Bird Bound: A Packing List for Birding Travelers

Neil Glenn, Alan Davies, Georgina Head and guide Prossie combing wetland birds at Kaku Wetland. © Laura Kammermeier

Many of you may know Marci Madsen Fuller, the former event organizer of the popular Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. Marci has always been an avid traveler and she used to maintain a website called BirdBound. Ever since I saw this list on Marci's website, I refer to it in the last panic-stricken moments before every major bird trip. It gives me peace of mind. We republish it here, with her permission.

Like most, I've carried a rucksack of dreams as I've trekked through life. I’ve had to rearrange things in my bag a few times; remove a few pipe dreams, shelve some I’ve been lucky enough to fulfill, and reorganize those important enough to keep. I’m now scaling the peak of my fifth decade. I hope… Read more »

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A Map Every Traveling Birder Must See: IBAs in Danger

Wouldn't it be better, as nature travelers, if we carried at least rudimentary knowledge of the globe's threatened habitats?

10 Good Reasons to Keep a Travel Journal

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Christine Elder's top ten reasons for keeping a travel journal.

Cuba: The Forbidden Fruit of the Caribbean

You may revel in Cuba's titillating naughtiness, but if you’re a traveler, and not just a tourist, your mind will also contemplate much bigger ideas.

Birding Northern Peru

A visit to the hummingbird station at Waqanki Lodge typically provides excellent looks at the tiny Rufous-crested Coquette. Photo by Steve Shunk

Northern Peru is packed with unique treasures – cultural, archaeological and natural. Blessed with few tourists and better coastal weather than either Lima or the south, the area encompasses city oases along the coast, secluded villages in the Andes – where you may well be the first foreigner to pass through for years – and… Read more »

Join contributor Ed Hutchings as he explores the wilds of New York State and uncovers some of our favorite nooks

Congratulations to NTN associate editor Steve Shunk for releasing his new book, "The Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America." From the iconic Woody Woodpecker to the ubiquitous Northern Flicker, woodpeckers have long captivated our attention. Their astonishing anatomy makes them one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and their keystone… Read more »

Wow! How field guides have changed. Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland gives comprehensive photographic coverage of every bird recorded in Britain and Ireland to date. Here's Keith's take on this photographic field guide.

Photo Gallery: The Gorgeous Poison Dart Frogs of Panama

Gold-back Panama poison frog © Kevin Loughlin

Poison Dart Frogs are often spectacularly colored as a warning to prospective predators. Individuals in many species will have some variation in the color patterns, however, few have the variation of color morphs found in the Bocas del Tor region of Panama. Here, on the islands and coastal mainland, Oophaga pumilio can be found in… Read more »

Quality binoculars are expensive, and if you want to enjoy the exceptional quality of premium birding binoculars from the “big three” (Leica, Swarovski, and Zeiss), you typically have to dig deep into your wallet. The high price can be attributed to the binoculars’ exceptional components, superior craftsmanship by highly skilled workers in their respective German and… Read more »

The Champions of the Flyway exists to protect the Mediterranean flyways from illegal trapping and killing. Bird watchers are the sentinels of extinction for the avian world. We simply MUST lead the way to champion this cause.

A Birder’s Guide to Sri Lanka by Sam Woods

Blue-tailed Bee-eater © Sam Woods

Prepare to drool after reading this comprehensive overview of the birding and nature experience in Sri Lanka.

Machu Picchu… More Than Ruins

Machu Picchu (Peru) © Kevin Loughlin

Enjoying the breathtaking views from atop the stone structures of the lost city of the Inca, Machu Picchu, is something many travelers endeavor to partake. Certainly one of the most famous of ancient cities in the New World, crowds converge upon the steep stairs and narrow passageways, daily. The city lies at 7000 feet, between… Read more »

Hannah Madden and Lisa Sorenson begin the long hike into the crater of The Quill. Statia, Lesser Antilles, by Steve Shunk.

Old wooden signs point the way. They may not be as old as they look, but here, on the windward side of the Caribbean, tropical storms take their tolls—on signs, buildings, cars, and anything else that sits out in the rain. These signs to the trailhead simply say “Quill” in elegant cursive scrolled with weathered black… Read more »

January 1, 2016 New York, USA. Nature Travel Network (NTN) recently launched a new platform for its international travel website at http://www.naturetravelnetwork.com. Completely re-designed from the ground up, the new website (NTN 2.0) invites visitors to browse through its network of featured destinations in order to dream, plan and explore nature travel opportunities. NTN features… Read more »

What is the BEST Field Guide for Each Country?

Birder with Field Guide, by Laura Kammermeier

The guides at Birding Ecotours have put together a list of top field guides for countries on every continent. This list is a great place to start your bird research in advance of your next trip.

The endemic Jamaican Tody, at the Goblin Hill Villas, Portland, Jamaica. Photo by Steve Shunk

You awake to the drumming of Jamaican Woodpeckers, performing in the snag outside your window. Gray Kingbirds and White-chinned Thrushes call from the woodland edges just a few meters away. You saunter to your deck and pause for several minutes with your arms on the railing, bathing in the tropical breeze, as you stare across… Read more »

Birders Discover African Grail Bird:The Congo Peafowl

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A hundred years ago the Con(though it was known to the Congolese as a source of food and ceremonial headdress). About 80 years ago, the bird was first described in the ornithological record, but that description did not come from an actual sighting, it came from two mislabeled specimens that American ornithologist James Chapin had… Read more »