Hoots, Hisses, and Howls: Eeriest Bird Sounds in the Americas
While many birds specialize in cheerful-sounding song, others conjure strange, sinister, and somber moods. Owls, of course, are the usual suspects when we think of the eeriest bird sounds. And while it’s true that their macabre shrieks have inspired terror since antiquity, they’re hardly the only birds capable of providing… Read more >>
3 Billion Birds Lost: Q&A with ABC President Mike Parr
A study published on September 19 in the journal Science reveals that since 1970, bird populations in the United States and Canada have declined by 29 percent, or almost 3 billion birds, suggesting that our ecosystems could be headed for serious trouble. The results show tremendous losses across diverse groups… Read more >>
After Dorian: How Are Birds in the Bahamas Doing?
In the first days of September, Hurricane Dorian roared over the northwestern Bahamas, ripping across and swamping Abaco and Grand Bahama. This colossal storm left more than 50 dead, 1,300 missing, and thousands without food and shelter. The storm also dramatically transformed the landscape. We asked Bradley Watson, with American… Read more >>
Bird-Friendly Building Design: Coming to a City Near You!
Glass collisions kill up to 1 billion birds in the United States each year. Both common and rare species are at risk. Recently, there’s been some promising momentum toward addressing this danger, as some cities and states have formalized bird-friendly strategies. A number of cities, for example, passed local ordinances… Read more >>
We Can't Lose the Just-Found Antioquia Brushfinch
I am blessed to earn a living investing mental energy to tackle complex bird conservation issues — while working with extraordinarily passionate conservationists in five Latin American countries (Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Jamaica). My job brings me to far-flung locales to better understand threats faced by some of the… Read more >>
Insect Freefall: What Does It Mean for Birds?
Many people quip that they’d prefer a world without “bugs,” but as the adage goes: Be careful what you wish for. Our planet cannot function normally without insects and other invertebrates. “The little things that run the world” is what biodiversity pioneer Edward O. Wilson calls them. Insects anchor natural… Read more >>
Fire and Birds: What Does California's Camp Fire Mean for Birds?
On November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire started in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Caused by a downed powerline, it rapidly spread to affect 153,000 acres, tragically killing at least 85 people, mostly in the town of Paradise, and destroying 18,000 homes and other buildings. It finally burned… Read more >>
Who's Who: ABC's Hummingbird I.D. Quiz
Hummingbirds enliven rainforests, deserts, mountains, and gardens from Canada to Chile. Of about 350 hummingbird species, more than half find refuge at the 90-plus reserves that ABC supports across the Americas. These smallest of birds can be hard to glimpse, let alone photograph. Yet through hard work and patience, photographer Owen… Read more >>