Green Herons tend to be solitary during most seasons and are often also secretive. Learn more about these small waders: [ Ow.ly Link ]

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Find your perfect pair of binoculars in time for spring migration.

The Audubon Guide to the Best Binoculars

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The "Bohemian" in the name of a Bohemian Waxwing refers to the nomadic movements of the birds in the winter as they search for food.

Thanks to Gerry Sibell for sharing this beautiful photo!
Many bird species undertake spring migrations but these 5 are champion migrators!

Going the Distance: 5 Champion Migrators

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Patience and preparation are key to getting great photographs, but sometimes you have to go the extra mile and go undercover with a portable blind.

Want to Shoot Intimate Bird Portraits? Try a Portable Blind

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The Wood Duck population declined seriously during the late 19th century because of hunting and loss of nesting sites. Its recovery to healthy numbers was an early triumph of wildlife management Learn more: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Owls like this Northern Saw-whet are zygodactyl, which means their feet have two forward-facing toes and two backwards-facing toes. Unlike most other zygodactyl birds, however, owls can pivot one of their back toes forward to help them grip and walk.
Inquisitive, active, and—we’ll just say it—cute, this lively little bird fills the woods with its cheerful call: chick-a-dee. Adopt a Black-capped Chickadee today and you'll receive a lifelike plush that plays a recording of its song when squeezed.

Adopt a Black-capped Chickadee

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"Bringing the Keystone XL pipeline back to life is dead wrong. It puts America’s birds and people in danger, and would further destabilize our changing climate." - Bill Taddicken, Director, Audubon Nebraska's Rowe Sanctuary

The Keystone XL Pipeline is an Extra Large Disaster Waiting to Happen

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"Like a runner preparing for the big race, you’ve got to train yourself now to be ready for the sights and sounds of spring."

Birdist Rule #70: Get Prepared for Spring Migration

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The American Redstart is a lively warbler that frequently flashes its colorful wings as it flies actively from tree to tree to feed.

American Redstart

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Did you participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year? You joined more than 214,000 people to count a total of 5,940 species worldwide!

Warmer Weather Brings Record Sightings for This Year’s Great Backyard Bird Count

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Every year between March and April, hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes descend onto Nebraska's Platte River basin during their migration back north to their breeding grounds. Watch them roosting on the river and don't forget to turn your sound on!

You can see this impressive spectacle in person at Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary. Or check out the Crane Cam to watch online: [ Ow.ly Link ]
The timing of bird migration is complicated, but this primer on birds' spring journeys from bird expert Kenn Kaufman - wildlife artist will aid in your adventures.

How Different Spring Migrants Decide When to Head North

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Next time you see a Mallard, don’t be so quick to dismiss it as just another boring bird.

Mallards Are Everywhere, and That's Great for Wetlands

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The Belted Kingfisher is one of the many bird species that is dependent on clean water. [ Ow.ly Link ]
California photographer Roy Dunn managed to capture this rarely documented behavior of a roadrunner nabbing a hummingbird. Read more about this encounter: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Learn how Audubon is working to protect Snail Kites and other birds that depend on water resources.
#WorldWaterDay

Water

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, and other waterbirds visit Nebraska in one of the greatest migration spectacles on Earth.

Watch Thousands of Sandhill Cranes Lift Off From the Platte River at Sunrise

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Birds like the Great Gray Owl rely on the vast boreal forest for their survival. On the International Day of Forests, learn more about these enigmatic owls: [ Ow.ly Link ]