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6 years ago

This is a continuation of our BIRD OF THE WEEK where we post weekly, or daily if there is one, pictures of birds. Anything you fancy, preferably with information about the bird in question.

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Bird of the Week - 10/21/11
6 years ago

Bird of the Week
Gorgeted Wood-Quail

Gorgeted Wood-Quail, ProAves

The Gorgeted Wood-Quail is a small, ground-dwelling bird with distinctive black-and-white throat-bands. It forages on the forest floor for fruit, seeds and arthropods. Its loud, rollicking song is typically heard during early morning.

The historic range of this wood-quail has been heavily degraded and fragmented by logging and land clearing for agriculture and pasture. Hunting has also contributed to the bird’s decline.

The same forests that shelter the Gorgeted Wood-Quail are also prime habitat for wintering Cerulean Warblers – another species in decline, and the only migrant songbird with a winter range restricted to South America.

ABC and our Colombian partner Fundación ProAves have protected nearly 500 acres of this threatened forest habitat with the establishment of the Cerulean Warbler Reserve in 2005. The reserve also now boasts a 45-acre shade coffee farm and visitor’s lodge so tourists can witness the spectacular biodiversity of the reserve in comfort. The Reserve buffers the nearly 200,000-acre Yariguíes National Park.

Studies conducted by ProAves in Yariguies have uncovered new populations of the Gorgeted Wood-Quail in the park. Other endangered and endemic bird species, such as the Chestnut-bellied Hummingbird, Mountain Grackle, and Recurve-billed Bushbird, occur in the reserve and national park; good numbers of wintering neotropical migrants have been noted as well. Click here for more information on the Gorgeted Wood-Quail.

Visitors and birders are welcome at the Cerulean Reserve!

6 years ago

What a lovely bird, Lynn. Must blend completely with the forest floor (like our Sea Eagle who we can hardly see in that nest). I shake my head when I see the words "logging, hunting, decline, etc. but I felt better reading the better news towards the bottom.

This plump fella certainly looks like he's not suffering from lack of food. Thanks, Lynn. I am always amazed at the new birds I see on this thread. There are so many different varieties I've never heard of or seen before so it's always a learning experience.


6 years ago

Critical Habitat Revised for Marbled Murrelet in Northwest

Contact: Robert Johns, 202-234-7181 ext.210, Email click here


Marbled Murrelet chick, U.S. Forest Service

(Washington, D.C., October 7, 2011) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FW has announced a revision of Critical Habitat designations in southern Oregon and northern California for the Marbled Murrelet, a bird listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  The decision implements one of two proposals to remove Critical Habitat, and leaves out the other that had raised concerns with American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and other bird conservation organizations.


In December 2009, ABC and other environmental groups sent a letter to FWS opposing proposed changes in two counties in east-central Oregon.  The letter said “…[we] are particularly concerned about the reduction of 62,700 acres [of Critical Habitat] in Lane and Douglas counties. This area is currently occupied by murrelets and the proposal is not supported by sound science.”

Read the rest of the article by clicking here:

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6 years ago

Beautiful quail and chick Lynn.  I will pray for them to come back with our help.

6 years ago

Ah, gee, what a gentle looking little bird. It breaks my heart reading about all the encroachment on the habitats of our world's birds and animals.

I too will pray they get help. Thanks, Lynn.


Beautiful Owl
6 years ago

Great Gray Owl | Credit: Ghostly Masters of the Night Sky
It’s Halloween, when ghosts and goblins prowl in search of treats. Overhead, it’s no trick that owls rule the night. North America has 37 different kinds of owls, including the majestic Great Gray (pictured). Many owls prefer mature forests, and are especially sensitive to habitat destruction.  Find out more about awesome owls.Find  Find out more about awesome owls.FiFFind out more about awesome owls.

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6 years ago

Over 130 types all over the world!


"Two parent owls and their six owlets ate 1,000 mice, shrews and rats during a three month period! And everyone knows how fast rodents reproduce; just imagine if we didn't have owls around to keep rodent numbers in check! Studies like this prove the helpful role that owls play in nature."

Can you imagine all those mice and shrews and rats in one place? (what's a "shrew"?)

This fellow is absolutely gorgeous. All the various feather designs and the way they grow is awesome.

Thanks so much, Lynn. I think they're just beautiful!

6 years ago

Thank you Lynn.  Beautiful owl!


Yes Cheryl we sure do need our owl friends to keep the rodent population down.

Bird of the Week - 10/28/11
6 years ago

Bird of the Week
Common Raven

Common Raven,

Clad in basic black, the clever, versatile raven is a survivor in almost every way.  Long a symbol of death and ill-omen in the Western world (popularized in Edgar Allan Poe's poem, 'The Raven'),  this bird is also regarded by many cultures as a trickster who always comes out ahead of the game.

Their intelligence is unrivaled - they have large brains, and demonstrate an uncanny ability to solve problems, learning by trial and error and imitation. They have been shown to be capable of learning how to pull up food suspended on a string, and are one of only a few species that make their own toys, breaking off twigs to play with socially.

More solitary than crows, ravens usually travel in mated pairs. Male and female birds mate for life. Common Ravens often follow predators to scavenge from a kill; although they prefer meat and carrion, they will eat almost anything.

These birds are acrobatic flyers and perform long glides, swift turns, barrel rolls, and even fly upside down.  Ravens “talk” constantly; their vocabulary is quite large and includes croaks, squawks, knocks, gurgles, whistles and hoarse screams, but their most celebrated call is…

… “Nevermore!”

6 years ago

Forget politics.  Forget American Idol.  Your vote today can help us win a competition to fund bird conservation! Two minutes of your time will help ABC protect Lewis’s Woodpeckers and their habitat.

American Bird Conservancy has developed a program to support the conservation of cavity-nesting birds in the Pacific Northwest, in particular the Lewis’s Woodpecker, one of the highest priority species in the region. We are working with many partners to implement the work, but this year you can help. We are currently in a competition with several other projects for funding from the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund that requires on-line voting during the month of October to identify a winner. Your efforts to help us “get out the vote” could make all the difference for this important project.

Learn more about the project and cast your vote to win funding for the Lewis’s Woodpecker project, then tell your friends and help us get even more votes!

Thank you in advance for your help,

Bob Altman
Northern Pacific Rainforest BCR Coordinator
American Bird Conservancy

Voting takes less than five minutes.
Please share this broadly and thanks in advance for your help.
Voting closes TODAY!

6 years ago

I'm sorry Lynn, I'm too late to vote! They said it is now closed. I will have to be faster at looking at the threads.

Thank you for posting about the Raven. Although they are often quite scruffy looking characters, they sure are smart. Imagine -- making their own toys!

I will never forget the eagles' nest we were watching one year when a Raven interfered with the nest. There were two eggs ready to hatch any moment. The mom flew away for about 1 1/2 minutes (usually the mate comes in or is very nearby when the other parent leaves the nest like that). In that short space of time a Raven flew in and swooped up an egg and flew off into the distance. The Mom came back seconds after the Raven had left. She knew right away something was wrong and put her head back and started to call out. It was really sad because the other egg hatched the next day (or very soon thereafter). Everyone was stunned watching it on the live cam! That Raven must have sat in a tree very close to the nest and just waited for the opportunity, brief as it was, to do what he did.

Thanks, Lynn. Fascinating bird who really can think things out. And all those sounds they make - really interesting.


6 years ago

Thank you Lynn I love this bird!  They are a bigger version of the crow.

Bird of The Week - 11/4/11
6 years ago

Bird of the Week
Black-capped Petrel

This long-winged, dark-capped petrel was believed extinct until its rediscovery in 1963, and is still a mysterious species. Its spooky-sounding calls, echoing among their remote mountain haunts at night, have earned this petrel its local name Diablotín or “little devil”.

Nesting birds probably commute large distances from their breeding sites in the mountains to foraging sites at sea where they feed on fish, invertebrates, and squid. Black-capped Petrels are nocturnal and move to and from the nest sites between twilight and dawn.

The Black-capped Petrel is threatened by predation from introduced mammals, deforestation, human encroachment and exploitation. Urbanization and associated increases in artificial lights may increase risks of collision with trees, wires, and buildings.  At sea, offshore energy development and oil spills pose additional hazards.

ABC and partners recently completed the species’ conservation action plan and are working to find and protect additional nesting sites in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. 

Click here for more information on ABC's efforts to save
this and other seabirds!

6 years ago

What an interesting little bird.

Actually, their "spooky-sounding calls" may be helping them in the long run if there are superstitous people around them. It's really unusual for birds to move around as much as they do at night. I thought only bats did that.

I hope they survive. They, like so many of the birds, have to battle mankind, but the good news is that there are societies working to help them.

Thanks, Lynn.


Audubon Advisory
6 years ago
Audubon Advisory
November 10, 2011
Vol 2011 Issue 10
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Costa's Hummingbird | (c) 2007 Alan D. Wilson A 2011 NMBCA project supports the conservation of hummingbirds.  Audubon Hits the Hill for Wildlife Funding Week
The U.S. House of Representatives is proposing severe cuts to wildlife programs, including eliminating the successful Neotropical Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Audubon—from President David Yarnold to volunteer citizen advocates—and our conservation partners took to the halls of Congress last week to raise the visibility of these essential conservation programs. Read more. Florida Scrub-Jay | Credit: JHEar1e/Flickr The Everglades Headwaters Refuge would protect and restore important scrub habitat for the federal and state threatened Florida Scrub-Jay.  Audubon Supports New Everglades Refuge
Last week, Audubon of Florida's Executive Director Eric Draper testified before Congress in support of the creation of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. The Refuge would help overcome one of the biggest obstacles to restoration of the Everglades—a lack of clean, fresh water. Read more. Greater White-fronted Goose | Credit: Dave Menke/USFWS Teshekpuk Lake is critical habitat for tens of thousands of geese, like this Greater White-fronted Goose.  Teshekpuk Lake IBA Safe...For Now
A recent announcement by the Obama Administration about oil and gas leasing on the North Slope of Alaska included some good news for Teshekpuk Lake, a globally-significant Important Bird Area that supports millions of breeding seabirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Read more.
6 years ago

These are beautiful, Lynn - and so nicely arranged!

