Jun 04

News

The Real Neonics Threat to Birds isn't From Wild Bird Seed

When the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a story (“Is your bird seed harmful to the birds and bees?”) on April 26, warning that wild bird seed could be contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides, commonly known as “neonics,” readers with bird feeders were likely shocked to think they might be harming backyard visitors.… Read more >>

May 29

News

This Art Project Could Help Make Cities More Habitable for Birds

Can a series of art installations in New York City raise awareness about bird migration while improving urban habitat for migratory birds? Resembling a bushy staircase at first glance, the living sculpture at East River State Park in Brooklyn may draw incredulous looks from curious park-goers, but for migratory birds,… Read more >>

May 15

News

Rare Birds: These Four Birds May be the Rarest in the Americas

Over the last 500 years, as many as 183 bird species have gone extinct. Given that the more famous of these — the Passenger Pigeon and Ivory-billed Woodpecker — are immortalized in grainy black-and-white photos, you might be forgiven for assuming that bird extinction is a thing of the past.… Read more >>

May 10

News

Five Fantastic Bird Migration Facts

Many people know that bird migration has been going on for ages (millions of years, in fact), and that it happens twice a year. But when you stop and ponder the details, migratory birds' epic journeys are nothing less than astonishing. Consider the improbability of a migratory bird, which may… Read more >>

Apr 29

News

Birds are Amazing

Excerpted with permission from “Birds Are Amazing” by Michael J. Parr in Bringing Back the Birds: Exploring Migration and Preserving Birdscapes Throughout the Americas, from American Bird Conservancy and nonprofit publisher Braided River. All photos by Owen Deutsch. Birds are clearly demarcated from all other life-forms by the feathers that… Read more >>

Apr 15

News

Eight Must-See Spring Birding Sites

For U.S. birders, spring migration can feel like a gift from heaven, as millions of winged visitors descend from the skies. Destined for mating grounds throughout North America and beyond, these birds lend their springtime splendor to nearly every corner of the country. But that doesn’t mean all locations are… Read more >>

Apr 06

News

Favorite Bird Sounds and Songs in the United States

Bird sounds — especially bird calls and bird songs — provide a natural soundtrack for our lives. Among other things, they give voice to the spring, sweeten the sunrise, and add mystery to the night. But with hundreds of bird species nesting, wintering, and passing through the United States, how… Read more >>

Mar 21

Perspectives

10 of the Most Beautiful Birds in Brazil's Atlantic Forest

The Atlantic Forest stretches for 1,500 square miles along the coast of Brazil, teeming with a vast array of plants, birds, and other wildlife. But intense development in the region has had a devastating impact. Today, the once-mighty Atlantic Forest covers about 8 percent of its original extent. In some… Read more >>

Mar 14

Perspectives

Will Federal Policies Doom the Sage-Grouse to Extinction?

Wildlife experts concluded in 2015 that the Greater Sage-Grouse, an iconic bird of the West, did not require listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), thanks to then-new federal management plans with added conservation requirements. Many conservation groups, including American Bird Conservancy, supported the monumental process leading up to these… Read more >>

Mar 08

News

Five Women Conservation Champions (You Didn't Learn About in School)

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we're highlighting a few of the incredible women on our staff. Since women comprise 60 percent of our team, it's fair to say that women really move bird conservation forward for us. Read on to meet Wendy, Rachel, Callie, Aimee, and Sussy! Wendy Willis, Deputy… Read more >>