May 02

From the Field

Isla Santa Clara: Restoring Habitat for Pink-footed Shearwater

By Holly Freifeld The zodiac’s bow smacked the choppy water hard on the approach to the little island’s landing site: a slippery, wave-washed tongue of rock. We each steeled ourselves for the scramble over the gunwale and onto the rocks in that unpredictable split-second when the boat, the water, and… Read more >>

Apr 23

Perspectives

Help Save Wood Thrush: Drink Bird-Friendly Coffee

By Bridget Stutchbury The Wood Thrush is an ambassador for the forest birds of eastern North America, and a modern-day "canary in the coal mine." According to the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), this species has declined by over 50 percent since systematic counts began in the late 1960s. I wrote… Read more >>

Apr 18

From the Field

Unexpected Dividends: Migratory Sandpipers in a Bolivian Reserve

By John Nielsen First and last, save habitat. If you had to pick a single rule for bird conservation groups to follow that would probably be it. Nobody ever looks back and says, “I wish we had saved less bird habitat,” for one thing. For another, the rewards for preserving… Read more >>

Apr 14

Perspectives

Does Bird Friendly Coffee Matter? A Farmer's Perspective

By Jefferson Shriver "Bird Friendly®" coffee’s very name makes it obvious that there are clear benefits for the birds and bird habitat. At Gaia Estate—a medium-sized family farm in Nicaragua that my wife and I own—we grow Bird Friendly coffee, and the birds are plentiful. In addition to year-round residents… Read more >>

Feb 25

Perspectives

SNAP! How I Photographed 585 Species in One Year to Benefit Hawaiian Birds

By David Pavlik, graduate student in Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota Wow, what a year. From Northern Hawk Owl to Great Kiskadee, my 2013 “photographic big year”—focused on raising funds for ABC to help out Hawai'i’s endangered bird species—exceeded expectations in every way thanks to so many bird enthusiasts, and… Read more >>

Feb 13

From the Field

White-out on the White Mountain: Restoring Forests on Mauna Kea

By Robert Stephens, Project Coordinator, Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project January 28, 2014, 7 a.m., Hilo, Hawai’i: As the field crew of the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project (MKFRP) drove up the rough dirt roads in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and parked on Skyline Road—10,300 feet high on the… Read more >>

Jan 06

From the Field

Loco for Cuckoos: My Search for the Bay-breasted Cuckoo

By Andrew Rothman Nearly everyone involved in bird conservation has an unseen bird that haunts them—a “ghost bird,” so to speak. My ghost bird, for years, was the Bay-breasted Cuckoo, also known as the “Cua” for its cooing call. Like most other cuckoos, this bird is exceptionally furtive, but also… Read more >>

Dec 23

News, Perspectives

Avian Methuselah: Celebrated Red Knot Keeps on Trucking

The rufa Red Knot called B95 or “Moonbird” may be the most famous bird on Earth. I can’t think of any other wild bird that has its own biographer (Philip Hoose, author of “Moonbird.”) Nor am I aware of any other single bird that has its own statue (at the… Read more >>

Nov 08

Perspectives

The View from Northern Nicaragua's Highlands: Saving Birds with Coffee

by Scott Weidensaul Migratory birds—which must overcome so many natural challenges as they journey from one end of the globe to another—are having a much harder time overcoming the obstacles that humans have added to the mix: habitat loss, environmental contaminants, climate change, and a lot more. But we humans… Read more >>

Oct 24

From the Field

Chilean Woodstar: A Species Clings to Life in an Otherworldly Landscape

By Dan Lebbin Departing the city of Arica, Chile, during predawn hours, Bojana Kuzimicic picks me up in a Suburu Forester SUV and we drive out into the desert. Our first destination is Taltape, in the Camarones Valley, a two hours’ drive south of Arica. This desert, the Atacama, looks… Read more >>