Oct 01

From the Field

Return to Abra Patricia: A Culture of Peruvian Conservation is Spreading

By Daniel Lebbin My first visit to Abra Patricia in northern Peru was ten years ago in November of 2004, as a grad student traveling with two buddies. We explored the area in a rented Isuzu Rodeo, which we drove from the Pacific coast across the Andes on one of… Read more >>

Sep 23

From the Field

After the Hurricanes: Life Abounds on Laysan

September 7, 2014 | By Barbara Heindl Welcome Home Megan and I are back on Laysan after our emergency evacuation. The only noticeable change was an unusually high debris line, indicating large swells from Hurricanes Julio, Iselle, and Genevieve, who were in the area while we were gone. Otherwise, Laysan… Read more >>

Sep 11

Perspectives

Building Bridges for Birds in Colombia's Sky Island

Editor’s note: As fall approaches and many of our birds are now heading back to their wintering grounds, we here at ABC look back as staff member Dan Lebbin recounts work in South America when the same birds were migrating north during spring migration. I left Dulles International airport in… Read more >>

Aug 28

From the Field

Should We Stay or Should We Go Now: Evacuation from Laysan

August 5-18, 2014 | By Barbara Heindl This past week we hit the halfway point of our 90-day tour on Laysan to monitor Millerbirds, and it showed. All of the Laysan castaways were in the groove. We were monitoring over 10 active nests and had seen a remarkable 90 birds out… Read more >>

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 >>

Jul 17

From the Field

Fresh Meat for Flies: First Impressions of Laysan Island

July 7, 2014 | By Barbara Heindl It has been a week since I arrived on Laysan Island with fellow field biologists Megan Dalton and Robby Kohley. We have been sent to Laysan, a small island in the Northwest Hawaiian chain about 930 miles northwest from Honolulu, to monitor a… Read more >>

Feb 13

From the Field

White-out on the White Mountain: Restoring Forests on Mauna Kea

By Robert Stephens, Project Coordinator, Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project January 28, 2014, 7 a.m., Hilo, Hawai’i: As the field crew of the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project (MKFRP) drove up the rough dirt roads in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve and parked on Skyline Road—10,300 feet high on the… 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 >>

Sep 19

From the Field

The Art of Waiting on St. Lucia's White-breasted Thrasher

By Kate Freeman While the Caribbean island of St. Lucia has many aspects of a tropical paradise, working in this forest is not exactly white sand and turquoise water. Snake chaps are a critical part of my field gear, as this place is home to the venomous Fer-de-Lance, or St.… Read more >>