Category: Birds

The Hooting Season: Enjoying Great Horned Owls

The breeding and nesting season for most birds is months away. But not so for great horned owls. Here’s what you need to enjoy the hooting extravaganza at a park near you.

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The Great Turkey Shuffle: How Restoration Has Changed Gobbler Genetics

When reintroducing wild turkeys across the United States, conservationists paid little attention to turkey subspecies. Today, determining turkey subspecies can require the skills of a wildlife CSI team. What does this mean for turkey genetics — and future conservation?

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A Tale of Two Turkeys

It’s that time of year: join us for a taste, so to speak, of turkey natural history, conservation and science — including a look at a turkey that will definitely not be on your plate in two weeks (and doesn’t even gobble).

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The Penguins of Boulders Beach

Forty years ago, Boulder Beach in South Africa had no penguins. Today, tourists flock there to see thousands of these charismatic birds. A conservation success? Not quite. The real story is a bit more complicated.

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Decoy: How Fake Birds Aid Real Research

To get a bird in the hand, you have to catch it first. One of the bird researcher’s most trusted bird catching tools is the decoy — a fake bird. Ornithologist Joe Smith on why real birds so often fall for their wooden and paper mache likenesses.

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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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