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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 >

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 >

NWF Scientist Returns to the Gulf

7/21/2010 // By Miles Grant

Dr. Doug Inkley, the National Wildlife Federation’s senior scientist, has returned to the Gulf Coast. It’s his third trip since the BP oil disaster began more than three months ago. Doug is quoted in this week’s Rolling Stone cover story […] Read more >

National Wildlife Week: Tuesday Tweets (not that kind)

3/16/2010 // By Amanda Cooke

Tuesday Tweets, the second post in our National Wildlife Week series, hopes that after you retweet this blog post you’ll shut it down and take your lunch break outside. But first, check out these birds that make ridiculously long migrations annually. Read more >

Arctic Geese Now Skipping Migration

9/18/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey has found that 30% of Pacific Brant are now wintering over in Alaska. Julia Whitty at Mother Jones reports: Usually Brant stream south along the Pacific flyway each fall. They’re a familiar […] Read more >

Migration Begins!

8/24/2009 // By David Mizejewski

August is waning and school is about to start.  Even though it’s technically still summer for another whole month, fall migration is already beginning for some species. The change of seasons is an important influence on animal behavior. Whether it’s the […] Read more >

Bird Travels 8,000 Miles — One Way!

8/12/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

Some birds give new definition to the term “migration.” RedOrbit.com reports: “A bar-tailed godwit, a bird banded near Victoria, Australia, was found more than 8,000 miles away in the western Arctic area of Alaska, wildlife experts said. While tagged birds […] Read more >

New Whooping CraneCam Comes Online

8/1/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

Operation Migration’s CraneCam is now broadcasting live video around the world, offering watchers views of one of the world’s most endangered birds, the Whooping crane. Operation Migrations USA via PR.com reports: “Viewers can now watch live online as Operation Migration’s […] Read more >