Doesn't it seem sometimes that as soon as we get some good news something happens that's bad news, but then something happens that's good news again! It's enough to keep our heads spinning.

Thanks for posting this news.

Bird of the Week - 11/11/11
6 years ago

You're very welcome, Cheryl. This is the bird for this week. Cute little thing!

Bird of the Week
Oak Titmouse

Oak Titmouse by Bill Hubrick

The Oak Titmouse was once lumped with the very similar Juniper Titmouse as a single species, the aptly named Plain Titmouse.  The two were split in 1996 based on distinct differences in their ranges and calls.

The Oak Titmouse is a small, nondescript, brownish-gray bird with a crest; its best field mark is its complete lack of distinctive field marks!  This titmouse is a non-migratory species; it mates for life, and pairs defend year-round territories. They nest in tree cavities, but will also use nest boxes.

Unfortunately, these birds depend upon a habitat that has declined by up to 50% over the last century due to development for housing and agriculture. The fungal disease, sudden oak death, has also killed thousands of oaks in this habitat in recent years.

Since over 80% of oak woodlands in California are privately owned, education and cooperation between landowners and resource managers is a necessary part of Oak Titmouse conservation efforts.

Learn more and help ABC conserve this important habitat!

Bird of the Week - 11/18/11
6 years ago

Bird of the Week

Millerbird by R. Kohley

The Millerbird is a small, brown and buff, Old World warbler that, until recently, was only found in the vegetated portions of rocky, 156-acre Nihoa Island in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Due to its extremely limited range and small, vulnerable population, this species is listed as Endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Another Millerbird subspecies once occurred on Laysan Island, some 650 miles away, but it became extinct between 1916-1923 due to the introduction of European rabbits, which destroyed the vegetation there. However, the recent eradication of the rabbits has allowed the habitat on Laysan to regenerate.

The Millerbird is extremely vulnerable on Nihoa. The accidental introduction of mammalian predators, non-native species, or a catastrophic weather event could quickly bring about its extinction. Therefore, a key recovery goal for the species has been to re-establish a second, “insurance” population on Laysan.

In September 2011, after years of research and preparation, a joint expedition of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ABC, and other partners moved 24 Millerbirds from Nihoa to Laysan. The birds are thriving, with several pairs establishing territories, building nests, and even laying eggs. Scientists will remain on Laysan for the next year to monitor the birds.  A decision on whether to translocate more Millerbirds will depend on the overwinter survival and breeding success of these 24 birds.  See the full press release for more about the Millerbird translocation.

Check out our blog for regular updates about the progress
of the Millerbird project!

Bird of the Week - 12/2/11
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Blackpoll Warbler

The Blackpoll Warbler, named for the black forehead and crown of the breeding male, has one of the highest pitched songs of any bird – in fact, the sound is so high that many people have difficulty hearing it at all.

Blackpolls have the longest migration of any North American warbler. In the fall, they depart from the northeastern United States and head out over the Atlantic in a grueling, nonstop flight that averages 1,800 miles and can take more than 80 hours.

The Blackpoll’s boreal breeding grounds are at risk from tar sands development, which destroys nesting habitat and releases high volumes of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming – an incipient threat to boreal forests. Collisions with towers and buildings also kill thousands of migrating Blackpoll Warblers each year.

Canada has taken steps to protect large areas of its boreal forest, preserving millions of acres of habitat for the Blackpoll and hundreds of other bird and animal species.

Help support ABC’s efforts to protect this bird from threats such as habitat loss, energy development, communications towers, and pesticides!

5 years ago

What a lovely little Warbler! He has such perfectly arranged pattern feathers.

I wonder if he is the "Opera Singer" in birdland due to his high pitch tone.

A real cutey, and what a long migration! Thanks so much, Lynn.

Bird of the Week - 12/9/11
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Worthen's Sparrow

Worthen's Sparrow by Antonio Hidalgo

The Worthen’s Sparrow is a trim-looking sparrow with a rufous cap, pink bill, and white eye ring. It closely resembles the Field Sparrow, a much more numerous species found throughout the middle and eastern United States.

Recent data show that the Worthen’s Sparrows are somewhat nomadic in their range, following annual rain patterns to take advantage of the best available breeding habitat. They form flocks after the breeding season that tend to congregate around permanent sources of water.

Major threats to this sparrow include habitat destruction and degradation caused by potato farming and livestock overgrazing, as well as global climate change, which is changing the annual rainfall patterns.

ABC has partnered with the Mexican conservation organization Pronatura Noreste since 2007 to work on the conservation of the Worthen’s Sparrow habitat in the El Tokio (Saltillo) grasslands of the Chihuahuan Desert. Pronatura Noreste has protected or improved management of more than 150,000 acres of grassland habitat that protect key breeding sites for the Worthen’s Sparrow and wintering habitat for many WatchList species, including the Long-billed Curlew, Mountain Plover, Baird’s Sparrow, Chestnut-collared Longspur, and Sprague's Pipit.

Learn more and find out how you can help protect the
Worthen’s Sparrow and its habitat!

5 years ago

Awwww, what a lovely little sparrow. Earth would not be the same without the songs and sight of these little ones. Thanks, Lynn.


5 years ago


Tell-a-FriendShare on TwitterShare on FacebookAudubon.orgCrested Caracara in flight | Credit: Dan PancamoMeet the Bird Man of Bolivar
After 50 years of Christmas Bird Counts, volunteer Bill Graber has seen it all (including the Crested Caracara, left). Graber has led counts near his Texas home since the Beatles first invaded America and Jackie O was still Jackie K. He may be turning in his compiler’s clipboard, but his birding days are far from over. Meet Bill Graber in the Magazine
5 years ago


Tell-a-FriendShare on TwitterShare on FacebookAudubon.orgCrested Caracara in flight | Credit: Dan PancamoMeet the Bird Man of Bolivar
After 50 years of Christmas Bird Counts, volunteer Bill Graber has seen it all (including the Crested Caracara, left). Graber has led counts near his Texas home since the Beatles first invaded America and Jackie O was still Jackie K. He may be turning in his compiler’s clipboard, but his birding days are far from over. Meet Bill Graber in the Magazine
5 years ago

Glimmers of Hope in the Bayou
Action Alert: Get Congress Moving on the RESTORE Act

Reddish Egret | Credit: New Jersey Birds 

Post-blowout cleanup efforts got a boost this month, as the blue-ribbon commission looking at the spill recommended that BP penalties and fines go to Gulf restoration. Meanwhile, volunteers in the region continue to step up, as beachgoers learn to protect nesting sites and fragile habitats. And over in Bayou country, Audubon staffers are literally manufacturing bird habitats with a one-of-a-kind mini dredge. Read Chris Canfield’s encouraging Gulf update.

Take action now to support Gulf restoration.

5 years ago

Birds of a Feather Breed Together

A decoy assists in the restoration of a Heermann's Gull colony | Photo courtesy of GECI 

Off Mexico’s Pacific coast, conservation scientists are borrowing tactics that helped bring puffins back to coastal Maine. The strategy, pioneered by Audubon wise man Steve Kress, uses decoys and mirrors to “trick” threatened seabirds into thinking barren islands are healthy breeding colonies. For these birds breeding is a community affair, and the decoys help get the party started. Read more.

5 years ago

Good to hear what so many people are doing to restore their habitat. Warms the heart. And that's awesome -- using decoys and mirrors to "trick" (or train) these birds. Very interesting! Thanks, Lynn!

Bird of the Week - 12/16/11
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush by Ashok Khosla

The Varied Thrush is shy and elusive on its breeding grounds in the deep forests of the Pacific Northwest, where its haunting song is heard more than the bird itself is seen. It feeds on ground-dwelling arthropods, insects, fruits, and berries. In winter, it can also be seen in parks and gardens, where it sometimes associates with American Robins.

Data from Breeding Bird Surveys and Christmas Bird Counts show that Varied Thrush numbers have significantly decreased over the last 40 years, possibly as a result of loss of the mature or old-growth forests on which it depends.  Its nests are predated by squirrels and Gray and Steller’s Jays. In winter, when Varied Thrushes move downslope and into more rural and residential areas, window collisions, severe winter weather, and feral cats can be significant mortality factors.

The Varied Thrush may benefit from Critical Habitat set aside in mature forest for the endangered Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet.

Support ABC conservation efforts for this and other birds
of the Pacific Northwest!


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Wonderful Story
5 years ago

Nearly Extinct Bird Blown Out of Nest During Storm: Rescuers Lend a Hand

Nearly Extinct Bird Blown Out of Nest During Storm: Rescuers Lend a Hand

Written by the Saint Francis of Assisi Foundation of Zarzal, Colombia

During a windstorm, a very rare Coclí pigeon fell out of his nest perched at the top of a tall palm tree. We made him comfortable in a special cage, and because his beak was slightly injured, we hand-fed him carefully with small worms for the next week.

When he was able to eat on his own, we at the Foundation made contact with the firemen who came with their very long ladders and were able to put him right back up in his nest, where his parents and sibling were anxiously awaiting his return.

