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Hawk Mountain Reader Rendezvous

Hawk Mountain Reader Rendezvous

Kempton, PA | Oct. 21-25, 2021
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has been called “the mother church of raptor conservation,” and for good reason. On this high, scenic, wind-swept ridge in the Appalachians of eastern Pennsylvania, the world’s first refuge for migrating raptors was established in 1934. Today, this 2,400-acre sanctuary is renowned for both its annual autumn migration of hawks, eagles, and falcons, and for its global leadership in raptor conservation, having trained hundreds of young scientists from 75 countries.
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To Feed, or Not to Feed: That Is the Question

To Feed, or Not to Feed: That Is the Question

Posted by Dawn Hewitt | Thu, 15 Jul 2021
Since late May, in some areas of the East and Midwest, reports of dead and dying birds—either with crusty, diseased eyes, or with apparent neurological problems—skyrocketed. Blue jays, northern cardinals, common grackles, European starlings, American robins, and house sparrows were species hardest hit, especially fledglings. Reports came from Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky,...
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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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Chickadee nestling photo by Shutterstock.

What to Do If You Find a Baby Bird

Aside from being an author, artist, and columnist well-known to Bird Watcher's Digest and Watching Backyard Birds readers alike, Julie Zickefoose is also a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with a wealth of experience in caring for injured birds. If you encounter a nestling or fledgling outside the nest, learn how to assess if the bird is in danger—and whether it's wise to intervene—and if so, what to do.
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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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