Category: Birds

Get Started With Camera Traps to Nab Unusual Bird Photos

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Sometimes, you may see a close-up image of an animal going about its business, seemingly unbothered by a camera, and wonder how in the world the photographer pulled it off. The answer might be a camera trap.  Camera traps are a great way to get intimate portraits of difficult-to-photograph birds, a fresh angle on a […]

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A Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Is in Place—Now What?

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The Colorado River has been in the news a lot lately. This “hardest working river” just got a lifeline with the recent adoption of a seven state agreement called the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP). In the midst of a two-decade drought, the DCP creates new rules for water sharing in times of shortage. While this […]

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Four Decades of Building Strike Records Point to ‘Super Collider’ Birds

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Every spring, as birds fly north to their breeding grounds, they run a gauntlet unique to the modern era: forests of towering buildings in urban centers from coast to coast. Hundreds of millions crash into structures and fall to their deaths—some attracted and confused by buildings lit up at night and others simply not seeing windows and glass in day.  […]

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John Young Rediscovered the Australian Night Parrot, but Did He Lie About His Later Findings?

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There is no doubt that John Young rediscovered Australia’s Night Parrot in 2013. But the naturalist may have fabricated just about everything he reported about new populations and nesting sites of the birds over the past two years. That’s the conclusion of an independent panel of experts convened by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), to […]

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How Do You Blaze a Trail That Everyone Can Enjoy?

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Jerry Berrier wanted desperately to go birding. He’d been listening to birds, recording them, and learning to identify them by sound for decades. Wherever he went—family vacations, car trips, walks down the city streets—he would hoist a microphone into the air to grab a snippet. But he’d never ventured out with others who shared his […]

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Welcome to Birdpunk: A Subculture of a Subculture

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.dropcap { color: #838078; float: left; font-size: 82px; line-height: 60px; padding: 5px 8px 0 0; } It’s the evening golden hour at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. A whirlwind of swallows swims through the soft light, chasing midges into a frenzy. Nearby on a platform a handful of birders scans the dimming […]

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Watch How Hummingbird Hackers Keep Up With Their Quick, Tiny Subjects

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In a lab filled with sensors, circuits, and cables, Alejandro Rico-Guevara has devised what may be the world’s strangest hummingbird feeder. Responding to timed lights and beeps, the hungry guests stick their beaks into a flower-shaped contraption and hover for a beat so a machine has time to gauge their oxygen intake. After, a tiny […]

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How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Video: Mike Fernández/Audubon. Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon Hummingbirds may be some of the smallest birds in the world, but fluttering those tiny wings can be quite a workout. Flapping away at up to 90 beats per second burns up calories fast; to maintain their momentum, hummingbirds need to eat—a lot! To satisfy their speedy metabolisms, these busy birds consume […]

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Victory for Birds, Parks and Taxpayers: Audubon Fought for Land and Water Conservation Fund

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UPDATE: On February 26, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate in passing legislation (S. 47) that includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund; it also reauthorizes the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, championed in the U.S. House by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA). The House vote […]

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Why Birders Are Putting Stickers on Monarch Butterflies

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Madison Audubon’s Goose Pond Sanctuary is a birder’s paradise. But when visitors roam its tall grasses in late summer, many are searching for winged wildlife with six legs—not two. Monarch butterflies thrive in the milkweed-rich Wisconsin prairie. They arrive in spring to start to breed, and by August’s end a new generation gets ready for […]

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