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Birding In The Parks: Discerning An Ancient Murrelet From A Japanese Murrelet At Point Reyes National Seashore

If I were to mention a controversy at Drakes Bay in Point Reyes National Seashore, undoubtedly the two words that would pop into your head are “oyster company” rather than “Japanese Murrelet,” but the latter is what birders have been talking about since Thanksgiving week.

Birding In The National Parks: Where Are The Birds In Wilderness?

A fascinating post appeared at the American Birding Association’s young birders’ blog, The Eyrie, last week. You can read it here, but if you’re short on time, here’s the digest version: Birders don’t often bird true wilderness because wilderness is less birdy than fragmented and disturbed habitat often is.

Birding In The National Parks: Enduring The Heat To Bird In Saguaro National Park And Chiricahua National Monument

I was all set to regale you with stories and video of adorable Piping Plover chicks from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this week, but I seem to be running out of time. By the time you read this, I’ll be on a plane to Tucson, ultimately to do some birding in Saguaro National Park and Chiricahua National Monument. Thus, you’re stuck with a behind scenes look at how one birder prepares for a trip to a never-before-visited destination.

Birding In the National Parks: The Crossley ID Guide--Raptors

A few months back we talked about the hawk watch at Acadia National Park. I mentioned a few books that are useful for the enterprising raptor enthusiast. At the time I was also aware that a new raptor identification aid was on the way, but I kept that little secret to myself. The proverbial cat is out of the bag now, and I’ve spent the last couple weeks devouring The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors.

Birding In The National Parks: Point Reyes National Seashore Is "Hallowed Ground" To Birders

A couple weeks ago we looked at the annual birding festival in Acadia National Park coming up this spring. Keeping in mind that not everyone can get to the East Coast frequently, it seems fitting to highlight the gem of west coast birding events: the Point Reyes Birding Festival.

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