Spending six months camped out in a treetop blind to film one of the world’s largest raptors isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. And it takes a special creature to inspire that kind of dedication. But the Great Philippine Eagle, with its piercing blue eyes and dedication to its chick, has a way of touching people’s hearts. Learn more about this singular bird and the people working to save it.
Movie Premiere: Bird of Prey. Capping two years of filming, the riveting documentary Bird of Prey brings this magnificent raptor’s story to life. The movie premieres at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival in March 2018. For updates on the film, visit birdofpreymovie.com.
Watch a Philippine Eagle Up Close: In this exclusive outtake, cinematographer Neil Rettig talks you through the Philippine eagle’s adaptations for hunting amid the lofty rainforest canopy. Watch the video (includes brief sequences with killed prey).
Test Drive the All-New Version of Our Online Bird Guide
We’re redesigning our All About Birds species guide, and you’re invited to take a sneak peek during our beta testing phase. The new site features more than 7,500 brand-new images, a comparison tool for similar species, and a clean, smartphone-friendly design. We’d love to hear what you think of it. You can read about all the new features or go straight to the new site.
Can you put a name to this color-flecked flock? Photo by Stan via Birdshare.
Which Species Is This?
This flock is crowded around a pavement puddle like a group of wildebeest at a Serengeti watering hole. We’ll give you a hint: you won’t see this species in tropical Africa—but it might be showing up in unexpected places this winter. Do you know what species it is? Check your answer and learn more about where this irruptive species is headed this winter.
Carolina Wren by Anne Duvall via Project FeederWatch BirdSpotter photo contest.
10 Holiday Gifts for Your Backyard Wildlife
A few quick projects can make your yard a welcoming place for birds—and they can double as thoughtful, out-of-the-ordinary gifts for your friends and family. Top ideas from our Habitat Network project range from water trays to “seed bombs” to bee-, bat-, and bird- houses. Check out the full list.
Birds in the Caribbean have evolved with the threat of hurricanes—but this year’s season was one for the record books. The endangered Puerto Rican Parrot survived the devastation of Hurrican Maria thanks to a combination of long-term preparedness and quick thinking on the part of local biologists. Other Caribbean endemics also seem to have survived. Read our special report.
Binoculars for the Amazon: If you have an old pair of binoculars lying around, they can begin a new life helping students learn about their surroundings via Amazon Rainforest Workshops, frequent collaborators with our BirdSleuth project.
December eBirder of the Month Challenge: Update your eBird app and use it to track your birding route on at least 15 checklists this month, and you’ll be entered to win Zeiss binoculars. Get the details.
Apply by Dec. 31 for a Mini-Grant: Got an idea for a community event that integrates arts, gardening, and birds? Grants of up to $750 are available. Get details.
Job Openings: Check out opportunities at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and help us spread the word among family and friends. See listings.
Check out our lowest pricing ever on courses to help you become a better birder, learn songs and calls, dive into ornithology, and more. Sale prices through Dec. 24. See the specials.
Save on Beautiful Posters from NestWatch
For donations starting at just $10, you can get beautiful posters of birds’ nests and eggs from NestWatch. Prices are reduced through the end of the year. Please note that because of international shipping costs, we can offer these prices for U.S. addresses only. More about the offer.
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