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Bird Collective Field Notes

Discover the latest news and stories about birding and beyond.




The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Birding

For us, birding is the act of experiencing and enjoying wild birds. And like all forms of enjoyment, there’s no set way to do it. This article is for anyone who is curious about birds and wants to learn more about them. In it, we share our Bird Collective birding philosophy, experiences, tips, references, and ideas on how to build your own relationship with birds. 

Meet the HawkWatch Crew at Bonney Butte

The 29th season of long-term raptor monitoring at Bonney Butte just finished. Meet some of the team, whose hard work counting and banding raptors helps us understand raptor population trends. 

American Goshawk

Embark on a journey through the dense forests of North America and into the world of the American Goshawk, the formidable 'partridge hawk' with a storied past and uncertain future. In our latest blog post, we talk about the awe-inspiring phenomenon of goshawk irruptions at Hawk Ridge, where thousands have been spotted in a single season. Discover the intricate details of their hunting prowess, the ecological impacts affecting their numbers, and the conservation initiatives aimed at preserving these majestic birds.

Artist Profile: Erikas Chesonis

Erikas Chesonis is a Texas-based illustrator. Inspired by mid-century design and folk art, he uses simple color palettes and shapes to distill nature into its basic forms and portray it in a unique and colorful way.

Meet the Authors: Molly Adams & Sydney Anderson

We’re excited about the new book "The Feminist Bird Club’s Birding for a Better World," and talked with authors Molly Adams and Sydney Anderson about birds, community, and life transitions.  

Artist Profile: Emily Lumsdaine

Emily Lumsdaine is a vegan tattooer, wildlife rehabilitator, and self-taught artist based in Seattle, WA. Endlessly inspired by nature, she has degrees in biology and avian sciences, and loves to draw flowers, fish and birds.

Artist Profile: Serena Dominguez

Serena Dominguez is an illustrator and visual artist from Miami now living in Brooklyn. She works in a variety of mediums ranging from textiles to drawings, and delights in fine details. A lifelong birder, she also loves dancing, cooking, and spending time with her cat, Merlin.

Artist Profile: Sayada Ramdial

Sayada Ramdial is a freelance illustrator from Trinidad & Tobago, now living in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not working on children’s books or other illustrations, she enjoys cooking, baking, tending the garden, and hanging out with her cat, Cardamom.

What is the Littoral Zone

Littoral comes from the latin littoralis "of or belonging to the seashore," and it’s the transitional area between dry land and open water. Get to know and appreciate the locals with our line-up of some of the key characters found in the Northeastern Atlantic littoral zone.

Meet the Birders: Flynn Murray & Willow Noir

This year’s Pride collection photoshoot features Flynn Murray and Willow Noir, two Brooklynites passionate about birds, burlesque, and building a community of queer nature-lovers in nightlife that connect through birdwatching. 

Artist Profile: Casey Girard

Casey Girard is an artist, illustrator, and birder based in Asheville, North Carolina. Their work and personal life reflect their twin passions of art and science. Between balancing their small business and motherhood, they travel to tidal pools and National Wild Life Refuges for entertainment, education, and inspiration.

Artist Profile: Stacie Balkaran

Stacie Balkaran is a Trinidadian-American illustrator, designer and creative communicator living in Washington, D.C. They love cooking, kayaking with their dog Potato Chip, writing and, of course, birdwatching. They hold a Master of Public Health degree.