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ICYMI: Open Mic: A New Field Mark for Differentiating Stints and Peeps

Artist Catherine Hamilton draws attention to a field mark for differentiating dark-legged Old World stints and New World peeps that hasn’t been illustrated in any field guide to date. [read more…]

Open Mic: Idaho’s Humbanders and Their Discoveries

At the Mic: Elise Faike

In the early 2000s, Stacy Jon Peterson and Fred Bassett arrived in Idaho within a week of each other and started banding hummingbirds. With several assistants, they explored Idaho’s hummingbird inhabitants throughout the state. I first met them when Stacy accepted an invitation to visit my home in Challis in [read more…]

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…]

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    From American Dippers to White-tailed Ptarmigan to new friends and new birding skills, a young birder shares her experience at 2017 Camp Colorado. […]
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    Many people would say we are currently in the golden age of bird books. As we learn more and more about birds, and that information becomes more and more accessible, a huge number of bird books have been published. We have whole books dedicated to molt, tricky identifications in the Western Palearctic, the birdlife of […]

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