Like gems in a jeweler’s window, the eggs of birds are works of art, with striking variations in color and pattern. How does the color get there? What is it made of? Does it benefit the embryo? And why are some eggs plain white? Explore photos and learn the answers to these questions.
The first time that a Laysan Albatross flies out to sea is especially momentous because most young albatrosses will not return to land for at least three years! With downy feathers still clinging to her neck, Kalama the albatross recently took that first flight, after having captured the hearts of thousands of people who had watched her on the Bird Cams as she grew up on Kauai in the previous six months. Watch her take off in this video, courtesy of the Kauai Albatross Network.
Just in: A Perfect Day for an Albatross, a new children’s book by award-winning author and artist, Caren Loebel-Fried, is a lyrical tale told through the eyes of the female albatross Mālie. The story takes place on Midway Atoll, where 72% of the world’s Laysan Albatrosses make their nests. This is the first in a new children’s series from the Cornell Lab Publishing Group.
New! Illustrated Digital Checklists from eBird
Create your own digital bird guide for any region in the world, complete with photos, sounds, and best times of year to find each species. With our new Illustrated Checklists, you can see and hear what to expect in your home county or wherever your next birding vacation takes you. Get started.
This jumbo warbler (twice the size of an American Redstart) was on the verge of extinction three decades ago, with just 167 breeding pairs known in the world—all of them in Michigan. Known as the “jack pine warbler,” its numbers have grown to more than 2,000 pairs, thanks to intensive conservation efforts. Which species is it? Find out and learn more about this extraordinary bird and the ongoing efforts to save it.
Summer Bird Feeding Safety: Get advice on how to beat heat-related dangers for birds at your feeders. Read more.
Home Tweet Home Photo Contest: Enter your photo through the end of July. You could win great prizes including Zeiss binoculars. Learn more.
July eBirder of the Month Challenge: For another chance to win Zeiss binoculars, submit 15 checklists by the end of the month that have been shared with you or by you. Get the details.
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Coloring Book Discounts
Enjoy summer relaxation with color and creativity by delving into Backyard Birds and Blossoms, a new coloring book from Project FeederWatch.It includes insightful facts about birds and backyard habitats and a spectacular pull-out coloring poster.
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