BirdWatching, the premier magazine about wild birds and birding in North America, celebrates its 35th year in 2021. We publish columnists and contributors who are among the most well-known names in birding. Our in-depth articles, bird-ID insights, hotspot reports, and high-quality photography inspire and instruct an audience of more than 250,000 avid birders as they seek to better understand birds.
In-depth profiles of bird species from North America and beyond, stories about notable birdwatchers, and descriptions of recent scientific discoveries about birds.
Bird-ID advice from field-guide authors and lifelong birders David Sibley and Kenn Kaufman.
Advice from professional photographers about taking great photos of birds, plus regular features showcasing reader photos and the winners of our photo contests.
This front-of-book section features science and conservation news, reports of rare birds around North America, and upcoming birding events.
Hotspots Near You
Profiles of birding locations written by local experts. Each one includes a map, driving directions, a bird list, and tips.
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