The Great Philippine Eagle is the national bird of the Philippines, yet it’s clinging to survival with fewer than 1,000 birds remaining. Bird of Prey is the story of the men and women of the Philippine Eagle Foundation who are toiling to give this magnificent bird a future—and of an American cinematographer who’s made it his life’s work, too. We’ve just released a trailer for the film: watch it now.
One look at that powerful frame and hooked beak should give you a leg up in getting to the right family. Pay attention to the broad wings and hefty body—not to mention the bold markings on the belly and tail—and it should be smooth sailing. Do you know which species this is? Check your answer and learn more.
Hint: It’s One of the Raptors of Winter. Check out our article on how to identify more species of cold-weather carnivores.
Connect with your inner beat—and your inner beast.
Remix Nature and Create Your Own Music
The latest Bird Academy creation lets you unleash your wild rhythms. This mix-and-match game mashes up sounds of wild animals with backbeats created by wildlife DJ Ben Mirin, using sounds from Madagascar, the Sonoran desert, the Great Barrier Reef, and more. Animations made with help from the Cornell Hip Hop Collection lend flair to the whole affair. Open up BeastBox and start making music now!
Gray Jay by Brett Forsyth.
Spoiler Alert: Why Gray Jays Could Do With Colder Winters
Their cuteness hides their intrepid nature. Gray Jays embrace the frigid winters of northern Canada, raising young in early spring with the help of impressive food caches. But for an animal so in tune with the cold, what happens when it gets warmer? Find out in our Living Bird cover story.
Young Birders Event. Calling all serious, high-school-aged birders: apply by March 15 to attend our long weekend full of birding, science, and learning about careers in ornithology.
Grants Available for Land Trusts: Up to $5,000 in funding for high priority, bird-focused conservation projects. Apply by March 1, 2018.
Attention Educators! BirdSleuth’s Nature Detectives kit offers fun science activities developed with 3rd–8th grade afterschool and club programs in mind. And it’s 40% off through February!
February eBirder of the Month Challenge: Bird with friends! Submit at least 15 shared eBird checklists, and you could win a pair of Zeiss binoculars. Details. New to eBird? Watch the intro video.
Job Openings: Check out opportunities at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and help us spread the word among family and friends. See listings.
Bird Events, Near and Far: Take flight and set your sights on attending one of the many bird festivals coming up this season. Find your destination on our Birding Festivals and Events webpage.
Help Save One of the World’s Rarest Eagles
When a Great Philippine Eagle looks you in the eye, it’s breathtaking. When that crest flares up and those riveting blue eyes connect with yours, there is no question that this is a magnificent bird we must save from extinction.
Check out the new eBird home page, featuring easier access to eBird tools, great bird photos, and a mobile-friendly design. There’s also a popular new stat for logged-in users: consecutive days with an eBird checklist. See the new home page.
Stock Up on Bird Books and Save!
The Cornell Lab Publishing Group offers a wide variety of bird guides, children’s books, and coloring books—and now you can save 50% off any order worth $50 or more. Use promo code 5050FOR5 and order by Feb. 16. Check out all the books on sale.
If you haven’t joined Project FeederWatch this year, there’s still plenty of time—join in February and you’ll get all of next season free! Take your enjoyment of birds up a notch, and let your sightings become part of something bigger. Counting is easy no matter how busy your schedule, so take the plunge!
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