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Download a free guide to bird-photography hotspots

Ever since the first issue of Birder’s World magazine (the predecessor of BirdWatching), in 1987, we have published stories about places to go birding … Read More “Download a free guide to bird-photography hotspots”

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In the News

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It’s time to close public lands and bird from home

If your state and local officials don’t close parks, it’s up to you to stay home … Read More “It’s time to close public lands and bird from home”

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American birders stuck in Peru after borders closed

A group of birders can’t leave Peru due to coronavirus travel restrictions … Read More “American birders stuck in Peru after borders closed”

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A letter from Beijing on birding and COVID-19

A conservationist and birder in China’s capital offers tips for birders under lockdown … Read More “A letter from Beijing on birding and COVID-19”

Bird Identification

Pygmy Nuthatch

Identifying Pygmy Nuthatch and Brown-headed Nuthatch

Use these tips to tell the difference between Pygmy Nuthatch and its close relative Brown-headed Nuthatch … Read More “Identifying Pygmy Nuthatch and Brown-headed Nuthatch”

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Identifying waterbirds in winter

How sleeping postures can help you identify distant ducks, loons, grebes, and other waterbirds … Read More “Identifying waterbirds in winter”

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Photography

2019 Bird Portrait Contest first place: Northern Gannet

Rajesh Mohan’s stunning image of a Northern Gannet from a Quebec breeding colony wins first place in our contest … Read More “2019 Bird Portrait Contest first place: Northern Gannet”

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2019 Bird Portrait Contest second place: Red Crossbill

2019 Bird Portrait Contest third place: King Penguin

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Locations & Travel

Blackwater National Refuge

Searching for Chuck-will’s-widows at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

A birder shares her experience exploring the hallowed grounds that were once Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad … Read More “Searching for Chuck-will’s-widows at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge”

Hotspots Near You

We’ve published “Hotspots Near You” since October 2006. In it, we provide up-to-date information from local birders about easily accessible places to watch birds. We offer maps, directions, bird lists, links, contact information, and detailed descriptions of hotspots that are great for birding close to home. Read More “Hotspots Near You”