Category: Birds

More Than 600 People Flocked to Milwaukee for the 2019 Audubon Convention: “Audubon for Everyone”

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Over a long weekend in July, more than 600 college students, conservation leaders, chapter members, scientists, and birders from throughout the hemisphere gathered in Milwaukee for Audubon’s biennial convention. Designed to bring together the organization’s robust network of volunteers and staff, the 2019 Audubon Convention, themed "Audubon for Everyone," was a four-day event designed to foster […]

Unanimous Support for the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act

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On July 30, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously voted to advance the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019, which contains the PROTECT program—Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation. This new grant program will help communities and states take steps to make transportation infrastructure more resilient in the face of […]

New Plan for Bears Ears National Monument Draws Fire over Tree-Clearing

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When President Donald Trump in 2017 shrank Bears Ears National Monument by about 85 percent, tribal leaders, conservationists, and outdoor recreationists were aghast. The redrawn boundaries cleared the way for oil and gas drilling on once-protected land, they warned, and left out gravesites, artifacts, and other cultural resources held sacred by local tribes.  Now those […]

Affordable, Practical Solutions for Flood Recovery in Mississippi’s South Delta

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Communities in Mississippi’s South Delta deserve real solutions for reducing flood damages, not false hope pinned to the Yazoo Backwater Pumps. The destructive Yazoo Backwater Pumps proposal is an outdated flood control plan that would drain and destroy 200,000 acres of wetlands in the heart of the Mississippi River Flyway. These wetlands more than 250 […]

U.S. Forest Service Moving to Roll Back Environmental Review and Public Input

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The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) ensures there is public review of projects that impact birds, other wildlife, and the places they need. The law requires federal agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service take a hard look at the environmental consequences of their actions, base their decisions on accurate scientific data, and give the […]

These Photos Reveal the Pollination Secrets of Florida’s Most Elusive Flower

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The ghost orchid is one of the rarest and most mysterious flowers in North America. Until recently, scientists could only guess at how the 2,000 or so plants that cling to the trees in Florida’s remote old-growth swamp forests are pollinated—no one had ever photographed the event before. The ethereal flowers thrive in difficult-to-access, flooded forests […]

The Female Scientist Who Discovered the Basics of Climate Science—And Was Forgotten By History

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Two hundred years ago today, on July 17, 1819, Eunice Foote was born. Thirty-some years later, the amateur climate scientist made the remarkable discovery that when sunlight shines on carbon dioxide in a closed container—our atmosphere, for example—heat builds up inside. Carbon dioxide's warming ability is fundamental to climate science, and it explains why our […]

Hear the Wild Way Magnificent Frigatebirds Attract Mates

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This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide. 190807-magnificent-frigatebird-drum-roll.mp3 Transcript: This is BirdNote. Male birds give it their all to get a female’s attention during the breeding season. Some males sing, and some build intricate nests. But then […]

A Simple Technology Could Help Stop Birds From Colliding With Power Lines

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During spring migration, more than half a million Sandhill Cranes visit the shores of Nebraska’s Platte River, a critical stopover where the species has roosted for thousands of years. But for some unlucky birds, this ancient place of respite is a modern deathtrap. Every year, dozens to many hundreds of cranes suffer deadly collisions with two […]

Did This Plant Evolve to Look Like a Bunch of Hummingbirds?

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In nature, mimicry is often more than just flattery: Everything from baby birds to caterpillars use this strategy to avoid being bugged or eaten. But is that the case with a flower whose uncanny resemblance to a hummingbird could be more of an optical illusion than evolution? The question stems from a viral Reddit thread […]