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Brown Pelican by Jim Gray

Bird of the Week: Brown Pelican

5/18/2011 // By Laura Tangley

This Friday, May 20, 2011, the nation will celebrate Endangered Species Day. Of the nearly 2,000 plant and animal species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act— first passed in 1966 and updated in 1973—few provide better …

Canada warber by Darlene Friedman

Bird of the Week: Canada Warbler

5/13/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Across the United States, tens of thousands of birds that have wintered in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean are on the move this month, making their way toward breeding grounds in North America. To celebrate the amazing long-distance feats performed by these …

Male ruby-throated hummingbird by William Heban

Bird of the Week: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

4/29/2011 // By Laura Tangley

If you live anywhere within the eastern or midwestern part of the country, you already may have spotted your first ruby-throated hummingbird of the season—or maybe not. These tiny jewels of the bird world, which breed from southern Canada to …

Arctic Tern by Amber Barger

Bird of the Week: Arctic Tern

4/8/2011 // By Laura Tangley

The Arctic tern is a “migratory marvel.” In the current issue of National Wildlife,  science writer Jessica Snyder Sachs reports that last year an international team of researchers employed geolocators—tiny animal-tracking devices—to follow the journeys of these seabirds as they …

American Redstart by Darlene Friedman

Declining Rainfall in Tropics Affects Migratory Birds

3/31/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Scientists have long believed that changes in day length are the trigger that signals migratory birds wintering in the Tropics to begin flying north for the breeding season. But now that long-held assumption is being challenged by new research focusing …

American robin feeding chicks by Robert Palmer

Bird of the Week: American Robin

3/23/2011 // By Laura Tangley

It’s finally spring, and no bird symbolizes springtime quite like the American robin. As the soil warms up across much of the country, robins by the dozens are hopping across farm fields and suburban lawns feasting on earthworms that have …

Domestic cat by Sherry and Brian Wood

New Studies Highlight Impact of Outdoor Cats on Birds and Other Wildlife

3/16/2011 // By Laura Tangley

This week–National Wildlife Week–scientific organizations announced two new studies that provide more evidence of the havoc outdoor cats wreak on wild birds and other wildlife. “Crime Against Nature” On March 15, The Wildlife Society said it was “taking a strong …

Green Jay by James Hyden

Bird of the Week: Green Jay

3/2/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Whenever I find the time to travel, I tend to head for the Tropics, in part to enjoy the exotic and unfamiliar birdlife. Four years ago, however, I spotted in a dense thicket one of the most exotic-looking birds I’ve …

Cardinal by Hazel Erikson

Count Backyard Birds for Science (Updated)

2/16/2011 // By Laura Tangley

Beginning this Friday, February 18, bird lovers across the United States and Canada will count birds in their backyards and beyond during the 14th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon Society and …

Gray Jay by Minette Layne

Bird of the Week: Gray Jay

2/13/2011 // By Laura Tangley