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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Birding Resources

Birding Resources

Resources for birding and conservation.

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Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

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Birds Found at Mill Grove

Birds Found at Mill Grove

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Nature Hikes and Walks
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Nature Hikes and Walks

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How Audubon Helps Raptors Through Rehab

How Audubon Helps Raptors Through Rehab

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Watch Birding in the City

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How Birding Can Lead To Climate Action

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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Birds at Our Center

Bald Eagle

Latin:  Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Illustration for Bald Eagle

Canada Goose

Latin:  Branta canadensis

Illustration for Canada Goose

Chimney Swift

Latin:  Chaetura pelagica

Illustration for Chimney Swift

Barn Swallow

Latin:  Hirundo rustica

Illustration for Barn Swallow

Tree Swallow

Latin:  Tachycineta bicolor

Illustration for Tree Swallow

American Robin

Latin:  Turdus migratorius

Illustration for American Robin

Tufted Titmouse

Latin:  Baeolophus bicolor

Illustration for Tufted Titmouse

Carolina Chickadee

Latin:  Poecile carolinensis

Illustration for Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Wren

Latin:  Thryothorus ludovicianus

Illustration for Carolina Wren

House Wren

Latin:  Troglodytes aedon

Illustration for House Wren

House Finch

Latin:  Haemorhous mexicanus

Illustration for House Finch

Eastern Bluebird

Latin:  Sialia sialis

Illustration for Eastern Bluebird

White-breasted Nuthatch

Latin:  Sitta carolinensis

Illustration for White-breasted Nuthatch


Latin:  Anas platyrhynchos

Illustration for Mallard

Cedar Waxwing

Latin:  Bombycilla cedrorum

Illustration for Cedar Waxwing

Red-winged Blackbird

Latin:  Agelaius phoeniceus

Illustration for Red-winged Blackbird

Great Horned Owl

Latin:  Bubo virginianus

Illustration for Great Horned Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl

Latin:  Megascops asio

Illustration for Eastern Screech-Owl

Red-tailed Hawk

Latin:  Buteo jamaicensis

Illustration for Red-tailed Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Latin:  Buteo platypterus

Illustration for Broad-winged Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Latin:  Accipiter cooperii

Illustration for Cooper's Hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Latin:  Accipiter striatus

Illustration for Sharp-shinned Hawk

Common Merganser

Latin:  Mergus merganser

Illustration for Common Merganser

Green Heron

Latin:  Butorides virescens

Illustration for Green Heron

Belted Kingfisher

Latin:  Megaceryle alcyon

Illustration for Belted Kingfisher

Purple Finch

Latin:  Haemorhous purpureus

Illustration for Purple Finch

Baltimore Oriole

Latin:  Icterus galbula

Illustration for Baltimore Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Latin:  Icterus spurius

Illustration for Orchard Oriole

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Latin:  Archilochus colubris

Illustration for Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Mourning Dove

Latin:  Zenaida macroura

Illustration for Mourning Dove

Yellow Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga petechia

Illustration for Yellow Warbler

Wood Thrush

Latin:  Hylocichla mustelina

Illustration for Wood Thrush

Wood Duck

Latin:  Aix sponsa

Illustration for Wood Duck


Latin:  Pandion haliaetus

Illustration for Osprey

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Latin:  Melanerpes carolinus

Illustration for Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Latin:  Sphyrapicus varius

Illustration for Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Latin:  Dryobates pubescens

Illustration for Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Latin:  Dryobates villosus

Illustration for Hairy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Latin:  Dryocopus pileatus

Illustration for Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Latin:  Falco sparverius

Illustration for American Kestrel

Peregrine Falcon

Latin:  Falco peregrinus

Illustration for Peregrine Falcon

Long-eared Owl

Latin:  Asio otus

Illustration for Long-eared Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Latin:  Aegolius acadicus

Illustration for Northern Saw-whet Owl

American Crow

Latin:  Corvus brachyrhynchos

Illustration for American Crow

Eastern Phoebe

Latin:  Sayornis phoebe

Illustration for Eastern Phoebe

Northern Mockingbird

Latin:  Mimus polyglottos

Illustration for Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Latin:  Sturnus vulgaris

Illustration for European Starling

Indigo Bunting

Latin:  Passerina cyanea

Illustration for Indigo Bunting

Chipping Sparrow

Latin:  Spizella passerina

Illustration for Chipping Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

Latin:  Spizelloides arborea

Illustration for American Tree Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Latin:  Spizella pusilla

Illustration for Field Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Latin:  Passerculus sandwichensis

Illustration for Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Latin:  Ammodramus savannarum

Illustration for Grasshopper Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Latin:  Melospiza melodia

Illustration for Song Sparrow

Common Grackle

Latin:  Quiscalus quiscula

Illustration for Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Latin:  Molothrus ater

Illustration for Brown-headed Cowbird

American Goldfinch

Latin:  Spinus tristis

Illustration for American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Latin:  Passer domesticus

Illustration for House Sparrow

Northern Flicker

Latin:  Colaptes auratus

Illustration for Northern Flicker

Blue Jay

Latin:  Cyanocitta cristata

Illustration for Blue Jay


Latin:  Catharus fuscescens

Illustration for Veery

Brown Thrasher

Latin:  Toxostoma rufum

Illustration for Brown Thrasher

Gray Catbird

Latin:  Dumetella carolinensis

Illustration for Gray Catbird

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga caerulescens

Illustration for Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga coronata

Illustration for Yellow-rumped Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga fusca

Illustration for Blackburnian Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Latin:  Mniotilta varia

Illustration for Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

Latin:  Setophaga ruticilla

Illustration for American Redstart


Latin:  Seiurus aurocapilla

Illustration for Ovenbird

Scarlet Tanager

Latin:  Piranga olivacea

Illustration for Scarlet Tanager

Northern Cardinal

Latin:  Cardinalis cardinalis

Illustration for Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Latin:  Pheucticus ludovicianus

Illustration for Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Eastern Towhee

Latin:  Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Illustration for Eastern Towhee

White-throated Sparrow

Latin:  Zonotrichia albicollis

Illustration for White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Latin:  Junco hyemalis

Illustration for Dark-eyed Junco

Double-crested Cormorant

Latin:  Nannopterum auritum

Illustration for Double-crested Cormorant

American Black Duck

Latin:  Anas rubripes

Illustration for American Black Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Latin:  Spatula discors

Illustration for Blue-winged Teal


Latin:  Bucephala albeola

Illustration for Bufflehead


Latin:  Charadrius vociferus

Illustration for Killdeer

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