Dave Mehlman

dve-mehlmanDave Mehlman is director of The Nature Conservancy's Migratory Bird Program. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, an MS from Florida State University, and a BA from Bowdoin College. Dave directs the Migratory Bird Program’s Gulf Wings project, represents the Conservancy on the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, and serves as the Conservancy’s staff person on the North American Wetlands Conservation Council. He is also a member of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker Recovery Team, established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has published numerous papers in both scientific and popular journals on birds, bird conservation and ecology.

Dave's Posts

Window Glass: Silent Bird Killer?

February 2nd, 2010

Windows take a toll on birds -- killing up to 1 billion a year in North America. Conservancy bird expert Dave Mehlman gives tips on how you can help stop this deadly problem. More

Rusty Blackbird: The Squeaky Bird Gets the Grease?

January 11th, 2010

Rusty Blackbirds are declining in population for unknown reasons. But Conservancy migratory bird expert Dave Mehlman says there's a way you can help. More

Disney Wilderness Preserve: The Natural Theme Park?

December 29th, 2009

Visiting Disneyworld in Orlando? Conservancy migratory bird expert Dave Mehlman says you should stop at the Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve, too. More

Veracruz: River of Raptors Runs Through It

November 17th, 2009

I recently returned from my near annual pilgrimage to Veracruz, Mexico, to see the fall hawk migration at the biggest hawk migration site in the world. The area on the Gulf Coast of Mexico near Veracruz City has become well known in recent years for its astounding hawk migration, a phenomenon that has become known […] More

Evening Bat Flights: One of Nature’s Great Spectacles

October 13th, 2009

Yes, I’m an avid birder and professional bird conservationist — but that doesn’t mean I don’t take time for other flying things…like hundreds of thousands of bats. I took a few days off in late August and went down to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico, an easy drive for me from […] More

Skagit River: How Farming and Bird Conservation Help Each Other

September 22nd, 2009

Successful bird conservation is far harder than it looks. But there are some wonderful examples out there that show how we can have more and better bird habitat and benefit people, too. One of the coolest examples that I know about is the work being done by The Nature Conservancy in Washington in the delta […] More

International Vulture Awareness Day: Who Knew?

September 4th, 2009

I just learned, courtesy of my local newspaper, that tomorrow (September 5, 2009) is International Vulture Awareness Day!  Consider celebrating by stocking your feeders with carrion (which reminds me of several bad jokes, but I’ll put those at the end), cruising your local highways for road kill (aka, vulture food), or just getting out and observing […] More

The Curlews of August: Update on the ‘Tagged Seven’ of Montana

August 20th, 2009

Here’s an update on the whereabouts of the Long-billed Curlews that were tagged in Montana this past May, the 7 birds seemed to have temporarily settled down. We’ll see if they stay there or continue to move as fall draws nearer. Of the 7 birds, 3 are now in the southern United States and 4 are […] More

Shameless Plug: Buy a Duck Stamp!

August 6th, 2009

While I personally would never advocate that bloggers like myself flog merchandise, I have to make an exception for a very valuable thing you should consider purchasing for your very own: a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. This stamp, better known as the “Duck Stamp,” is an inexpensive way to support the conservation of […] More

Looking for the Sky Blue Little Queen of the Forest

July 27th, 2009

One of the best parts of my job as director of The Nature Conservancy’s migratory bird program is reading the reports that come in from the research we sponsor — especially on birds about whose wintering habits we previously knew little. I recently received the final report of the field research being conducted by my […] More

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