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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 [...]

Reflections on Austin, Texas by Dawn Hewitt | Managing Editor, Bird Watcher’s Digest While perhaps a bit less birdy than most Reader Rendezvous, our adventure in the Texas Hill Country was delightfully different on so many levels. Field Guides Birding Tours tailored a tour of their home turf just for Bird Watcher’s Digest, with the [...]

Reflections on Spain by Ben Lizdas Once again, João Jara led a group of intrepid BWD fans on an Iberian travel experience of a lifetime! This time we ventured through the beautiful and biologically diverse regions of Extremadura and Andalucia. The Extremadura experience was anchored in the mountainous region of Monfragüe National Park, where we [...]

Reflections on Costa Rica by Dawn Hewitt | Managing Editor, Bird Watcher’s Digest True, it rained a lot while we were in the land of “pura vida.” (Our guide, Mario Cordoba of Crescentia Expeditions, explained to us that Costa Ricans claim that phrase, and take it to heart. It means something like: I am happy [...]

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