Understanding Humans to Conserve Birds

Increasingly, there have been calls within the bird conservation community to integrate human dimensions (HD) research into conservation efforts to improve outcomes. However, you may be asking yourself, what exactly is human dimensions and why should bird conservation professionals care about it? To start, human dimensions is a field of study that applies the social [...]

By Ashley Gramza, National Bird Conservation Social Science Coordinator· November 21st, 2017·Categories: All Bird Bulletin·Tags: , ·

We Need a Field Guide to Birders

Birders represent a large segment of non-consumptive wildlife viewers in the U.S. and elsewhere. According to a 2011 study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 46 million Americans participate in birdwatching either around or away from the home. Governmental agencies and various birding and bird conservation groups are collaborating through NABCI and [...]

By Jody Enck, Sister Bird Club Network· August 10th, 2017·Categories: All Bird Bulletin·Tags: ·

Conserving Mexican Wetlands for North American Waterfowl

I remember the first time I looked out on the Celestun Estuary in 1984. I was amazed at the line of migratory waterfowl running from the Celestun bridge to the end of the estuary, around eight miles. There were nine different species of waterfowl at that time. But things have changed. Human activities, including increasing [...]

By Eduardo Carrera, CEO of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico· July 19th, 2017·Categories: All Bird Bulletin·Tags: ·

Celebrating Migration to Help Birds Along the Way

I saw the long, yellow-legged bird feeding in the mudflats during a recent work trip. There, Environment for the Americas, fondly known as EFTA, was training interns who would conduct shorebird surveys along the Pacific coast during migration. Our goals were to get them ready for fieldwork and to teach them how to communicate with [...]

By Susan Bonfield, Environment for the Americas· July 5th, 2017·Categories: All Bird Bulletin·Tags: , ·

It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s Collaborative Conservation!

What do you do when albatrosses and planes are flying in the same airspace at a naval range? You may say, “Great Scott! Population control!” Laysan Albatrosses have been at risk on the island of Kauai since the early 1900’s due to human impacts and animal predation. However, innovative collaborations with non-traditional conservation partners have simultaneously [...]

By Juliette Fernandez, Refuge Supervisor for Arizona and New Mexico, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service· June 15th, 2017·Categories: All Bird Bulletin·Tags: ·

Land Trusts can Help Birds, Birds can Benefit Land Trusts

I grew up in a part of Ohio where rural vistas and pastoral landscapes were common. As I left for college, developers began slowly buying up large estates and suburban sprawl was creeping into the allure of the rolling pastures and wooded hillsides. The Chagrin River Land Conservancy, now the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and [...]

By Sara Barker, Land Trust Initiative Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology· May 31st, 2017·Categories: All Bird Bulletin·Tags: , ·

A Place to Call Home

By Justin Fritscher and Amy Robertson, Natural Resources Conservation Service One of the continent’s rarest birds, the whooping crane, has found refuge not in some untouched reserve but right in the middle of farms. Rice and crawfish farmers in southwestern Louisiana are providing much-needed shallow water wetlands for the bird by simply putting water on [...]

By By Justin Fritscher and Amy Robertson, Natural Resources Conservation Service· May 16th, 2017·Categories: All Bird Bulletin·

New Nature Preserve Conserves Premier Raptor Migration Corridor while Providing Greater Recreational Access

By Joshua Parrish, Director of Working Woodlands for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania I have participated in several land deals during my eleven-year career protecting wildlife habitat for The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania Chapter. However, our most recent project—the acquisition of 353 acres on Cove Mountain, located within minutes of the state capitol in Harrisburg—carries sentimental value [...]

By · April 27th, 2017·Categories: All Bird Bulletin·

Migratory Bird Centennial Celebration as Springboard for Next Hundred Years of Bird Conservation

In 2016, we celebrated a big year for bird conservation with the Centennial of the first Migratory Bird Treaty. The first Migratory Bird Treaty – signed by the United States and Canada at a time when no regulations existed to protect our shared migratory bird species – laid the foundation for many important conservation efforts. [...]

By Jerome Ford, Assistant Director of Migratory Bird Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service· April 13th, 2017·Categories: All Bird Bulletin·

The Relevance of National Bird Conservation Policy

When I was eight, I wrote a poem to our city's mayor. I have no idea why I did this, but lo and behold, the mayor wrote back and invited me to visit. We took a tour of City Hall, I sat with him at his desk, and we even went for a ride in his [...]

By Judith Scarl, U.S. NABCI Coordinator· March 30th, 2017·Categories: All Bird Bulletin·