Al Larson has spent four decades building hundreds of nest boxes for Western and Mountain Bluebirds. Now these homes and their inhabitants are facing the test of climate change.
Some 400 billion birds share the planet with us, each with its own abundant coat of feathers. Far, far too many to count. Perhaps even harder to fathom is the wealth of plumage colors, patterns and shapes that spring from Mother Nature’s artistry.
Did you know it’s entirely possible to know when there’s a house cat walking down a path, or a weasel bounding through the thick brush, or even another person headed your way on the hiking trail? All this is revealed clearly and audibly by birds.
A bill to protect thousands of acres of Atlantic coastline from development sailed through the House of Representatives on a 375-1 vote last week. The Senate is likely to pass it as well, though it’s unclear if that will happen before the end of the year.
Three years ago, when Debi Shearwater spied a hayfield peppered with hundreds of nesting Tricolored Blackbirds from her car, she immediately panicked. She was on one of her usual spring drives, wending her way through the sprawling ranches along California’s central coast, on the lookout for the birds’ dense colonies—and this one was in a particularly precarious position. The chicks weren’t quite old enough to leave their nests, and the surrounding farms had all harvested their crops. Shearwater felt sure this field would be next.
New research breaks down the fundamentals required to smoothly go from perched to airborne.
As winter arrives, flocks of these lively little birds suddenly appear across much of the U.S.
Thanks to one man’s annual Winter Finch Forecast, birders can prepare for any surprise visitors that might swing south during colder months.
The winter is coming quickly, and the change in seasons means a change in bird activity. While the chilliest months of the year might seem like the worst time to get out to watch birds, it actually provides an amazing opportunity to see birds more easily and to see seasonal visitors you might not get to watch at other times of the year. Layer up and grab your binoculars to take advantage of learning new species and behaviors!