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Photo by Bill Thompson, III

Christmas Bird Counting

A long-standing program sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the Christmas Bird Count takes place each winter from December 14 to January 5 in designated 15-mile (24-km) circles across North America. Each circle count is conducted in one day. Thousands of bird watchers participate in this annual bird census, contributing data that is invaluable to assessing North American bird populations and guiding conservation action.
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Red-winged blackbird by Jessica Ingram

Spring Birds: When Does Spring Migration Begin?

Bird watchers anticipate spring migration like kids anticipate Christmas. Looking forward to first-of-year species helps us make it through the bleak days of late winter. But when does spring migration actually start? For the past 35 years, I've lived and watched birds in the lower Midwest—southern Ohio and southern Indiana. If you live in New England, the Great Plains, the Rockies, the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, or the South, your spring birding experience will probably be quite different in terms of the species and/or timing of their return.
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Prairie warbler by Bill Thompson, III

Wild About Warblers? Take Our Quiz!

Regardless of skill level or experience, most birders get excited about spring warblers. As these mostly small, mostly colorful songbirds make their way back from their southern wintering grounds, they present an irresistible scavenger hunt that ranks high among the annual highlights of North American birding. Warblers can show up just about anywhere during April and May, including your own backyard. Some species nest in the United States, while others breed farther north into Canada. Some are migrating from the southern United States, while others are returning from the tropics. In any case, warblers are a fun group of birds, and we’re excited to dedicate this quiz to them. How much do you know about warblers?
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