Category: Birds

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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Meet the Ocellated Turkey

Put aside thoughts of the Thanksgiving bird. There’s another turkey: a colorful bird that haunts Mayan ruins. Meet the Meleagris ocellata, the ocellated turkey.

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Theodore Roosevelt: The Birding Citizen-Scientist-in-Chief

Theodore Roosevelt not only created national parks and wildlife refuges, he also was an avid naturalist and a lifelong student of science. Our blogger looks at his “yard list” of birds spotted around the White House and compares it to the birds found there today.

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Shade Coffee: Not Just for the Birds

When it comes to coffee, we not only need to think about who grows the bean, but also how and where it is grown. Shade coffee is worth the investment, says Tim Boucher.

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NASA Radar Helps Conservationists Study Songbird Migrations

NASA radar technology can detect the size, shape and speed of individual raindrops. It can also, it turns out, detect individual birds. Welcome to a powerful new tool in understanding songbird migration being deployed in eastern Maryland and Virginia.

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The Sage Grouse Initiative: Science to Solutions

For sage grouse, the the apocalypse comes in the form of fire, weeds, unplanned energy development and even encroaching trees. But now, these birds are the subject of “one of the largest conservation experiments ever undertaken in North America.” Is it enough to save them?

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Can Protecting Core Areas Help Imperiled Sage Grouse Populations?

Can protecting core sage grouse habitat while allowing energy and housing development in less-sensitive areas help conserve this declining bird? That’s the focus of a recent paper in PLoS One journal that measures the effectiveness of sage grouse conservation actions in Wyoming, the state with the largest population of these birds.

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Cool Green Review: Spine of the Continent, Imperial Dreams

Welcome to Cool Green Review, our monthly look at notable conservation science books. This month: Mary Ellen Hannibal’s The Spine of the Continent and Tim Gallagher’s Imperial Dreams.

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Spotting Banded Birds: Another Way Birders Can Contribute to Citizen Science

Anyone with a pair of binoculars is able to contribute to our understanding of migratory birds by simply keeping a look out for birds with bands. Birders Pat and Doris Leary have made significant contributions to science by focusing on bird bands and reporting their findings. You can help, too. Our blogger tells you how birders can turn every outing into an exciting citizen science project.

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The Cooler: 5 Lessons for Live Animal Cams

What makes for a great animal live cam feature? Of course you need some compelling animals — but that’s just one key ingredient in the recipe. You need science, community and a willingness to let people project their imaginations onto the critters, too.

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Farewell to Osprey Cam

All kids eventually leave home to make their own way in the world. While most human parents have 18 years or so years to prepare for the inevitable “empty nest” syndrome, bird parents only have a few months. Such is the case with our charismatic osprey family on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, stars of this summer’s popular blog and social media hit, Osprey Cam. Now, eager wildlife cam fans want to know: will the osprey cam be renewed in 2014?

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Traveling Naturalist: 5 Top Spots to See Yellowstone’s Wildlife

Heading to America’s first national park? Our blogger points you to the best spots to see Yellowstone’s diverse wildlife, including creatures very, very large and those very, very small.

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Science Video: Why Do We Value Some Species More Than Others?

Why does one endangered species get lots of conservation attention, while a similar one doesn’t? In the case of two very similar threatened birds, says a new video from Australia, it’s about familiarity and values.

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