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In this issue: A new view of nighttime migration; Saturday is Global Big Day; condors return to Northern California; a quiz bird; and more.
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May 2022

BirdCast's Migration Dashboard can help you maximize migration gratification.

How Many Birds Flew Over Your County Last Night? BirdCast Can Tell You

There's a new way to view one of nature's great unseen spectacles: the massive migration of billions of birds across the night sky. For any county in the Lower 48, BirdCast can now detail the number, speed, direction, and altitude of the birds cruising through the darkness on spring and fall nights—along with suggesting which species are most likely. And if you’re not a night owl, you can catch up with the previous night's action the next day. Check out the night flight in your neck of the woods.
A blue bird perches on a thorny branch. Greater Blue-eared Starling by  Contributor Niall D Perrins/Macaulay Library/
Greater Blue-eared Starling by Niall D Perrins/Macaulay Library.

Go Birding on Saturday for Global Big Day

Global Big Day is an annual celebration of birds that everyone can be a part of. On May 14, whether you take a walk around your neighborhood, look out your window, or venture deep into the woods, report the birds you see and hear to eBird. Last year, birdwatchers from nearly 200 countries set new world records for birding on a single day. What will we accomplish together this year? Learn more about Global Big Day.

Explore Birds of the World: To help you make the most of Global Big Day, we're offering free access to the groundbreaking Birds of the World now through Sunday, May 15.

Summer Tanager (red, yellow, black, white) and Black-headed Grosbeak (black, orange, white) on the West Texas Bird Cams.
Western Tanager and Black-headed Grosbeak on the West Texas Bird Cam.

Songbirds Treat You to a Yellow, Orange, and Red Morning on Bird Cams

Our West Texas feeder cam lit up in brilliant colors on a recent spring morning. Flaming-yellow-and-red Western Tanagers joined peachy orange Black-headed Grosbeaks to vie for seeds and suet right in front of our camera. Take a few minutes to admire them in all their spring beauty.

More Bird Cams: From Ospreys to oropendolas, there is always fascinating bird action on the Cornell Lab Bird Cams

Gray bird with bright yellow head and black chin. Photo by Derek Hameister/Macaulay Library.
Is this bird as reclusive as its name suggests? Photo by Derek Hameister/Macaulay Library.

What Species Is This?

This warbler's golden face shines like a lantern as it flits through the high canopy of Pacific Northwest mountain forests. While it can be difficult to catch sight of in spring and summer, its buzzy, rising song drifts down to the forest floor as it hunts insects in the tall conifers. Do you know what species this is? Check your answer and learn more at All About Birds.

An adult condor stretches its wings in an encolusure. ho serves as a mentor, teaching the youngsters social behavior before they are released. Photo by Matt Mais/Yurok Tribe.
An adult condor mentors young condors in the flight pen at the Yurok release facility. Photo by Matt Mais/Yurok Tribe.

Bringing Back Prey-go-neesh, the California Condor, to Yurok Skies in Northern California

Last week, two California Condors flew in Northern California skies for the first time in more than a century. The reintroduction into Yurok tribal lands was a project 15 years in the making. Yurok wildlife biologist and project leader Tiana Williams-Claussen describes what the return of Prey-go-neesh means to her.

Recovering America's Wildlife Act: RAWA is the most significant wildlife conservation bill in at least a generation. This bipartisan bill would fund state and tribal conservation work and may soon come up for a vote on the House and Senate floors. More details.

Chasing a Moving Target: A recent study evaluated whether songbirds in New York are keeping up with changes in insect life-cycle timing. Read more at NestWatch.

Nest Quest Go: Look back in time at nests via the information contained on handwritten notecards. We just launched Shore and Wetland Birds—take a peek!

Educators—Get Free FeederWatch: Thanks to a generous gift, 50 U.S. schools can join Project FeederWatch's 2022–23 season free. Apply by Friday, June 17.

Professional Development for Teachers: Explore our K–12 program's lineup of free webinars and workshops.

Win With eBird:
Black Birders Week 2022 is a series of online events running from May 29 to June 4. Details and schedule.

Attend a Bird Festival: It's a great way to learn about birds and meet like-minded people. Many festivals are planning in-person events—check out our full listings.

Work at the Cornell Lab: Visit our jobs page for current openings.

Make Every Bird Count On Big Day

A red and black bird, a Scarlet Tanager, sings in a tree. Still from video.

This Saturday marks BIG DAY 2022, our annual 24-hour birding bonanza and conservation fundraiser—and right now, the Lab’s Big Day birders on Team Sapsucker are gearing up for a thrilling urban birding adventure in New York City!

Watch our Big Day video to find out how you can help Team Sapsucker turn 24 hours of birding into years of conservation funding and solutions. With your help, May 14 will be BIG for birds—in cities and beyond.

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Connecting Kids to Birds and Nature

Bird Academy’s newest self-paced, online course helps nurture a child’s curiosity for nature by building their confidence outdoors and connecting them to the wildlife in their neighborhood. Designed by the Lab’s environmental educators, this course provides tools and activities to connect 6–10 year olds to birds and nature. Save 50% on How to Connect Kids with Birds and Nature when you purchase by May 31.

Tap to view Maguari Stork account in Birds of the World

Meet the Maguari Stork

In the language of the Tupi, indigenous people who once inhabited southeastern Brazil, Maguari means "heavy bill." The only stork of its genus in the new world, the Maguari Stork is a well-known bird on the fertile grasslands of southern South America. Maguari Stork is one of nine free preview accounts currently available in Birds of the World. Subscribe today for 20% off your first billing cycle. Use coupon code MIGRATION20 in the store. Offer ends May 31.
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Spring Mother's and Father's Day Special Savings!

Save 30% when you spend $75 or more for Mom or Dad: field guides (including new regional guides), pocket guides, journals, puzzles, coloring books, playing cards, and everything else sitewide! Visit the Cornell Lab Publishing Group store and use code FROMYOURBABYBIRD Offer ends June 8.

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