Nov 12


Ecuador BirdBlitz Results: One Country, 11 Reserves, 620 Species, 6,865 Birds!

By Ivan Samuels and Benjamin Skolnik During October 15-22, the Jocotoco Foundation of Ecuador embarked on its first ever BirdBlitz. Inspired by the popular BioBlitz events that have taken place in U.S. national parks, the BirdBlitz was developed as an exciting way to count birds throughout the Jocotoco reserve system… Read more >>

Nov 06

From the Field

There and Back Again: To Laysan with Love

October 30, 2014 | By Megan Dalton It’s a little surreal. September on Laysan just flew by, then we all left the island, and now I’m sitting at my desk at home in Salt Lake City, tapping away at the computer, not needing to swat at the previously omnipresent flies… Read more >>

Oct 15


BirdBlitz! Counting Birds to Save Birds in Ecuador

By Benjamin Skolnik To celebrate the astonishing bird diversity harbored at Jocotoco Foundation’s reserves, I'm participating in the first “BioBlitz” to be held in Latin America: a “BirdBlitz” to document bird diversity. Over the course of two 24-hour periods between Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, we will be documenting all the… Read more >>

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


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


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 >>