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Birds May Be Spreading Infections at Your Feeders

You know the old aphorism that the road to hell is paved with good intentions? Well, that may be the case with your bird feeders. Putting out bird feeders is…

Alpine Swifts Stay In The Air For 6 Months Straight

In September 2011, three Alpine Swifts took flight from Africa and didn’t reach their destination in the Mediterranean until April 2012. For more than 200 days, the birds journeyed across harsh…

Merlin Bird ID Program Identifies Birds By Photo

The future is here! The smart folks over at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have developed a program that allows you to upload your bird photos and then uses the…

New Bird Species Discovered in Plain Sight

In a city with more than 2 million people, you’d think that everything within the vicinity would be known to the residents. However, even though we may think we know…

World Series of Birding: Birding with adrenaline

On Friday night, as the clock approached midnight, hundreds of birders readied themselves for the world’s premier birding competition—the World Series of Birding. Although birding has the reputation of being…