Feb 142017
 
Can we bring vultures back to Thailand?

It’s the most dramatic bird decline ever recorded – faster even than those that robbed our planet of the Passenger Pigeon Ectopistes migratorius or the Dodo Raphus cucullatus. Since the 1990s, a staggering 99% of the vulture population in Asia have disappeared – a drop from several million to just a few thousand. As a […]

Sep 242014
 
North America's key birds facing extinction, study finds

For the second time in as many days, a new report highlights trouble for American birds. While a study by the National Audubon Society points out threats from future climate change, a new multi-agency report says that many U.S. birds are already in decline. The current state of birds in the U.S. is a mixed […]

Sep 122014
 
The 1,300 Bird Species Facing Extinction Signal Threats to Human Health

Birds are the planet’s superheroes, built for survival. The ice of Antarctica doesn’t faze them. Nor does the heat of the tropics. They thrive in the desert, in swamps, on the open ocean, on sheer rock faces, on treeless tundra, atop airless mountaintops, and burrowed into barren soil. Some fly nonstop for days on end. […]

Apr 182014
 
Europe approves vet drug that killed off almost all of Asia's vultures

When Europeans first arrived in North America, they exterminated three to five billion passenger pigeons (Ectopistes migratorius) in the short span of a century through a combination of habitat destruction and hunting. In 1914, the last living passenger pigeon perished at the Cincinnati Zoo. Despite the staggering scale of this extinction event, three species of […]

Feb 182014
 
Tracking one of the world's last Great Indian Bustards to save the species

Bilal Habib is closely tracking the flight of a bird. Six times a day he gets its location, within a few hundred feet, through a GPS monitoring device attached to its body. One of the last members of its species, this Great Indian Bustard is part of the latest effort to save its kind from […]

Oct 182013
 
Is Extinction Forever? Or Is the Passenger Pigeon Waiting in the Wings?

John James Audubon “was struck with amazement” at the darkened skies caused by the birds. The man who would become famous as an artist of nature was, not surprisingly, himself a naturalist. Yet his efforts to document the flock’s numbers were futile. “The birds poured in in countless multitudes,” Audubon would write. “The air was […]

Jul 102013
 
Free-tailed funnel cloud (reprint from June 2011)

When Doppler radar first arrived in the area known affectionately to Texans as the Hill Country, the local television station meteorologists were understandably eager to show off the weather forecasting capabilities of their newest toy. Unfortunately, they got off to a less than impressive start. Night after night that summer, evening thunderstorms were forecast but […]

Dec 022012
 
Rare Art Works by John James Audubon at Auction on December 5th Part IV

A rare collection of 82 original, hand-colored engravings of birds and quadrupeds by John James Audubon will come under the hammer in New York on 5th December 2012. “The Birds of America” was published in London between 1827 and 1838 by Robert Havell. Although some items will be purchased by art galleries for public display, […]