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Memories of Cades Cove, and the Birds, Bears, and Bruce Reader Rendezvous by Dawn Hewitt The morning before the event officially began, several of us went birding at Cades Cove (aka, Caves Code, at least to Dawn), and started the trip with some voyeurism: wild turkey sex (the turkeys were wild; the sex was not), [...]

Reflections on Asheville by Wendy Clark Our Birds, Beers, Biltmore and Blue-Ridge Reader Rendezvous in April 2021 was the first significant birding tour that BWD had hosted since COVID reared its ugly head one year earlier. With 12 attendees, our wonderful local guides, and our experienced staff-hosts and guests, our group was eager and optimistic [...]

Rendezvous Review: BirdTography Success! By Dawn Hewitt The weather wasn’t entirely cooperative during our photography Rendezvous, but the birds were! There were just six attendees, plus Doug’s wife, Suzie, who joined us for occasional meals. Two local gals joined us for Saturday birding only, and local birder Daniel Jonas tagged along occasionally, providing additional spotting [...]

Rendezvous Review: Marsh Madness at Goose Pond in Indiana By Jessica Melfi February 12–14 was a big weekend for Bird Watcher’s Digest as we headed to south-central Indiana to lead our first Reader Rendezvous event in a year! We had a full schedule of birding trips booked in 2020, all canceled from March onward, and we were more [...]

Reflections on Winter Magic: Klamath By: Dawn Hewitt What an amazing time we had in the Klamath Basin in mid-February! Yes, it was chilly, but that’s why we were able to witness countless snow geese and greater white-fronted geese lifting off the wetlands like a snowstorm on the horizon. That’s why there were Vs of [...]

Costa Rica Part II Recap By: Raymond VanBuskirk January 8, 2020: Costa Rican coffee, high winds, and partly cloudy skies greeted us for our first morning of neotropical birding. A jaunt through the gardens at Hotel Bougainvillea was a nice introduction to tropical bird life, with great views of White-eared Ground-Sparrow, Rufous-capped Warbler, Clay-colored Thrush, [...]

Recap of Panamanian Paradise Rendezvous By: Mark Garland Tuesday, November 5 was arrival day. Since several travelers arrived late in the evening we didn’t plan any sort of group gathering, but many of us discovered some good birding on a walkway behind the hotel and adjacent to the Panama Canal. The day ended with a [...]

Recap of Best of Cape and Kruger Rendezvous By: Julie Zickefoose Thanks to Rockjumper Birding for expert bird ID (Doug McCulloch and Rynart Bezuidenhout); and to our deeply experienced safari guide/drivers: Neil Watt, Heyn Neethling, and Dirk Neethling. We are grateful for their expertise and good humor, and for the exceptional catered meals the Neethling [...]

Recap of Fall Migration Rendezvous By: Dawn Hewitt Hog Island Audubon Camp is such a special place, and the Fall Migration Reader Rendezvous there was almost magical. We had sunny days; crisp, cool nights; wonderful camaraderie; delicious food, and great birds! And, we got to spend the week with Scott Weidensaul! Black-throated green warblers and [...]

Reflections on North Dakota by Emily Jones North Dakota is marvelous and difficult to summarize in a couple paragraphs. But here I go! We had the pleasure of taking 30 bird watchers/Bird Watcher’s Digest readers to the land of the potholes and prairies from June 19-23, 2019. We learned that these potholes and prairies were [...]