Swifts – Living on the Wing

Swifts – Living on the Wing

October 21, 2014 by  
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With their forked tails and scythe-shaped wings, swifts herald the arrival of spring in Europe and are seen as the bringers of rain in parts of Africa where they spend their winters. These amazing birds spend almost their entire lives in flight, so much so that their legs are small and too weak to support them for long when perching, explaining why their family name…

Sedona Hummingbird Festival 2014

June 16, 2014 by  
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Hummingbird experts from around the world will be sharing their knowledge and pictures over the three days of the festival, which will also feature an art exhibit, vendor stands, birding trips…

Vancouver’s Bird Week: Promoting Appreciation for Birds

April 15, 2014 by  
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The coastal seaport city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, features a wide variety of habitats which attract large numbers of birds. To encourage interest in local and migratory birdlife, Vancouver hosts an annual event called Vancouver’s Bird Week, with the 2014 program taking place on May 3-10…

Conservation of the Honduran Emerald Hummingbird

January 29, 2013 by  
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There are more than 338 recorded hummingbird species worldwide, and many birding enthusiasts would agree that they are top of the list as the most interesting little birds of the nearly 10,000 bird species found around the world…

HummerBird Celebration 2012

August 16, 2012 by  
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Keynote speaker Kevin Karlson will be joining in every field trip of this popular annual event. As an accomplished bird, wildlife photographer and professional tour leader…

Kern River Valley Hummingbird Celebration

May 21, 2012 by  
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This free unhosted event is held at the Kern River Preserve. Features of the event include bird walks, bird feeding workshops, t-shirt sales and an information booth…

Amazing Memories of Hummingbirds

March 27, 2012 by  
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Flitting from one flower to the next, their long, narrow beaks perfectly adapted to reach seemingly inaccessible nectar, hummingbirds hover with their wings a blur, their iridescent feathers shining in the sun. New research has revealed that these fascinating little creatures are even more amazing than previously thought.

2011 HummerBird Celebration

May 4, 2011 by  
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With loads of activities for the entire family, the annual HummerBird Celebration offers families a great opportunity to introduce children to the joys of the outdoors and wildlife. James Currie of Nikon Birding Adventures TV-fame will be the keynote speaker at the event. Together with Mike Freiberg of Nikon, he will be filming the activities [...]

Kern River Valley Hummingbird Celebration

March 17, 2011 by  
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The 13th Annual Kern River Valley Hummingbird Celebration is a delightful day for bird enthusiasts. The day will involve learning about hummingbird feeder maintenance, a bird walk and nature walk, hummingbird identification workshop, how to garden for hummingbirds and much more. The Hummingbird Celebration is hosted at the ideal time of year for those taking [...]

Tropical Birding in January (Part 1)

August 2, 2010 by  
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I stepped outside the terminal of Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri to a steel-grey sky spitting snow. I groaned, pulled the all-too-thin jacket tighter about my shoulders, and stiffened at the shock of the cold. As I walked to the parking lot the wind drove flakes horizontally across my field of view and stung my hands and face. Staring intently through a curtain of white, I could just discern the outline of a Red-tailed Hawk struggling in the storm at the far end of the tarmac. I instinctively raised my hand to point its position, but there was no one to show the hawk to, nor share the experience with, and I suddenly longed for the warmth of Mexico and fellow bird watchers. I had to stop and smile at the thought because it had not always been so.

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