Laura Kammermeier

Northern Wheatear male. © Jonathan Meyrav

As we previously reported, a new international bird race took place in Eilat, Israel this year - the Champions of the Flyway International Bird Race for Conservation. Here is a fantastic video of the Champions of the Flyway event. It does a great job of portraying the fun, urgency, and epic birding that Israel provides.

Never Underestimate The Power of Nature Travel…

Never underestimate the power of nature travel to make a difference for species. By stepping inside what locals consider wild, untamed forest, you teach that there is an aesthetic value to their natural heritage. That you marvel at birds they don't even notice and hear bird songs they take for granted, you teach a new… Read more »

Why Northwest Ohio Really Rocks in Nature Tourism

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While "western Ohio" may not register on everyone's list as a top destination -- unless you're a birder or from the Midwest -- it is a great place to visit for many reasons, thanks to the recreational and ecological benefits of Lake Erie. And if you ARE a birder, combining a birding trip with one of these other attractions will satisfy your nature cravings AND keep your family satisfied, too.

Sounds of Magee Marsh in May (Ohio)

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Editor's Note: Ahh, the sound of nature in May. I'm currently walking the boardwalk along Magee Marsh and exploring woodlots and grasslands for birds in the surrounding environs. More to report when I get back. But for now, I want to leave you with this video of the "Magee Marsh experience."  I shot this video… Read more »

News: Nature Travel Network Featured in The Birding Wire

Nature Travel Network is pleased to be featured in today's issue of The Birding Wire. The Birding Wire is a birding newsletter service of the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, and sponsored by Swarovski Optic. The newsletter contains timely news related to U.S. national wildlife refuges, conservation, events, festivals, as well as products and birding gear… Read more »

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Holy cow, The Biggest Week in American Birding has assembled an impressive team of bloggers to cover the event (a team I'm proud to be part of). Taken these combined efforts, I don't think one aspect of this fun birding event is going to be missed. That means you can sit back and read and watch about the event from a variety of angles, even if you can't make it in person. But we hope you will!

African Elephant, Amboseli National Park, Kenya. © Melissa Groo

Do ethical consideration every effect your willingness to travel to certain countries? Should they? I often make the mistake of believing that humanity's consciousness has increased along with access to information and ever-increasing educational opportunities. However, this is not the case, and nothing exemplifies that more than the alarming/horrific increase in illegal poaching of wild… Read more »

Pushing “Reset” To Escape The Winter Blues (and Zombies)

Feeling like "King of the World!" atop Hyner View, PA. © lkamms

March and April are cruel months. By now, the novelty of winter has faded, the cold trembles our bones, and the paucity of sunlight drapes us in a blood-deep mental cloud. Spring has become a wicked mirage and we curse our position on the globe relative to the sun. We stand in silent (and ridiculous!) protest by refusing to make any meaningful action until such action can be done outside, in our Bermudas, with a cold lager in our hands.

6 Reasons to Attend The Biggest Week in American Birding 2013

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The Biggest Week in American Birding is a celebration of the epic spring migration in western Ohio lakefront and commences May  3 - 12th. Yours truly will be there, blogging the event in official capacity along with several other talented bird bloggers. The event is headquartered out of Maumee Bay State Park, a stone's throw from… Read more »

Adirondack Birding Festival (New York)

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June is birding month in the Adirondacks. And the annual Hamilton County Birding Festival kicks off in mid June to celebrate the more than 100 special breeders in the park.  Held at special habitats near the towns of Speculator, Lake Pleasant, Piseco and Morehouse, Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Inlet… Read more »

Arizona Mexican Spotted Owl. © lkamms

Last August (2012) I was part of a team of U.S. bird bloggers who gathered in southeast Arizona to find birds, talk about blogging, and to test out the new Swarovski ATX, a modular scope—the first of its kind—whose component parts will suit just about every situation you'll encounter in in the field. More on… Read more »

Review: Casa de San Pedro B & B Inn (SE Arizona)

View from our guest room through the courtyard and toward the Great Room. (© lkamms)

Let me cut to the chase. I can easily recommend Casa de San Pedro Bed & Breakfast Inn to any traveler (birder or otherwise) visiting southeast Arizona. This hacienda, designed to evoke traditional architecture of Spain and Mexico, is a diamond in the rough, a sanctuary for tired, hot souls and a gracious provider of… Read more »

Midwest Birding Symposium (Ohio)

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Dubbed "The World's Friendliest Birding Event," with good reason, the Midwest Birding Symposium is a 4-day birding event held every other fall in Lakeside, Ohio.

Birding Alabama: Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge

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The Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge offers some of the best birding to be found in Alabama. The refuge is a patchwork of open fields, marshes, and impoundments bounded by Lake Eufaula to one side and mixed woodlots on the other. It is divided into three major units: Upland, Kennedy, and Bradley.

Birding with guide George Alfred on the grounds of Belcampo Belize (as it is currently called).

Southern Belize is a good first stop in a tropical bird-watching tour. A few days in the rainforest with a good guide is likely to net you well over a hundred species. Time your visit to coincide with breeding and migration, which runs from February through March.

Africa: What Are the “Big 5” Megafauna?

  lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. The term Big Five was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. Subsequently the term was adopted by safari tour operators for marketing purposes. The term is still used in most tourist and wildlife guides… Read more »

Airline Trends: Buy Direct from Carrier for Best Value

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Years ago, the only thing that mattered to me when flying by air was ticket price. The proliferation of fee-comparison websites felt like a good thing. It allowed me to shop by price with the assurance that competition among carriers had brought the price down - or at least kept it within reasonable bounds in… Read more »

News: Quito Airport Relocated Out of City Centre

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Birdwatchers and Amazon explorers may now say goodbye and good riddance to the white-knuckled joy ride that landing in the Quito, Ecuador airport. The Mariscal Sucre International Airport, which is precariously wedged between towering volcanoes and municipal blocks high on the western Andean slope, was considered by some as one of the five most dangerous airports in… Read more »

Laredo Birding Festival (Texas)

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Blessed with a rich and diverse river eco-system, Laredo is home to hundreds of species of local and migratory birds, which include prized finds such as:  White-collared Seedeater, Scaled Quail, Grey Hawk, Audubon’s and Altamira Orioles, Brown Jay, Green Parakeets, Muscovy Duck, Red-billed Pigeon and Clay-colored Thrush. During this 4-day festival, birders will have a chance… Read more »

Southwest Utah’s St. George Winter Bird Festival

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Southwest Utah habitats can attract over 375 species of birds during the year. The habitats range from desert, forest, and riparian. During the St. George winter months many waterfowl migrate through and stop at our lakes and reservoirs. Raptors especially, find this region an ideal location for the cold months. Whether you are a beginner… Read more »