Category: Birds

EPA’s Dangerous Move Threatens 250+ Bird Species in the Mississippi Flyway

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In 2008, the George W. Bush administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) vetoed a harmful drainage project in the Mississippi Delta known as the Yazoo Backwater Pumps. EPA cited the project would cause “unacceptable damage” to some of the nation’s “richest wetland and aquatic resources”. At the time, this was EPA’s 12th veto in the history […]

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Get to Know the Rambunctious Bushtit

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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.  190526-bushtits.mp3 Transcript:  This is BirdNote! Only a few songbirds anywhere in the world are as small as Bushtits. Weighing in at 5.3 grams – that’s about the weight of four paperclips […]

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How ‘Game of Thrones’ Gets Packed With Birds (and Not Just Ravens)

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As the final season of the beloved HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones bashes and burns its way to a conclusion, many fans are already fearing life without their favorite characters. But just as much as I'll miss Tyrion’s drunken one-liners and Arya's shape-shifting vengeance, I'll also miss my other Sunday pastime: birding within the Seven Kingdoms […]

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Extreme Weather Caused Chaos for This Year’s Crane Tourism Season

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This year’s Sandhill Crane migration was one of the most impressive in recent memory. More than 650,000 birds staged along the central Platte River in Nebraska, and a record-setting 218,000 were documented roosting at one time at Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary itself. But because of a series of extreme weather events, less than half of the usual […]

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How a Bird’s Habitat Influences Its Song

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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.  190503-bird-songs-reflect-the-environment.mp3 Transcript:  This is BirdNote. To our ears, the song of a Marsh Wren may not be the most pleasing. But in a dense habitat of cattails, it’s remarkably effective. The […]

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Six Eye-Catching Warblers That Deserve Your Attention

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Once the misery of winter fades, warblers burst onto the scene like a rainbow after the clouds. These pint-size songbirds pass through our parks, yards, and forests on their way north to their breeding grounds. They visit us in the fall, too, when they’re working their way south, but many of the males sport drab plumage and skulk […]

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A New Wave of Advocates Arrives in Washington

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Last month, fresh and seasoned advocates emerged empowered from the recent grassroots Fly-In hosted by the National Audubon Society at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC on April 10-12, 2019. The three-day event in the nation’s capital immersed enthusiastic participants from the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, including Connecticut, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, […]

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Do You Know the Other Way Birds Migrate?

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Birds are movers. Many embark on incredible, high-risk journeys to complete their lifecycles, from the 60-hour non-stop flights of the Blackpoll Warbler to the Pacific Ocean-crossing Bar-tailed Godwit. But while some species are winging it to another continent, other birds raise their young, find food, and escape bad weather by moving down or up in altitude. This […]

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How to Build a Screech-Owl Nest Box

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This article has been adapted from the Audubon Birdhouse Book by Margaret A. Barker and Elissa Wolfson. You can also download a printable PDF of the instructions here. Their small size, excellent camouflage, unfussy nesting habits, and varied diet make Eastern and Western Screech-Owls successful survivors. The eastern birds adjust well to human presence. In fact, suburbs may […]

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Sooty Tern Vomit Tells a Worrisome Story

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On a speck of land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Jim Reynolds wades through hundreds of nesting seabirds, ready to collect some vomit. The Sooty Terns sit tight on their eggs, eyeing the invader weaving through their Ascension Island colony as he reaches down and scoops up an incubating tern to wrap a […]

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