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  • Odes to an urban mountain range

    Two recent guidebooks – Mike Coltrin’s Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide and The Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains by Robert Julyan and Mary Stuever – are excellent guides to the trails and histories of the mountains outside Albuquerque

  • The Ardent Birder

    The Ardent Birder, written by Todd Newberry and delightfully illustrated by Gene Holtan, salutes the "lovely madness" of bird-watching

  • My short tenure with a blind pigeon

    Laura Pritchett reluctantly – and guiltily – agrees to take care of a blind pigeon for her mother.

  • Birding, fast and slow

    Birding, fast and slow

    If Pepper Trail's Birdathon team had a theme song, it would be "Bat out of Hell."

  • Just a few moments in Yellowstone

    Just a few moments in Yellowstone

    In a quiet, solitary hour at Yellowstone, nothing seems to happen -- and everything does.

  • Shrinking water supply makes room for birds

    At Roosevelt Lake in Arizona, endangered southwestern willow flycatchers are actually thriving as the water level drops and willow and tamarisk take over.

  • Manufactured homes for the birds

    Zoologist David Olson and his colleagues are trying to create artificial cacti to house the rare coastal cactus wren, whose cholla cactus habitat is being threatened by California’s recent wildfires.

  • As the crow flies

    As the crow flies

    In Crow Planet, Lyanda Lynn Haupt looks to the corvid family for lessons about life.

  • Northward

    Northward

    The unexpected loveliness of the song of the varied thrush reminds the author that the birds are on the move, driven by climate change.

  • Calling all birders

    The National Audubon Society’s 2004 State of the Birds report assesses worrisome population changes for 450 non-game birds

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