Jul 08

News

Grassland Restoration: A Win-Win-Win for Birds, Prairies, and Landowners

Since 1970, North America’s grassland birds have lost about half of their population, with an astounding three out of four species declining. These losses are concerning for many reasons, perhaps most of all because bird declines serve as an “alarm” warning of challenges to the health of our land. What’s… Read more >>

Jun 24

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Woodpecker Species of the United States: A Photo List of All Native Species

Excluding vagrant species, 23 woodpecker species are native to the United States (see list below). Although they vary in form and habit, most of these birds are widespread and can be found relatively easily. While a significant number of woodpecker species maintain healthy populations, none are free from human threats,… Read more >>

Jun 12

News

What are Florida's Birds Telling Us?

Retired journalists, Anders and Beverly Gyllenhaal are sharing their experiences with birds as they travel across the country.  Florida is a head-spinning place to go birding. One day you’re chasing a flock of Roseate Spoonbills across 140,000 acres of pristine wetlands, and the next you’re watching Purple Gallinules forage in… Read more >>

Jun 03

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#BlackBirdersWeek Aims to Raise Awareness, Grow Community

Just four days after the encounter between a white dog walker and African American birdwatcher Christian Cooper, a group of approximately 30 Black scientists, birders, and outdoor explorers have created a new awareness campaign to encourage birding among more people of color. The project is called #BlackBirdersWeek, and it will take… Read more >>

May 27

News

How Birds Inspired Us During a Pandemic: 10 Stories of Cheer (& Chirps)

When COVID-19 surged across the United States this spring, it brought devastation and disruption in ways few of us have experienced. Meanwhile, birds went about their business. And for those of us struggling with the crisis, they have connected, comforted, and entertained us like never before. At ABC, we even… Read more >>

May 14

News

Where There's a Will, and Wings, There's a Way

Editor's Note: We're excited to share the inspiring foreword to Bringing Back the Birds, our award-winning book with photos by Owen Deutsch, on its one-year anniversary! In honor of the anniversary, you can sign up to get a free one-year membership to American Bird Conservancy and be entered in a… Read more >>

May 13

News

Kentucky Warblers in Spring: Finding a Phantom Bird

It may take years for beginning birders to spot a Kentucky Warbler, but only a life's work unlocks this forest phantom's secrets. A skulker and featherweight world traveler, the Kentucky Warbler is like a marsh rail or a rainforest antbird — dwelling in a world of shadow as we try… Read more >>

May 07

News

In Wake of Weakened Rules, Migratory Bird Protection Act Offers Hope

World Migratory Bird Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the wonder of bird migration and consider the groundbreaking conservation laws that have protected migratory birds for decades. One of the most important of these, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, has been significantly undermined by recent actions of the federal… Read more >>

May 05

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To Prevent Another Pandemic, It's Time to End the Global Wild Bird Trade

The tragic emergence of the COVID-19 global pandemic has once again exposed the nexus between human health and wildlife conservation issues. Wild bird markets where birds, other wildlife, and domesticated animals are often confined in crowded, unsanitary conditions are potential breeding grounds for novel viral and other disease pathogens. The… Read more >>

Apr 28

News

Stuck at home? Use the Opportunity to Make Migration Safer for Birds

Birds have inspired many of us this spring. Here are seven home activities to give back during the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead of pursuing birds this spring, many of us have settled in, watching from windows and yards. While the setting may be ordinary, the impact has been extraordinary. Birds that… Read more >>