer to perch near a feeder for a moment before they fly in. With some careful planning, you can create a photogenic pre-meal landing spot. Prep the Bird’s Perch Light Angle […]

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How Do Birds Spend Cold Winter Nights?

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This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of the National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide. 181226-birds-on-a-cold-night.mp3 Transcript: This is BirdNote! As December days shorten, you may wonder where birds, including this Steller’s Jay and others, spend the long, cold nights. It might surprise you to learn that […]

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EPA Says Limiting Mercury Pollution From Power Plants Is No Longer ‘Appropriate and Necessary’

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At first glance, a December 28 announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency looked like an outlier in the Trump administration’s pattern of repealing regulations. A press release said the agency planned to revise an Obama-era air pollution rule, but emphasized with bold type that its limits on mercury and other toxic emissions “would remain in […]

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The Trump Administration Can’t Ignore Raúl Grijalva Anymore

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On January 7, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona), the new chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, sent a pointed letter to David Bernhardt, the acting secretary of the Department of the Interior. Grijalva wanted to know why the department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was moving ahead with public meetings on plans for oil and […]

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For Chicago Birders, a Christmas Day CBC Is the Perfect Holiday Tradition

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My kids wear Christmas pajamas beneath snow pants and winter coats on December 25th, their legs swishing as we walk along paths that wind through Chicago’s Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary along the lakefront on the city’s North Side. My five-year-old daughter’s new binoculars hang around her neck, a present from Santa, and my three-year-old son […]

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Birding Like It’s 1899: Inside a Blockbuster American West Video Game

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The first time I see ravens, I flush them out of an alpine meadow carpeted with wildflowers. I pause to watch the flock fly off towards the distant, snow-capped peaks, trailed by their echoing croaks, when a man riding by on horseback bumps into me. Irritated, I shoot the man dead, and take his hat. So […]

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