Here you will find intriguing extras: segments our producers weren't able to fit into a five-minute podcast as well as images, interesting facts and ways to get involved or in touch with biodiversity wherever you live.
Learn to tell a bullfinch from a blackbird, and listen as Peter Slater explains why birds leave gaps between songs:
...and how young birds learn to sing their song.
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In Scots Gaelic, the chaffinch is known as the Breacan-beithe.
Linnaeus named the chaffinch coelebs (bachelor) because he noted that the male chaffinch that overwintered while the female migrated. Learn more.
Citizen Science Connections
Celebrate Urban Birds
Sign up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to Celebrate Urban Birds. Learn how to observe birds, then collect and contribute data on sixteen urban species. The Urban Birds website features extensive resources for individuals of all ages and groups to grow bird-friendly gardens on a patio or fire escape and celebrate birds through art.
Great Backyard Birdcount
Throughout the U.S. and Canada, you can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count. You’ll agree to count birds for at least fifteen minutes on one or more days of the four-day count in February. In addition to registration forms, the website features slideshows, a photo contest, and a list of local events tied to the Count.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, you can observe birds and contribute important migration data through BirdTrack, a partnership among several UK and Irish bird charities. Learn how to take part and register as a recorder here. You can participate year-round and contribute to a forthcoming bird atlas.