Feb 24


After Years of Conflict, Might a Lost Parakeet Species Reveal Itself in This Colombian Forest?

This week in northwestern Colombia, a team of researchers is searching for the Sinú Parakeet (Pyrrhura subandina), a species that has not been officially documented in more than 70 years. After decades of violent civil conflict, one of the many benefits of peace in Colombia has been the chance to… Read more >>

Feb 23


Finches of the United States: A List of All Species

There are 17 North American finch species. These include crossbills, Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, redpolls, and siskins. Birds in the Fringillidae family all have compact bodies, conical bills, and short necks with large jaw muscles. They also have relatively pointed wings, notched tails, and distinctive flight calls. These small to… Read more >>

Feb 10


At Home in the Cold: An Intro to the World of Winter Birds

Sure, winter can be dark, cold, and barren in the northern U.S., but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great time to see birds. After all, winter heralds the arrival of Dark-eyed Juncos, the famous snowbirds, and other visitors such as Snowy Owls and Evening Grosbeaks. And they aren’t alone.… Read more >>

Jan 29


The Surprisingly Complex Science of Bird Longevity

How long do birds live? Whether you want to ace this question at your next bird-themed trivia challenge or just impress someone spontaneously, here’s the answer: Birds can live between four and 100 years, depending on the species. While it may win you trivia points, this answer may raise more… Read more >>

Jan 26


How Many Birds Are Killed by Wind Turbines?

Renewable energy development is a critically important part of the fight against climate change. Unfortunately, we also know that wind energy development has a substantial negative impact on birds. But just how many birds are killed by wind turbines? A Google search can turn up a wide array of answers… Read more >>

Jan 19


Congress and the White House Need to Increase Bird Protections. Here's How.

Thanks to last fall’s election, bird advocates have new opportunities to push for bird-friendly policies and conservation funding. The new Administration is off to an encouraging start — the U.S. will rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, and more than 100 environmental rollbacks are being reviewed. Meanwhile, the bird conservation champions… Read more >>

Jan 06


Managing Bird Habitat in Southeastern Working Forests

In the Southeast, forests shelter rich biodiversity, including more than 80 breeding bird species, ranging from Swallow-tailed Kites to Hooded Warblers. They also provide the source for goods we rely upon every day, including cardboard boxes, lumber, paper towels, toilet paper, and packing and printer paper. Forestry has always been… Read more >>

Dec 29


ABC Birding: Home Edition

In our second “ABC Birding” installment, instead of taking readers to a birding site benefiting from ABC and partners’ conservation efforts, we journey just out the door to highlight the experience of birding from home during a global pandemic, using my yard as an example. Lay of the Land: Our… Read more >>

Dec 23


Top 2020 Bird Conservation Highlights

In spite of the challenges posed by the global pandemic, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and partners rallied our way to a great year in 2020, achieving notable gains for bird conservation throughout the Western Hemisphere. We created new protected areas for some of the most endangered bird species; supported the… Read more >>

Dec 18


In Virginia's Piedmont Grasslands: a Firmer Foothold for Declining Birds

The Mid-Atlantic region is known for its symbolic Blue Ridge Mountains, bays and marshes, and flourishing deciduous forests. While these important habitats harbor some of North America’s most admired bird species, there’s one important ecosystem that’s often overlooked for bird conservation in these human-dominated landscapes — eastern grasslands. The majority… Read more >>