Aug 06

News

The Truth about Tropical Birds: Five Common Myths Busted

You’ve probably seen it before: An explorer creeping through a silent, steamy jungle freezes in terror as the tropical birds above erupt in a fit of squawking, warning of some unseen threat. The basics of the scene have played out in countless films, and while the dangers may vary, the… Read more >>

Aug 02

News

Tracking the Mystery of the Nesting Petrel: Chum, Net Launchers, and Teamwork

A little over two months ago, I was bobbing in the Gulf Stream, smelling like fish guts and trying to maneuver our small inflatable dinghy so the bow would face downwind toward Endangered Black-capped Petrels. On long wings, the birds were flying upwind toward the chum block we had left… Read more >>

Jul 29

News

Largest Birds of the Americas: Land & Sea, Flight & Flightless

Twenty-five million years ago, Pelagornis sandersi — the largest flying bird ever — soared on wings that could stretch from a giraffe’s head to hoofs. Although Pelagornis’ colossal 24-foot wingspan is beyond the reach of its modern counterparts, many birds in the Western Hemisphere remain impressive in their own right,… Read more >>

Jul 26

News

Nestbox "Penthouses" Provide Hope for Rare Bolivian Birds

For eight years, northern Blue-throated Macaws never showed interest in nest boxes put up for them at Barba Azul Nature Reserve, a protected area managed by ABC’s Bolivian partner Asociación Armonía. What makes this more perplexing is that to the south, Blue-throated Macaws love nest boxes. At the Laney Rickman… Read more >>

Jul 15

News

Seafood for Seabirds: Puffins and Other Birds Depend on Human Restraint

Birds, like all animals, depend on a healthy environment to provide food sources. But as humans alter the natural landscape, traditional food and feeding dynamics have changed, creating new challenges for vulnerable bird populations. To help these birds, ABC partners with government agencies, other conservation groups, private landowners, and industry… Read more >>

Jul 09

News

A Banquet for Birds: Conservationists Boost Prairie Birds' Invertebrate Intake

Birds, like all animals, depend on a healthy environment to provide food sources. But as humans alter the natural landscape, traditional food and feeding dynamics have changed, creating new challenges for vulnerable bird populations. To help these birds, ABC partners with government agencies, other conservation groups, private landowners, and industry… Read more >>

Jul 06

Perspectives

Central Hardwood Joint Venture Restores the Wonder of Glades

I can’t help but feel happy when I walk in the glades. Maybe it’s the great diversity of native grasses and flowering plants in these special open patches. Glades punctuate forests in Missouri, usually on rocky, dry, south- and west-facing slopes and hilltops. As I hike and take stock of… Read more >>

Jul 03

News

Are Caterpillars Part of the Cure for Ailing Cerulean Warblers?

Birds, like all animals, depend on a healthy environment for food. But as humans alter the natural landscape, traditional food and feeding dynamics have changed, creating new challenges for vulnerable bird populations. To help these birds, ABC partners with government agencies, other conservation groups, private landowners, and industry representatives to… Read more >>

Jun 27

News

Trail Camera Photos Reveal Wildlife Secrets

The history of trail camera pictures likely dates back to the early 1900s, when former U.S. Congressman George Shiras rigged a camera and explosive magnesium-powder flash to string and rope trip lines. Today, tiny infrared motion sensors, compact flashes, and digital technology allow modern camera traps to keep an unblinking… Read more >>

Jun 20

News

Iconic Birds Thrive in Regenerating Costa Rican Forest

In Costa Rica, increasingly rare Great Tinamous and Great Curassows show more resiliency than expected. These large birds are among the first species to disappear when human settlement encroaches in large, forested areas, and many believed that they only lived in old-growth, primary forest. From May to August 2017, a… Read more >>