Conservation

The Eskimo Curlew Hasn't Been Seen in 55 Years. Is It Time to Declare It Extinct?

The Eskimo Curlew Hasn't Been Seen in 55 Years. Is It Time to Declare It Extinct?

— Scientists hope the plight of this shorebird, once among the most common in North America, will spur conservation for other troubled curlew species.
Scenes From the Texas Coast, Where Nesting Birds Abound

Scenes From the Texas Coast, Where Nesting Birds Abound

— Eight years after the BP oil spill, the bird-rich islands and shores of Texas's Galveston Bay are a testament to nature's ability to recover—with our help.
A Greener, Cleaner Chesapeake is a Boon for Birds

A Greener, Cleaner Chesapeake is a Boon for Birds

— As seagrass rebounds in the Chesapeake Bay, scientists are cautiously optimistic about bird populations, too.
The California Condor's Best Shot at Survival

The California Condor's Best Shot at Survival

— Swapping to non-lead bullets could help save this bird.
Do Bird-Eating Mice Pose a Danger to Wisdom the Albatross?

Do Bird-Eating Mice Pose a Danger to Wisdom the Albatross?

— She's survived more than six decades of trials and tribulations, but Midway Atoll's mouse problem is a new threat.
Birds Galore! Spectacular Photos of Florida's Nesting Boom

Birds Galore! Spectacular Photos of Florida's Nesting Boom

— Thanks to optimal conditions, wading birds are breeding in huge numbers throughout the Everglades this year
Now Resurgent, Ospreys Once Faced an Uncertain Future

Now Resurgent, Ospreys Once Faced an Uncertain Future

— The “fish hawk” is an early sign of spring—and a conservation ideal.
Florida's Wading Birds Are Nesting In Droves This Year

Florida's Wading Birds Are Nesting In Droves This Year

— An extra-wet rainy season shows that, given a chance, the Everglades ecosystem can bounce back from a century of abuse.
Celebrating Sagebrush: The West's Most Important Native Plant

Celebrating Sagebrush: The West's Most Important Native Plant

— Covering 165 million acres across 14 states, sagebrush country is home to more wildlife—and people—than you might realize.
This Little Warbler Could Lead to Big Discoveries About Migration

This Little Warbler Could Lead to Big Discoveries About Migration

— After bouncing back from near extinction, the Kirtland's Warbler is helping scientists understand the outsize role of winter habitat for migratory birds.