Michele Wilson BergerBefore 2004, a bird was just a bird to Michele, Audubon’s associate editor and social media manager. On a trip into the Costa Rican cloud forest, she glimpsed the three-wattled bell bird, and the exhilaration of spotting a rare species, coupled with the look of satisfaction on her guide’s face, hooked her on those feathered beauties. Michele’s been watching the skies ever since. She has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing about birds and nature.
She got married in July 2011. She’s going by Berger now; she used to be Wilson.
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Billions of birds are already on the move or about to take flight, heading back to their breeding grounds. Take a minute to wish our flying friends safe travel, with this video from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.!--/end tags-->
Duck hunt: Ellen (Katie Chang), Timmy (Alex Wolff), David (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Peter (Michael Chen) search for an extinct bird.
I’ve always thought ducks were pretty great. They’re beautiful birds big enough to see a good amount of detail. They tend to stay in one place long enough to offer a really satisfying look, sometimes with the naked eye. And often many species congregate together—on open water.
So when I heard that Rob Meyer and Luke Matheny’s new film “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” was about four high schoolers chasing a long-forgotten duck, I was pretty stoked. After seeing the movie Monday, I can say wholeheartedly that it didn’t disappoint.!--/end tags-->
The osprey cam is back, and it’s got all the drama of a modern-day soap. Female and male birds Rachel and Steve—named for environmentalist and author of Silent Spring Rachel Carson and Project Puffin founder Steve Kress—returned on April 5 to the nest near Bremen, Maine.!--/end tags-->
Roseate spoonbill. [Photo: Michele Berger]
For decades I’ve traveled to southeast Florida with my family. But it wasn’t until a trip two years ago that we discovered Wakodahatchee Wetlands thanks to a friend. Now, every time I’m there, I drag whomever I’m with to the manmade marsh.
This time, it was my mom.!--/end tags-->
Photo: Courtesy of Will Ryman and the Paul Kasmin Gallery.
Seeing birds around New York’s City Madison Square Park isn’t a rare occurrence. What is strange is to spot a five-ton raven. Walk by the park between now and April 21st, however, and that’s precisely what you’ll see.!--/end tags-->
This is, hands down, the best version of the Harlem Shake we’ve seen. Shout out to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for pulling it together. “This is why we think wildlife is amazing,” USFWS writes with the video. “They know how to get down!” We couldn’t agree more.!--/end tags-->
Next time you loan a book from your public library, consider checking out some seeds, too. Yes, you read that right. More than two-dozen libraries across the country, including 15 in California, now let patrons borrow DIY plants along with copies of The Great Gatsby and Moby Dick. As NPR’s The Salt reported last week, this new offering could be a way to entice more people into the brick-and-mortar book buildings. Plus, it fosters community and makes accessible all different types of seeds.!--/end tags-->
Photo: David Restivo, NPS
Can you identify this species? Don’t let first impressions fool you. (Hint: Check out the bird’s brow.) The shot was taken in April 2011 in Glacier National Park.
Click through for the answer and a quiz about this stunning species.!--/end tags-->