Nov 12

News

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 >>

Oct 28

From the Field

Adventures in Bird Conservation: Sleeping with Penguins in Patagonia

By Michael Hutchins As we here at ABC look back on our 20 years of working to bring back the birds, I’ve been reflecting on my own experiences in bird research and conservation. One of my favorite experiences took place in 1988, when I helped with research at Punta Tombo… Read more >>

Oct 15

News

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 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 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 >>

Apr 18

From the Field

Unexpected Dividends: Migratory Sandpipers in a Bolivian Reserve

By John Nielsen First and last, save habitat. If you had to pick a single rule for bird conservation groups to follow that would probably be it. Nobody ever looks back and says, “I wish we had saved less bird habitat,” for one thing. For another, the rewards for preserving… 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 >>