Bird By Bird, or, One Bird at a Time

By Brian Kluepfel   Author Anne Lamott wrote a book several years ago called “Bird by Bird,” which was about both the writing process and life itself. It began with the story of her panic-stricken younger brother freaking out over...

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Red-fronted Macaw: Straight Outta South Central (Bolivia)

By Brian Kluepfel  I began last week writing a doom-and-gloom blog about the red-fronted Macaw, which exists only in a small area of Bolivia’s Andean foothills and dry river valleys, between the cities of Cochabamba, Sucre and Santa Cruz. Che...

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48 Shades of Yellow, or How I Arrived at a Jaundiced World-View

By Brian Kluepfel I am woefully behind the times, so much so that when humankind goes extinct, the news will take five or six years to reach me, somewhere on a Peruvian mountaintop watching the last DVD player in the...

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Birding Close to Home: FOY and Other Funny Acronyms

By Brian Kluepfel   I work in a profession dominated by acronyms. And to be honest, I don’t know WTF people around me are talking about half the time. I don’t know whether to cry or LOL, frankly. I get...

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Winter Turns to Spring, and Birds Abound

By Brian Kluepfel   As the last (hopefully) snows of the winter recede with each day, I look forward to the spring migration and more comfortable walking weather. It’s also possible that higher temperatures may benefit my aching knee.  ...

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Appreciating the Birds of Winter in Difficult Times

By Brian Kluepfel   On Feb. 7, 2020, we were on a plane to South America. A visit with in-laws, wonderful food and weather, a meeting with dear old friends in torrid Cartagena, and an obligatory appearance at the Colombia...

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Woodpeckers of Westchester: A Portentous Pileated

By Brian Kluepfel   We have considered the pileated woodpecker a bird of good fortune since we saw one just outside our apartment on moving day four years ago. Such a massive, beautiful creature, we were compelled to watch, even...

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Birds: Wildlife Photography Highlight of Year

By Brian Kluepfel   This was the year that really flipped us the bird, but 2020 is nearly over. A deadly virus combined with incalculable human hubris and selfishness has brought us to a frightening point, and I’m frankly glad...

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Symbols are What You Make of Them: On Eagle’s Wings

By Brian Kluepfel   Much has been and will be written about the 2020 elections, but from the narrow point of view of birders, Joe Biden’s victory is a win against an administration that tried to amend, among other laws,...

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Turn the Page: A Salute to the Fall Migration

By Brian Kluepfel Many people see autumn as a dark time – the days shorten as we prepare to face certain winter ahead, full of snow and freezing temperatures. I prefer to view it as an exciting time – my...

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