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Settling the Scores

I suffer from acute birding FOMO. Passing up on opportunities for exploration and discovery, especially alongside friends, bums me out. Last year, Taylor and Brent worked to organize a grassroots bird survey in the style of Audubon’s official Christmas Bird … Continue reading

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Greenshanks Was My Delight

One birder’s regulars are another birder’s rarities. Every bird comes from somewhere, and a species that may be quite abundant in its home region can spark a frenzy of excitement by showing up in an unexpected place. Rarity is relative, … Continue reading

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Sparrow Spotting

As the numbers of passing warblers and shorebirds begin to dwindle, before the wintering geese and finches arrive in force, sparrow season peaks in southern New York. October is prime time for seeking out these sneaky, streaky, subtle birds in … Continue reading

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Feels Like Fall

For the first time in several months, I’m writing this blog post from the train on my morning commute. A new school year has begun, but this is the first academic cycle where I’ll be a full time teacher without … Continue reading

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Surviving the Doldrums

March is not my favorite month. It’s a challenging time for a New York naturalist, caught in between seasons without the excitement of either winter or spring. On top of that, it is the only month of the year with no … Continue reading

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Foggy Photography

Sunday had a tough act to follow after the successes of Saturday, but I was still determined to make that most of my weekend. The forecast predicted foggy, gray weather throughout the day with wet and stormy conditions blowing in before … Continue reading

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Weathering the Storm

On Friday night I’d made plans to catch up with an old coworker. Julie, a former member of the Project Puffin team, was in town for a conference, so we decided to meet in Manhattan. After we unsuccessfully entered the Hamilton ticket … Continue reading

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