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These Knit Birds Are Helping to Move the Needle on Conservation

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Most birders pick up a pair of binoculars to appreciate an avocet or raven. Nicky Fijalkowska takes a different tack: She grabs a pair of needles and a ball of yarn. The United Kingdom-based knitting designer has a knack for turning endless strands of wool into mini replicas of birds. The members of her growing […]

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Birds of a Feather Kickflip Together in a New Crowdfunded Video Game

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Who among us wouldn't want to rip around a skatepark made from office supplies as a delightful, wobbly bird? It’s a thrill we can all soon experience, thanks to “SkateBIRD,” a video game for PC, Mac, and Linux, set to be released next year.  Announced on Kickstarter less than a month ago, with more than $60,000 […]

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How Birding Ended This Indie Musician’s Creative Block

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In the back of the performance space at Parkside Lounge, a historic but dingy bar in Manhattan's East Village, Stephan Nance coughs quietly into the crook of their arm, hoping that their voice will hold out for their moment in the spotlight. It was the last stop on Nance’s international tour, and they would only […]

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How ‘Game of Thrones’ Gets Packed With Birds (and Not Just Ravens)

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As the final season of the beloved HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones bashes and burns its way to a conclusion, many fans are already fearing life without their favorite characters. But just as much as I'll miss Tyrion’s drunken one-liners and Arya's shape-shifting vengeance, I'll also miss my other Sunday pastime: birding within the Seven Kingdoms […]

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Righting the Record for the World’s Premier Trash Birds

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Tim Dee would go to the ends of the Earth for a good gull. The former BBC producer’s pursuits have taken him to a beached whale carcass in South Africa, Chekhov’s cottage in Crimea, and countless dumps across England. That says a lot about his quarry, of course. Known as the trash birds of the world, […]

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Welcome to Birdpunk: A Subculture of a Subculture

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.dropcap { color: #838078; float: left; font-size: 82px; line-height: 60px; padding: 5px 8px 0 0; } It’s the evening golden hour at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. A whirlwind of swallows swims through the soft light, chasing midges into a frenzy. Nearby on a platform a handful of birders scans the dimming […]

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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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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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Reimagining the Tricolored Heron

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John James Audubon&#39s portrayal of the Tricolored Heron enchanted illustrator Llew Mejia. Tropical foliage advised him of Florida&#39s Everglades as well as creatures prowling beyond human achieve. &quotIt appears like there&#39s something super mysterious there,&quot states Mejia, who’s located in New You are able to City. In the rendering from the southeastern seaside bird, Mejia […]

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A Mysterious Illegal Egg Trade Imperils Kenya’s Owls

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.dropcap Inside a muddy maize field encircled by lightly moving hillsides in central Kenya, Martin lowers his field glasses and suggests a place around the rock face before us. Where formerly I’d seen only mineral and shadow, all of a sudden I write out an espresso-colored shape along with a tell-tale streak of white-colored waste […]

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