Conservation

Steve Kress, the Trailblazer of Seabird Conservation, Proved All His Critics Wrong

Steve Kress, the Trailblazer of Seabird Conservation, Proved All His Critics Wrong

— In his twenties the ornithologist had an audacious idea: to restore puffins to the Maine coast. Upon his retirement he reflects on how he pulled it off.
A Widespread Pesticide Causes Weight Loss and Delayed Migration in Songbirds

A Widespread Pesticide Causes Weight Loss and Delayed Migration in Songbirds

— A new study on wild sparrows found that one of the most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides puts bird populations at risk.
The Amazon's Blazing Fires Are Squeezing Habitat for Imperiled Birds

The Amazon's Blazing Fires Are Squeezing Habitat for Imperiled Birds

— The fires are not natural to the ecosystem—and add fuel to mounting threats that birds already face in the region.
Sage-Grouse Experts Sound the Alarm Over Plunging Population

Sage-Grouse Experts Sound the Alarm Over Plunging Population

— New data show the imperiled bird’s numbers in a nosedive as the federal government continues to ease protections and sell off habitat.
There’s a Growing Political Push To Make More Buildings Bird-Safe

There’s a Growing Political Push To Make More Buildings Bird-Safe

— In Congress, state legislatures, and some of our biggest cities, policies to prevent deadly collisions are gaining ground.
The Secret Lives of Swallow-tailed Kites

The Secret Lives of Swallow-tailed Kites

— Satellite tags are helping us better understand the nesting behaviors and migrations of these agile raptors, which hunt, drink, and bathe on the wing.
Alaska’s Big Fire Seasons Are a ‘New Normal’ and Reshaping the Landscape

Alaska’s Big Fire Seasons Are a ‘New Normal’ and Reshaping the Landscape

— After wildfires, grasslands and deciduous woodlands are replacing evergreen boreal forest and transforming the state's terrain and ecology.
First Nations and Canada Partner to Establish Protection of 6 Million Acres

First Nations and Canada Partner to Establish Protection of 6 Million Acres

— The more than 10 million birds that rely on this land will have a protected home to return to each spring for years to come.
A Controversial Minnesota Mine Finds New Life Under President Trump

A Controversial Minnesota Mine Finds New Life Under President Trump

— The Interior Department recently approved a project previously deemed too great an environmental risk in the bird-rich Boundary Waters wilderness.
Burrowing Owls Are the Family Next Door in this Florida Boom Town

Burrowing Owls Are the Family Next Door in this Florida Boom Town

— Locals and researchers are working to keep Marco Island hospitable to the birds, which are declining across the state, as development devours the vacant lots where they make their homes.
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