migratory birds

Canada warber by Darlene Friedman

Bird of the Week: Canada Warbler

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 …

Male ruby-throated hummingbird by William Heban

Bird of the Week: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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 …

Arctic Tern by Amber Barger

Bird of the Week: Arctic Tern

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 …

American Redstart by Darlene Friedman

Declining Rainfall in Tropics Affects Migratory Birds

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 …

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

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 birdbath. The …

Blue-winged teal by David Heritsch

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

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 …

Rufous Hummingbird by David M. Schindler

Bird of the Week: Rufous Hummingbird

  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 …

Bird of the Week: Dickcissel

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, …

White-throated sparrow by Pamla Wells

Bird of the Week: White-Throated Sparrow

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 …

Migratory waterfowl in Louisiana

Update: Migratory Birds in the Gulf of Mexico

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 …

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