• 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:… Read More »

  • New Study Highlights Dramatic Impact of Cats on Young Birds in Washington, D.C. Suburbs

    For Immediate Release Contact: , 202-234-7181 ext. 210 Siamese cat with dead bird, by stock.xchng (Washington, D.C., March 14, 2011) A new study on the effects of urbanization on wildlife that tracked the early lives of gray catbirds in three… Read More »

  • Aliens Invade Seabirds' Island Strongholds

    What counts as an invasive species might surprise you. Mosquitoes, plants, and house mice and other mammals — including those super-predators, free-roaming cats — have invaded ecosystems they don’t naturally inhabit, putting pressure on native birds and other wildlife. During… Read More »

  • Cat Abandonment Bill Halted in Virginia

    The Virginia House of Delegates voted on February 5, 2020, to postpone further consideration of HB 1727 for the rest of the year. This bill, which would sanction cat abandonment throughout Virginia through the program known as trap, neuter, release… Read More »

  • Science and Conservation Organizations Send Letter Supporting Florida Keys Predator Management Plan

    Reddish Egret. By: Ashok Khosla (Washington, D.C., February 16, 2011) American Bird Conservancy, the nation’s leading bird conservation organization, and 27 additional science and conservation organizations have signed a letter to the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge supporting their plans… Read More »

  • Forty Percent of River Otters in England and Wales May Be Infected with Parasitic Disease Toxoplasmosis

    (Washington, D.C., July 11, 2013) A study by 11 British scientists who examined 271 Eurasian otter cadavers across England found that 108 (almost 40 percent) of those animals tested positive for the parasitic disease toxoplasmosis, which is described in the… Read More »

  • Migrating and Breeding Birds Need Your Help

    Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Bob Johns (Washington, D.C., April 9, 2013) As temperatures start to climb, birds begin their annual spring migration and also begin breeding.  American Bird Conservancy (ABC) often gets asked, particularly during the spring, “How can I help… Read More »

  • 3 Billion Birds Lost: A Visual Journey

    The news that an estimated 2.9 billion breeding birds have been lost from the U.S. and Canada since 1970 may seem overwhelming. To help make sense of this decline and better understand what it means for birds, we and our… Read More »

  • Meet Elmer, One Smart, Lucky Cerulean Warbler

    Migration is big. Especially when you're a tiny Cerulean Warbler. This species' epic journey was tracked for the first time this past spring, when 19 Cerulean Warblers were outfitted with high-tech backpacks capturing essential data about the birds' migration route.… Read More »

  • Threats to All Birds

    [View 6-page 2019 PDF] [View 15-page 2019 PDF] Despite concern from the public, substantial challenges remain in reducing and mitigating many of the most significant sources of bird mortality. Changes in lighting on communication towers and the marking of electrical… Read More »

  • Cats | Invasives

    More than 4,000 invasive species—usually introduced species that did not evolve in a particular area—had been established in the United States alone as of 1999. The delicate balance of nature that gave rise to unique species like the Marvelous Spatuletail of Peru… Read More »

  • Migrating Birds Could Use a Helping Hand – Ten Ways People Can Protect Birds This Spring

    Allen's Hummingbird by Susan Beree (Washington, D.C., April 21, 2011) As warmer temperatures begin to arrive, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) often gets asked how people can help birds. Toward that end, ABC has identified the top ten things people can… Read More »

  • Twelve Tips to Help Migratory Birds on Their Way

    Spring migration, one of nature's greatest annual journeys, is underway as billions of migratory birds leave their wintering grounds and head north toward seasonal food sources and favorite nesting spots. But this high-endurance pilgrimage isn't without danger. Outdoor cats, poorly… Read More »

  • Feral cats by John Honeywell

    Two New Studies Document Link Between Serious Mental Disorders and Parasites Associated with Cats

    (Washington, DC, June 3, 2015) Two new peer-reviewed studies have just been published evaluating the link between serious mental disorders and a common cat-carried parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, which can infect any warm-blooded species (i.e., birds, mammals) but relies on felids… Read More »

  • Migrating Birds Could Use a Helping Hand

    10 Ways People Can Protect Birds This Spring Birds migrating. Photo: © FWS (Washington, D.C., March 31, 2010) As warmer temperatures begin to arrive and we spend more time outdoors, we hear the many, familiar sounds of spring, including the… Read More »

  • Tufted Titmouse, StevenRusselSmithPhotos/Shutterstock

    Top Five Holiday Gifts to Help Birds

    Looking for holiday gifts to help birds? With 45 million Americans who enjoy bird watching, there certainly is a demand for bird-inspired presents. The experts at American Bird Conservancy have five suggestions that can help solve that gift-giving dilemma and… Read More »

  • Feral Cat Resolution on Hold in Hawai'i's Kaua'i County

    Contact: Robert Johns, 202-234-7181 ext.210, Hawaiian Petrel by Jim Denny (Washington, D.C., June 28, 2011) Advocates for Hawai'i's imperiled native birds are applauding a decision by the Kaua'i County Council to set aside a resolution that would have endorsed a… Read More »

  • Hooded Warbler killed by cat, forestpath/Shutterstock

    Take Action

    Sign the Cats Pledge! Join other responsible pet owners who have signed the pledge to keep cats indoors. Take a Stand on Cats and Birds Join with us to express your thoughts on current bird-related issues to decision makers. View… Read More »

  • Piping Plover

    The small, sand-colored Piping Plover, named for its melodic, plaintive whistle, is a bird of beaches and barrier islands, sharing this habitat with Least Terns, Black Skimmers, and Wilson’s Plovers. Beaches are also popular with people, and their impacts have… Read More »

  • White-eyed Vireo

    The elusive White-eyed Vireo is a bird of dense, scrubby habitats. Like the Yellow-breasted Chat, this yellow, gray, and white bird is more often heard than seen. But this vireo is just as curious as another denizen of thick foliage,… Read More »