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Ohio: Beginning Birding Tours Available During International Migratory Bird Day Weekend

The Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS) is now accepting signups for guided beginner birding tours during the International Migratory Bird Day weekend, May 12-13.

American Birding Expo Tickets Are Now on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for admission to the 2018 American Birding Expo. The Expo will be held September 21–23, 2018, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania. 

Global Big Day: Help Find the World's Birds in 24 Hours

Dedicated bird watchers worldwide have May 5 circled on their calendars, ready to do their part for Global Big Day in parks, forests, backyards, desert scrub, and every habitat imaginable. On that day, participants report their observations to the eBird website (ebird.org) run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

New Guide Helps Identify Age of Nestling Raptors

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Southwest Region Migratory Birds Program, the USFWS National Raptor Program, and private citizen Tig Tillinghast have released a new publication to help with accurate age estimates for nestling raptors. 

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival Keynote Dinner Features Greg Miller
Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region at the fourth annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival, May 17-20. 


Nebraska: Trout Anglers Competing with Cormorants at Two Rivers SRA

Anglers at the Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA) trout lake are facing some stiff competition. Double-crested cormorants recently discovered the lake. As a result, the fish-eating birds have lowered the anglers’ catch rates.

Help Scientists Track Bumble Bees Throughout the Northwest

A new project launched to harness the volunteer power of citizen scientists and help map bumble bees in the Pacific Northwest, and anyone with a camera and computer can contribute. Learn more about the project and how to contribute at the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Project website. 

Baby birds are starting to leave their nests

Soon you might notice the baby birds inside are starting to outgrow it. Because baby birds learn to fly by trial and error, it’s not uncommon to find them on the ground outside their nests after an attempt at flight – especially if their flight feathers haven’t fully grown in yet.

Birding Wire Photo of the Week


This photo of a mature barred owl (Strix varia) was submitted by reader Phil Crook. Phil took the photo in Trumbull County, Ohio, on the Western Reserve Greenway bike trail using a Canon PowerShot SX510 HS. We’d love to see your photos as well. Send them to editor@birdingwire.com in medium (web) resolution and we’d love to share them with our readers.

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