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The World's Best Destinations for Bird-Watching
Slow down for epic spectacles of nature in these world wonders for birding.
Birds are the world’s quintessential travelers, free to fly at a moment’s notice without carry-on or even a passport. Some cross hemispheres to meet a mate; others gather in stupendous flocks for the sake of a little company. And in a few corners of the Earth, like in Denali, birds create avian spectacles that make its own weather.
So grab your binoculars! From king penguins to melancholy woodpeckers, about 10,000 feathered species share this planet with us—and in these ten hotspots, they will take your breath away.
YEAR OF THE BIRD
In 1918 Congress passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to protect birds from wanton killing. To celebrate the centennial, National Geographic is partnering with the National Audubon Society, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to declare 2018 the Year of the Bird. Sign the pledge to find out this month's action and share your actions using #BirdYourWorld to increase your impact.
Bird expert Noah Strycker is author of National Geographic book Birds of the Photo Ark. Follow his story on Twitter.
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