How Hundreds of Volunteers Protected California’s Tricolored Blackbirds

Three years ago, when Debi Shearwater spied a hayfield peppered with hundreds of nesting Tricolored Blackbirds from her car, she immediately panicked. She was on one of her usual spring drives, wending her way through the sprawling ranches along California’s central coast, on the lookout for the birds’ dense colonies—and this one was in a particularly precarious position. The chicks weren’t quite old enough to leave their nests, and the surrounding farms had all harvested their crops. Shearwater felt sure this field would be next.

5 tips for winter birding

The winter is coming quickly, and the change in seasons means a change in bird activity. While the chilliest months of the year might seem like the worst time to get out to watch birds, it actually provides an amazing opportunity to see birds more easily and to see seasonal visitors you might not get to watch at other times of the year. Layer up and grab your binoculars to take advantage of learning new species and behaviors!