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Open Mic: U.S. Navy’s Northern Edge 17– Negative influence on avian species?

At the Mic: Kate McLaughlin

Sighting Arctic Terns is a sure sign that spring has arrived in the North Gulf of Alaska. The graceful floating flight of the snow-colored birds, in contrast with their sharp toned “kee-err” call, makes their presence obvious among the flocks of Glaucous-winged Gulls and Black-legged Kittiwakes congregating over shoals of [read more…]

ICYMI: Open Mic: Hoary Redpoll; A False Dichotomy?

Guest writer Andy Boyce of Missoula, Montana, asks the tough questions. When is a “hoary” redpoll a Hoary Redpoll? Is it ever? [read more…]

Open Mic: An Open Letter to Everyone Who Loves Birds

At the Mic: George Fenwick, American Birding Conservancy President

If you care about birds—regardless of your political affiliation—you are probably wondering about the impact that recent political changes could have on bird conservation. We’re nonpartisan here at American Bird Conservancy, but we’re certainly concerned about changes that have been proposed already, such as a rollback [read more…]

Open Mic: Duck, Duck, Goose – Counting North American Waterfowl

At the Mic: Jason A. Crotty

The federal government does many things, some well and some poorly. One of the things it does well is gather, analyze, summarize, and publish mountains of data, including information about the status of bird populations.

For example, each year the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) issues a report [read more…]

Open Mic: Dispatches from the NAOC

At the Mic: Terry Rich

From August 16-20, 2016, two thousand ornithological professionals, students, and enthusiasts working across the Western Hemisphere gathered in Washington, D.C. for the largest-ever North American Ornithological Congress (http://naoc2016.cvent.com). This event, held every four years, includes lectures, workshops, roundtable discussions, and interactive sessions and symposia about everything from population and community [read more…]

Open Mic: Endangered Species Act – Listing Bird Species

At the Mic: Jason A. Crotty

The threshold for any species to be protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is “listing,” the process by which the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) determines whether a species qualifies as either “threatened” or “endangered.” If listed, protections of ESA apply, but if not, they do not.

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Open Mic: Seabirds and Plastic Pollution – What it Means for Ocean Ecosystems

At the Mic: Veronica Padula

Birds are fascinating, and I was instantly hooked on studying them in college, especially when thinking about birds’ roles as environmental sentinels. Their health and well-being can tell us so much about what is happening in an ecosystem, and what could potentially be happening to the people in that ecosystem. [read more…]

Open Mic: Birds of a Feather – Birding and Pokemon

At the Mic: Steve Schultz

It’s hard to be a birder. Or rather, it’s hard to explain to someone why I’m a birder. Whether it’s at a cocktail party, describing hobbies and interests during the dreaded workplace “get to know you” exercise, or when responding to a roadside inquiry as to “what are you looking [read more…]

Open Mic – The Endangered Species Act and Birds: A Wild Success?

At the Mic: Jason A. Crotty

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is difficult to evaluate, as its success is tough to define. Should the criteria be avoiding extinction, avoiding further decline, increasing population by some specific amount, achieving a complete recovery, or something else? Moreover, a species is only listed when it is already in [read more…]

Open Mic: Birding for Conservation Tour Ready to Go!

At the Mic: William Orellana

My name is William Orellana, an I am a birding guide from Gracias Lempira, Honduras. In 2005 my foster mom and Peace Corps volunteer Abigail Terrones gave me the ‘Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America’ for my birthday. That book turned out to be a life-changer. [read more…]

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  • Open Mic: Young Birder Camp at Hog Island: Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens September 11, 2017 3:07
    At the mic: Dessi Sieburth, an avid birder, photographer, and conservationist, is a 10th grader at Saint Francis High School in La Canada, California. He is a member of the Pasadena Audubon Young Birder’s Club and Western Field Ornithologists. Dessi enjoys birding in his home county of Los Angeles. Last summer, Dessi attended Camp Colorado, […]
  • Introducing the Whimbrel Birders Club! September 7, 2017 2:33
    Whimbrel Birders Club was established at the first annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium in August 2016. We are a birding club truly meant for everyone, no matter your age, disability, or ethnicity. […]
  • Open Mice: Kestrels–An Iowa Legacy May 16, 2017 6:29
    A few years ago, a short drive down my gravel road would yield at least one, if not two, American Kestrels perched on a power line or hovering mid-air above the grassy ditch. Today, I have begun to count myself lucky to drive past a mere one kestrel per week rather than the daily sightings. […]

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