Season's Greetings from This Week in Birding

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Dear Friends,

The last week of the year is a good time to look back and look ahead. Since launching This Week in Birding as a newsletter on Nov. 6, I’ve written 19 original posts and released three new videos. TWiB has brought the following to you in this short time:

A report on birding in the pandemic, including previously unreleased national and state data on eBird trends in 2020 versus previous years.

A video of Sandhill Cranes from Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area that was retweeted 182 times and received 92,000 impressions on Twitter.

A chronicle of the city’s puzzling approach to lakefront parkland during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest on a possible expansion of protected habitat at Montrose Beach Dunes, a state natural area that is home to a globally rare ecosystem.

A Chicago-focused look at the largest winter finch irruption in approximately 50 years.

There will be many more great stories to be told and many more issues to explore in 2021. If you have enjoyed this newsletter, forward it to a friend, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to continue the conversation. Even better, become a paying subscriber—you’ll receive exclusive benefits like subscribers-only posts, first access to the short film “Dodger” about a wintering Great Lakes Piping Plover, and a free ticket to the premiere of the feature-length documentary “Monty and Rose 2.”

Here’s to 2021 being a year of peace and good health.

Thanks and wishing you and yours the best,


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