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Birding in the Age of The Internet - Webcams

Birdwatching has evolved to the point where you can view birds without ever leaving your home! Now I for one love to go in the field and find birds - there is no substitute for that experience. But I also find it interesting that you can see birds on webcams - and I really like this phenomenon. The recent worldwide publicity regarding the "nestcam" that allowed viewing of the hatching of Bald Eagle babies in Iowa by thousands and thousands of people around the world was remarkable. I think it promotes a love of birds and helps create a will to preserve them because they are so enjoyable to have around.

Here are a couple of websites that maintain updated lists of webcams that are tailored to birdwatching:

List of Active Nestcams

Bird Feeder Webcams

National Geographic Guide to Birding Hot Spots of the United States By Mel White

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Birding Adventure Books

Birding and books have been lifelong passions for me, so this post combines the two. Here are a half-dozen books to ignite the light of your dreams.The first five deal specifically with birding adventures and the sixth is a green adventure book. Simply click on the title link for more information. Enjoy!

Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die: Birding Experts Share The World's Greatest Destinations By Chris Santella

Santella presents some of the greatest bird-watching venues in the United States and abroad through interviews with prominent birders, from tour leaders and conservationists to ornithologists and academics. Interviewees include ornithologist Kenn Kaufman; David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds; Rose Ann Rowlett, the “mother of modern birding”; John Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; and Steve McCormick, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy.

The places vary from the urban (New York City’s Central Park) to the…

Make Your Garden Hummingbird Heaven

Here are books to guide you towards achieving a very enjoyable goal - attractingnature's little crown jewels into your yard. You will end up with a beautiful garden and beautiful visitors! Cumulatively, I have spent many, many enjoyable hours observing these fascinating creatures - now you can too - with these books! It is well worth the reward in pleasure that you will receive back in return for your efforts.

Hummingbird Gardens: Turning Your Yard Into Hummingbird Heaven (21st-Century Gardening Series)

Hummingbird Gardens

The Hummingbird Garden: Turning Your Garden, Window Box, or Backyard into a Beautiful Home for Hummingbirds

Creating a Hummingbird Garden

Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard: Watch Your Garden Come Alive With Beauty on the Wing (Rodale Organic Gardening Books)


Apple Blossoms and a Hummingbird, 1875
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Hummingbird with Flowers

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Rufous Hummingbird Feeding in a Flower Ga…