MALHEUR LIVES: Nature’s Inevitable Renewal

Sunset at Malheur. By Steve Shunk

Post updated Feb 12, 2016 I visited Malheur recently with again friends. The Silvies flood plain was sleeping under a thick white blanket of snow, and the Rough-legged Hawks were out in force. The giant bluebird sky glowed brightly over Oregon’s Great Basin desert. The 10,000-foot high, 35-mile long Steens Mountain holds the magical key to the spring runoff… Read more

Summer Birding: Five Great National Wildlife Refuge Destinations

Roseate Spoonbills at Merritt Island NWR by Jonathan Milak

Summer slows many birders down, but it doesn’t have to! Here are five great National Wildlife Refuges for summer birding.

Cool series of a Caspian Tern diving into Lake Ontario after a fish. Watch what happens when he drops it.

Montagu´s Harrier by JM Sayago

With some 150 species sighted throughout the year, the Odiel Marshes are among Spain’s best-kept birding secrets.

Best U.S. National Wildlife Refuges for Birdwatching

Snowy Egret at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR by Gregg Aronson

So which refuges are best for birding? There’s no one answer. Your favorites may depend on where you live and what birds you like to see. But you can’t go wrong with the following.

Why Northwest Ohio Really Rocks in Nature Tourism

Prothonotary Warbler,

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.

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.

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.

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