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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 […] Read more >

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 […] Read more >

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 […] Read more >

For Beginners: Four Can’t-Miss Ways to Attract Birds to Your Yard or Deck

1/22/2011 // By Kevin Coyle

Sometimes those who would like to attract birds to their home will ask if there are any special “tricks” to success other than putting out a bird feeder or bird bath. The quick answer is yes! Here are four proven ways […] Read more >

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 […] Read more >

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 >

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 >

Oiled tar sands duck from blogspot.com

Birds Die Slow Death in Tar Sands Sludge

10/27/2010 // By Felice Stadler

Yesterday, reports surfaced that birds landed in the toxic sludge-filled lakes that surround the tar sands mines in northern Alberta. Over 120 birds had to be euthanized because they were covered in oily sludge and were suffering a slow death. […] Read more >