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The Beauty, Majesty and Variety of Ducks Challenged by Tar Sands

6/11/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Bufflehead, black and wood ducks, canvasback, gadwall, goldeneye, mallard, pintail, redhead, ring-necked, ruddy, scaup, scoter, shoveler, teal, and widgeon: to duck hunters and bird watchers alike, the characteristics of those species and the sounds they make are like sweet music …

Wood duckling jumps from nest by Harlan Albers.

Wood Ducklings Jump, But Don’t Worry, They Bounce

6/4/2014 // By Dani Tinker

Wood ducks are special to North America because they are found nowhere else in the world. They were threatened with near extinction in the late 1800s and early 1900s when habitat destruction and over-harvesting decimated populations. Their recovery is a celebrated wildlife success …

Radish cover crop growing in winter wheat residue (Sept. 2013) provided lasting wildlife benefits.

Evidence Builds: No Till and Cover Crops Make Working Lands More Wildlife-Friendly

5/20/2014 // By Ryan Stockwell

In late April, when the snow finally receded (I didn’t think spring would ever get here), I decided to take a walk through my field that was winter wheat last year.  As you may recall from a previous post, last …

An oiled pelican, photo by the Louisiana Governor's Office

Lost at Sea: Study Estimates Around 800,000 Birds Killed During BP Oil Spill

5/8/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the New York Times is reporting on a new study that calculates 600,000-800,000 sea birds were directly killed by oil. …

Migratory waterfowl in Louisiana

International Migratory Bird Day is Around the Corner!

4/29/2014 // By Becca Shapiro

This May, celebrate International Migratory Bird Day! On May 10th, International Migratory Bird Day will aim to share the many ways that migratory birds matter to us and the earth. Each season, migratory birds travel long distances between breeding and non-breeding …

Mitzi Jones captured these two male Gould's turkeys strutting in her backyard in the Huachuca Mountains of southeast Arizona.

Gobble, Strut and Wattle: We’re Talking Turkey

4/22/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Most everyone is at least a little familiar with the wild turkey. The bird’s signature gobble is easily recognizable, and many people know the story of Ben Franklin pushing for the wild turkey to be the national bird. If nothing …

Common Loon by Gary Lackie

Biologists Study Impact of BP Oil Disaster On Loons

4/15/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Just over a year ago, I held a “charismatic megavertebrate” on my lap. As a participant on a research project in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Louisiana, I had tucked the common loon’s head under my …

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Constance Parry.

Remembering Exxon Valdez

3/27/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

Twenty-five years ago, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez crashed into a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Eleven million gallons of oil contaminated over 11,000 square miles of ocean and shoreline. In just the first few days, the death toll …

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Watch a Goshawk Attack a Water Balloon in Super Slow Motion

3/7/2014 // By Miles Grant

Very cool video from Earth Unplugged. I love the look on its face as it flies out of the frame, like WHAT THE … AWWW COME ON DUDE: Via Deadspin

Adult female Rusty Blackbird

The Rusty Blackbird: 9 Things You Need to Know to Help Them

3/6/2014 // By Guest Author

1. The Rusty Blackbird is one of North America’s most rapidly declining migratory birds. Once abundant, populations have declined an estimated 85-95% in the past 40 years.  2. Scientists aren’t sure why the bird is in chronic decline. Although several …

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