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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”


In the News

Whooping Crane shooting

$5,000 reward offered in latest Whooping Crane shooting

The bird was the 10th Whooping Crane shot and killed in Louisiana since 2011 … Read More “$5,000 reward offered in latest Whooping Crane shooting”


Birds in the news in mid-February

Restoration of nesting habitat in Virginia, a Whooping Crane tragedy in Louisiana, and more … Read More “Birds in the news in mid-February”

Madagascar Pochard

Rare Madagascar Pochard takes step toward recovery

One of the world’s rarest birds, once thought to be extinct, successfully bred in the wild late last year. The crop of ducklings marks … Read More “Rare Madagascar Pochard takes step toward recovery”

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”


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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North American birds featured in international photo competition

Bird Photographer of the Year, an annual international photo competition based in the U.K., is accepting entries for its 2020 competition through November 30 … Read More “North American birds featured in international photo competition”

2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards finalists

Photographs of owls, penguins, and more were among the 22 finalists … Read More “2019 BirdWatching Photography Awards finalists”

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Amazing birds and other wildlife from South Africa

10 bird species that are still here thanks to the Endangered Species Act


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Locations & Travel

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”