We were very pleased to have been able to do this successfully, because this bird which is indigenous to our area has been hunted almost to extinction — in fact, it has already been placed on the extinct list. To our knowledge, in the last seven years only 38 baby birds have been born and we are hoping that they will re-populate other rural areas as well as ours.  More photos of the rescued Coclí pigeon.


Related Stories:

Neglected Bird Pops Out of Box To Meet Rescuer & Begs for a Snuggle

“My Life as a Turkey” Follows Hatchlings Through Adulthood

Bewitching Duckling Rescue Will Give You Goose Bumps

Read more:
5 years ago
Audubon Advisory
December 16, 2011
Vol 2011 Issue 11
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~ ~ 2 0 1 1    I N    R E V I E W ~ ~
Success Stories and Hopeful Progress from the Past Year

Peregrine Falcon | Photo: Bill Buchanan/USFWS One of our landmark environmental laws, the Endangered Species Act helped ensure the Peregrine Falcon didn't become extinct.  Victory for the Endangered Species Act
This win was a bright spot for our most vulnerable species that depend on a strong Endangered Species Act. Bipartisan support was the key to defending the Act from this most recent attack in Congress. Read more. Wood Thrush | Photo: Steve Maslowski/USFWS Audubon's work on a new energy planning tool will help protect large, unbroken tracts of forest that many Eastern birds need, like this Wood Thrush.  New Framework for Bird-friendly Energy Transmission
Getting energy from power plants to your living room requires a lot of transmission lines—and can impact a lot of habitat. After two years of work, Audubon got a green light from regulators to develop a new planning tool, which will give power producers, power grid planners, and state regulators the information they need in order to avoid environmentally sensitive lands. Read more. Brown Pelican | Photo: Mozart Mark Dedeaux/Audubon The Brown Pelican become a symbol of the destruction caused by the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Now Congress must act to ensure its habitat is restored.  Gulf RESTORE Act Advances
The spill lasted 58 days; getting Congress to pass legislation to direct much needed restoration funds from BP penalties is taking a bit longer. But progress is being made. Read more. Flammulated Owl nestling | Credit: Dave Menke/USFWS In Montana, State Wildlife Grants assist with the conservation of Flammulated Owls.  Disaster Averted - A Win for Conservation Programs
With key conservation programs targeted to be slashed or zeroed out, it was all hands on deck to restore funding for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and State Wildlife Grants. Read more.  Common Loon with Chick In add
5 years ago

Gee, Lynn, that was a funny feeling -- like we were actually walking around in this "room" together. I was reading the first ones you posted and then went to have dinner; I came back and refreshed thread and you had posted again 13 minutes ago! Awesome!

Oh how I admire the wonderful people who rescued the baby Cocli Pigeon! That was really amazing how they fed the baby for awhile and returned him back to his nest where the parents could continue to teach him to be what he was.

I read the stories under "Related Stories" and cried all the way through them - a few smiles too, though, for the happy parts. WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for posting these. Now I have to go back and read what you posted while I was reading.

5 years ago

Ha, ha Cheryl..that's funny that we were in the same room together, almost like a chat room because you were still in the room while I posted.

I loved the story about the saving of the bird that fell out of it's nest. Colombian people love animals. I know because Alicia and her family are from Colombia. When I went to Colombia (Cartagena) in 2009 and last year in January I was awed by the friendliness, the helpfullness and the cheerfullness of the people. Alicia's brother owned a vacation home in Cartagena and he opened up the home to us. I had such a wonderful time there. Good memories!

5 years ago

We're sort of doing this:
ddHelloooooo - where are you?
I'm right here, where are you?

Wow, Lynn, you were in Colombia last year? Neat! Kay was in Egypt and you were in Columbia -- we have some world travellers here! Pictures are definitely welcome of sights and scenes!

Bird of the Week - 12/23/11
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Long-whiskered Owlet


The Long-whiskered Owlet is one of the tiniest owls in the world, measuring only 5” tall.  Its long, wispy facial feathers extend out past its head, making the bird appear to have long whiskers; its large eyes are a vivid orange-brown.  Only discovered in 1976, this owl is so distinctive that scientists have placed it in its own genus: Xenoglaux, meaning “strange owl”.

Ongoing habitat destruction for agriculture and timber is the biggest threat to this species. Fortunately, this owl and other threatened birds, such as the Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Johnson's Tody-Tyrant, and Royal Sunangel, are protected at the Abra Patricia Reserve, where ABC and our Peruvian partner ECOAN have secured approximately 24,900 acres of key native habitat.

At present, the reserve provides the best opportunity for birdwatchers to see the owlet, where it can be found along trails near ECOAN’s Owlet Lodge.

Birdwatchers interested in visiting Abra Patricia can find out more and plan their trip at
ECOAN’s website or

A video of the Long-whiskered Owlet taken at the reserve in November 2011 by Guy Foulks can be viewed on




5 years ago

Awwwww... he sounds like a little frog. The video is so cute. He looks so soft and I could just give him a big squishy hug!!

Thanks, Lynn. You know how we love our owls here, eh!

5 years ago

I love him too!  Yes he sounds like a tree frog!  I want to give him a big squishy hug also

Bird of the Week - 12/30/11
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Ivory Gull

Ivory Gull by Luke Seitz


A petite, all-white gull, the Ivory Gull is found only in high Arctic regions. It feeds mainly on fish and invertebrates, but like other gulls is highly opportunistic, scavenging carrion from polar bear kills, offal from whales, walruses and seals, and garbage from human settlements.

Although the Ivory Gull favors remote locations, it is not immune to human-generated threats. Studies in Canada showed a 70% decline in its breeding population between 1987 and 2005. Climate change continues to degrade the pack ice that comprises an important part of its wintering habitat. Drilling and mining operations, oil spills, and illegal hunting also pose significant threats.  Toxic pollutants accumulate in Ivory Gulls when they feed on contaminated prey - analyses of their eggs have found high levels of mercury, which may affect the species’ productivity.

An article published on eBird last year noted an increasing number of vagrant Ivory Gulls, which may hint at increasing environmental problems in their wintering areas.

Help ABC conserve this and other birds and their habitats!

New BBC One nature series Earthflight gives us a bird's eye view of the world
5 years ago

New BBC One nature series Earthflight gives us a bird's eye view of the world

Earthflight, BBC One's latest nature series, captures some of the world's greatest wildlife phenomena and natural wonders through the eyes of birds. Earthflight provides a bird’s-eye view of the world, joining the journeys of our feathered friends as they soar across six continents. Cutting-edge camera work uses spycams, satellites and hang-gliders, while slow-motion techniques give exquisite detail, be it high in the sky or skimming above the ground.

5 years ago

Holy smokey, Kay, that is an amazing eagle picture with a rainbow. Fabulous photography! How do we get to see it? Is it a program broadcast weekly or a website? I'd love to see it. Please tell me more if you can.  

5 years ago

Hi Cheryl

Try this I dont know if it will work for you ....

 Theres only been the first episode shown so far but its great.....if this works you should be able to catch it up each week after its been on TV....hope it works....


ABC's News Highlights of 2011
5 years ago

ABC's News Highlights of 2011

To celebrate our successes in 2011, we are taking a look back at some of our top news stories from the year – here is our top ten.

We wish all our ABC family a happy, healthy, and joyous 2012!


Leading Bird Conservation Group Formally Petitions Feds to Regulate Wind Industry

Reddish Egret by Greg LavatyAmerican Bird Conservancy has formally petitioned the U.S. Department of the Interior to protect millions of birds from the negative impacts of wind energy by developing regulations that will safeguard wildlife and reward responsible wind energy development.














Read the full story here





First U.S. Predator-Proof Fence Delivers on Promises


Wedge-tailed Shearwater by George WallaceThe first predator proof fence in the United States produced dramatic results that may eventually lead to a resurgence in decimated seabird populations in Hawai’i. The Wedge-tailed Shearwater, which nests in the remote coastal dunes on the now-fenced Kaʻena Point at the northwestern tip of O’ahu, has produced the highest number of chicks since the annual survey began in 1994.







Read the full story here



San Francisco Mayor Approves New Standards for Bird-Safe Buildings


De Young Museum by Brian Chang

5 years ago


Release of Nihoa Millerbirds on Laysan Island Offers New Hope for Critically Endangered Species


Millerbird, USFWSIn a historic and collaborative effort to save a species from extinction, 24 critically endangered Nihoa Millerbirds were released on Laysan Island in Papahânaumokuâkea Marine National Monument on September 10. The release was the result of many years of research and detailed planning by biologists and resource managers, led by a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  and American Bird Conservancy.




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New Reserve in Peru Protects Birds, New Plant and Frog Species

Powerful Woodpecker by Kevin HeffernanA new nature reserve in central Peru has been established through the efforts of American Bird Conservancy  and Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos - a leading Peruvian conservation group. The new San Marcos Private Conservation Area covers more than 2,400 acres, protecting important high-altitude cloud forests.





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Washington Western Bluebird Reintroduction Effort a Success!

Western Bluebird chicks by Lauren RossA five-year cooperative effort involving several organizations has succeeded in returning the Western Bluebird to Washington’s San Juan Islands. The bird had historically inhabited the islands, but changing land use practices and a paucity of nesting sites meant the species had not nested there for over 40 years.





Read the full story here

5 years ago


First Short-tailed Albatross Born In U.S. Fledges

Short-tailed Albatross chick, USFWSShort-tailed Albatross chick has successfully fledged on an island in the Hawaiian archipelago, marking the first time this endangered species has ever been known to breed successfully outside of Japan.






