Apr 23

Perspectives

Help Save Wood Thrush: Drink Bird-Friendly Coffee

By Bridget Stutchbury The Wood Thrush is an ambassador for the forest birds of eastern North America, and a modern-day "canary in the coal mine." According to the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), this species has declined by over 50 percent since systematic counts began in the late 1960s. I wrote… Read more >>

Apr 14

Perspectives

Does Bird Friendly Coffee Matter? A Farmer's Perspective

By Jefferson Shriver "Bird Friendly®" coffee’s very name makes it obvious that there are clear benefits for the birds and bird habitat. At Gaia Estate—a medium-sized family farm in Nicaragua that my wife and I own—we grow Bird Friendly coffee, and the birds are plentiful. In addition to year-round residents… Read more >>

Feb 25

Perspectives

SNAP! How I Photographed 585 Species in One Year to Benefit Hawaiian Birds

By David Pavlik, graduate student in Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota Wow, what a year. From Northern Hawk Owl to Great Kiskadee, my 2013 “photographic big year”—focused on raising funds for ABC to help out Hawai'i’s endangered bird species—exceeded expectations in every way thanks to so many bird enthusiasts, and… Read more >>

Dec 23

News, Perspectives

Avian Methuselah: Celebrated Red Knot Keeps on Trucking

The rufa Red Knot called B95 or “Moonbird” may be the most famous bird on Earth. I can’t think of any other wild bird that has its own biographer (Philip Hoose, author of “Moonbird.”) Nor am I aware of any other single bird that has its own statue (at the… Read more >>

Aug 26

News

Partners in Flight V: Advancing Migratory Bird Conservation with Our Latin American and Caribbean Partners

This week, ABC hosts blogs from our friends at the Partners in Flight V (PIFV) meeting taking place in Snowbird, Utah. We are delighted to spread the word about PIF’s great work to advance migratory bird conservation. For more information on the meeting, see pifv.org. By Terry Rich I’m thrilled… Read more >>

Aug 21

From the Field

On Laysan Island: A New Cycle Begins

July 29 to August 11, 2013 Andrea Kristof After a brief vacation from the demands of parenting, the Millerbirds of Laysan Island (in Hawai’i) are emerging from their molting period and initiating the fourth wave of breeding this calendar year. The fledglings from the 2013 breeding season, which only two… 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 >>

Aug 05

From the Field

Millerbird Molt Malaise

July 15—28, 2013 Michelle Wilcox The adult Millerbirds on our little Pacific island are molting, relaxing, and enjoying some much-needed rest after a long and productive breeding season. We are eagerly awaiting the first sign of nest-building that will mark the start of the next wave of reproduction. Now that… Read more >>

Jun 20

From the Field

Spying on the Birds

June 3 – 16, 2013 Megan Dalton After Millerbird pairs have fledged their chicks and are through using their nests, we often will find nests on the ground in pieces as if something has torn them apart. Millerbirds have been known to “cannibalize” their old nests and reuse the nesting… Read more >>

May 28

From the Field

As Busy as a Millerbird

May 6-19, 2013 Megan Dalton The past two weeks have been quite productive, both for the Millerbirds and for us in the field. We are currently following 23 pairs engaging in breeding behavior, which means Michelle and I are busy trying to keep up with all the activity. This is… Read more >>