Aug 19

Perspectives

Painting the Birds of Buenaventura

By Harold Eyster I sit on a bench, painting the Green Honeycreepers that indulge in the hummingbird feeders at Buenaventura Reserve in southern Ecuador. I've been here for two weeks, painting and observing the birds of this preserve. My concentration on my painting is pleasantly disrupted by the fluid elocutions… Read more >>

Aug 12

From the Field

Birdlife of the Equator: A Virtual Trip to Ecuador

By Benjamin Skolnik Have you ever been to the Equator? If not, I highly recommend taking the journey to the small country of Ecuador (named after zero degrees latitude), which is a wonderfully small nation that is easily traveled, safe, and a sampler of what the tropics have to offer.… 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 >>

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 >>

Aug 09

From the Field

In the Valley of the Palkachupa: Conserving an Elusive Bird in the Andes

By Dan Lebbin Standing on a ridge top in the highlands of Bolivia, near the isolated village of Atén, I looked out across the irreplaceable landscape known as the Apolo Valley. Beneath the rising clouds and fog, the grassy hills ahead of me rolled up and down for miles, interrupted… Read more >>