Aug 18


Welcoming All to Enjoy Birds and Nature

I think everyone in the bird community has now heard about the incident that took place in Central Park, New York, on May 25. A white woman, Amy Cooper, called the police and falsely accused Christian Cooper (no relation), a Black birder, of threatening her — when in fact he… Read more >>

Aug 14


Ten Fascinating Facts About Hummingbirds

Found only in the Americas, hummingbirds are distinguished by their dazzling colors, diminutive size, and speedy flight. You might be familiar with some of the more common species in North America, like the Ruby-throated and Rufous Hummingbirds. But there are hundreds of species in the Americas, from Alaska to Tierra… Read more >>

Jul 28


Saving Red Gold: The International Effort to Rescue Red Siskins

A tale of two songbirds, one wild and vanishing, the other domesticated. Will this story end happily in one of the world’s most challenged countries? On a dreary winter morning, three of us from American Bird Conservancy (ABC) escape the Nation’s Capital sprawl, driving west to the Blue Ridge Mountains.… Read more >>

Jul 27

From the Field

ABC Birding: Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, West Virginia

Editor's note: "ABC Birding" is a new triannual feature that takes readers to birding sites benefiting from ABC and partners’ conservation efforts. Some of these locations permit hunting and visitors are advised to review seasonal hunting dates and take necessary precautions before visiting. Travel may not be advisable for some… Read more >>

Jul 17


Orioles of the United States: A Photo List of All Species

Excluding seldom-seen vagrant species, eight New World oriole species occur in the United States (see list below). Thanks to their distinctive orange-and-black or yellow-and-black plumage, orioles are fairly easy to identify. And because they inhabit large portions of the country — and occasionally visit feeders — many Americans are familiar… Read more >>

Jul 08


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


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


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


#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


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 >>