Birds in the News

Hold Onto Your Bins: Another Blizzard of Snowy Owls Could Be Coming

Hold Onto Your Bins: Another Blizzard of Snowy Owls Could Be Coming

— Will this winter bring an irruption of the Arctic raptors to the continental U.S.? A few clues from up north have Project SNOWstorm predicting yes.
Birders Drop Everything to Behold Rare Corn Crake That Turned Up in New York

Birders Drop Everything to Behold Rare Corn Crake That Turned Up in New York

— For two days, scopes lined a Long Island parkway as birders delighted in the European visitor, which traveled even farther than its audience.
John Oliver Hits the Roseate Spoonbill Where It Hurts

John Oliver Hits the Roseate Spoonbill Where It Hurts

— This Sunday on his show, the comedian said the spoonbill looks like a flamingo that got its "stupid bird face stuck into a panini press." Ouch. Learn about the bizarre but beautiful bird here.
The Story of Harvey, a Cooper’s Hawk Rescued in Houston During the Hurricane

The Story of Harvey, a Cooper’s Hawk Rescued in Houston During the Hurricane

— After seeking shelter in a taxicab, the bird was eventually taken in by a Houston wildlife rehab center preparing for an influx of injured animals.
Honeyeaters Steal Fur from Sleeping Koalas for Their Nests

Honeyeaters Steal Fur from Sleeping Koalas for Their Nests

— Even more surprising: the snoozing marsupials don't seem to mind.
How Much Should Major Polluters Pay? A DuPont Settlement Provides a Model

How Much Should Major Polluters Pay? A DuPont Settlement Provides a Model

— A biologist traced mercury from a company spill to contamination in songbirds, and devised a new way to hold polluters financially accountable.
After Dozens of Duck Deaths, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Gets Drained

After Dozens of Duck Deaths, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Gets Drained

— The National Park Service began emptying the parasite-ridden pool for a thorough cleaning on Sunday.
Proposed Budget Cuts Signal First Attack on Current Sage-Grouse Protection Plan

Proposed Budget Cuts Signal First Attack on Current Sage-Grouse Protection Plan

— Sweeping land-use plans kept the Greater Sage-Grouse off the endangered species list. What happens if the Trump administration rolls them back?
Meet Old Man Plover, the Pride of the Great Lakes

Meet Old Man Plover, the Pride of the Great Lakes

— He’s had a long life and dozens of chicks. But most importantly, he’s a symbol of prosperity for a rebounding species and region.
This Tiny Hospital Helps Injured Birds Survive the Commotion of New York City

This Tiny Hospital Helps Injured Birds Survive the Commotion of New York City

— The Wild Bird Fund tends to thousands of birds with help from committed rehabbers and curious rescuers. Meet some of the patients in recovery.