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    Antarctica, New Media, and Old-Fashioned Birding

    So meta: Are birders becoming trapped by technology?

    I’m not old enough to reminisce about phone trees and rare bird hotlines, though I’ve heard plenty of stories about birding’s raw old days. By the time I picked up my first pair of binoculars, dial-up was being phased out. I am proud to be of [read more...]

      Bright Night Lights

      The latest LED flashlights are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but as bright as a spotlight.

      The dark days of winter lie ahead, and, pretty soon, many of us will be owl-prowling on our favorite Christmas counts. But are you ready to light up the night? If you’re still [read more...]

        Breaking the Ice Across the Pond

        What are they: Orcs, Auks, or Dovekies?

        The first time I heard someone exclaim, “There’s an Orc behind the ship!” this summer, I twirled in surprise, nervously quick-drawing my binoculars. In moody light, the mountain peaks of Svalbard—an isolated archipelago about 1,000 miles north of Norway—can assume an insidious, Mordorish aspect, and, for a fleeting [read more...]

          Peru's Insane Birding Rally Challenge

          Peruvian Pygmy-Owl.

          If you blinked last week, you may have missed an outrageous birding competition—certainly the strangest, most wonderful I have ever attended—called the Birding Rally Challenge: an eight-day-long, no-holds-barred torneo June 11-18 across the deserts and jungles of northern Peru. The rally’s organizers call it birding’s World Cup, and, while I might liken [read more...]

            The 48-hour Birdathon

             

            Noah and the Wild Turkeys search for Ash-throated Flycatchers in eastern Oregon. (All photos by Tim Kurtz.)

            “Ten minutes to go!”

            As I stood at Yaquina Head on the Oregon Coast last weekend, my head reeled. Thousands of Common Murres jostled for space on the guano-stained cliffs in front of me, braying into my [read more...]

              A Different Kind of Wildlife Photography

              A cougar cub (with its mother's tail) caught by remote camera. Noah's backyard fence is visible in the upper left. (Click to enlarge.)

              I stumbled into my first camera trap a few years ago while birding on Panama’s famous Barro Colorado Island. As I walked quietly down a jungle trail, listening for bird sounds, [read more...]

                Loneliness of the Antarctic Birder

                If the tourists on an Antarctic cruise aren’t birders when they step on the boat, then by god Noah Strycker will make sure they’re birders when they leave it. [read more...]

                  Birding by Webcam

                  A screen capture of the Southeast Farallon Island webcam from September 25th, showing a Nashville Warbler clinging to the lighthouse antenna.

                  On the morning of September 14th, a birder named Matt Brady turned on his computer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, opened an internet browser, and clicked on the Farallon  Islands webcam to do a [read more...]

                    Birding After LASIK

                    I was chilled out on Valium when it happened, but I remember distinctly that  everything went very blurry, almost black, when a laser sliced a flap from the front of  each one of my eyeballs near the crux of the LASIK corrective vision procedure earlier  this month. It was unnerving to stare at the ceiling [read more...]

                      Adventures in County Listing

                      When my friends Jay and Tim and I decided to try a county big day in late June, we picked low-hanging fruit. Hood River County, along the Columbia River east of Portland, leads the world in Anjou pear production. It’s also tied three ways among Oregon’s 36 counties for the fewest number of birders reporting [read more...]

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