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 >>
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 >>
A High-wire Act to Protect Whooping Cranes from Powerlines
Kansas power companies join forces to prevent crane-powerline collisions The Whooping Crane is a bird of distinction. North America’s tallest bird and one of its most endangered species, this gleaming-white, 15-pound wetland denizen almost became as mythical as the now-extinct Passenger Pigeon. In the early 1940s, only 15 remained. Thanks to years of… Read more >>
Goat Farms and Hurricanes: Q+A on Kirtland's Warbler Recovery
The Kirtland’s Warbler is being considered for delisting from the federal endangered species list, after reaching a population more than double its recovery goal. But it's still among the rarest, most range-restricted migratory songbirds in North America, with only about 2,300 breeding pairs alive today. How can we be sure Kirtland's Warbler recovery will… Read more >>
Closing the Gap: Protecting Overlooked Bird Species
Conservationists hope to begin protecting overlooked bird species by identifying which birds still lack protected areas. ABC has always made preventing bird extinctions a top priority. We’ve made great strides toward this goal with the help of our partners and other conservationists, and to date, we’ve supported the establishment of protected areas for 60 species of highly… Read more >>
Scaling Up Migratory Bird Conservation: A New Approach?
What if bird conservation could generate revenue? While there is more to be learned about the threats facing many species of migratory birds, we already know enough to target conservation work in ways that will help some of the fastest-declining species. For example, species such as the Wood Thrush and Long-billed Curlew face habitat loss and degradation on both breeding and wintering grounds,… Read more >>
Bird News Roundup: Week Of 2/3/19
Take a mid-winter break with our latest round-up, a “warming” collection of notable bird and conservation news. We've got updates about loons, rediscovered birds, and even a butterfly and frog for good measure 1. “Scientists Surprised to Find Endangered Seabirds on Oahu,” Civil Beat Hawai’i’s two endemic seabirds, IUCN-listed Critically… Read more >>
Native Birds and Plants: More than Footnotes in the Landscape
In the northeastern United States, where I farm and write, our native oak trees support 534 species of moths and butterflies. Hundreds more rely on Black Cherry, willow, birch, and poplar trees. Of our flowers, Asclepias (milkweed) supports the charismatic Monarch butterfly; Monarda, Lobelia, and Phlox are beloved by many… Read more >>