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    Emerald Green Hummingbird Deemed ‘Lost to Science’ Reemerges in Colombia

    Emerald Green Hummingbird Deemed ‘Lost to Science’ Reemerges in Colombia

    By Liz Kimbrough In the mountains of Colombia, an experienced bird-watcher saw an iridescent flash of blue and green. “A hummingbird caught my attention. I got out my binoculars and was shocked to see that it was a Santa Marta sabrewing,” Yurgen Vega said. “This sighting was a complete surprise, but a very welcome one.” […]

    A Visit to a Remote Maine Island Finds Puffins and Terns Are Having a Good Year Despite Climate Change

    A Visit to a Remote Maine Island Finds Puffins and Terns Are Having a Good Year Despite Climate Change

    By Derrick Z. Jackson The title of supervisory wildlife biologist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service does little justice to Linda Welch (pictured above). In practice, she is the housing and unusual development secretary for seabirds on Maine’s Petit Manan Island. This was clear as she led me to nesting areas there for Atlantic puffins. Over […]

    Birdwatchers Flock to Alaska, Bringing Millions in Revenue and Incentives for Habitat Conservation

    Birdwatchers Flock to Alaska, Bringing Millions in Revenue and Incentives for Habitat Conservation

    The popular pastime of birdwatching has many healthy benefits for people and the planet, including immersion in nature — which has been shown to be beneficial for mental health — breathing fresh air, exercise, exposure to natural vitamin D, socializing and building togetherness through birdwatching communities and increased appreciation for nature. There were approximately 15.23 […]

    More Than 100 Australian Birds Die in Suspected Poisoning

    More Than 100 Australian Birds Die in Suspected Poisoning

    When Kirsty Ramadan of the Bohollow Wildlife Shelter was called out to Barmah, near the border of Victoria and New South Wales in Australia, to help a sick bird, she was confronted with much more than she bargained for.  The report she heeded told her that there were five dead birds near the ailing long-billed […]

    Banned DDT and PCBs Still Threaten Critically Endangered California Condors

    Banned DDT and PCBs Still Threaten Critically Endangered California Condors

    Despite being banned since the 1970s, DDT and PCBs are still affecting wildlife today, particularly the California condor, a critically endangered species. The condors feed on dead marine life along the California coast that often contain higher amounts of contaminants compared to marine life elsewhere. Scientists at San Diego State University (SDSU) and San Diego […]

    California Condors Return to Northern Redwoods After a 100-Year Absence

    California Condors Return to Northern Redwoods After a 100-Year Absence

    For the first time in more than a century, endangered California condors soared over the redwood forests along the state’s northern coast.  The two birds, both males, were released from a pen in Redwood National Park on Tuesday morning, AP News reported.   “That was just as exciting as I thought it was going to be,” […]