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Efforts to Save Bird Once Thought Extinct Rewarded by Lowering of Species' Threat Status

Pale-headed Brush Finch by A. SornozaOne of the world’s rarest birds passed a key milestone this year – the Pale-headed Brush-Finch was downlisted from Critically Endangered to Endangered on the IUCN Red List of globally threatened birds after of more than a decade of sustained conservation action.





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Spectacular Rat Rediscovered after 113 Years – First Ever Photographs Taken

Red-Crested Tree Rat  by Lizzie Noble, ProAves www.proaves.orgA unique and mysterious guinea-pig-sized rodent, not seen since 1898 despite several organized searches, bizarrely showed up at  the front door of an ecolodge at a nature reserve in Colombia, South America. The magnificent red-crested tree rat stayed for almost two hours while two research volunteers took the first photos ever of a creature the world thought would never be seen again.


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5 years ago

Massive Six-State Habitat Restoration Project Sees Progress on 130,000 Acres in Year One

Red-headed Woodpecker by Greg Lavaty.


(Washington, D.C., January 12, 2011) Leaders of a massive, six-state, 1.1 million-acre habitat restoration initiative that will potentially benefit a host of rare birds and many species of wildlife say that the project has had an auspicious start with restoration work initiated on about 130,000 acres.


The goal of the project, which focuses on the restoration of native ecosystems such as barrens, glades, and open oak and open pine woodlands, is taking place in Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Illinois. The goal is to return the vegetation in dozens of key locations to a condition approximating its natural state in the hopes that many wildlife species that were once abundant, can again thrive. The initiative is being lead by about a dozen state and federal land-managing agencies and non-governmental organizations associated with the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture (CHJV), a public-private partnership for conservation in the Central Hardwoods Bird Conservation Region (see


“One of the biggest challenges we face is overcoming decades of aggressive fire prevention efforts that, though well intentioned, have resulted in the loss of vital understory shrub and grass/forb communities that were part of the historic landscape,” said Jane Fitzgerald, Project Director for American Bird Conservancy (ABC), one of the leaders in this effort.

“Most of the targeted ecosystems are unfortunately now overgrown by dense stands of trees that diminish the suitability of the environment for native species. Without near-term restoration efforts, such as those now taking place, the seed banks and rootstock that would allow the understory to recover may no longer be viable,” Fitzgerald said.

Restoration work in 2010 included such activities as vegetation thinning and prescribed burns. Those kinds of efforts have already been taking place on more limited acres, but with the help of sophisticated spatial models developed by CHJV staff, can now increase in scale. For example, the scientists are now able to better identify sites most conducive to restoration work and to see where inter-agency partnerships can help to enact habitat work across landscapes at scales capable of sustaining relatively large and healthy populations of target species. While there is reason to expect that the habitat work will continue at a pace similar to that of 2010, local partnerships hope that the synergy they create by working together will help to garner increased resources and capacity in coming years.

Many of the bird species that would benefit from this long-term restoration effort are listed on the U.S. WatchList of birds of conservation concern due to dwindling populations or habitat loss. These include the Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Bachman’s Sparrow, Prairie Warbler, and Blue-winged Warbler—species that need open habitats rather than closed-canopy forests , and that have either disappeared from the target areas or have been greatly diminished from historic levels. In addition to birds, other wildlife that may benefit from the project include: Indiana bat, red bat, eastern gray treefrog, Texas mouse, eastern woodrat, eastern chipmunk, giant swallowtail butterfly, Diana frittalary butterfly, lichen grasshopper, Dusky gopher frog, Northern Cave Crayfish and collared lizard. Threatened and endangered plants that may benefit include Tennessee Coneflower, Tennessee Milk Vetch and Eggert’s Sunflower.

Fitzgerald added that there is also great potential for local economies to benefit directly from the project by receiving contracts to carry out the restoration work.


Why Birds Sing
5 years ago

A rather long video, but well worth watching to the end.

Bird of the Week - 1/6/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
El Oro Parakeet

El Oro Parakeets by Fundación Jocotoco

The El Oro Parakeet was discovered in 1980 and officially described in 1988. It can be found only at the Buenaventura Reserve, established in 1999 by ABC partner Fundación Jocotoco. Although protected in the reserve, this parakeet is still threatened, mainly by deforestation and fragmentation of its habitat for pastureland and timber.

In 2006, Jocotoco installed 39 nest boxes for the parakeets at Buenaventura, which were accepted almost immediately by the birds and have been successful in boosting their population.

Now encompassing 3,700 acres, the Buenaventura Reserve boasts a lodge and trail system where visitors can look for the parakeet, as well as other threatened species, including the Gray-backed Hawk, Ecuadorian Tapaculo, Little Woodstar, and Long-wattled Umbrellabird.

Jocotoco, with the assistance of ABC and other partners, recently acquired an additional 318 acres to expand Buenaventura’s borders; see the press release for more details.

Visit our El Oro Parakeet page to learn more and help support this species.

Interested in visiting Buenaventura?
Check out our
Conservation Birding website!

5 years ago

Kay, apparently only those in the UK can see the BBC-One-Earthflight. Maybe they will open it eventually for others. I hope, hope, hope.

AWWWW.... those Parakeets are awesome! I'm reading back: Predator-proof fence, Restoration habitat (beautiful bird), and that lovely little guinea-pig looking rat!! Hasn't been seen for 113 years!! If he's smart he'll high-tail it back to wherever they've been hiding. He's really cute, actually. I like him.

Lynn, you've done a beautiful job of listing all these birds and so much information about their lives and habitats. It really gives us a look at ones we've never seen before, and just how many are endangered. THE GOOD NEWS: things are being done in so many areas to help restore their habitats before it's too late.

Keep up the good job! I have to go back and listen to the "Why Birds Sing" video.

5 years ago
Winter wetlands: your Green Shoots photographs

Your December assignment was to capture images of UK's winter wetlands, and here are some of the best, including a stunning kingfisher shot and a moody-looking heron

5 years ago

HI Lynn sorry I took so long to get here.  I am admiring all of the beautiful pictures of birds you have posted here.  Stunning!  And a quite handsome rat!  I am glad he didn't go extinct.


Kay beautiful wetland birds! 


Thank you Kay and Lynn!

A Western Screech Owl in Desperate Need
5 years ago
5 years ago

Oh Lynn this poor baby!  I am so glad they took him to the bird rescue!  Poor thing.  Thank God he was treated right away!


I am going to put this on my bird blog!


Love and big hugs.



5 years ago

I'm glad that you're spreading the news, Barb. I bless the people who took such good care of him and brought him back to good health!

5 years ago

Endangered Species Act Success: Wood Stork Recovering

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Chalk up another success story to the Endangered Species Act. The wood stork in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina has rebounded from 5,000 nesting pairs in the late 1970s to 12,000 today. It looks like this beautiful white-and-black bird -- which grows up to four feet tall -- is on its way to meeting recovery goals by 2017 (the date set out in its recovery plan). That's why the Center for Biological Diversity is supporting changing the status of this once-rare bird from "endangered" to "threatened."

The Endangered Species Act has an unparalleled record of recovering species like the wood stork. The Act's protections have ensured that 99 percent of protected species have avoided extinction; a recent Center study of all threatened and endangered species in Northeast states found that 93 percent were on a recovery trend and 83 percent were recovering on time for their recovery plans.
Get more on the wood stork’s comeback from and check out our press release

5 years ago
Audubon Advisory
January 12, 2012
Vol 2012 Issue 1
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Roseate Spoonbill | Credit: Rebecca Field Roseate Spoonbills need a healthy Gulf. Our Next, Best Chance to Pass the RESTORE Act for the Gulf of Mexico
The RESTORE Act has been praised for its bipartisan support and commitment to restoring the environment and economies of the Gulf damaged by the BP oil disaster. Congress must act to ensure the fines owed by BP and other responsible parties are used for restoring the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem for the people and wildlife that live there.  Read more.Western Meadowlark | Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth/FWS The Farm Bill preserves habitat for Western Meadowlarks and other grassland birds.   The 2012 Congress: A Look Ahead
In addition to our number priority to pass the RESTORE Act, two big bills with big ramifications for the environment—the Farm Bill, which is the single, largest source of conservation funding, and the Water Resources Development Act, which is instrumental in restoring large ecosystems, are also slated for action. Read more. Arctic Tern | Credit: jomilo75/Flickr Creative Commons The Ivory Gull, an Arctic-dependent species, spends its life on and around the sea ice. It feeds in open water and on the remains of marine mammals killed by polar bears and other predators.  Dangerous Offshore Drilling Proposed in the Arctic Ocean
The federal government recently released a new proposed Five-Year Program (2012-2017) for offshore oil and gas leasing that could open up pristine new areas in the Arctic Ocean offshore of Alaska to oil drilling. If we've learned anything from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, it's how unprepared the oil industry is to respond to a major oil spill. This is especially true in the Arctic Ocean. Read more. <IMG border=1 alt="Red-co
5 years ago

HI Lynn thank you for posting these beautiful birds!  I will keep praying for their recovery and for humans to respect them.

Bird of the Week - 1/13/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Bahama Swallow

Bahama Swallow by Alex Paul


Various folk traditions consider swallows to be good-luck bringers, so this Friday the 13th, we feature a swallow that needs a share of good luck (and good conservation) itself!

The Bahama Swallow is a medium-sized, trim-looking swallow with iridescent green upper parts, deep blue wings and tail, and white under parts. It closely resembles the Tree Swallow, but can be distinguished by its deeply forked tail. The species is rapidly disappearing throughout its range, and little is understood about its natural history.

Key threats to this bird include the loss of its preferred pine woodland habitat to development and logging, invasive House Sparrows and European Starlings, which co-opt suitable nesting cavities, and severe weather.

