October Big Day 2018 results!

On 6 October, more than 17,000 birders around the world went birding together for the first October Big Day. Reporting from 146 countries, teams tallied 6,136 species of birds: more than half of the world’s birds in a single day. eBirders added 21,149 pictures to their lists, photographing 2,356 species in these 24 hours. This sets new heights for a single day of October birding. Read more.

Minnesota’s Newest Sports Stadiums Take Very Different Approaches to Bird Safety

On a postcard-perfect morning in September, construction is underway at Allianz Field in St. Paul, the soon-to-be new home of Minnesota’s professional soccer team. Amid the clanking, beeping, and general hullabaloo, managing partner Bill McGuire is talking about birds. Not the Loons, as fans might expect—after all, that’s the nickname of Minnesota United FC—but rather orioles: The birds are passing through on their annual long-haul journeys south, and McGuire likes to put out protein-packed morsels to help fuel the neotropical migrants’ treks. “I spent the morning getting the mealworms ready, just in case some are still moving through,” he says.

https://www.audubon.org/news/minnesotas-newest-sports-stadiums-take-very-different-approaches-bird-safety

Yards With Non-Native Plants Create ‘Food Deserts’ for Bugs and Birds

Desirée Narango has knocked on hundreds of doors in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. to make an intimate request of homeowners: permission to count and identify the trees and shrubs in their yards. Luckily for Narango, now an ecologist at the City University of New York, they almost always said yes. In her counts, she’s found the tropical fronds of banana plants, pink-tufted crepe myrtles, scraggly oaks, and hundreds of other woody plants. But her interest in the greenery isn’t that of a botanist. “We’re thinking at the scale of a bird,” Narango says.

https://www.audubon.org/news/yards-non-native-plants-create-food-deserts-bugs-and-birds