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.

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.

The forest at Bosque Pomac is even more parched than at Laquipampa, but it is home to endemics like the Peruvian Plantcutter. Photo by Alfredo Fernandez.

Days 1 and 2 of the World Birding Rally took us into tropical forest, in nearly full sun beneath the thin shade of dusty trees and cacti. It was a stark introduction to the unique Tumbesian region, where an unusual climate has helped create a birder’s wish list of endemic species.

Interview: Richard Crossley Says FORGET BIRD ID! What?

Crossley ID Guides - 2-Golden-Eagle

Richard is not just some guy trying to sell a field guide, he’s a complex thinker full of cantankerous observations, out-of-the-box theories, new projects, and solid visions for how birds can be the hook that brings millions of people to the joy, passion, and fun of birding (while scoring plus one for conservation). Plus he’s just plain fun to talk to.

The Champions of the Flyway – Racing for Conservation

14 teams of top birders from 10 nations stepped up and registered for the first ever Champions of the Flyway race. Now the results are in.

I am thrilled to report that the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) will hold its 40th Anniversary hawkwatching conference here in Rochester, NY, this spring. Check your calendars and please join me here this April 25-27th! PLEASE SHARE THIS POST!

Just Got Back! Extremadura, Spain

Just spent an INCREDIBLE two weeks in Spain, most of which spent exploring the natural nooks and crannies of Extremadura

I have no doubt that the Spurn Migration Festival will become a firm favourite in the birding calendar… the festival has the makings of an annual social gathering as well as an excellent opportunity to see some rare, scarce and common migrating birds.

Painted Redstart by Mike Watson

A cooperative Amazon Kingfisher – an ABA Code 5 rarity – helped make the 20th Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival one of the all-time best birding events.

How many people can say they saw Kirtland’s Warbler on their very first birding trip? Well I can.

Blackburnian Warbler (© Mike Watson)

Birder Mike Watson shares his impressions and awesome photos of wood warblers from the Midwest Birding Symposium.

Birding Old Port Isabel Road in South Texas is likely to uncover some of the region’s most enigmatic raptor species.

The Legendary Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Coming Soon!

Altamira Oriole (© Richard Crossley)

This year, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival celebrates its 20th year, and takes place in Harlingen, Texas from November 6 – 10th. “You REALLY ought to get the Rio Grande Valley Birding festival, Laura,” said a friend of mine years ago. “It’s one of the biggest festivals of the year, it attracts great people… Read more

Common Cranes at Hula Valley by Jonathan Meyrav

most people don’t realize that the autumn migration through Israel’s Northern and Eastern Valleys can be just as impressive and offers unique opportunities to enjoy both large numbers of birds and an array of rare “near-eastern” specialties.

The 3rd International Hula Valley Bird Festival

Black Storks at Hula Valley by Thomas Krumenack

The Hula Valley Bird Festival offers a full birdwatching program, fantastic photography options and fascinating evening presentations.

The Magical Interplay of Birds and Light in the Hula Valley

Black Storks at Hula Valley by Thomas Krumenack

Small groups of Common Cranes dip in and out of the fog; more and more of these majestic birds rise from the water and pass low overhead, some so close that droplets of water tap lightly around us.

Now in its 25th year, the British Birdfair takes place at Rutland Water Nature Reserve and is the world’s largest gathering of birdwatchers on the planet.

Birding in the News: Two Migration Hotspots Featured On CBS

What makes spring birdwatching so special? This CBS report by Serena Altschul begins to answer that question very well. Watch the above clip to see the celebration of birds held at Magee Marsh (The Biggest Week in American Birding, which features many of our colleagues and friends) and the Indiana Audubon Society’s Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary.

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.


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!

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