DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT: Bosque del Apache

By Sal Ingraham | June 20, 2020

Nothing can prepare you for the splendor of morning flight in Bosque del Apache NWR in the fall. Until you’ve seen it for yourself, you will hardly believe the enthusiastic reports of friends. Until you’ve heard what several thousand snow and Ross’s geese sound like when they lift at once from a pond, you can’t…

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DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT: Quoddy Head State Park

By Chris Brown | June 5, 2020

“The passage through all of the rocky galleries of the Pine Tree Coast culminates at Quoddy Bay in a masterpiece.” -Samual Adams Drake, The Pine Tree Coast. If you follow Route 1 up the coast of Maine you’ll eventually, though maybe briefly, find yourself in a little village called Whiting. At this juncture the best…

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DESTINATION SPOTLIGHT: Mount Washington

By Alex Lamoreaux | May 11, 2020

Mount Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern United States, at 6,288 feet, and boasts some of the worst weather and strongest winds ever recorded. Despite this impending reputation, in spring it is a truly beautiful place. Each year in early June we savor the winding drive up this iconic mountain during our ‘Maine: Mountains…

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The DRY TORTUGAS – Paradise Islands for Birders

By Adrian Binns | April 11, 2020

While we are not able to visit the Dry Tortugas this month, we are already looking forward to returning next year to this wonderful destination. We are running 4 trips in 2021 with spaces still available. Have questions? See below, or feel free to contact me. Why visit the Dry Tortugas? The Dry Tortugas is…

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2019 “BIG YEAR” RESULTS!

By Sal Ingraham | January 5, 2020

Compiled and written by Alex Lamoreaux and Chris Brown, with Sally Ingraham A new year (and new decade!) has come around, and our guides have been enjoying some down time at home with friends and family. They certainly deserve a little rest because 2019 was the busiest year yet for our Wildside team! Our North…

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Where’s Greg? (Nov 2019 edition)

By Greg Miller | November 8, 2019

For the last (almost) 3 years I have been spending a lot more time caregiving. My brother has been intellectually handicapped since birth. It’s a mutation in the gene KPTN that also causes epilepsy. He requires full care including diaper changes, clothing, bathing, feeding, and personal care. He is also non verbal and does not…

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Maine: A Place of Serendipity

By Greg Miller | May 1, 2019

Maine holds a special place in my heart. It is a place where I love to visit. The mountains beckon. The incredible rocky seashores are striking. And the islands off the coast are home to many seafaring birds. Maine has a great concentration of nesting passerines, too. Many of our migrant warblers end their journey…

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Warblers – Where To Go And When

By Greg Miller | April 8, 2019

Spring is finally here. Well. Early spring. Weather teases us with warmer temperatures and then bashes us with the last blasts of winter’s fury. It’s an up and down time for weather. But the birds know that change is in the air. And birds are looking for favorable winds from the south to help them…

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Help For Your Hearing

By Greg Miller | March 21, 2019

  I grew up with many, many ear infections as a child. In my early 30s, I had a surgery on my right ear called a mastoidectomy. It was greatly successful and I recovered 100% of my hearing. But about 20 years later I noticed a mild decline in hearing. I was straining to hear…

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IBG Spotlight – Where To Go in January: Santa Clara County, California

By Greg Miller | January 14, 2019

  IBG is my creation–Impatient Birder’s Guide. Latest data in my database is from the 299 most-eBirded counties in the United States from 2006-2016. I am highlighting Santa Clara County, California today. Why? January is the “best time to go” to Santa Clara County for the greatest number of anticipated species seen in one week…

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Big Year Tours Spotlight: Florida – Reddish Egret

By Greg Miller | January 4, 2019

  Back in 2015 I was sitting with Kevin Loughlin, owner of Wildside Nature Tours, in his house near Philadelphia. We were brainstorming about an idea I had to do a few “Big Year” style tours. Together we came up with 11 one-week tours. These 11 tours were crafted around Wildside’s busy birding festival schedule…

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IBG Spotlight: Cape May Warbler

By Greg Miller | August 8, 2018

What is IBG? It’s the Impatient Birder’s Guide. It’s my own creation from eBird data at eBird.org. The latest iteration is from data collected from 2006-2016 as of September, 2016. I have data from the 299 most eBirded counties in the United States representing all 50 States. Nearly half of all the checklists for the…

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