The Bahama Swallow would benefit from further surveys of suitable breeding habitat, plus assessment of its winter distribution and habitat requirements.

Natural nest sites should be maintained through a pine snag management program, and the success of nest box usage should be assessed. Perhaps most importantly, the remaining forest in the Bahamas should be protected.

Help ABC conserve this and other birds and their habitats!

5 years ago

I'm so happy that little owl was found, when so many probably aren't found. What a beautiful display of birds, Lynn. Thanks so much for doing this wonderful thread.

Just when there are sad situations, you post a happy one where some habitat is being saved for the beautiful birds and other animals who call it home!


5 years ago
Round 1 in the New Sage-Grouse Planning Process

Greater Sage Grouse photo credit Robert Lewis
photo credit: Robert Lewis
 Greater sage-grouse are striking and charismatic birds that derive their name, food and shelter from the sagebrush on which they depend.


The BLM comment period on this first comment phase closes February 7th.

The Bureau of Land Management’s conservation strategy for greater sage-grouse just doesn’t go far enough!

After years of haranguing the agency, the BLM has finally agreed to develop a strategy to conserve sage-grouse. Unfortunately, the agency’s announced proposal is still inadequate to recover the species.

Speak out for sage-grouse and tell the BLM it must do more to protect this icon of the Sagebrush Sea.

The BLM hopes to prevent sage-grouse from becoming listed under the Endangered Species Act by adopting new measures to conserve the species. But the agency may avoid addressing some of the most important threats to the grouse, such as livestock grazing, and has refused to involve other key federal agencies and departments in the planning process.

In addition to addressing failed management policies of the past, the planning process presents an important opportunity to chart a new course for preserving sagebrush steppe. WildEarth Guardians is urging BLM to develop a management plan that designates a system of sagebrush reserves in the West, protects a suite of Sagebrush Sea species, and authorizes voluntary grazing permit retirement across the landscape.

Please join us to support a multi-agency, rangewide, comprehensive conservation plan for sage-grouse and their habitat. Send your email today to the BLM before this comment period closes on February 7th.

The BLM has only just begun this massive planning effort, which will take three years to finish. We will keep you posted as the process proceeds. Hold on tight — this is going to be an interesting ride.

For the Sage-Grouse,

Mark Salvo Photo

Mark Salvo
Wildlife Program Director
WildEarth Guardians

5 years ago

Lynn I signed petition to save sage=grouse.


They are so beautiful and deserve to live as much as humans do. 

5 years ago

Sisters and brothers.  You have to watch this video.  "My Life as a Turkey"


It is amazing.

Bird of the Week - 1/20/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan by Alan Wilson


The majestic Trumpeter Swan has a wingspan of up to eight feet and can reach 35 pounds - it is one of the heaviest flying birds in the world. This swan once bred widely across North Ame
rica, but by the early 20th Century had experienced severe population declines due to habitat loss and market hunting for feathers and meat.

The Trumpeter is particularly sensitive to human disturbance and pollution, and does best in clean, quiet waters where there are abundant invertebrates and aquatic plants available for food.  It matures late, not nesting until 4-5 years of age, at which time birds form life-long pair bonds.

Threats to the Trumpeter Swan include lead poisoning and loss of wintering habitat.  Release of captive-bred swans has resulted in some non-migratory populations, which places a strain on habitat resources when resident birds are joined by flocks of overwintering swans in some areas. Overcrowding also creates the potential for outbreaks of avian disease, and can make birds vulnerable to a single catastrophic event, such as a bad storm.

The Trumpeter Swan has responded well to conservation measures that include a ban on lead for waterfowl hunting in 1991, and its population has increased to over 35,000 adults. Continuing conservation measures for the species should include protection and restoration of freshwater wetlands.

Help ABC conserve this and other birds and their habitats!

Please forward this email to a friend and tell them they can sign up for BirdWire here

 Photo by Alan Wilson; Range Map, NatureServe
5 years ago

Lynn thank you for posting this beautiful swan!

5 years ago

ABC's News Highlights of January 2012


ABC Calls on Interior and Agriculture to Curb Bird Deaths From Mining Claim Markers

Mining claim marker and cap by Christy KlingerAmerican Bird Conservancy called on the federal government last month to take action to eliminate the massive avian mortality threat posed by the continued use of uncapped metal or PVC mining claim marker pipes on public lands in the West.














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Endangered Albatross Produces a Chick on U.S. Soil for Second Time in History


Short-tailed Albatross and chick; USFWSFor the second time ever recorded, an endangered Short-tailed Albatross has nested in the United States and produced a chick. The recent discovery of the nest and chick on Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands follows the fledging of the first U.S.-born chick last year at the same site by the same parents.







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Birds to Benefit from Snake Ban

ABC's News Highlights of January 2012
5 years ago



Two New Studies Find Winning Conservation Formula in Peru


Marvelous Spatultail by Dubi ShapiroA new study published in the journal Ecological Economics has found that, contrary to some critical earlier studies, community conservation programs, when done properly, can produce demonstrable changes in local community behavior and lead to improved environmental conservation. A second study has also found that ecotourism in Peru is providing numerous opportunities for the advancement of conservation programs.




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New Gulf of Mexico Shark Study Makes Surprising Discovery

Tiger shark by Albert Kok

Researchers at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama, who have been conducting a two year study focusing on the diets of Tiger Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico, have made a surprising discovery: not only are the sharks feeding on fish and other marine organisms, they are also feeding on land-based birds, such as woodpeckers, tanagers, meadowlarks, catbirds, kingbirds, and swallows.





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Photos:Mining claim marker and blown-off cap by Christy Klinger; Short-tailed Albatross and chick, USFWS; Southern African python by Hannes Steyn; Marvelous Spatultail by Dubi Shapiro; Tiger shark by Albert Kok


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Bird of the Week - 2/3/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Black Rosy-Finch

Black Rosy-Finch by Greg Homel


The Black Rosy-Finch is a medium- to large-sized finch with long wings and tail. Adults are blackish washed with pale rose on the belly, rump, upper- and under-tail coverts, and wings, with a band of gray extending from the eye across the back of the head.

This species forages for insects and seeds on the ground; in winter, they may show up at feeders in large flocks. At night, these finches form communal roosts in caves, mine shafts, or abandoned buildings. Black Rosy-Finches nest on the ground, in cracks or holes in cliffs, on small cliff ledges under overhanging rocks, or under rock piles.

The Black Rosy-Finch nests at some of the highest altitudes of any species in North America. Although its breeding habitat is protected by this remoteness and inaccessibility, it also makes it difficult for researchers to study its habits and monitor its population. This attractive finch’s most serious threat is climate change, which is predicted to reduce alpine habitat.

Help ABC conserve this and other birds and their habitats!

5 years ago

Wow Lynn so many beautiful birds!


I signed the petition to do something about those awful mining claim markers.  I think anything that would hurt birds should be banned!


So many beautiful birds!

5 years ago

Brown Pelicans Need Our Help Get a Gulf Restoration Bill to the Finish Line

Speak Up for brown pelicans in the Gulf»Support our efforts» Alert your friends»

Dear Lynn,

Despite the continued threats to brown pelicans and hundreds more wildlife species in the Gulf, the Senate is stalling on a piece of legislation called the RESTORE Act that will help wildlife recover from the 2010 oil spill.

Without your voice, the RESTORE Act may not make it across the finish line.

Be a voice for the brown pelican--ask your senators to pass legislation that will help restore the Gulf.

Brown pelicans in the Gulf were just starting to nest when the Deepwater Horizon well exploded in April 2010, and in just one day that summer, biologists found 300 oiled pelicans on a single small barrier island.

The full impact of the oil disaster on pelican populations may never be known. Biologists remain concerned about the long-term impacts of the dispersed and submerged oil on the pelican's food chain and nesting grounds.

Scientists are even more concerned about an additional threat--habitat loss. Already, many barrier islands important for pelicans are now home to "noise cannons" designed to scare birds away from the oiled shorelines.

The brown pelican has waited long enough--add your voice in support of restoring the Gulf today!

The best hope for brown pelicans in the Gulf right now is to attach this common-sense language to a must-pass piece of legislation. These next two weeks will be critical for putting pressure on the U.S. Senate to make this happen.

BP and the other oil companies will pay serious fines for their role in the oil spill. However, unless Congress passes legislation directing how these penalties should be spent, the money from these fines may not be used to restore the Gulf.

Help brown pelicans in the Gulf--add your voice in support of legislation to help restore their habitat today.

Thanks for all you do for wildlife!

Sue Brown
Executive Director, NWF Action Fund

5 years ago

done Lynn i was just revisiting all the beautiful birds and my garden is teeming with birds as well have a beautiful day day everyone

Audubon Advisory
5 years ago
Audubon Advisory
February 10, 2012
Viol 2012 Issue 2


snowy owl EPA Takes Aim at Carbon Pollution
New rules from EPA could reduce carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants. The push is on to gather as many comments in support of the new rule as possible. Read more.

Look for this postcard in the March/April issue of Audubon Magazine.  Saltmarsh Sparrow | Patrick Comins/Audubon U.S. Fish and Wildlife Due to Release Wind Guidelines
New guidelines will set a workable standard and expectation of wildlife protection for wind development in the United States, and give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a more meaningful role in the review of wind power projects. Read more.

Saltmarsh Sparrows are imminently threatened from rising sea levels due to global warming. Renewable energy sources, like properly-sited wind power, will reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and slow the impacts of climate change.  least tern and chick goodnewsstar.gifBirds Rebound on Cape Hatteras National Seashore
National Park Service new rules final and work to rein in vehicle use during nesting season — bringing new life back to endangered shorebirds and sea turtles. Read more.

