Nov 19


Potatoes Loom Large Over Rare Mexican Grassland

Recently, much has been written about North America’s fastest declining group of birds, the grassland species, including a September Science paper that put their loss since 1970 at 700 million breeding birds across 31 species. Loss of breeding habitat is a grave concern, but many Americans and Canadians don’t realize… Read more >>

Nov 14


Birds in Brief – Bird Conservation Updates, Winter 2019, Pt. 1

Welcome to Birds in Brief, ABC's triannual news round-up highlighting efforts to protect birds throughout the Western Hemisphere. This is the first part of our two-part Winter 2019-2020 brief. Click here to view the second post. Neonics Pose Newly Reported Migration Threat Migratory birds are intoxicated and hobbled by neonicotinoid… Read more >>

Nov 11


One Woman's Trek for the Antioquia Brushfinch

ABC Deputy Director of International Programs Wendy Willis hit the Appalachian Trail on June 17, after launching a GoFundMe campaign entitled “Trailblazing for Brushfinches” for the Antioquia Brushfinch, a bird she recently wrote about. Willis’ goal: to raise $5,000 “so that ABC can help Colombian partners do more area searches… Read more >>

Nov 08


Minnesota Vikings' Stadium is Bad for Birds, but It's Not Too Late for a Solution

Each year in the United States, window collisions kill up to 1 billion birds. While this is a massive source of human-caused bird mortality, trailing only free-roaming cats and habitat loss, there is good news: Window collisions are preventable! The bad news: Most new buildings do not incorporate bird safety… Read more >>

Oct 31


Cool Birds: Five Extraordinary Birds of the Western Hemisphere

All birds are marvels of natural engineering and adaptation, but some — there’s no denying it — fire our imagination more than others. These “cool birds” defy expectations, stretch our thinking, and simply can’t be ignored. To that end, we’ve put together a list of five extraordinary birds, in no… Read more >>

Oct 25


First Wildlife Refuge Declared for Brazil's Critically Endangered Marsh Antwren

On October 24, the southeastern Brazilian municipality of Guararema declared the new 5,860-acre Bicundinho Wildlife Refuge. There, within a two-hour drive of sprawling São Paulo’s city center, the Critically Endangered Marsh Antwren clings to existence within isolated wetlands. This little antbird — known to biologists as Formicivora paludicola and to… Read more >>

Oct 21


3 Billion Birds Lost: A Visual Journey

The news that an estimated 2.9 billion breeding birds have been lost from the U.S. and Canada since 1970 may seem overwhelming. To help make sense of this decline and better understand what it means for birds, we and our partners have prepared a series of infographics that highlight impacts… Read more >>

Oct 17


Hoots, Hisses, and Howls: Eeriest Bird Sounds in the Americas

While many birds specialize in cheerful-sounding song, others conjure strange, sinister, and somber moods. Owls, of course, are the usual suspects when we think of the eeriest bird sounds. And while it’s true that their macabre shrieks have inspired terror since antiquity, they’re hardly the only birds capable of providing… Read more >>

Sep 27


Northern Bobwhite: Saving an Iconic Bird, Its Habitat, and Its Wildlife Neighbors

This is the story of a bird in a tailspin. Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, the Northern Bobwhite was a fairly common bird here in southwestern Missouri. I remember nearly falling off my startled horse when flocks of 25 or 30 birds would flush out of the overgrown… Read more >>

Sep 19


3 Billion Birds Lost: Q&A with ABC President Mike Parr

A study published on September 19 in the journal Science reveals that since 1970, bird populations in the United States and Canada have declined by 29 percent, or almost 3 billion birds, suggesting that our ecosystems could be headed for serious trouble. The results show tremendous losses across diverse groups… Read more >>