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 The Bird World Is Grappling With Its Own Confederate Relic: McCown's Longspur

The Bird World Is Grappling With Its Own Confederate Relic: McCown's Longspur

— A grassland species named for an ornithologist who later became a Confederate general, the longspur has sparked a fiery debate over which honorific bird names should be reconsidered. Some say all of them.
How a White-throated Sparrow's New Tune Went Viral

How a White-throated Sparrow's New Tune Went Viral

— A modified dialect of male song began in a local population in western Canada and, in two decades, traveled to birds more than 1,800 miles away.
What White Birders Can Learn From Amy Cooper About Their Own Racism

What White Birders Can Learn From Amy Cooper About Their Own Racism

— Outrage isn't enough. Robin DiAngelo, the author of ‘White Fragility,’ explains why the birding community must examine itself.
This Bald Eagle Chick Is the First Hatched on Cape Cod in 115 Years

This Bald Eagle Chick Is the First Hatched on Cape Cod in 115 Years

— The eaglet, spotted by a local birdwatcher, is evidence that Massachusetts' eagle population is thriving after being wiped out by DDT by the mid-1960s.
Ask Kenn Kaufman: Which Birds Are Most Like Their Dinosaur Ancestors?

Ask Kenn Kaufman: Which Birds Are Most Like Their Dinosaur Ancestors?

— Also this month: Why do birds sing more in the early morning? And why does North America have so many birds with crests?
Long-Awaited House Report Provides Blueprint for Congress on Climate Change

Long-Awaited House Report Provides Blueprint for Congress on Climate Change

— House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis offers guidance for rebuilding a cleaner future in the wake of COVID-19
Meet the Harvard Ornithology Professor Biking Across the Country

Meet the Harvard Ornithology Professor Biking Across the Country

— With school out due to COVID-19, Scott Edwards decided to make a lifelong dream a reality. Now his ride has taken on even more meaning.
Mallards Ferry Fish Eggs Between Waterbodies Through Their Poop

Mallards Ferry Fish Eggs Between Waterbodies Through Their Poop

— New research shows that fish eggs don't just survive the journey through a mallard's digestive system intact, but they can still be viable.
For Male Cardinals, the Redder the Better

For Male Cardinals, the Redder the Better

— Feather brightness may indicate superior genes in species that sport crimson feathers.
Audubon Spotlight: Katie Percy Is a Champion for Louisiana’s Ecosystems

Audubon Spotlight: Katie Percy Is a Champion for Louisiana’s Ecosystems

— As an avian biologist for Audubon Louisiana Katie Percy’s conscience guides the way while her passion drives the work.