Oct 112017
 
Swallow-tailed Gull: An ABA Rarity for the Ages

Chasing rare birds is rarely convenient. Unless you’re single, unemployed and avoid human interaction, jumping in a car at a moment’s notice to drive likely hours away will definitely impact “real life.” Thus, when a hot sighting hits the wires, hard decisions will need to be made, often amidst incredulous gazes from coworkers or skeptical […]

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Jul 122017
 
Montezuma's Revenge: A Quail of a Tale

In the Davis Mountains of remote west Texas, I finally overcame a multi-year bout of “Montezuma’s Revenge.” Eight years, in fact. I first succumbed to the ailment in Southeastern Arizona. Three years later, it flared up again on my second trip to the region. While it was most intense in the grassy pinewoods of the […]

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Jun 102015
 
Cold-blooded Volkswagens: Seeking Leatherback Turtles in Trinidad

It was a warm evening even though the sun had disappeared behind the marine horizon hours prior. Thickly vegetated trees—faintly illuminated by the incandescent porch lights—swayed gently in the sea breeze. The waves rhythmically massaged the stretch of sand on the dark, unseen beach beyond, a beach we’d driven three hours to visit, at night. […]

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May 232015
 
Trading Juncos for Jacobins: Birdathon Goes South in 2015

“Oh, you’re trying to find as many species as possible today?” I was a bit stupefied when these words came out of the mouth of our Trinidadian guide. It was early afternoon, a full eight hours into our Birdathon, and it appeared that the foundational strategy for the 24-hour challenge hadn’t yet sunk in. Toby […]

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Apr 082015
 
"Birding Utah" iPhone App

Do you live in Utah or will you be traveling to the “Beehive State”? If so, don’t forget your binoculars! Developed in partnership with Wasatch Audubon Society and Great Salt Lake Audubon, the Birding Utah iPhone app brings you over 150 excellent areas for birdwatching throughout Utah, all vetted by local experts. Use GPS to […]

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Dec 012014
 
Birdwatching in Cuba

Cuba lies fewer than 100 miles off the Floridan coast and despite being just the size of Virginia – or half of Utah – the country holds twenty-seven species of birds that are found no where else on earth (which neither state can claim). In October 2014, BirdNote initiated its international travel program with a […]

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Aug 122014
 
"Super Moon" at Robin Lakes

It was our first backpacking trip of the year, and we knew there would be a few cobwebs: an obese backpack, forgotten necessities, atrophied quads, and sore heels. It was already late in the season: the first weekend of August. A social get-together with some out-of-town friends on Friday night compressed our timeline to just […]

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Jun 012014
 
A Clam's Throw from North Korea

Spotted Redshank. Terek Sandpiper. Dunlin. Lesser Sand-Plover. North Korean Border Guard. Red-necked St—wait, North Korean what? I was at the northern most point of the Yellow Sea, scanning an extensive, undulating mudflat on the bank of the Yulu River. A quiet cement road, lined with derelict light poles, ran down the Chinese shoreline to my […]

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