Jun 24

News

Distributed Solar: A Sunnier Option for Birds and the Climate

Climate change is bad news for birds. Impacts like higher temperatures, rising sea levels, extreme weather, habitat loss, and disease spread are already having an effect on hundreds of avian species. Because the challenge can seem daunting, we at American Bird Conservancy (ABC) propose that one of the best things… Read more >>

Jun 10

News

Birding at B.J. Bishop Wetlands and Two Other Big Bend Oases

Lay of the Land: The B.J. Bishop Wetlands are a surprise to find in the arid landscape of Texas’s Big Bend. This desert oasis adjacent to the Rio Grande includes 11 acres of wetland fed with treated wastewater from nearby Presidio, Texas, and 3 acres for a riparian tree nursery.… Read more >>

Jun 09

News

The Changing Tundra and What It Means for Birds

Many birds nest only in this treeless biome. As the planet warms, what is at stake and how might they fare? Beyond where stunted conifers surrender to bitter winds and frozen soil lies a region of extremes. There, tiny, hardy plants blanket the terrain for thousands of miles, and a… Read more >>

Jun 01

News

Red Lake Partnership: Working Together for Birds in Northern Minnesota

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa has been one of ABC’s most essential and stalwart partners since I began working to restore declining birds in young, regenerating — a.k.a. early successional — forest and brushland habitat in 2013. It is a primary goal of the Red Lake Band to protect… Read more >>

May 24

News

Building a Northwoods Nest-Egg

Around the Great Lakes, momentum grows to restore and enhance landscapes, brightening the future for birds and people. You may have read that nearly 3 billion birds have been lost since 1970. And you probably know that two culprits suspected in this widespread decline are habitat loss and fragmentation. Half… Read more >>

May 20

News

The Five Rarest Hawaiian Birds: Native Species on the Edge of Extinction

Two-thirds of Hawaiian native avian diversity — 95 species — has disappeared since human settlement of the islands 1,600 or more years ago, earning the state its grim label as “the bird extinction capital of the world.” The danger to Hawaiian birds, however, is not a thing of the past:… Read more >>

May 16

News

Avian Superhighways: The Four Flyways of North America

Each spring and fall, North American skies fill with billions of birds in one of nature’s most spectacular shows: avian migration. The sheer number of travelers is staggering, but there is an order to the chaos. Birds navigate along more or less regular routes when they migrate. In North America,… Read more >>

May 12

News

Birdability Birders: Fostering a More Inclusive Birding Community

In 2021, American Bird Conservancy teamed up with Birdability, a nonprofit dedicated to improving birding accessibility, to produce a six-part webinar series, “Birdability Birders: Conversations about Birding with Access Challenges.” Intended to promote accessibility, inclusion, and representation within the birding community, the series featured six birders with a variety of… Read more >>

Apr 29

News

How Do Birds Navigate During Migration?

Bird migration is one of the most amazing phenomena in the natural world. Many birds travel from the Northern to the Southern Hemisphere and back every year, following food resources and friendly climates. But how do seasonal migrants — and other birds such as seabirds undertaking lengthy oceanic foraging trips… Read more >>

Apr 28

News

25 Amazing Images of Bluebirds

Bluebirds are among the most-beloved songbirds in North America, and it’s easy to see why. These musical birds brim with so much color and charm that they’ve come to embody happiness and hope for many. To celebrate these charismatic birds, we’ve compiled 25 fantastic pictures of bluebirds, which we’ve broken… Read more >>
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