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Have You Read Our April eNews?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Watch a condor chick grow up on camera; read about the plight of the Northern Spotted Owl; find a nest near you; meet a "robo-rapor"; and more.
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Take the April eBird Challenge

Monday, April 11, 2016

Submit 15 or more complete eBird checklists as stationary or traveling counts up to 2 km, and up to 5 hours, and you could win a pair of Zeiss Conquest HD 8×42 binoculars.
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California Condor Cam

Sunday, April 10, 2016

After losing their egg, a California Condor pair are given a surrogate and are raising the hatched chick as their own. Watch live at Bird Cams.
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Robo-Raptors and Alarm Calls

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Birds sound the alarm when a predator is nearby. Scientists built an on-demand raptor to study how the alarm call network works.
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Northern Spotted Owl Struggles to Survive

Friday, April 08, 2016

Despite attempts to help the species bounce back, owl populations are still declining.
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Is there a Nest Near You?

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Nestwatch can help you figure out if you have feathered neighbors nearby. Join them to collect valuable data on the successes and failures of nesting birds.
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Duck and Waterfowl Class

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Take our new, self-paced online course and learn how to identify ducks and waterfowl. The class is part of our "Be a Better Birder" series.
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Singing Bird Guides

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

These popular bird guides are back. A built in player allows you to hear and learn the voices of dozens of birds.
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Wall of Birds Interactive

Monday, April 04, 2016

View the Cornell Lab’s new mural online in its entirety or zoom in on any of the 270 species to appreciate each brushstroke, and learn more about each bird.
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Upcoming Bird Festivals and Events

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Our Upcoming Bird Festivals and Events webpage can help plan your next birding trip. Look through listings by calendar or on a map, and start planning your road trip right from the page.
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  • Our second annual Global Big Day takes place May 14, 2016, and everyone’s invited. If you see or hear a bird (or 100 birds), anywhere in the world, you can take part by entering your sightings into eBird. For the Cornell Lab’s official birding team, the Sapsuckers, Global Big Day will find them in Colorado. After recent years that... View Article
  • A Teen’s Top 5 Tips On Engaging Kids Through Birds by Alec Wyatt, teen NestWatcher As a lifelong naturalist and a birder since grade school, adults often ask me what they can do to get other kids outside and interested in birds. During my time leading younger children in elementary schools, bird walks, and community... View Article
  • Join Darryl McGrath who discusses her new book, Flight Paths: A Field Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York’s Bird People, that documents raptor recovery programs over the last forty years in New York, and pays tribute to the determination of the women biologists who helped make these programs possible. These early women conservationists played key... View Article

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