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Neil Shepard: Mating Behaviors of Storks, Egrets, Humans

We’re out of love again and wandering
with other birdwatchers over the cedar shakes,
spying on spring nesting sites where great
migrations end and settle into familiar patterns
of rearing and weaning.

August 9, 2022 · 3 Comments

Veronika Perková: To Save a Forest, Look to the Women

Women often suffer the most from environmental degradation. A nonprofit in Colombia is trying to make their needs central to conservation.

April 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: We saved the puffins. Now a warming planet is unraveling that work.

Seabirds are climate change prisoners. Our inaction makes us the executioners.

January 14, 2022 · 2 Comments

Molly Fisk: Devotion

The mergansers fly so close to the surface
their feet could touch it, banking up
from gray waves to paler sky

November 1, 2021 · 5 Comments

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

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