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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…]

Open Mic: A Glimpse From the Magic Stump

At the Mic: Tyler Funk

Five winters have come and gone since my first Prairie Falcon sighting in northern Coles County, Illinois, in October of 2010. Four seasons have passed since discovering that, in fact, two Prairie Falcons have been utilizing this area as their winter range, often roosting on what is now called “The [read more…]

Open Mic: A Plea for the Junin Grebe

At the Mic: Josh Beck

There are many, many environmental woes and endangered species in the world, unfortunately. There are also an amazing number of dedicated people and organizations doing everything they can to help. But some things seem to slip through the cracks or to be slipping away from us, almost unnoticed.

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Open Mic: Shedding Light on the Mysterious Mangrove Cuckoo

At the Mic: John Lloyd

I’ve been studying Mangrove Cuckoos in the field in Florida, and dead ones in museum collections across North America, for the past several years. Mangrove Cuckoos are fairly uncommon in Florida, which is the only part of North America where they nest and occur regularly. When I started studying these [read more…]

Open Mic: Awaken the Dream

At the Mic: Steve Siegel

As birders we often wonder how to interest young people in our passion. We need them, after all, to carry on. Have you ever thought how you got started? You see and hear the term “spark bird”, some mythical creature that once lit a fire under your butt and made [read more…]

Open Mic: How birds change lives…an invitation to Honduras!

At the Mic: Alexander Alvarado

Alexander Alvarado with his daughter, Debby

August 2006 and I was seated at reservations office of a Hotel in Copan, my office was facing the parking lot where many orioles, motmots, tanagers, euphonias, jays and robins were jumping around in the gardens everyday.

I would be distracted by their [read more…]

Malheur Occupation: How Does Nature Nurture Shape the Adults We Become?

A Guest Post by Dave Irons

I was eleven when I first visited Harney County and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Our family spent most of a long weekend up on Steens Mountain, where I caught and ate trout from Fish Lake and gazed down from the east rim onto the dry white expanse of the [read more…]

Open Mic: 431 Species in One Day – Testimony of the Non-Participating Companion

At the Mic: George Paul

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There has been an intriguing development in the world of birding. A team has identified 431 species of birds in a 24-hour period — more than on any other day in history. Where can one encounter that many species in one day? How did the team do [read more…]

Open Mic: On Being the Youngest to 4000 Species

At the Mic: Mya-Rose Craig

It was August 2015 and even at 9 am, I was feeling the heat. We had just arrived into Nairobi, Kenya and after 31 days of birding in East Africa, I was still enthralled. We were at Swara Plains just south of Nairobi, watching new birds but it was the [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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