Benji Jones

Articles by Benji Jones

What Are Fecal Sacs? Bird Diapers, Basically

August 07, 2018 — That's right, many chicks produce a portable case for their poop. Here are some possible reasons why.

For the LGBTQ Community, Birding Can Be a Relief—and a Source of Anxiety

June 29, 2018 — LGBTQ birders are working together to make the hobby more inclusive and welcoming, while dealing with lingering challenges of acceptance.

Hummingbird Gorgets: Jewels of the Sky

June 14, 2018 — The glittering, colorful feathers on the throats of male hummingbirds help them attract mates and defend territory. Here's how they work, up-close.

Eight Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

May 31, 2018 — By doing so, you'll be helping birds and other wildlife.

Could Alaska's Songbirds Defend Themselves If Cuckoos Invade?

May 23, 2018 — Using 3D-printed "cuckoo" eggs, researchers found that native birds will be in big trouble if the foreign nest parasites ever colonize.

Meet Shep, Atlanta Audubon’s New Educational Ambassador

May 11, 2018 — He can’t fly, but he can teach—a talent that will serve him well in his fancy new role.

When You Should—and Should Not—Rescue Baby Birds

May 02, 2018 — It’s not uncommon to find young birds away from their nests during spring and summer. But should you help them? That depends.

How a Small Home in Arizona Became a Global Birding Destination

April 19, 2018 — Once somebody's backyard, Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds attracts thousands of birders every year.

Inside Reality Star Spencer Pratt’s Hummingbird Empire

April 09, 2018 — Almost a decade after “The Hills,” the Los Angeles native has found a new fan base in the hundreds of hummers that visit his decked-out home.

Misunderstanding Between Caterpillar and Hummingbird Leads to High-Stakes Face Off

March 23, 2018 — When a cleverly disguised caterpillar spooked a nesting Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, a dramatic exchange ensued.