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Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Rusty Blackbird male by Keith Williams

A female Rusty Blackbird huddles on a Minnesota rooftop during a blizzard, fluffing herself into a ball to keep warm. A male flips leaves in a roadside ditch in Maryland, navigating partially frozen mud to hunt for spring’s first invertebrates. A noisy, mixed flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, and the occasional Rusty lifts off […]

Great Texas Birding Classic Registration is Open!


Beginning and avid birders, school groups, boy and girl scouts, park managers, nature centers, naturalists, companies, organizations, and neighborhood groups are all invited to take part in this exciting and fun event from any region in Texas. The event runs April 15 through May 15, 2015 and there are many different categories to choose from: […]

Make eBird your New Year’s Resolution!

Black-throated Sparrow

eBird was released in 2002 but took its current form in 2005. The eBird that we all know and love will be ten years old in 2015. We hear from hundreds of people each year who tell us how eBird has changed their birding habits for the better, has taught them about bird occurrence in their […]

Texas Christmas Bird Counts Need Volunteers

Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Photo by Richard Gibbons

The Christmas Bird Count is a premier citizen science project providing the backbone of winter distribution and population data for land managers and policy makers. The 115th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) begins December 14th and your help is needed. Beginners to Black Belt birders are welcomed. Often newcomers are paired up with experienced birders to […]


Photo: Ashley Tubbs

Texas has a new bird on its already oversized checklist. The multiple well-documented observations of this species will most likely lead to this being number 641 with the addition of Common Crane. Although predicted to turn up in Texas for years and several records in North America, this widely distributed crane of Europe and Asia […]

Therapy Birds: Helping Dementia Patients through Bird Tales


Bird Tales, a new National Audubon initiative, is a dynamic, unique, and low-cost therapeutic program that brings the natural outdoor world of birds to people living with dementia. With skillfully designed programming, trained volunteers, and lots of enthusiasm, Bird Tales engages people with dementia and connects them to the outdoors and birds like never before. […]

BirdQuest: A way to engage kids in eBird


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdSleuth K-12 team has developed a new resource that will help groups of young people engage with eBird. The mission of BirdSleuth K-12 is to create innovative resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen science projects. We […]

Climate Change Science Aided by Huge but “Invisible” Efforts of Amateurs


Hundreds of thousands of volunteer data collectors are due for some thanks from scientists, according to a new paper that reveals the role of citizen science in studies of birds and climate change. Data collected by amateurs underpins up to 77 percent of the studies in this field, but that fact is largely invisible by […]

Help Scientists Study Brown Pelicans


  Scientists need your help to study the migratory movements of young Brown Pelicans along the Texas and Mexico coasts. During the summer of 2014, about 300 young pelicans were fitted with green plastic bands at breeding colonies near Galveston, Port O’Connor and Port Aransas, TX. Color bands make it easier to observe and follow […]

Taxonomy update for 2014

Clapper Rail by Ryan Schain

For American birders, large rail splits are most likely to give Life Lists a boost in this revision. Be careful reporting Clapper Rail: it should only be used for East Coast and Gulf Coast birds now! Photo of Clapper Rail in Massachusetts by Ryan Schain. The taxonomic update for 2014 is now complete in eBird. […]