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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
Many ABA members will be familiar with the “Milestones” column that appears in each issue of Birding (and, before that, Winging It). Birders write in with their latest listing accomplishments: “Jack Thompson of Sausalito, CA saw his 700th bird for the ABA Area, a Smith’s Longspur, in central Illinois in April 2013″ or “Gloria Hinojosa of [read more...]
“I never thought conservation would be something I would be interested in until I did the Conservation & Community module of the ABA’s Young Birder of the Year contest. Now I’m really into it!”
The speaker was 2013 Young Birder of the year Eric Hughes. The place was the ABA’s 2nd Mid-Atlantic Young Birder Conference, [read more...]
Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds descend on the lakeshore of nortwest Ohio every spring, piling up on the south side of Lake Erie before making the jump over the big water. In recent years, thousands of birders have traveled there specifically to enjoy them, making springtime in Ohio – and specifically the Black Swamp [read more...]
Black-capped Vireo, one of the Texas specialties that can be found at Warbler Woods.
Warbler Woods, a 124 acre ranch in Cibolo, Texas, is one of the best sites in Central Texas for migrating warblers. Though it’s privately owned by Margie Bonnes and Susan & Don Schaezler, the site has been maintained as [read more...]