Species Spotlight: Common Goldeneye

The common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) is a medium-sized diving duck belonging to the Anatidae family. The species is named for its golden-yellow or sometimes amber eye, which is particularly striking against the dark head of the male.

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Species Spotlight: Mountain Bluebird

Written by Peter Pearsall/Photo by Peter Pearsall The Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) is a stunning and vibrant thrush of mountain meadows, grasslands, and sagebrush plains across the western half of

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Species Spotlight: Bald Eagle

Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) are perhaps the single most recognizable bird in North America. You don’t have to be even a novice birder to be familiar with this national symbol with its iconic white head, large razor-like bill, and powerful yellow talons.

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Volunteer’s Reflection on IWJV Shorebird Survey

We set out along the Blitzen River, and soon we were in the vast expanse of the lake with birds EVERYWHERE!  The idea of “counting” seemed comical.  How do you count what must have been thousands of birds rising from the lake, circling, shifting?

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