Advisories to feed the birds have been rescinded. Discover what we’ve learned—and get a refresher on how to keep your feeders and bird baths clean.
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Go Ahead and Feed the Birds!

Last summer, wildlife organizations in several Midwestern and mid-Atlantic states issued advisories for backyard birding enthusiasts to remove feeders and bird baths to halt the spread of a mysterious disease plaguing songbirds. Those advisories have been rescinded. Investigations to explain this mystery illness are ongoing, but several possible causes have been ruled out. Read on to discover what we’ve learned—and get a refresher on the best ways to keep your feeders and bird baths clean to prevent the spread of disease.
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Nature Trust BC is Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation

Join us on October 6th for a FREE, fun-filled virtual gala. We will honor the past, celebrate our achievements and share our exciting vision for the future. All proceeds will go toward conserving habitat for endangered birds, plants, and animals in British Columbia.

Hey, Bird, You Lost Something! How to Identify Feathers
So, you’re walking along, you glance down, and there it is, a gift from nature: a feather. On occasion its source is obvious—if it’s winter in the Midwest and the feather is reddish, it’s from a cardinal. Often, though, the feathers we find are harder to identify.
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The Federal Duck Stamp Makes Waves
What you likely know: The recent contest to select artwork for the 2022-2023 Federal Duck Stamp stirred late night laughs with a satirical painting of a duck hunting a human hunter. What you may not know: The Federal Duck Stamp serves as more than a conservation tool or a cool collector’s item. Did you know that a current Federal Duck Stamp will grant you free access to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee? And, the stamp supports conservation efforts for birds beyond waterfowl.
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Fall Birding Events You Don't Want to Miss
If you’ve never participated in a birding event, you’re in for a treat, and it’s not too late to get started. Two are coming up in October—the Global Bird Weekend. October 8-10, and The Big Sit!, October 9-10. They’re free and open to everyone around the world. The Global Bird weekend is a fun but serious citizen science project, while The Big Sit! is purely recreational—and a great chance to hold a fundraiser for your club or organization!
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#BirdsOnTheBrain
ATTENTION, BIRDWIRE SUBSCRIBERS: We want to hear from you! Each issue of our birdy newsletter includes a poll question for our audience. Visit our website to offer your input and see results from fellow readers!
Today's poll question: Which of these birding events or programs to you plan to participate in? Check all that apply.
• Global Bird Weekend
• Global Big Day
• The Big Sit!
• Project FeederWatch
• The Great Backyard Bird Count
• Christmas Bird Count
• None
RESULTS OF OUR LAST POLL: We asked our readers if they fed the birds this summer. Overall, our respondents remained steadfast in the hobby the love: A full 47% said that they continued offering the same foods year-round, while 22% said that they continued feeding, but reduced the offerings. 14% were affected by the advisories against feeding and 10% opted to feed only hummingbirds. Only 6% say they refrain from feeding birds during the summer months. Thanks to all who participated!



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Calendar of Birding Events
While many birding festivals have been canceled this year, don't despair: There are festivals (including virtual, in-person, and a hybrid of the two) still being held that you won't want to miss. Check out our list of upcoming birding festivals, and register for one today!
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Out There with the Birds Episode #101: Transitions and Trends in the American Birding Community
Jeffrey Gordon is the president of the American Birding Association, a position he has held since late 2010. Jeff is also a well-known writer, photographer, tour leader, and naturalist, and a former field editor for Bird Watcher's Digest. Jeff recently joined Out There with the Birds host Wendy Clark in a conversation about transitions and trends in the American birding community, and how the American Birding Association is faring during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Watching Backyard Birds: October 2021
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SPECIES PROFILE
American Crow
Crows are crafty, complex, and sometimes racuous—just a few reasons many bird watchers welcome this large and loud backyard vistor.
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WATCHER AT THE WINDOW
Big Nature
Columnist Julie Zickefoose reflects on the summer of the Brood V cicada invasion, when she was reminded that nature is bigger, far bigger, than we usually care to admit.
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SPECIAL FEATURE
Top 10 Things to Do for Birds in Fall
Get the most out of fall migration by following these suggestions that will benefit the birds in your backyard.


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