Category: Birds

Boucher’s Birding: Standardwing Bird of Paradise

For birders, seeing Wallace’s Standardwing is like winning a lottery jackpot. Now you can see it, too — Tim Boucher brings you up close in this video.

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Enjoy the Fall Migration: Your Guide to Bird Observatories

The fall bird migration is underway. And there’s no better way to enjoy the spectacle — and help science — than to visit a bird observatory near you. Ornithologist Joe Smith gets you started.

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Follow That Curlew: Radio Tracking a Mysterious Migration

It’s easy to see long-billed curlews on their grassland nesting grounds. But little is known about them once they leave. A radio-tracking research program aims to shed light on the entire life cycle of this declining shorebird.

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Wind Turbines and Birds: What’s the Real Story?

Cats and window collisions kill more birds, but that doesn’t mean conservationists should ignore the effects of wind turbines. Blogger David Mehlman takes a look at the science, and finds significant impacts to both birds and bats.

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Grouse Robot: Remote-Controlled Bird Assists Conservation

A grouse robot? You bet. And no, it’s not a gimmick. On the sagebrush plains of Wyoming, researchers are deploying the fake birds to study how males react to females — and helping to protect the species in the process.

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Osprey Nest Cam 2014: Reality TV Featuring Our Wild Neighbors

Osprey Cam is back for a new season! Watch ospreys live from the Alabama coast as they build their nest, hatch eggs and feed their nestlings. This year, with an infrared camera, you can watch them 24/7 and enjoy an extraordinary view into the lives of these birds.

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Boucher’s Bird of the Month: Horned Guan

Intrepid Conservancy birder Tim Boucher leaves the snow behind and heads to Guatemala in search of the rare and unusual Horned Guan.

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Platte River Sandhill Cranes: Enjoying North America’s Greatest Bird Spectacle

Each year, more than 500,000 cranes congregate along 70 miles of Nebraska’s Platte River. Want to see one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles? Our blogger takes you to the heart of the action.

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Eurasian Collared Dove: Have You Seen This Bird?

Thirty years ago, non-native Eurasian collared doves were starting to show up in South Florida. Today, this species is being documented across North America. How citizen scientists help document the spread of a non-native species.

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Mad Men Go Falcon Trapping

Bird conservation, 1950s style. Blogger Joe Smith looks back at the unusual techniques used by bird banders, at a time when peregrine falcons faced a bleak and uncertain future.

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The Grouse in Winter

Self-made snow igloos, “reverse” migrations and big sagebrush. The unusual ways 3 grouse species survive and thrive in deep snow and frigid temperatures.

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The Snipe Hunt: Myth and Reality

Snipe hunting is just a practical joke, right? Well, not quite. Ornithologist Joe Smith shows how ornithologists utilize “snipe hunting” tactics in their field research. Seriously.

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My Bird of the Year! (What Was Yours?)

Gunfire, running through downpours and holding faith through gloom — Conservancy Senior Conservation Geographer (and birder extraordinaire) Tim Boucher reveals how he finally saw his bird of the year. Read and tell us about yours!

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Snowy Owl Invasion!

The snowy owls are here — especially if you live on the east coast! Birder extraordinaire Tim Boucher provides the latest on this natural phenomenon — and how you can see this dramatic bird near you.

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Wild Turkey Restoration: The Greatest Conservation Success Story?

Once, conservationists thought turkeys were doomed. Now, some consider the birds to be too abundant. How did we achieve this dramatic turn of events?

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Salmon Cam Returns

We’re pleased to return Salmon Cam, a live view of spawning Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout.

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