Our new website

5/28/2013 | 2

Editor Chuck Hagner looks for birds at Estabrook Park in Milwaukee. Photo by Jessica Eskelsen

Editor Chuck Hagner looks for birds at Estabrook Park in Milwaukee. Photo by Jessica Eskelsen

Welcome to the new BirdWatchingDaily.com! Please take a look. Kick the tires. Take the site for a test drive. You’ll see that we’ve thought twice, maybe three times, about what we put online and how. We’re hoping that you notice a new purpose, a new spirit, more life and personality, and a whole lot more news about birds and birders. And we hope you like it, and come back often.

You’ll find much that is familiar — our photo galleries, for example. We’ve enjoyed looking at your photos through the years as much you have, so we decided early on to reserve space for the same galleries that were so popular on the old site: Backyard, U.S. & Canada, World, Rarities, Atypical Birds, and People & Places. Please take a look, and then add your photos! We can’t wait to see them.

We also carried over all 164 hotspot profiles from the old site. (And more are on the way!) Each provides a map, driving directions, a bird list, and tips for a great place to find birds. We’re proud of our collection, and we’re delighted that so many of you have used it when planning trips for business or pleasure. I’m happy to let you know that you can keep on doing so.

You’ll also see that we’re continuing to publish all sorts of essential info for birdwatchers: The basics of bird ID, as well as the basics of bird feeding and bird-friendly yards and binoculars — they’re all here. And if you’ve ever wondered why a Blue Jay or other bird might be bald, or what to do if you find a baby bird outside the nest, you’ll find answers here, just as before.

Our new site, like the old one, remains the place to go for such information, as well as our best ID articles, science features, and other stories, including our recent article about the connection between coffee farms and migratory birds, our guide to products that keep birds from colliding with windows, features about the Imperial and Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, and many, many more. You’ll find them all under Special Features.

Please enjoy them, use them, learn from them. And please don’t hesitate to let me know how you like the new site. Leave a comment below, shoot me an email, or use our contact page. I look forward to hearing from you. — Chuck Hagner, Editor