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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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Bee hummingbird by Charles J. Sharp / Wikimedia commons

Where in the World Is That Bird? Take Our Endemics Quiz!

Birds have wings and tend to use them. Some travel amazing distances from season to season, racking up tens of thousands of air miles during their lifetimes. Others are homebodies and stay put in a certain area. These are the birds that require us to travel to them in order to see them within their restricted ranges. These birds—known as endemic species—are confined to a certain location or habitat type. In this qsuiz, we present several species of endemic birds and challenge you to guess where to find them. These are bizarre and beautiful and breathtaking birds. How many can you correctly match with their homeland?
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