Apr 06

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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 >>

Mar 29

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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 >>

Mar 22

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From Tiny Egg to Fledgling: Amazing Facts About How Hummingbirds Grow

Hummingbirds are a dazzling sight, but many of us only see them as full-grown adults. Because these energetic birds are so small, it is easy to miss them in their early stages of life. But the development of young hummingbirds is a wonder of the natural world — more evidence… Read more >>

Mar 12

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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 >>

Mar 02

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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 >>

Feb 24

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After Years of Conflict, Might a Lost Parakeet Species Reveal Itself in This Colombian Forest?

This week in northwestern Colombia, a team of researchers is searching for the Sinú Parakeet (Pyrrhura subandina), a species that has not been officially documented in more than 70 years. After decades of violent civil conflict, one of the many benefits of peace in Colombia has been the chance to… Read more >>

Feb 12

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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 >>

Feb 04

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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 >>

Jan 29

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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 >>

Jan 26

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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 >>