Birds in the News

Top Music and Hollywood Artists Join Forces in “The Birdsong Project” To Benefit the National Audubon Society in Celebrating and Protecting Birds

— Contributors include Yoko Ono, Yo-Yo Ma, Mark Ronson, Wale, Beck, Andrew Bird, Elvis Costello, Jim James, Karen O, Angélica Negrón, Calexico, Michael Uzowuru, Stephin Merritt, Karen Elson, The Flaming Lips, Nick Cave, and more.

Inside the Amazing Cross-Continent Saga of the Steller’s Sea-Eagle

— The journey of the lost Asian bird started more than a year ago. Follow along as birders gather in awe and speculate on its next moves.

Newly Recorded Condor ‘Virgin Birth’ Is Another Way Birds Are Like Reptiles

— Zoo researchers discovered that two female California Condors had reproduced without males, a phenomenon known as parthenogenesis.
American Avocet by Phil Wheeler

Reimagining the American Avocet

— Phil Wheeler uses repeating patterns to unite a hungry wader with otherworldly terrain.

Meet the Couple Doing the First-Ever Big Year Across Colombia

— As they’ve crisscrossed the country tallying and documenting birds, photographers Niky Carrera Levy and Mauricio Ossa have also discovered hundreds of untold stories of conservation heroes.
Canada Geese fly past a coal power plant in Kansas. Charlie Riedel/AP

How a Landmark Environmental Law May Have Quietly Saved a Billion Birds

— New research reveals a previously uncounted benefit of the Clean Air Act—at a time when the Trump administration is weakening its protections.
Coolamity Jane is the name given to a Las Vegas pigeon who's unfortunately had a plastic cowboy hat glued to her head. She remains at large. Mariah Hillman/Lofty Hopes

Those Pigeons Wearing Cowboy Hats? They're No Laughing Matter.

— While the internet got a kick out of the latest meme, Mariah Hillman rushed to the scene to save the birds from danger or even death.
Tundra Swans. William Pohley/Audubon Photography Awards

BLM’s Final Environmental Review for Arctic Refuge Drilling Glaringly Underestimates Harm to Wildlife

— Rushed and faulty process gives green light to massive and permanent destruction of Arctic Refuge’s Coastal Plain, an irreplaceable habitat for birds and other wildlife
Woodpecker feathers retrieved from what one Field Museum researcher described as a tiger shark's “partially digested goop.” Another sample included a bunch of tiny rubber bands from braces. Trey Spearman/University of South Alabama

Exhausted Birds Become Lunch Meat for Tiger Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico

— New research shows that these apex predators wait for food to fall out of the sky during migration.

This Sandhill Crane Couple Adopted a Baby Goose

— The elegant birds are raising a gosling as well their own colt this year in a Michigan park.