“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
― Mary Oliver
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. Learn about the bias of female birds in ornithology, The Galbatrosses and why the group was inspired to create Female Bird Day.
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. Hummingbird fans, here are some tips for creating a feeder free hummer paradise! Native plants + native bugs = Bird Food! Besides requiring less water and care, why are native plants so important? Author, ecologist, entomologist and University of Deleware professor Doug Tallamy briefly sums it up here
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 Mindful Birding Network is an action-oriented group of like-minded people who meet several times a year to share ideas, collaborate and inspire each other in our work incorporating the practice of Mindful Birding into our professional or personal endeavors.
This network aims to reach a wider audience by connecting others to events promoting Mindful Birding, through media outlets such as our blog and podcast, and by providing Mindful Birding events which invite people to explore Mindful Birding guided by experts in this practice.
A great way to enjoy bird watching is by going to festivals—they’re organized to get you to great birding spots at a great time of year, and they’re a great way to meet people. Experts and locals help you see more birds, and you’ll meet other visitors who share your hobby. Birding Festivals and events can be found in many locations around the world. Meet other birders in the community as well as birds in various locations!
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. Black Birders Week was created in 2020 by the collective, in response to renowned birder Christian Cooper being racially profiled and harassed in Central Park. May 29th-June 4th 2022 marks Black Birders Week 3rd year.
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 and provides a needed food source for birds, especially those raising young. A parent Chickadee requires 6,000-9,000 caterpillars to feed its young before they fledge, all within a 150 foot radius of the nest. Planting native plants for caterpillars is one of the best ways to support birds! Find native caterpillar friendly plants based on your zip code!
Doug Tallamy is American entomologist, ecologist and conservationist. He is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware and the author of many papers and books including: Natures Best Hope, Bringing Nature Home and The Nature of Oaks. Tallamy lays out simple and inspiring steps to creating native habitat and supporting conservation in our yards. Learn more!
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 should keep perennial stems and flower heads.
Embrace that free mulch (fallen leaves), learn about the insects that use leaves to overwinter and the birds that use leaf litter to feed.
Outdoor fake spider webbing used at Halloween, is a danger to birds and wildlife. Forgo fake webbing on outdoor plants
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.
Consider adding a snag or "Wildlife Tree" to your yard. If you have an existing tree which needs to come down, topping it off to a safe height, away from structures or walkways is a great way to provide for wildlife.
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 and scope 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? A list of 7 bird-friendly choices offer an easy way to help 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.
In this book author Claire Thompson reveals how observing birds closely can ultimately bringing us back to the core of what makes us human, being a 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 wonderful book highlights how to design a dynamic, wildlife friendly space using Northwest native plants. Detailed profiles of 100 select native plants for the Pacific Northwest with photos, growing tips, benefits, related species and more. Benefits of native plants include less care, more acclimated to climate of the region, attracting native insects which feed birds and other wildlife. Learn how to create important habitat corridors for birds, butterflies and other local creatures. Sales of this book benefit the Xerces Society.
An inspiring read and eye opening account of the birds who call cities their homes. Learn which bird species thrive, adapt and avoid city life. Statistics tell the tale of a tough life for our birds, with a multitude of threats to their survival. A mix of science, humor and beautiful illustrations keep this from going down a dark path. Steps outline how human actions affect birds and animals living in cities and towns and strategies we can use to make human environments more friendly for nature. You may never look at those birds where you live, work and or play the same way again.
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 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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