Nov 08

News

Minnesota Vikings' Stadium is Bad for Birds, but It's Not Too Late for a Solution

Each year in the United States, window collisions kill up to 1 billion birds. While this is a massive source of human-caused bird mortality, trailing only free-roaming cats and habitat loss, there is good news: Window collisions are preventable! The bad news: Most new buildings do not incorporate bird safety… Read more >>

Oct 31

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Cool Birds: Five Extraordinary Birds of the Western Hemisphere

All birds are marvels of natural engineering and adaptation, but some — there’s no denying it — fire our imagination more than others. These “cool birds” defy expectations, stretch our thinking, and simply can’t be ignored. To that end, we’ve put together a list of five extraordinary birds, in no… Read more >>

Oct 25

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First Wildlife Refuge Declared for Brazil's Critically Endangered Marsh Antwren

On October 24, the southeastern Brazilian municipality of Guararema declared the new 5,860-acre Bicundinho Wildlife Refuge. There, within a two-hour drive of sprawling Sao Paulo’s city center, the Critically Endangered Marsh Antwren clings to existence within isolated wetlands. This little antbird — known to biologists as Formicivora paludicola and to… Read more >>

Oct 21

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3 Billion Birds Lost: A Visual Journey

The news that an estimated 2.9 billion breeding birds have been lost from the U.S. and Canada since 1970 may seem overwhelming. To help make sense of this decline and better understand what it means for birds, we and our partners have prepared a series of infographics that highlight impacts… Read more >>

Oct 17

News

Hoots, Hisses, and Howls: Eeriest Bird Sounds in the Americas

While many birds specialize in cheerful-sounding song, others conjure strange, sinister, and somber moods. Owls, of course, are the usual suspects when we think of the eeriest bird sounds. And while it’s true that their macabre shrieks have inspired terror since antiquity, they’re hardly the only birds capable of providing… Read more >>

Sep 27

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Northern Bobwhite: Saving an Iconic Bird, Its Habitat, and Its Wildlife Neighbors

This is the story of a bird in a tailspin. Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, the Northern Bobwhite was a fairly common bird here in southwestern Missouri. I remember nearly falling off my startled horse when flocks of 25 or 30 birds would flush out of the overgrown… Read more >>

Sep 19

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3 Billion Birds Lost: Q&A with ABC President Mike Parr

A study published on September 19 in the journal Science reveals that since 1970, bird populations in the United States and Canada have declined by 29 percent, or almost 3 billion birds, suggesting that our ecosystems could be headed for serious trouble. The results show tremendous losses across diverse groups… Read more >>

Sep 17

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After Dorian: How Are Birds in the Bahamas Doing?

In the first days of September, Hurricane Dorian roared over the northwestern Bahamas, ripping across and swamping Abaco and Grand Bahama. This colossal storm left more than 50 dead, 1,300 missing, and thousands without food and shelter. The storm also dramatically transformed the landscape. We asked Bradley Watson, with American… Read more >>

Sep 12

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Do Hummingbirds Migrate?

Although hummingbirds occupy almost all of North America during summer months, these tiny birds remain tropical at heart and most do migrate. The main exception is the Anna’s Hummingbird, which stays put all year along the Pacific Coast. Hummingbird Migration Basics The majority of North American hummingbirds fly to Mexico… Read more >>

Sep 09

News

Bird-Friendly Building Design: Coming to a City Near You!

Glass collisions kill up to 1 billion birds in the United States each year. Both common and rare species are at risk. Recently, there’s been some promising momentum toward addressing this danger, as some cities and states have formalized bird-friendly strategies. A number of cities, for example, passed local ordinances… Read more >>