“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn, and to sing at dusk, was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” Terry Tempest Williams
Black-capped Chickadee ©Roniq Bartanen
Previously it was thought that only male birds sing, now we know different. Learn how women scientist at Female Bird Song Project are changing the perspective about female birds and song.
Female Bird Day is May 29th-31st.
National Audubon's Plants for Birds uses your zip code to recommend a collection of native plants to your area. Native plants + native bugs = Bird Food! Native plants also require less care and water.
eBird is a worldwide platform which allows you to submit bird data, explore species, regions and birding hotspots, take bird quizzes and so much more......
The Feminist Bird Club is dedicated to promoting inclusivity in birding while fundraising and providing a safe opportunity for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, BIPOC, and women to connect with the natural world. Find chapters, go birding!
I've created a resource list of female bird guides in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Create a FREE account to find a female guide for your next birding adventure! Thank you for supporting women guides of the world.
The BlackAFinSTEM Collective seeks to support, uplift, and amplify Black STEM professionals in natural resources and the environment through professional development, career connection, and community engagement. Learn about Black Birders Week.
Birdability's mission is to share the joys of birding with people who have disabilities and ensure birding is accessible for everybody. Birding is truly for everybody regardless of disabilities or health concerns. Photo of Birdability founder Virginia Rose by Jeff Patterson
Visiting Seattle without a car? Or maybe you live here. Seattle has many great urban birding spots and some of them are accessible as well. Find info on bus and train routes, trails and bird species over at my Urban and Accessible Birding page.
A list of native plant nurseries for Washington State. Asking for native plants by their latin name ensures your purchasing true natives. Planting natives encourages native insects, providing a welcome food source for birds, especially those raising young.
Doug Tallamy is the author of many books including "Natures Best Hope". Tallamy lays out simple and inspiring steps to creating habitat and supporting conservation in our yards.
Want to help the birds? Here are some simple and essential tips for helping birds this fall and winter. Learn about leaf litter, brush piles and why you shouldn't snip those perennial stems and flower heads.
Don't give away that free mulch (leaves), learn about the insects that use leaves to overwinter and the birds that use leaf litter to feed.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All about Birds is a phenomenal resource offering articles on bird friendly coffee, the effects of outdoor cats on birds, preventing bird window strikes, bird courses and quizzes. bird info and I.D tips and so much more!
Did you know there are only 5 steps to creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat? It can be easily done in a yard, small apartment balcony, on school grounds or even a natural area at your place of work.
Are you getting the most from your binoculars? These tips are geared toward the beginning birder or those wanting an in depth look at binocular terms and usage.
The "Inside Birding" series by Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a great series of free 10-minute videos that take an in-depth look at four basic keys to identifying birds: Size & Shape, Color Pattern, Behavior, and Habitat.
Do you create a healthy environment for birds? Feeding birds is a great way to learn about them, offering a chance to observe behavior, practice identification as well as engage in a more mindful birding approach. Learn how to keep your bird feeders clean to ensure your feeder birds health! And don't forget to provide clean birdbaths all year long for bathing and drinking birds!
Simple steps to support our bird species include voting for those enacting policy to protect birds and conserve and restore critical habitat. Wondering what other easy and important steps you can take to support birds? Here's a few ideas.
Curious about bird friendly coffee and cocoa and why it matters? Smithsonian scientists developed the Bird Friendly certification for coffee in the late 1990s to conserve habitat and protect migratory songbirds — and this trusted brand has recently expanded to cocoa. It's the highest certification protecting bird species around. Learn more, buy coffee and meet the birds!
One of my favorite birding reads! A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. Drews poetic writing drips with a respect, knowledge and a love of the nature of South Carolina. Reflections on his family's history, homestead and being black in nature in the rural south are funny, sweet and heartbreaking at times.
A topic close to my heart, Urban Nature. Kelly Brenner invites us to explore micro habitats of nature within the urban landscape, based in the city she lives in, Seattle WA. With wonder and a sense of humor, Nature Obscura author Kelly Brenner aims to help us rediscover our connection to the natural world that is just outside our front door — we just need to know where to look.
I've learned so much reading Sibley's new book. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to non-birders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. A beautiful book detailing the nuances and lives of birds, providing you with all the knowledge you never knew you wanted.
This was such a fun read! U.K birder David Lindo celebrates a philosophy I whole heartily embrace, nature is everywhere, even in our urban areas. This book reflects on his youth in 1970's east London as well as his birding journey along the way. The black and white photos of his adventures add to the appeal of urban birding. You certainly don't have to be a birder to appreciate this book. Anyone living in cities around the world can learn to marvel at the wonder of nature so close to home.
I was so excited to see a book version of one of my favorite birding podcasts! If you've ever listened to BirdNote on your public media channels then you know that they are daily 2 minute stories reflecting the beauty and mystery of birds. Now they've released a book version with the same concept. These short, detailed snippets are a sneak peek into bird life complete with beautiful illustrations to match. The stunning cover makes a lovely addition to ones bookshelf.
Author Claire Thompson works for BirdLife International. In this book she reveals how observing birds closely can ultimately bringing us back to the core of what makes us human and also part of the natural world. While actively bird-watching and or listening, we are in the present moment. Experiencing the freedom and acknowledging the beauty of our avian neighbors has the power to connect us to the natural world and each other, inviting more wonder into our lives. This book is recommended for all bird watching levels.
Such a great read to deepen your experience and create a more mindful birding practice! This book provides tools to connect with birds and nature through focused explorations, stunning imagery, and prompted interactive journaling. This interactive book is recommended for anyone birding at any level. Ornitherapy focuses on appreciating birds and nature in a more mindful and mediative manner which provides tremendous physical and mental health benefits.
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