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Dark-eyed Junco by Mike Baird

Bird of the Week: Dark-eyed Junco

1/31/2011 // By Laura Tangley

With snow blanketing much of the East Coast, it’s not surprising that one of the most abundant species now visiting seed feeders in my Washington, DC, Certified Wildlife Habitat® is the dark-eyed junco. Nicknamed “snowbirds,” dark-eyed juncos are the most …

Bald eagle by Andrew Nicholson.

Bird of the Week: Bald Eagle

1/14/2011 // By Laura Tangley

National symbol of the United States, the bald eagle also is an extraordinary conservation success story. Some wildlife experts estimate that when the first Europeans arrived on the continent, between 250,000 and 500,000 bald eagles occupied the country, about 100,000 of …

Blue-winged teal by David Heritsch

Gulf Coast Birds–And Ours–Doing Alright (for now)

1/3/2011 // By Laura Tangley

On a recent chilly morning in southwestern Louisiana’s White Lake Wetland Conservation Area, Kim Trahan, a rice farmer who leases land in the state-owned area, surveyed the scene around him with satisfaction. To the south, a flock of several thousand …

Northern Cardinal by Howard Cheek

Bird of the Week: Northern Cardinal

12/22/2010 // By Laura Tangley

No other bird symbolizes Christmas quite like the northern cardinal. Bright red males of this species adorn everything from greeting cards to clothing, wrapping paper, tree ornaments and other decorations this time of year. Throughout much of the United States, …

Black-capped Chickadee by Gary Garton

Bird of the Week: Black-capped Chickadee

12/8/2010 // By Laura Tangley

If you live in the northern half of the United States, the odds are good that a black-capped chickadee will visit your property this winter. The most widespread of North America’s seven species of chickadee, it also is one of …

Rufous Hummingbird by David M. Schindler

Bird of the Week: Rufous Hummingbird

12/1/2010 // By Laura Tangley

  About a week before Thanksgiving, fellow science writer Rick Borchelt spotted a “way out of season and way out of range” rufous hummingbird feasting at his backyard sugar-water feeder in College Park, Maryland. Since then, “I have been overrun …

Wild Turkeys by Cal Bebee

Bird of the Week: Wild Turkey

11/22/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Like many of us this holiday, the Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts, probably feasted on turkey that legendary first Thanksgiving. In 1621, the big, handsome birds were plentiful throughout northeastern forests. They also were an important source of protein for the …

Bird of the Week: Dickcissel

11/10/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Stroll across a Midwestern prairie anytime between late spring and early fall, and you’ll rarely be out of ear shot of the dickcissel’s distinctive trill: see-see, dick-dick, ciss-ciss-ciss. Stocky, streaked, meadowlark-lookalikes with a cardinal’s stout beak, these birds throng North …

White-throated sparrow by Pamla Wells

Bird of the Week: White-Throated Sparrow

11/3/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Iconic winter birds for backyard wildlife enthusiasts across much of the United States, white-throated sparrows already are bringing smiles to our faces as they return from northern breeding grounds and begin visiting our feeders this cold-weather season. Dull-colored but strikingly …

Migratory waterfowl in Louisiana

Update: Migratory Birds in the Gulf of Mexico

11/1/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Just over six months into the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, federal officials finally have some good news for those of us concerned about birds in the Gulf of Mexico. At a recent press conference, U.S. Department of Agriculture …

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