Jan 192014
 
Cold Snap Will Be a Killer for Birds, Group Warns

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), one of the nation’s leading bird conservation groups, is reminding people that we’re not the only ones suffering in the cold gripping much of the nation. This weather can be deadly to birds, some of which are being driven farther south than normal in search of open water and sources of […]

Jan 182014
 
Bird Conservation Groups Announce Intention to Sue Over Ohio Wind Turbine in Key Bird Migration Corridor

The Ohio National Guard facility at Camp Perry, near Port Clinton in northern Ohio, is the focus of possible legal action by American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leading national bird conservation organization, and Ohio’s Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), which today announced the intention to sue the Ohio National Guard in connection with violations of […]

Dec 122013
 
POLL: Should the regulations on the killing of Bald Eagles be loosened?

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is reviewing the revised eagle rule announced today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), asserting that the plan may mark a setback in protecting Bald and Golden eagles, two species that have inspired Americans for centuries. “I can’t imagine many things more important than protecting a bird so widely […]

Dec 012013
 
Hand-reared spoon-billed sandpiper spotted after flying quarter-way round the world

A rare hand-reared spoon-billed sandpiper has been spotted for the first time in the wild, more than 8,000km from where it was released. 25 of the critically endangered birds have been raised over two years by a conservation team from WWT and Birds Russia on the Russian tundra, before being released to join their wild-born […]

Nov 182013
 
Wildlife Agency Adds Bird Species to Protected Migratory Bird List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has revised the formal List of Migratory Birds that are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and other laws by adding 23 species to the list and removing four, bringing the total number of birds protected under those laws to 1,026. The FWS Federal Register Notice […]

Jul 012013
 
Let's not martyr the white-throated needletail to the anti-wind cause

This week an extraordinary animal paid a visit to our shores. The elegant and lightning-fast white-throated needletail breeds mostly in China and migrates to Australia, so it was unusual sight dancing around the Isle of Harris in Scotland. The spectacle attracted birders from across the country and created a flurry of activity online as the […]

May 292013
 
Feds' Decision to Allow Wind Farm to Kill California Condor Threatens Recovery Effort, Says Leading Bird Group

Today the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published the Record of Decision and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Biological Opinion for the Alta East Wind Project in California, which would for the first time allow a wind farm to kill an endangered California Condor without danger of prosecution. Fewer than 250 California Condors […]

May 262013
 
New Study Says Stress from Human Activity Can Cause Urban Birds to Abandon Nests Ten Times More Often

A new study from scientists at Boise State University shows that even bird species considered “tolerant” of human activity, such as American Kestrels, may be adversely impacted by human disturbance to a far greater degree than many had believed. The study, authored by Erin H. Strasser and Julie A. Heath of Boise State University, was […]

May 112013
 
Conservation Group Seeks Assurance that Wild Bird Seed Products Are Pesticide-Free

American Bird Conservancy has sent letters to two of the nation’s largest manufacturers of wild bird seeds, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and Kaytee Products, seeking assurance that the company supply chains remain free of neonicotinoid insecticides, which can be fatally poisonous to birds. “American Bird Conservancy (ABC) would like to direct your attention to the neonicotinoid […]

Apr 212013
 
Endemic & Endangered Birds of the “Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta” (Colombia-South America)

Colombia, is one of the countries with the highest biodiversity on the planet, the highest number of animal and plant species per square kilometer anywhere in the world. With 1871 bird species, it has the largest number of bird species of any country on earth, this number continue to rise each year, 74 birds are […]

Apr 092013
 
New Report Identifies Conservation Hotspots for Greater Sage-Grouse

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a new report detailing what it will take to conserve the imperiled Greater Sage-Grouse. The report maps out the most important areas for the conservation of the declining species, which in 2015 may be added to the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. “This […]

Apr 072013
 
Volcano Birds in the Modern Age

From the time of Magellan, there has been a fascination with the birds that “laid their eggs in volcanoes.” Those birds, megapodes as a group, are in the news again as our Bronx Zoo has hatched young from a captive pair of maleo, the national bird of Sulawesi. The media coverage has stressed the “bizarre” […]

Apr 022013
 
Restoring a breeding colony for Chinese Crested Tern

In early March, an international workshop in Xiangshan, Zhejiang Province, China, marked the start of an ambitious plan to restore a network of breeding sites for the Critically Endangered Chinese Crested Tern Sterna bernsteini, probably the world’s most threatened seabird. After more than half a century with no breeding records, four adults and four chicks […]