Erica Cirino

Erica Cirino is a freelance science writer based in New York. She covers wildlife and the environment, and specializes in biology, conservation, and policy.

Articles by Erica Cirino

Plastic Threatens Even Our Common Shorebirds, Study Warns
December 21, 2018 — Dead American Oystercatchers on Brazilian beaches were loaded with plastic, hinting that the world’s pollution problem isn’t just far out at sea.
More Plastic in the World Means More Plastic in Osprey Nests
September 06, 2017 — The amount of plastic trash ending up in the birds' nests appears to be increasing—with dangerous and deadly results.
Did Folklore Help Bring Denmark's Ravens Back From the Brink?
May 26, 2017 — The once-endangered raven is rebounding in some parts of Scandinavia, and its role in Norse mythology and Danish history might have helped.
New Federal Lead Rule Will Have Hunters and Fishers Looking to Safer Alternatives
February 01, 2017 — Twenty-five years after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banned lead shot for waterfowl hunting, the agency is expanding its protections.
Why You Should Keep Your Birdbath Clean
September 20, 2016 — Maintaining a fresh bath is a simple, essential way to keep birds hydrated, clean, and disease-free. Just follow these easy steps.
This Video Shows Just How Nasty an Acorn Woodpecker Brawl Can Be
September 16, 2016 — The behavior is one that regularly occurs in territorial disputes, but it is rarely seen—or captured.
The Osprey Nation Wants You
July 28, 2016 — A dedicated Osprey fan base is collecting valuable ecological data across Connecticut.
The Story Behind the Friendly Comic-Con Bird Mascot
July 22, 2016 — It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s...a toucan man?
Making the World Safer for Birds, One Piece of Glass at a Time
July 08, 2016 — At a research center in Pennsylvania, bird-friendly products are put to the test in a simple, yet foolproof way.
Can We Save the World's Vultures?
June 09, 2016 — Scavenging birds are teetering on the brink of extinction. Here’s what we’re doing to help bring them back.