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Ivory-billed Woodpecker is extinct, say two teams of researchers
Two groups of scientists studying museum specimens and sightings of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker have reached the same disappointing conclusion: The iconic bird is extinct. Each team described their findings in papers in the February 2012 issue of the journal Conservation Biology . The first team, led...
2/2/2012 10:50:00 AM
Photos reveal the Golden-winged Warbler's struggle against the Blue-winged Warbler
Last week, I noted that the Golden-winged Warbler is being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act . Today, I'm happy to share extraordinary photos from our friend Lloyd Spitalnik that illustrate one of the threats to Golden-wings: competition and hybridization with Blue-winged...
6/7/2011 9:18:00 AM
Golden-winged Warbler may require federal protection
UPDATE, JUNE 7: In this new blog post, see photos that reveal the Golden-winged Warbler's struggle against the Blue-winged Warbler. The Golden-winged Warbler (right), a small songbird found in the north-central and eastern United States, may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered...
6/2/2011 3:39:00 PM
Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman describe the Biggest Week in American Birding
A Cerulean Warbler perches at Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area, Ohio, on May 1, 2011. Photo by Kenn Kaufman Thursday, May 5, marks the start of the Biggest Week in American Birding , a fantastic festival for birdwatchers held at the numerous hotspots along Lake Erie in northwest Ohio: Magee Marsh, Ottawa...
5/3/2011 3:03:00 PM
15 Wisconsin communities recognized as nation’s first “bird cities”
Congratulations to our friends in the Wisconsin birding community who have launched the state's new Bird City project, the first program of its kind in the United States! The National Audubon Society issued this press release today, December 2, describing the initiative. --Matt Mendenhall, Associate...
12/2/2010 12:40:00 PM
Conservation works, but we need a lot more of it
For every Kirtland's Warbler and California Condor — species whose chances at avoiding extinction have improved thanks to conservation efforts — at least six more species have slid closer to extinction in the last two decades, according to new research. And that's just looking...
10/26/2010 5:30:00 PM
An Earth Day interview with acclaimed conservationist Adrian Forsyth
Forest meets the beach in this aerial view of Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. Photo by Michael and Patricia Fogden, Friends of the Osa / Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0 Today is Earth Day, and to celebrate, we have a story about Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula (pictured above) and an interview...
4/22/2010 10:28:00 AM
New birding tourism resource aims to save endangered birds
In September 2006, Craig Thompson, chair of the International Committee of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and a regional land program supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, flew to Ecuador with 11 other birders on a trip they dubbed the “Jocotoco Birdathon.”...
2/18/2010 1:58:00 PM
State endangered-species lists are failing to protect species that need help the most
In our June 2008 issue, Jeffrey Wells, senior scientist for the Boreal Songbird Initiative , visiting fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology , and author of Birder's Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk , wrote an article about why the Endangered Species List doesn't come...
1/5/2010 7:00:00 PM
2009-10 Federal Duck Stamp goes on sale this Friday, June 26
I gotta admit it: I just love the 2009-10 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, better known as the Duck Stamp. It goes on sale this Friday, June 26. You can see the stamp at right, on the home page of the Federal Duck Stamp Program , and really well on the website of Joshua Spies , the talented...
6/22/2009 3:29:00 PM
Newly hatched chicks for Whooping Cranes, California Condors, and Trumpeter Swans
Two adult Whooping Cranes walk toward their brown-feathered chick, which is visible in a small clearing in the vegetation at left. Photo by Richard Urbanek, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Less than a week after a pair of endangered Whooping Cranes in the reintroduced Wisconsin population hatched a...
6/19/2009 1:20:00 PM
More than $6.5 million for wetlands conservation in Midwest
It was announced yesterday that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved more than $6.5 million in federal funding to conserve nearly 6,500 acres of wetlands and associated habitats in the Midwest. The funds are part of $30.4 million in federal funding under the North American Wetlands...
6/18/2009 10:38:00 AM
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