Jan 13


Chasing “Paper” Kites

ABC and International Paper are working together to improve land management practices and help Swallow-tailed Kites and other wildlife rebound. Quaint shops, historic buildings, and stately Live Oaks beckon tourists to the small coastal city of Georgetown, South Carolina. But those cruising the south edge of town get quite a… Read more >>

Jan 05


A Piece of the Sky: Laura Hillenbrand Recounts Her Rescue of a Sharp-shinned Hawk

"[The bird] was, of course, a piece of the sky. His eyes said so. That is not a fact; this is the other part of knowing something, when there is no proof, but neither is there any way toward disbelief." - Mary Oliver The Sharp-shinned Hawk shortly after rescue. Photo… Read more >>

Jan 04


Beloved Backyard Bandits: An Introduction to Chickadees

Even the most casual birdwatchers know and love chickadees. Among the most common visitors to backyard birdfeeders in North America, these social birds have a spritely manner and are notably comfortable around humans. But there’s a lot more to these spirited birds than you might think. These survival experts have… Read more >>

Dec 24


ABC Birding: Current River Hills, Missouri

In “ABC Birding,” we take you to a birding site benefiting from ABC and partners' conservation efforts. Before traveling, please consider your health, CDC guidelines, and local restrictions. Lay of the Land This is the chance to visit a restored open woodland system in Mark Twain National Forest that is… Read more >>

Dec 17


The Mighty White Oak: Branching Out for Wildlife

Ecosystems function as a sum of their parts. Some parts, however, pull extra weight. Take the Eastern White Oak, an iconic tree found in 36 states. Known not only as one of the most important commercial trees — prized for furniture, flooring, and many other uses — this long-lived species… Read more >>

Dec 10


Backyard Beauty: Surprises and Secrets of Female Cardinals

It’s easy for bird lovers to develop a bit of tunnel vision when it comes to male birds — after all, they tend to have brighter colors and more dazzling songs than their female counterparts. But female birds are fascinating, too, and just as deserving of our attention and admiration.… Read more >>

Nov 19


Something to Crow About: The Amazing Diet And Eating Habits of American Crows

American Crows aren’t your average birds. Possessed with an intelligence rivaling chimpanzees, these crafty birds — among the smartest in the world — have been known to build tools, play games, and even hold “wakes.” Crows put these smarts to good use when gathering food. They’ve been known to crack… Read more >>

Nov 15


Plastic Kills Birds: Learn Why and How You Can Help

Each year approximately 17.6 billion pounds of plastic enters the ocean. If you have trouble fathoming such a “heavy” number, try imagining a garbage-truck-sized load dumped every minute, which is what it would take to accumulate this much trash. Marine debris — defined as solid, human-made trash in the marine… Read more >>

Nov 04


To Sail Like a Seabird: How Wind and Waves Link Sailors, Surfers, and Seabirds

Many people have heard of albatrosses, but mariners and aviators have a special affinity for these ocean-living birds and their amazing abilities. Consider this: A Wandering Albatross can circumnavigate the Antarctic three times in a year, and travel over 3,100 miles in a week with very little energy expenditure. Or… Read more >>

Oct 28


Potoos: Bizarre Nocturnal Birds Hiding in Plain Sight

Spend enough time on the internet and you’ll inevitably come across a meme featuring a photo of a bird with googly yellow eyes, captioned with text that purports to explain its bedraggled appearance. This is a potoo, a bird that one ornithologist famously described as “little more than a flying… Read more >>