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Ring-necked Pheasant - Photo Credit: Nathan DeBoer

Ring-necked Pheasant

by Ben Long Big. Loud. Gaudy. Such are the adjectives that describe the Ring-necked Pheasant. Popular is another. Another is “tasty.” Ring-necked Pheasants are our most ornamental game bird. Some people call them “Chinese” Pheasants, since they are native to Asia, not North America. The first Pheasants in North America were released in Oregon in […]

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American Coot - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

American Coot

The “All” American Coot by John Hughes The American Coot, Fulica americana, (Fulica from Latin meaning “coot”) is truly the “All” American Coot. While conventional range maps indicate the absence of Coots in some states in the northeast and Alaska, an examination of eBird’s range map confirms yearly sightings in all continental U.S. states and […]

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Yellow Warbler - Photo Credit: Dan Casey

Yellow Warbler

by Linda de Kort Be looking soon for a woodland bird that weighs less than two nickels, is yellow like a canary (or the cartoon character “Tweety Bird”) and sings in a tumbling series of whistles that sounds like “ sweet sweet sweet I’m so sweet”. These Yellow Warblers are among the first of the […]

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Northern Waterthrush - Photo Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/80270393@N06" target="_blank">Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren</a>

Northern Waterthrush

What do you mean it’s not a Thrush? by Gail Cleveland Ornithologist E. H. Forbush’s observation about the Northern Waterthrush, made more than half a century ago, still applies: “It is a large wood-warbler disguised as a thrush and exhibiting an extreme fondness for water,” according to the Boreal Songbird Initiative. The Northern Waterthrush is […]

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Olive-sided Flycatcher - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Olive-sided Flycatcher

A Novel Voice of the Boreal Forest by Kathy Ross It was an early spring morning in Glacier Park backcountry. Along with a group of researchers, I stood mesmerized by the drama we were witnessing. In the tall, grassy, wet meadow below us, a gray wolf unrelentingly chased a distraught cow moose. The intense scene […]

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Black-backed Woodpecker - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

Black-backed Woodpecker

by Lisa Bate When you look into a recently burned forest, what do you see? Destruction and loss? Or can you sense the pulse of new life created by stand-replacement fires? Every species has unique needs. For many plant species, fire provides a new lease on life by releasing abundant nutrients resulting in vigorous growth. […]

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