It’s a special time of year for migratory birds.

Tired from their travels, they stop right on the coast of western Lake Erie and spend some time resting and refueling with some food – primarily insects. Nine years ago, Ohio non-profit Black Swamp Bird Observatory decided to capitalize on this event, drawing in thousands of birders from all 50 states, 52 countries, and 6 continents over the years.

Here it is, everyone — the thing you didn't know you were waiting for all day: a snowy owl, calmly riding a chunk of ice.

Gary Cranfield recorded the video last weekend while he was out on a walk with his girlfriend, Betsy Waterman, along Lake Ontario near Oswego, N.Y.

The Trump administration says it will no longer criminally prosecute companies that accidentally kill migratory birds. The decision reverses a rule made in the last weeks of the Obama administration.

A legal memo from the Department of the Interior posted Friday declares that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act applies only to purposeful actions that kill migratory birds, and not to energy companies and other businesses that kill birds incidentally.

Cleveland Metroparks

A record number of snowy owls are stopping in Northeast Ohio, all due to a biological phenomenon.

Gabe Rosenberg

Rebecca Jaramillo insists that every bird has its own, distinct personality. She would know—she spends almost every day around them, while they’re at their most vulnerable.

As recently as 10 years ago, humans were thought to be the only species with the ability to plan.

Recent studies on great apes showed the ability is not uniquely human. Now, scientists in Sweden have come to the surprising conclusion that ravens can also deliberately prepare for future events.

"It is conservative to conclude that ravens perform similarly to great apes and young children," the researchers write. However, monkeys have failed similar experiments.

Flocks of birds or schools of fish often group together in massive numbers, and move as though they are a single organism with one brain.

The behavior is called a murmuration, and scientists are trying to figure out how — and why — the animals do it.

The World of Baby Birds

Jun 20, 2016
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Artist, naturalist and author Julie Zickefoose has just released her new book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest, to help readers explore, observe and learn about the world of baby birds in an in-depth look.

The World of Baby Birds

Apr 18, 2016
Mike's Birds / Flickr

Artist, naturalist and author Julie Zickefoose has just released her new book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest, to help readers explore, observe and learn about the world of baby birds in an in-depth look. 

Exploring the Nature of the Midwest

Apr 13, 2016
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The spring season means birds will migrate up north and birding will become easier as the weather slowly starts to warms. Still, while spring is officially here, it doesn't exactly feel like it and the unusual weather has had an impact on birding and other wildlife patterns.