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Marsh Madness Reader Rendezvous

Marsh Madness Reader Rendezvous

Linton & Bloomington, IN | Feb. 12-16, 2021
Go birding with BWD editor Dawn Hewitt in her old stomping grounds in Indiana! February is prime whooping-crane viewing season in the southern part of the state. We'll spend one day at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area, where sandhill cranes usually number in the thousands, and vast flocks of snow and greater white-fronted geese can be mind-blowing. We’ll also spend a day at Lake Monroe, Indiana’s largest lake, which usually hosts dozens of bald eagles (and occasionally a golden!) each winter along with a nice mix of ducks, loons, swans and grebes.
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Life Lessons, Courtesy of a Snowy Owl  

Life Lessons, Courtesy of a Snowy Owl  

Posted by Kelly Ball | Thu, 21 Jan 2021
Whenever I hear there’s a rarity or a vagrant bird nearby, my knee-jerk response is to be anything but intrigued. First and foremost, the likelihood of that bird surviving its having been veered off course from, say, western Europe to Columbus, Ohio, is fairly dismal; the prospect of rushing to look at a bird in peril...
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Bird ID Guide

Bird Identification Guide

What bird is that? Consult our bird identification guide to ID mystery birds in the backyard and beyond. We have photos, song recordings, in-depth entries, and more to help bird watchers correctly identify the birds they spot.
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Sometimes a bird, startled by a human opening a nearby door, will flee in a panic and accidentally slip inside the house. Photo by J. Melfi.

Help! There's a Bird in My House! What To Do?

It's not uncommon this time of year to hear this cry for help after an unsuspecting birder opens a door to startle an unsuspecting bird that accidentally flies in the wrong direction—right into the house! Here are a few tips on what to do—and what not to do—to help the bird safely find its way back out.  
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Current Feature

BWD Editor Bill Thompson, III, points out a bird to his daughter Phoebe and son Liam.

Top 10 Reasons to Be a Young Birder

Why become a birder? Young birders Corey Husic and Blake Campbell will give you ten reasons to try out this great hobby.
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