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Highlights of 2013 Great Blue Heron nesting season

Watch Three Herons Grow Up in Eight Minutes

Through cool spring mornings and crashing summer thunderstorms, the Great Blue Herons outside our office windows raised a boisterous trio this year. Thousands watched the youngsters grow up (way up), until they were ready for their first flights in mid-July. The nest is now empty, but we’ve compiled some of the season’s best images so you can look back at the beauty, wonder, and humor of the heron family. Watch the highlights slideshow.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers were more numerous after an emerald ash borer invasion. 

A devastating invasion by emerald ash borers seems to have benefited Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Photo by Rockytopk9 via Birdshare.

Woodpeckers Find Windfall in Emerald Ash Borer Invasion

Take a sneak peek at our newest issue of Living Bird magazine with this story of voracious beetles, invaded forests, and the birds that are trying to clean up. The emerald ash borer arrived in North America from Asia in the 1990s. It quickly started killing ash trees and has spread from Michigan as far as New Hampshire. Thanks to Project FeederWatch participants, Cornell Lab scientists were able to trace the beetles’ effect on woodpeckers and nuthatches. Read the full story.
Take a Road Trip: Our Upcoming Bird Festivals webpage makes it easy to plan your next birding destination. You can look through listings by calendar or on a map, so you can start planning your road trip right from the page.

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