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Brett Wilkins: Wildlife Defenders Cheer Restoration of Migratory Bird Protections Gutted Under Trump

Over the last 50 years, the population of North American birds has declined by an estimated three billion birds.

October 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Tayve Neese: Still, we wait for sounds of plumage

Still, we wait for sounds of plumage
in this world even angels shun.

August 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jose A. Alcantara: Divorce

He has flown headfirst against the glass
and now lies stunned on the stone patio,
nothing moving but his quick beating heart.

June 8, 2021 · 3 Comments

Yadvinder Malhi: Observing nature in your backyard is not dull but radically significant

Every decade is warmer than the last, spring is earlier and the weather more erratic. The web of life is shifting and reweaving in complex ways…

April 19, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tara Lohan: Extinction Is Erasing the Earth’s Music

People often ask me, “What can one person do?” And I say, “Stop being one person.”

March 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Dawn Potter| Song: The Famous Vision of America

an emptiness, too, in the bright
flicker of a cardinal on my back fence

February 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Paul Hostovsky: Wording

Cynosure, gravid, pabulum–
just three of the many
unusual specimens
I’d been lucky enough to glimpse
in the last few days.

December 8, 2020 · 4 Comments

Cristina Robinson, et al: Complex birdsongs help biologists piece together the evolution of lifelong learning

Our human ability to learn language slows down as we get older, but scientists are not sure how or why this happens. An unexpected way to understand this learning process might come from listening to birds sing.

September 13, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: This bird-of-paradise in New Guinea sounds like something from another planet

This video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides a glimpse into the world of this idiosyncratic little bird, which has proven notoriously difficult to photograph in its rugged natural habitat.

May 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Birds of the Mississippi Delta

John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, takes us on a bird-tour of the Mississippi River Delta. The Louisiana wetlands that they call home are fast disappearing.

April 5, 2020 · 1 Comment

David Watts: Blessing in the Midst of Siege

We are cloistered in our houses
dodging a horrible virus
but it almost feels like blessing.

April 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: In Memoriam | A Planet of Missing Beauties

For those I’ll be leaving behind, my children and grandchildren in particular, this just wasn’t the world I ever wanted them to inherit.

March 25, 2020 · 6 Comments

Peter Makuck: Grackles

But after a few minutes
they become bold and
like dark thoughts
return

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kathleen O’Toole: Mindful

Samsara’s in every in-breath, each shutter click of attention: first warning
signs of famine, children lining up
for the soldiers’ candy

November 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

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