This Least Tern and its chick have a better chance at survival now that its nesting habitat is safe from vehicles. American Golden-Plover | Credit: Milo Burcham Playing Politics with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
How do you make one of the worst surface transportation bills ever even worse? Add in drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for good measure. <A href="
Bird of the Week - 2/10/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Fuertes's Parrot

Fuertes's Parrot by Fundacion ProAves


The beautifully-colored Fuertes's Parrot, also known as the Indigo-winged Parrot, was thought to be extinct for 90 years, but was rediscovered in 2002 by ABC’s Colombian partner, Fundación ProAves. A small population of 60 individuals was found living in fragmented and unprotected high-Andean cloud forests of Quindio Department.

Since then, concerted action has protected the tiny range of the Fuertes’s Parrot. ProAves and other conservation groups have established a series of reserves known collectively as the Threatened Parrot Corridor. Together these reserves cover roughly 19,000 acres of key habitat, and protect approximately 70% of the Fuertes's Parrot population as well as populations of four other species of imperiled parrots: the Yellow-eared Parrot, Rusty-faced Parrot, the Golden-plumed Parakeet, and the Rufous-fronted Parakeet. Check out more about this project here.

A nest box program has been initiated in the reserves and has helped bolster the Fuertes's population significantly.  

We need your help to protect the remaining unprotected habitat in this area.
Support additional conservation for this rare parrot of the Andes!



Bird of the Week - 2/17/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Yellow-billed Loon

Yellow-billed Loon by Luke Seitz


The Yellow-billed Loon is the largest of the world’s five loon species. It can be told from the Common Loon, which it resembles, by its larger yellow or ivory-colored bill. This species has very specific habitat requirements, needing deep, clear, clean bodies of water for successful breeding. Its nest is a small depression in a hummock constructed of mud or peat and lined with grasses, built close to the water’s edge. It feeds largely on fish, but takes some invertebrates and vegetation.

Threats include fishing bycatch, marine pollution coastal oil spills in both its breeding and wintering ranges (as many as 870 Yellow-billed Loons were killed in the Exxon Valdez spill), oil and gas development, rising sea levels caused by climate change, and subsistence harvest by Native Alaskans.

The Yellow-billed Loon was designated a candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act in 2009. Unfortunately, it is still awaiting the attention it requires.

Help ABC conserve this and other birds and their habitats! -



5 years ago

Wow, what a beautiful parrot. I wonder if they would be better off hiding out where they were when people thought they were extinct!

I listened to the "BirdNote" because I just love the sound of Loons. They remind me of relaxing evenings around still waters.

This Loon reminds me of the American Coots. We have a bird sanctuary just down the street where we often walk. There are always a number of American Coots there with their red eyes and we say, "Oh, look, we have some little American visitors." lol

Thanks, Lynn. I pray all these wonderful birds find sanctuary from humans, oil spills, and so many other factors causing them to become extinct. At least there are now protected lands for many of them.


Bird of The Week - 2/24/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Mishana Tyrannulet

Mishana Tyrannulet by Dusan Brinkhuizen



The Mishana Tyrannulet, a type of flycatcher unique to Peru, was only recognized as a species in 2001. It is a small, green bird with a yellow belly, pale eye, and pale lower bill. Its song is a simple series of two to four evenly spaced notes. Its diet includes small arthropods and fruit, especially mistletoe berries; it is frequently found perched at the top of bushes, often at the forest edge.


ABC and partner ProNaturaleza have worked together at the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve to improve management and enhance protection of white-sand forests for the Mishana Tyrannulet, Iquitos Gnatcatcher, Allpahuayo Antbird, and other rare birds. During 2010 and 2011, 2,368 acres of private property within the reserve was purchased for donation to the national government to be managed for conservation.


ABC and ProNaturaleza are also undertaking educational campaigns with local communities, training programs for reserve staff, and bird surveys within the reserve.


The Mishana Tyrannulet is easily seen at Waqanki, a tourist lodge in the Mayo Valley near Moyobamba featured in a recent ABC blog. This is an excellent place to stop between the Tarapoto airport and the Abra Patricia reserve,where ABC has worked with ECOAN to protect over 24,000 acres of cloud forest.

Help ABC conserve this and other birds and their habitats! -



5 years ago
Injured Bald Eagle Rescued By D.C. Metro Train
Injured Bald Eagle Rescued By D.C. Metro Train

D.C.’s metro system may have a few problems with their elevators and escalators, but it does have a warm heart.

On Saturday, a special Metro train rolled down the rails on one of the transit system’s more unusual missions: saving an injured bald eagle.

The bird was spotted a few days earlier inside the fence that lines the Blue Line in Alexandria, Virginia, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

Metro reports that they received a call from the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia (RCV) about the eagle, which RCV had been monitoring for two days after a citizen reported the eagle’s location.

After finding the eagle, Metro Transit Police contacted Alexandria Animal Control and RCV for assistance. Wildlife specialists were dispatched to check out the injured bird, and they determined that the eagle, which apparently had a broken wind, could not fly out on its own.

And the rescue mission swung into action!

From The Washington Post:

Carrying wildlife specialists and transit police, the rescue train headed from King Street to pick up the eagle, about 300 yards outside the Van Dorn Street station, behind the 5300 block of Eisenhower Avenue. Regularly scheduled trains were routed onto single tracks around the site for a time.

The bird was found, stabilized and taken to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia in Falls Church for rehabilitation and eventual release, Metro said.

Making that decision was probably a whole lot more complicated than The Post describes. After all, bald eagles aren’t exactly tame animals, so I’m sure the actual handling of this magnificent creature with its huge talons and sharp peak took plenty of planning.

What this eagle was doing so close to D.C remains a mystery, but thanks to everyone involved in this rescue, including the people who took the time to report it in the first place.

And best wishes for a speedy recovery!


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5 years ago

Hi Lynn thank you for the beautiful eagle article!  I am so happy a special train was sent out to help this injured beauty.  All wild and domestic birds and animals should be treated just as well.


Love and big hugs.

5 years ago

I agree with Barb that this is a great article and happening. He would have died or become prey to another animal without being able to fly. He sure would have put up a good fight, though! I wonder if he or she had a nest somewhere. I hope not.

The bird in that picture is absolutely magnificent! I must go and see if we have any more eggs at the Decorah nest.

Thanks Lynn.

5 years ago

ABC's News Highlights of February 2012


New Window Tape Can Significantly Reduce Bird Collisions at Homes

Applying bird tape by Steve HolmerA new, translucent adhesive tape that tests show can significantly reduce bird collisions with glass windows and doors is now available to the public. The product is being sold by American Bird Conservancy.














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Critical New Protected Area Established in Colombia for Endangered Species


Gold-ringed Tanager by Peter MorrisAmerican Bird Conservancy, World Land Trust, and their Colombian partner Fundación ProAves, have inaugurated a new reserve to protect one of the last strongholds for the endangered Gold-ringed Tanager. Worldwide, the bird is known to inhabit only five locations, all along 150 miles of ridge top on the Pacific slope of the western Andes of Colombia.







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Agency Announces Additional Habitat Protection for Northern Spotted Owl


Northern Spotted Owl by Nick Dunlop, USFWSThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is recommending increased protection for some important old-growth forest in the Pacific Northwest to benefit the threatened Northern Spotted Owl, but at the same time is recommending management standards that could allow logging of owl habitat in forests east of the Cascades.

Bird of the Week - 3/2/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Flammulated Owl

Flammulated Owl by Michael Woodruff

This tiny, sparrow-sized owl (it measures just under seven inches long) is notable for its dark eyes and short, feathered ear tufts.  Flammulated Owls are strictly nocturnal and most active in the hour after sunset and the hour before sunrise.

Interestingly, this owl preys almost entirely on insects, which may explain why it is migratory (one of the few truly migratory owl species in North America). The Flammulated Owl retreats to southern parts of its range, and even as far south as Guatemala and El Salvador in the winter.

Flammulated Owls generally nest in old woodpecker holes or cavities in dead trees (snags), but will use nest boxes where provided. They have one of the lowest reproductive rates of North American owls, which may limit population size. Habitat loss is a potential threat, particularly the loss of nesting cavities due to logging and removal of snags.

ABC has conducted ponderosa pine habitat management  in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho, and leads landowner education and outreach efforts for priority cavity-nesting species such as the Flammulated Owl, Lewis’s Woodpecker, and White-headed Woodpecker.  ABC has also produced Landowners Stories in Bird Conservation: Managing for Cavity-Nesting Birds in Ponderosa Pine Forests, which highlights the work of private landowners to incorporate conservation measures for cavity-nesting birds on their properties. 

5 years ago

"Flammuated" Owl? Not such a cute name, is it. SPARROW SIZED OWL.... aaawwww -- deserves a better name! So cute!

Good to hear of more protected habitats. That's the best news! Thanks Lynn!

Bird of the Week - 3/9/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Junín Rail

Junin Rail by Mike Parr

The tiny, secretive Junín Rail can only be found (if you are very lucky) along the shores of a single lake in Peru. The lake has been recognized by the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) as a site that must be protected to save this species and another, the Junín Grebe.

The Junín Rail is no larger than a sparrow, and with its bright red eyes and cryptically-patterned dark plumage, closely resembles North America’s Black Rail, another declining and difficult-to-find bird.

Unfortunately, Lake Junín has been greatly impacted by the local human population and development; activities including mining, dam-building, and clearing of shoreline vegetation have created pollution and water-level changes and affected habitat for the rail, the grebe and other endemic and endangered species such as the Lake Junín giant frog.

