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Mississippi sandhill crane

Birding at Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge

On our way to visit Biloxi, Mississippi, we noticed two sandhill cranes standing in the median of Interstate 10. As Floridians, we see sandhill cranes a lot, so we didn't think much about it until we picked up a birding brochure later in the day. With only 110 Mississippi Sandhill ...
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Lighthouse at Pot du Phare (Photo credit: Roberta Sotonoff ©2012)

Birding the Quebec Maritimes’ Islands near Rivière-du-Loup

The Quebec Maritimes are a haven for people like me who are into nature. This northern part of Quebec along the St. Lawrence River provides both a serene escape from the city and incredible scenery. Jagged rock formations erupt from the water. Birds soar above and their chattering fill the ...
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Quetzal, The Costa Rican National Bird

Birdwatching in Los Quetzales National Park, Costa Rica

It is early morning, and my guide, Jose, has just stopped the four-wheel drive jeep in the middle of a dirt road in the middle of the forest. "We get out here," Jose says. "But first we stop and listen." We stand in the hush of a slowly awakening forest, the air ...
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White pelicans at Nebraska's Harlan County Reservoir

Birdwatching in Nebraska: The Pelicans of Harlan County

Admit it: You think of Nebraska as a flyover state. Or a drive-through. What if I told you that it was also home to one of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles? No, forget about me. What if Jane Goodall told you that? Because amid the feedlots and the corn fields and ...
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Birdwatching on the Estuaries of Portugal’s Alentejo Coast

We spotted our first birds within half-an-hour of leaving Lisbon Airport. Crossing over the Tagus estuary on the 17.2 km Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest in Europe, we gazed over a vast area of mud flats, dotted with waders too distant to identify. On reaching the eastern bank, however, ...
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The Grotto of the Nativity, where it is said Christ was born. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Blundering Into Bethlehem

The rental car is safely back without a scratch and filled with gas, and the hold on our credit cards is off. So the story can be told. We were SUPPOSED to drive to the main checkpoint leading into Bethlehem, which is located just across the border, in the West ...
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