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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 […] Read more >

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 […] Read more >

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 […] Read more >

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 […] Read more >

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 […] Read more >

Barn Owl by Ann Mikeal

Bird of the Week: Barn Owl

10/25/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Silent, stealthy hunters that are active at night, owls in general have been associated with magic, evil and death for thousands of years. The Aztecs portrayed their god of death as an owl, Native Americans linked the birds with black […] Read more >

Brown Pelican by Shelley Ellis

Six Months into Gulf Disaster: How Are Birds Doing?

10/20/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Six months after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, scientists are cautiously optimistic about the state of the Gulf of Mexico’s birdlife—at least in the short-term. Audubon Survey Results In a report released last week, the National Audubon Society summarized […] Read more >