More protection of this highly threatened lake and its wildlife is needed. ABC and Peruvian partner ECOAN are working in the region to develop a conservation program for the lake and surrounding habitat that involves local community members.

The photograph above was taken by ABC’s Mike Parr on a recent trip to Lake Junín where he and other biologists were fortunate to find this extremely secretive bird and take some unusually close-up photos. Read about their encounter with the rail and see more photos!

5 years ago

What a beautiful little bird. I hope they can stay as secretive as possible except where it comes to preserving their habitat. It's nice to know people are working on it!

Thanks, Lynn!

Bird of the Week - 3/16/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
American Woodcock

American Woodcock, USFWS

The plump, long-billed American Woodcock is a shorebird that prefers damp forest clearings, fields, and hedgerows to coastlines. It is most frequently found at dusk, when the males give elaborate and vocal aerial displays. Otherwise, this bird’s cryptic camouflage makes it extremely difficult to detect.


The woodcock’s long bill has a flexible tip specialized for catching earthworms, their main food. Their large eyes are set high on the sides of their heads, an adaptation that allows the birds to spot potential danger from all directions as they feed.


Breeding Bird and Singing Ground Surveys indicate that woodcock populations have declining at an annual rate of 1% over the last three decades. This decline is likely due to changes in land use, including the draining of bottomland hardwood and swampy areas, and a decrease in the amount of young forests and other early successional habitats that the birds rely upon.


The American Woodcock is one of the few shorebirds still regularly hunted, but annual harvest has no measurable impact on the population. A more significant threat is lead poisoning from spent shot. Since American Woodcock are nocturnal migrants, they are often killed by collisions with communications towers, glass windows, and other man-made structures.

Projects to improve habitat for the Golden-winged Warbler, a WatchList species, also benefit the American Woodcock. The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture has been working to conserve young forest habitat, and recently announced a new initiative that will have a positive impact on both species.





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5 years ago

Wow, he sure does have good camouflage! What a cutey. They are hunted? Like pheasant? Aw, man, that's too bad.

Thanks, Lynn. You always post about such interesting little birds, most of which I've never seen or heard of before.

5 years ago

Lynn thanks for posting all of these beautiful birds!


Pretty little Junin Rail.  And the American Woodcock blends in nicely with the grass.

Freedom and Jeff - Part 1
5 years ago

This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control.....

Not many people get a picture of this proud bird 
snuggled up next to them!
Story follows picture.

Freedom and Jeff 
Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. 
She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings.
Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery,
It was broken in 4 places.
She's my baby.

When Freedom came in she could not stand 
and both wings were broken. She was 
emaciated and covered in lice. We made the 
decision to give her a chance at life, so I took 
her to the vet's office. From then 
on, I was always around her. We had her in a 
huge dog carrier with the top off, and it 
was loaded up with shredded newspaper for her to 
lay in. I used to sit and talk to her, 
urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay 
there looking at me with those big brown eyes. 
We also had to tube feed her for weeks.

This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still 
couldn't stand. It got to the point where the 
decision was made to euthanize her 
if she couldn't stand in a week. You know you don't 
want to cross that line between torture and 
rehab, and it looked like death was 
winning. She was going to be put 
down that Friday, and I was supposed to come in 
on that Thursday afternoon. I didn't want to go 
to the center that Thursday, because I couldn't 
bear the thought of her being euthanized; 
but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone 
was grinning from ear to ear. I went 
immediately back to her cage; and there she was, 
standing on her own, a big beautiful 
eagle. She was ready to live. I was 
just about in tears by then. That 
was a very good day. 

We knew she could never fly, so the director 
asked me to glove train her.
I got her used to the glove,
and then to jesses, and we started
doing education programs for schools
in western Washington . 
We wound up in the newspapers, 
radio (believe it or not) and some 
TV. Miracle Pets even did a show 
about us.

Freedom and Jeff - Part 2
5 years ago

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. This happened time and time again.

Fast forward to November 2000

The day after Thanksgiving, I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, then my last option was a stem cell transplant. Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back Monday for the results. I went in Monday, and I was told that all the cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, and we went out front to the top of the hill. I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me to where I could feel them pressing in on my back (I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don't know how long . That was a 
magic moment. We have been soul mates ever since she came in. This is a very special bird.

On a side note: I have had people who were sick come up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. I once had a guy who was 
terminal come up to us andI let him hold her. His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that..

I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom.

5 years ago

Gee I'm not far behind you in the room tonight, Lynn. I read the whole wonderful story above and it brought me to tears with a smile on my face. I'm sure you've had that same feeling when you are somewhere between sadness and overwhelming happiness.

I heard about Freedom and this man some time ago but this was like reading a new story. I have no doubt in my mind about the spiritual connection between this bird and this man. There are times when human words to an animal mean nothing, but the spirit talks.

Thank you so much for posting this magnificent story. It should be read by anyone who may feel 'down' about their life or wants to give up when tired or sick of the way the world looks to them. There are so many horrible and bad things happening in the world, but WOW... there are some mighty powerful GOOD things happening as well. We just don't hear about them as much.

CHEERS TO JEFF AND FREEDOM! He is an Eagle Whisperer.


Bird of the Week - 4/6/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Yellow-eared Parrot

Yellow-eared Parrot by Fundacion ProAves


This colorful, green and yellow parrot was believed to be extinct until April 1999, when a group of researchers, sponsored by Fundación Loro Parque and ABC, discovered a small population of just 81 individuals in the Colombian Andes.  Fundación ProAves, which was formed as a result of this discovery, has been working on recovering the species ever since.

The Yellow-eared Parrot has suffered greatly from habitat loss and fragmentation – over 90% of montane forests in Colombia have been cleared for agriculture or settlement, and Quindio wax palms, on which the parrot depends, have been decimated by logging and disease. Wax palms were also being unsustainably exploited for use in Palm Sunday celebrations within the parrot’s range.

Conservation efforts have centered on saving this parrot’s habitat and educating local people. Thanks to a national TV and radio outreach campaign, religious demand for wax palm fronds has shifted in favor of a non-threatened, non-native palm, which has allowed the Quindío palm to recover.  ProAves has also erected numerous nest boxes to supplement the natural tree cavities where Yellow-eared Parrots normally nest, which has helped its recovery.

The Yellow-eared Parrot population has now climbed to more than 1,000 individuals, and the species was recently downlisted from Critically Endangered to Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.




Learn more about the Yellow-eared Parrot and help us conserve it!
American Bird Conservatory Poll
5 years ago

We’d like to ask for your help with a short, anonymous poll on species extinctions. Can you us give two minutes of your time to take the three-question, multiple choice poll, and help us in our efforts to understand general perceptions of the environmental problems facing the planet today?

Please click
here to participate now. Please also pass this on to any friends or colleagues you think might like to participate.

Thanks very much!

Michael J. Parr
Vice President, American Bird Conservancy
Chairman, Alliance for Zero Extinction

5 years ago

Hi sis -- I'm right behind you! I did the poll. Answers people did on poll are interesting but we don't know if they're factual -- or did I read it wrong. Thanks, as always, for posting this and so many interesting birds!

5 years ago

Audubon Advisory
April 12, 2012
Vol 2012 Issue 4

Bald Eagle | Photo: George Gentry/USFWS New Federal Guidelines a Step Forward for Bird-Friendly Wind Development
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released unprecedented federal wind guidelines intended to improve siting of wind development across the country and reduce impacts on birds and other wildlife. Read more.

New wind siting guidelines will allow for responsible wind development while protecting birds and other wildlife, like the iconic Bald Eagle.  Brown Pelican trio | Photo courtesy of Christina Evans The damage from the oil spill happened in the Gulf, and Congress should ensure that the oil spill fines go back to the Gulf. RESTORE Act Awaits Final Action on Transportation Bill
Last month, we reported that the Senate passed its version of the RESTORE Act by an overwhelming bipartisan margin. The RESTORE Act ensures that 80 percent of the penalties that will have to be paid by BP and others responsible for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster will be used for Gulf Coast restoration, instead of unrelated federal spending. Now both the House and Senate must agree on a final version of the bill. Read more.
 Snowy Owl in Flight EPA Cuts Industrial Carbon Pollution
For first time ever, the Environmental Protection Agency has moved to cut industrial carbon emissions from a major source&mdashower plants—taking a critical step toward removing dirty coal from our nation's power supply. Read more.

Reducing carbon pollution will help protect the birds that are the most vulnerable to climate change, like this Snowy Owl.

5 years ago

Hey, some GOOD NEWS for a change! Really nice to see some real action taking place. Thanks Lynn.

Bird of the Week - 4/13/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Red-cockaded Woodpecker by Martjan Lammertink

The small, mainly black and white Red-cockaded Woodpecker is associated with mature southern pine forests. The male has a small red mark (cockade) on the side of its nape. This species, one of the few endemic to the continental United States, was originally found throughout the southeast, but is now limited to isolated populations, the largest in South Carolina and Florida.

This species requires open pine forests with large, old trees for nesting, a habitat normally maintained by periodic natural burns. Decades of fire suppression and removal of large trees by European settlers destroyed much suitable habitat and brought populations of Red-cockaded Woodpecker dangerously close to extinction.  The species was listed as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 1970.

Unlike most woodpeckers, which nest in dead wood, this woodpecker excavates its nest cavity only in living pines that are at least 70 years old and affected with red heart disease. This fungus softens the wood and allows the bird to dig out a cavity. The live pine then "bleeds" pitch around the nest hole, which helps keep tree-climbing snakes away from the nest.

