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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>