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BWD Honored as Ohio Success Story

Heritage Ohio honored Bird Watcher's Digest May 8, 2014, at the fourth annual Appalachia Heritage Luncheon in the Ohio State Capitol, an event held in partnership with Ohio's Hill Country Heritage Area. Accepting the award on behalf of BWD was founding publisher Elsa Ekenstierna Thompson, and her son, State Rep. Andy Thompson.

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    Episode 47: Sketches of Homer, Alaska

    Episode 47: Sketches of Homer, Alaska

    TBL Host Bill Thompson, III, shares audio recordings of some of the very fun and unusual events associated with the 2014 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival held in Homer, Alaska. Posted Mon, 11 Aug 2014.

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    The Big Sit 2014!

    Posted on Wed, Oct 01, 2014

     Attention Birders Worldwide!The 2014 Big Sit is coming soon! On the weekend of October 11 (Saturday) and 12 (Sunday) people just like you will be  positioning themselves in the middle of 17-foot diameter circles and watching/counting birds for as much of a 24-hour period as possible.There's no rule about the number of birders you can fit in your Big Sit circle.Big Sit teams get the chance at two prizes: one

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    Hawk Watching in Western North America

    Posted on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 by Guest Contributor

    This story, by regular Out There With The Birds Contributor Jen Hajj, originally appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of Bird Watcher’s Digest. Imagine a brisk September morning in the 1930s. Hunters gather at the gate to Hawk Mountain, a site in rural Pennsylvania known for the thousands of hawks that pass during their annual...

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