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    Hookpods to Prevent Albatross Deaths

    Long-line fishing is known to be a significant source of mortality for many specifc of pelagic birds, most notably albatrosses. A British invention, the hookpod, has the potential to eliminate seabird deaths in pelagic long line fisheries. Hookpod Ltd (HPL) had a stand at International Birdfair over the weekend and received lots of enthusiastic support [read more...]

      Help Stop Cormorant Cull in Oregon

      Cormorants too often get a unfair rap, unfairly maligned by fishermen who blame them for collapsing fish stocks and by waterfront residents who see their congregations as smelly or menacing. Maybe it’s only among birders that these admittedly ungainly and conventionally unattractive birds get their proper due. Where others see trouble, we see adept fishers. [read more...]

        “Conservation Milestones” Debuts!

        For me, the most exciting part of the first issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community is “Conservation Milestones”, a place where birders like you can share their personal accomplishments in the realms of environmental education and conservation. Birder’s Guide copy editor Noah Strycker did a wonderful job working with the contributors to compile an engaging and inspiring compendium. [read more...]

          SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, 2014

          It is with great excitement that I present the first issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community! The ABA’s goal with this issue is to highlight the efforts being made by birders in the realms of habitat conservation and environmental education, which both lead to healthier bird populations. We’re particularly proud to debut “Conservation Milestones” (see [read more...]

            Open Mic: Take Action to help Townsend’s Shearwaters

            At the Mic: Josh Beck

            The Townsend’s Shearwater is one of the most critically endangered of all seabirds, but has very few conservation resources dedicated to it. I’ve long been interested in this bird, and it has seemed to me that its plight should not be so dire. It breeds on just one island- Isla [read more...]

              Help Rennovate the Magee Marsh Boardwalk

              How many birders have made their way down the boardwalk at Magee Marsh, pausing amongst the crowds to gawk at a Blackburnian Warbler or Philadelphia Vireo, enjoying the opportunity to visit with friends old and new and enjoy some of the most spectacular spring birding on the continent? Thousands? Tens of thousands?

              It has undoubtedly [read more...]

                Galveston Bay Oil Spill: What We Birders Can Do

                The March 22 spill of 168,000 gallons of highly toxic bunker fuel into Galveston Bay can be expected to take a huge toll on migrating, nesting, and still-wintering birds. If you want to donate money to help, Houston Audubon seems to be the go-to organization right now. But whether or not you can make a [read more...]

                  Take Action for Greater Sage-Grouse

                  Greater Sage-Grouse is one of the iconic species of the North American West, and it’s entirely dependent on wide open sagebrush strewn spaces of the Great Basin for survival. Unfortunately, that region is increasingly under threat of development from oil and gas mining operations, mining pits, and the roads and powerlines that go along with [read more...]

                    Birder Action Needed to Restore Jamaica Bay NWR West Pond

                    By Douglas Futuyma

                    New York’s famed Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (JBWR) has been damaged beyond recognition. It will never again be such a wonderful resource for birds and birders unless it is repaired –  and that may depend on the voice of birders everywhere.

                    Whether by personal experience or by its reputation, birders throughout North [read more...]

                      Open Mic: Take Action for the Birds of Amherst Island, Ontario

                      At the Mic: Mayo Underwood

                      Mayo Underwood has been interested in organic forms of life and pottery since she was a little girl. She has a studio on Amherst Island with several kilns, wheels and a slab roller for different kinds of projects. She shares it with her cat, Friday, as well as [read more...]

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