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Audubon Wingspan: National Edition
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National Edition
Northern Cardinal | Credit: Karen Bacon
Birding That Counts
This month, 65,000 volunteers are tromping, binoculars in hand, through mud, snow, and freezing cold. The 113th Christmas Bird Count is underway. Past counts have made a real difference for bird science and conservation. Kenn Kaufman shares CBC lore and feather-raising tales of bird count prowess. Read more.

Cold-weather Birds Follow the Food

Red-breasted Nuthatch | Eric B?gin/ Flickr Creative Commons  
While many birds migrate south, other species stay put in winter. They survive by foraging on insects and larvae and by stashing nuts and berries in secret troves. Some, like this Red-breasted Nuthatch, depend on pine cone crops. During years in which crops decline, these species "irrupt"—that is, large numbers move farther south than normal. This appears to be one of those years. Read more.


10 Under 10,000 – Birds on the Brink

Black Oystercatcher | Credit: Jeff Larsen 
Pollution, habitat destruction, and now global climate change are shoving more and more birds into the ecological red zone. Audubon has identified 10 bird species whose populations have fallen below 10,000 individuals. We call them the '10 Under 10,000.' From the Bahamas to the Arctic, birds like the Piping Plover, Black Oystercatcher, and Florida Scrub-Jay are declining in number. Their plight underscores the urgency of our conservation efforts. Read more.
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American Goldfinches | Credit: Pat and Ellen Prather/Flickr

WINTER FEEDERS
Hot Tips for Cold Weather Feeders

Famed ornithologist Steve Kress shares advice on what to feed backyard birds in winter. His main recommendation: Offer a variety of foods and feeders in your yard to keep the cardinals, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and chickadees fat and happy.

Photos: Northern Cardinal - Karen Bacon; Red-breasted Nuthatch - Eric Bégin/Flickr Creative Commons; Black Oystercatcher - Jeff Larsen; Painted Bunting - David Morgan; American Goldfinches at feeder - 8 Eyes Photography/Flickr Creative Commons

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