The Acorn Woodpecker( Melanerpes formicivorus) is a favorite among bird watchers. It has a clown like appearance and the unique habit of storing acorns in a favored tree that is often used by generations of birds.
Louisiana’s barrier islands provide critical and unique habitat for a range of migrant and wintering bird species. Shorebirds in particular utilize a variety of specialized feeding techniques to harvest their own favored types of prey. Louisiana’s barrier islands are rapidly disappearing.
The erie yodel of the Common Loon (Gavia pacifica) is a symbol of the wild North. The territorial call of the male loon can be heard from lakes across Canada to the very northern United States.
The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico contaminated several large colonies of birds nesting on Louisiana’s barrier islands. Cornell Lab photographer and cinematographer Gerrit Vyn shares video and photographs from the island and describes the scene as he saw it.
Three species of south Asia’s vultures are critically threatened with extinction in the near future. We have to act now to save these birds. The Oriental white-backed vulture was so abundant in India in the 1980s that it was probably the most common large bird of prey in the world. Only one in a thousand […]