Birds in the News

Can the Greater Sage-Grouse Be Kept Off the Endangered Species List?
June 26, 2024 — Warming and habitat loss diminished sage grouse populations 80 percent since 1965, putting them on the brink of an endangered listing. Western states, the federal government and energy and ranching interests are struggling to prevent that.
Still from an animated film of three ducks flying over tree-covered hills.
The New Animated Film ‘Migration’ Draws Inspiration From Birds' Real Journeys
December 21, 2023 — Here’s what the Universal Pictures film got right (and wrong) about one Mallard family’s epic adventure.
A crowd watches a baseball game while a flock of birds circles overhead.
Why Baseball and Birding Go Together Like Peanuts and Cracker Jacks
July 10, 2023 — America’s pastime presents plenty of opportunities to spot birds, says sports writer Joe Trezza.
Top Music and Hollywood Artists Join Forces in “The Birdsong Project” To Benefit the National Audubon Society in Celebrating and Protecting Birds
May 20, 2022 — 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.
 A Steller’s Sea Eagle, indigenous to Korea, Japan and Eastern Russia, launches from a treetop, off the Maine coast in Georgetown on Friday December 31, 2021. The large rare raptor, which is believed to be the same bird seen and documented over the past 16 months in Alaska, Texas, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Massachusetts, has made its latest stop on the Maine coast.
Inside the Amazing Cross-Continent Saga of the Steller’s Sea-Eagle
January 10, 2022 — 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
November 10, 2021 — 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
July 13, 2021 — Phil Wheeler uses repeating patterns to unite a hungry wader with otherworldly terrain.
1,158 Bird Species, 7,500 Miles, 1,000 Cups of Coffee and Counting: Meet the Couple Doing the First-Ever Big Year Across Colombia
July 02, 2021 — 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.
How a Landmark Environmental Law May Have Quietly Saved a Billion Birds
January 06, 2021 — New research reveals a previously uncounted benefit of the Clean Air Act—at a time when the Trump administration is weakening its protections.
Those Pigeons Wearing Cowboy Hats? They're No Laughing Matter.
December 17, 2019 — 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.