Birds and Birding

Why do birds matter?” is one of those questions like “What is love?” or “Why are we here?” or even “Is there a God?” Unanswerable, I think, by logic. One could cite facts like, birds eat lots of harmful insects, charm us at our feeders, or challenge us to learn their field marks, molts, and names both common and scientific. But perhaps the answer lies deeper. Since the beginning birds have lifted our eyes to the skies. They’ve shown us we’re not gravity’s slave, that flight is possible and limitless. It can hover and soar, dive and display, and take us from one end of the planet to the other in a single, impossible burst of energy and purpose. Inspiration is the gift birds have given us from the start. But now they give us a question as well. Like the canary in the mine, they hold the planet up to us like a mirror and ask: “Can you not see that if we pass away, soon you will as well?” That’s a good question, and since birds pose it, they matter a lot.

Wes Craven, Hollywood director
 

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How Do Birds Drink on the Fly?

For swallows and swifts, it's a real athletic feat.

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Birding Resources
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Birding Resources

Resources for birding and conservation.

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Creating Bird-Friendly Communities
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Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

Audubon is committed to transforming our communities into places where birds flourish.

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Birds Found at Mill Grove
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Birds Found at Mill Grove

Dozens of species of birds can be found at the Mill Grove nature santuary.

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Nature Hikes and Walks
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Nature Hikes and Walks

Free Saturday morning bird walks with a leader.

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How Audubon Helps Raptors Through Rehab
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How Audubon Helps Raptors Through Rehab

Give us your flightless, your hurt, your wounded raptors yearning to fly free…

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Watch Birding in the City

Watch Birding in the City

 https://vimeo.com/121509870 Be sure to watch this aweseome video!

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How Birding Can Lead To Climate Action
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How Birding Can Lead To Climate Action

Monica Bryand uses her kayak and camera to explore the climate-threatened birds of Minnesota and share this issue with new audiences.

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Read more about Keith Russell Birding in Philly’s Forgotten Habitats here

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