White Breasted Nuthatch Cardinal

American White Pelicans

A few years ago we attended a wedding in the distant northwest corner of Minnesota. We made a weekend of it and took time to explore Rainy Lake, which is part of Voyageurs National Park.  It has 929 miles of shoreline and somewhere around 1600 islands. While we were there we rented a small fishing
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Flight

For almost all of human time (we assume) we have been bird watching and envying their ability to defy the laws of gravity and move at will through the air. The ancient Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus is an excellent example of that yearning.  Daedalus was able to create wings with branches and wax for
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What Good Is A Bird (Or Birds)?

This seems like an unanswerable question; one could say it’s in the eye of the beholder, but there are definite economic and ecological benefits to having birds in our world.  This sort of question can be applied to any living thing on this earth, including us.  The most reasonable answer is that they exist and
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Being An Active Bird Watcher

Sometimes I encounter a bird during the week and I can’t get it out of my mind.  This blog post is the result of that experience. I always prefer to write about their beauty and success stories, but occasionally I am confronted with the result of deadly challenges they face day in and day out.
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Baltimore Orioles

When you see a Baltimore oriole, there is no doubt this bird comes from the tropics. But you may be surprised to learn that this beauty is from the same family of birds as grackles, red-winged blackbirds and meadowlarks.  In coloration and nest type it more resembles the Old World Orioles, but genetically, they are
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Creating a Bird Oasis

You enjoy feeding birds and watching them come to your yard, right?  Well, now is the time to create an even better oasis for the birds. Spring is when people (especially those in the northern regions of the U.S.) are crazy to get into their gardens and to get their fingers in the soil. This
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Birding Festivals

A spring migration speeds up; those of us who are committed to bird feeding have the chance to see new species.  Many of the migrants are insect eaters, but they will happily eat suet and you may also see them flitting around in the branches of newly leafing trees looking for food.  Others will stop
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