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Bird Collective Field Notes

Discover the latest news and stories about birding and beyond.





Over this past holiday season, we teamed up with JCR WORK to create a series of backyard bird mobile kits that were the perfect size for tree ornaments. In the process, we got to know Julio, the man behind JCR.

Meet the Birder: Sam DeJarnett

Sam DeJarnett is a birder of four years and the creator/host of the Always Be Birdin’ Podcast, a podcast that provides platforms for Black and non-Black people of color who are birders and conservationists. The podcast uses the lenses of Critical Race Theory to challenge the narratives of birding and conservation and pushes for innovative ways to dismantle the pillars of racism on which they’re built. Sam's philosophy around birding is simple: "We bird as joy. We bird as protest. We bird as a community. We bird for collective liberation. And no matter who you are or where you are, you can Always Be Birdin'.”

Artist Profile: Jenna Tomasello

Jenna Tomasello is an artist, mother, and gardener based in Tucson, AZ. She specializes in mural and scenic painting and designs bandanas and stationery. Her illustrations of flora, fauna, and the sky above span magical and physical realms, combining themes of nature, myth, season, and time.

Meet Tone Customs

We’re birders, yes! But does that mean we have to sacrifice style for comfort? Hell no! We love our gear, and we love to look good while schlepping it around in the field. That’s why we teamed up with Tone Customs to create a series of binocular straps that combine utility and style. And along the way, we got to know Tone, the man behind the magic who hand crafted each strap.

New York City Audubon

Cities, to the surprise of many, offer some of the best opportunities for birding anywhere in the U.S., especially during spring and fall migration. In New York City, for instance, close to 300 species have been reported over the years in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. These places provide vital stopover habitat for birds on their journeys, but as more people crowd into cities, squeezing these greenspaces, urban biodiversity and bird conservation have never been more important. That’s why we’re celebrating the pioneering work of New York City Audubon, a grassroots nonprofit that has been working for over 40 years to make cities safe for birds and birding accessible to all New Yorkers. 

Artist Profile: Sabrina Bosco

Sabrina Bosco is an artist who lives in New York and created the artwork for our Birdsong Project collection. She enjoys making art, listening to music, going to the beach, and being with loved ones. She says she’s inspired by the harmony one finds in nature, and the essential role birds play in that balance. “The planet belongs to us as much as it belongs to every other animal,” she told us.

Artist Profile: Zaine Vaun

Zaine Vaun is an illustrator, graphic designer, and artist in Austin, Texas. She finds inspiration in the beauty of the natural world and feelings of nostalgia. 

The Birdsong Project

Birds are some of the greatest musicians, and, believe it or not, their mastery takes practice. Nearly half of the world’s 10,000 bird species are songbirds, and their rich and complex songs are learned, performed using a specialized voice box only they possess. A whole lot of people began listening to them in 2020, when the normal roar of daily life turned quiet; the birds, in a world of their own, never quit singing. It wasn’t hard to also hear the message they have been sending for years: that they are in serious decline worldwide and need our help.  

Meet the Birder: Indigo Goodson

Indigo Goodson is a writer, educator, poet, and birder living in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Hayward, California and has always loved the outdoors. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University and a Master of Arts in International Studies from Ohio University. Indigo’s an active member of various online birding communities, and you can follow her @IndigoIndaflow. She’s also a regular model for Bird Collective.

Artist Profile: David Huang

David is a New York based illustrator and Designer who grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and calls San Francisco his second home. When he isn't illustrating, he enjoys taking the subway to try foods, dancing on the weekends, learning new languages, and searching for random historical facts on wikipedia.

Are Birds Real?

Just like unicorns, griffins and large hairy humanoids with giant feet that may or may not inhabit snow-capped mountains, birds have long captured the imagination of many cultures. Many play key roles in folklore. It can be challenging to decipher which birds are real and which are the stuff of legends. Here, we’ll break down some of our favorites.

Artist Profile: Dominique Ramsey

Dominique Ramsey is an Illustrator and designer from North Carolina. She strives for uniqueness using bright colors, cultural patterns, and shapes to catch the viewer’s eye. Her biggest inspirations come from folk art, textiles, and spiritualism of many cultures from around the world.