ABC Birding: Kirtland's Warbler Management Areas, Michigan
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. Kirtland's Warbler. Photo by Jason Jablonski Lay of the Land: Kirtland’s Warbler Management Areas (KWMAs) comprise 23 units of about 220,000 acres… Read more >>
IUCN Red List Update Brings Good News, Some Warnings
Conservation efforts paid off for species previously considered Critically Endangered, including Peru's endemic Junin Grebe. Each year, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) evaluates the status of species on its Red List of Threatened Species, a key listing that ranks most of the worlds’ species by conservation need.… Read more >>
Pigeons and Doves of the United States: A Photo List of All Species
There are 12 species of pigeons and doves in the United States and Canada. Some are widespread and others more localized “specialties,” occupying small ranges in the southern parts of the United States. The main difference between pigeons and doves is not taxonomic (both are members of the Columbidae family)… Read more >>
Are Wind Turbines a Significant Threat to Birds?
There are many threats to birds ... and they are all significant. Birds face a host of threats — habitat loss, predation by outdoor cats, collisions with windows, pesticide poisoning … the list goes on. Cumulatively, the losses are huge: A recent study by American Bird Conservancy and others showed… Read more >>
Finches of the United States: A Photo List of All Species
There are 17 North American finch species. These include crossbills, Evening and Pine Grosbeaks, redpolls, and siskins. Birds in the Fringillidae family all have compact bodies, conical bills, and short necks with large jaw muscles. They also have relatively pointed wings, notched tails, and distinctive flight calls. These small to… Read more >>
At Home in the Cold: An Intro to the World of Winter Birds
Sure, winter can be dark, cold, and barren in the northern U.S., but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great time to see birds. After all, winter heralds the arrival of Dark-eyed Juncos, the famous snowbirds, and other visitors such as Snowy Owls and Evening Grosbeaks. And they aren’t alone.… Read more >>
The Surprisingly Complex Science of Bird Longevity
How long do birds live? Whether you want to ace this question at your next bird-themed trivia challenge or just impress someone spontaneously, here’s the answer: Birds can live between four and 100 years, depending on the species. While it may win you trivia points, this answer may raise more… Read more >>
How Many Birds Are Killed by Wind Turbines?
Countless studies have shown that climate change will cause far-reaching and devastating impacts to wildlife and humans alike. Renewable energy development is a critically important component of the transition away from fossil fuels, making our air cleaner and reversing the effects of climate change. Unfortunately, we have also learned that wind energy development has a… Read more >>