The Red-cockaded Woodpecker is a cooperative breeder, living in small family groups composed of one breeding pair and several helpers that assist in raising young. The entire family often forages as a group, moving together from tree to tree.

On public lands, managers now set controlled fires to mimic the natural burns which maintain suitable habitat for this woodpecker.  Maintaining older trees in the landscape, along with building artificial nest cavities and translocation programs, have also helped boost populations and establish new colonies. These conservation measures have helped stabilize and increase populations.





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Bird of the Week - 4/20/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Masked Antpitta

Masked Antpitta by Oswaldo Maillard


A shy antpitta hops around in the dense understory of a riverside forest along the Beni River in the Amazon Basin of northern Bolivia. Perched on a vine on its long, pinkish legs, it sings out to advertise its presence.  Although it behaves much like other antpittas, this bird, the Masked Antpitta, is found only in a tiny area, and is vulnerable to extinction.


Asociación Armonía, ABC’s partner in Bolivia, recently completed a study of this little-known species, conducting population surveys and documenting the first nests.

Although the full results of this work are not yet published, it suggests that current population estimates and threat status are a bit too optimistic. Instead of being classified as Vulnerable, with populations exceeding 2,500 individuals, Armonía estimates a smaller population between 500 and 1,000 individuals with a smaller range, and suggests that the Masked Antpitta be reclassified by IUCN as Endangered.

This study will help focus future efforts on creating a protected area for the Masked Antpitta, which currently lacks any habitat protection.





5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler by Greg Lavaty

This beautiful warbler looks like a bit of spring sunlight with its bright golden-yellow head and breast set off by trim blue-gray wings. The name "Prothonotary" refers to clerks in the Roman Catholic Church, whose robes were bright yellow. Another folk name for this bird is “Golden Swamp Warbler”.


Unlike most warblers, the Prothonotary nests in low tree cavities, and will also use nest boxes. It feeds primarily on aquatic insects, but will also take spiders, seeds, and snails. Its melodious song is a series of loud, ringing “zweet” notes.

Populations of the Prothonotary Warbler fell sharply by the early 1900s due to the wholesale logging of bottomland hardwood forests. Other threats include competition for nest holes by more aggressive species such as the House Wren, brood parasitism by Brown-headed Cowbirds, and flooding. Destruction of mangroves on its wintering grounds also poses a significant threat.


Today, populations in remaining habitat seem to be stable and may actually be increasing, due in part to the provision of nest boxes. However, prevention of further destruction of mangrove forest and restoration of forested wetlands are still needed to keep this lovely bird returning each spring.





5 years ago

Animal Rescue Corps. News 

Cleo, an African Grey parrot, was one of the more than 100 birds rescued last year during ARC's Portland, TN bird mill rescue - Operation Free Bird. Cleo's fragile body had been through so much and he almost didn't make it, but he had a will to live and responded well to emergency care. Cleo was adopted by ARC field volunteer Kayce Hackett who rehabilitated and lovingly cares for this very lucky bird. Here is Kayce's account of the story and her update on her new best friend:

Cleo Before & AfterCleo receives emergency care.                                Cleo 6 mos. later, much improved!

"In August 2011, ARC rescued 116 birds from deplorable living conditions in Portland, TN. A small, starved African Grey collapsed in the hands of the on-scene vet as she removed him from his cage. She rushed him to the medical van and began giving him fluids. After 6 months, I am now pleased to say that he is doing very well. I spent almost 2 weeks hand feeding him. He weighed only 321g, his keel bone protruded out, and he was unsociable. Now he is a healthy 486g with no protruding keel bone and loves being out of his cage and held. The first phrase out of his mouth was "Whatcha doing?" I would reply, "I'm going to feed you!" He would reply, "Nooo". Cleo loves chewing boxes and the bark off of his perching. It did take a little time for him to get used to a clean cage and toys but now he enjoys both. Every night, around the same time, he will begin to have multiple conversations with himself and it is too funny. His favorite words are "kitty, kitty, kitty", "whatcha doing", "hello", and making fire truck noises. Right now he is learning to distinguish the difference between sounds that cats make verses the sounds that dogs make and he is getting very good at it. He enjoys watching our poodle, who sits at the bottom of his cage waiting for him to come down. He is a great addition to the family and we enjoy listening to him and socializing with him. I would like to thank ARC and the veterinarians for their support, dedication, and compassion towards these loving animals.

5 years ago

African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus)

Photo by Michael Gwyther-Jones

African grey parrots have an uncanny ability to mimic speech. They grow to be up to 13 inches in length, and are Africa’s largest parrot. Their plumage can be various colors of grey, usually slightly darker on the wings and back, with a dramatic crimson tail. Like most parrots, the African grey has a hooked beak that is incredibly strong. While few facts are known about wild African grey parrot courtship, it is known that they are monogamous. The average clutch, or number of eggs laid in one nest, for the African grey is two to four eggs. The female incubates them alone, while her mate brings her food. After they hatch, both the male and female tend to the chicks.

5 years ago

What beautiful little birds, Lynn, and that's a wonderful story about CLEO... it must make the family laugh a lot to hear the things he says!

Aren't our lives enhanced to the fullest by birds? Think about what it would be like to be outside and not hear any birds. I have been in my backyard and noticed when everything had gone quiet (no bird sounds) and it's a very strange feeling. I usually look upwards to check out the sky because we get eagles circling around here all the time. There are a few nests not too far away.

As always, thanks Lynn!  

5 years ago

More than 20,000 birds have already died in the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge (located on the Oregon-California border) as water levels reach dangerously low levels. The Refuge is widely considered the most important habitat for migratory waterfowl in the Lower 48, and yet the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has failed to provide adequate water to support the millions of birds arriving for spring migration. With more than two million birds forced to bunch together in the remaining wetlands, an outbreak of avian cholera has caused the massive die-off.

Take Action Please send an email to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Ask him to direct the Bureau to send more water to the Refuge to avert a major disaster for birds.

The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is a national treasure. It was the nation's first waterfowl refuge when it was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt. And its importance has never waned. Approximately 40 percent of the migratory waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway depend on this Refuge during spring and fall migrations. It hosts the largest concentration of wintering Bald Eagles south of Canada and harbors more than 80 species that are listed as sensitive, threatened or endangered.

Take ActionWe need to demonstrate overwhelming public support for helping the millions of birds that depend on a healthy Klamath Basin. Please send your email today.

David Yarnold

David Yarnold
President & CEO

Bird of the Week - 5/4/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Pale-headed Brush Finch

Pale-headed Brush Finch by Dusan Brinkhuizen

This large predominantly brown finch with a creamy white breast and crown stripe is notable for its extreme rarity. Once considered extinct, the Pale-headed Brush Finch was recently downlisted from Critically Endangered to Endangered after more than a decade of sustained conservation action by Fundación Jocotoco, American Bird Conservancy, and other partners.

The bird is listed as an Alliance for Zero Extinction species due to its highly threatened status and the fact that it can be found at only one site on Earth — in and around the 370-acre Yunguilla Reserve.

Several ongoing threats to this species require continuous vigilance, including nest parasitism by Shiny Cowbirds, and habitat-destroying fires. Discussions are underway to create a second reserve for this brush-finch and translocate several breeding pairs to establish a separate population, which would provide a buffer against these threats.

View a video of the Pale-headed Brush Finch!

5 years ago



Audubon Advisory
May 11, 2012
Vol 2012 Issue 5
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Pectoral Sandpiper | Gerrit Vyn/Macaulay Library at Cornell Lab Help Protect Special Areas of the Western Arctic
Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to help safeguard extraordinary areas, which provide critical habitat for millions of migratory birds that nest and rear their young there each summer, in an immense and spectacular Arctic ecosystem. Read more.

Pectoral Sandpipers are one of the many shorebirds that nest in the wetlands of the Western Arctic.  Roseate Spoonbill | Credit: Rebecca Field Another Step Toward Gulf Restoration
A "conference committee" made up of Members of Congress from both the House and Senate has started work on final legislation that includes the RESTORE Act, a bill that would make a historic conservation investment—as much as $20 billion with no cost to taxpayers—in restoring America's Gulf Coast. Read more.

Roseate Spoonbills need a healthy Gulf ecosystem—the damage from the oil spill happened in the Gulf, and Congress should ensure that the oil spill fines go back to the Gulf. Bald Eagle in Flight Audubon Weighs In to Protect Eagles from Wind Energy Impacts
We are working to ensure that new rules to be released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will protect Bald and Golden Eagles in places where wind facilities have the potential to disturb or harm them. Read more. 

Audubon Advisory
May 11, 2012


Bird of the Week - 5/11/12
5 years ago

Bird of the Week
Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting by Owen Deutsch


The adult male Painted Bunting is one of the most colorful of all U.S.-breeding birds, with a deep blue head, red underparts and rump, and lime-green back.  In Louisiana it is also called nonpareil,  French for “without equal“ - a fitting term for this gorgeous bird.  The female is a cryptic yellowish-green; first-year males also sport this more subtle plumage.

Its diet consists mostly of seeds and insects, gleaned as the birds forage on the ground or in low brush. Males defend territory by singing from a high perch, often hidden among the uppermost foliage of a tree. Despite their brilliant colors, they can be hard to spot among the leaves!

Breeding Bird Survey data from 1966-2000 show an annual decline of 2.7% across its North American range. Loss and degradation of breeding and migrant stopover habitat are probably the biggest factors. It is a popular cage bird in some countries, and is heavily trapped for that purpose on its wintering grounds, particularly in Mexico, in some places causing its disappearance. The Painted Bunting is also vulnerable to cowbird parasitism.

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