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Varied Thrush numbers have decreased significantly over the last 40 years due to habitat loss in the mature and old-growth forests where they nest. In urban areas, window collisions and free-roaming cats can be significant sources of mortality too. abcbirds.org/bird/Varied-Th…
Learn more about the threat of pesticides to birds and ways to take action today—both at home and beyond—in our upcoming webinar on June 7 at 4pm Eastern. RSVP here: act.abcbirds.org/a/webinar-pest… Photo: Yellow Warbler feeding chicks by Ivan Kuzmin/Shutterstock
Ruddy Turnstones have a long way to travel, and they fly fast in the process. Researchers have clocked them flying at 27 to 47 miles per hour! Chicks learn to fly at only 19 days old and depart shortly after that for their wintering grounds. abcbirds.org/bird/ruddy-tur…
Although this bird is called a "grosbeak" (literally, large bill), it isn't necessarily related to other birds with the same name. Where does the Blue Grosbeak fit in? Find out here: l8r.it/TJ3V.
Did you know that not all eggs are oval? Owls typically lay spherical eggs. Many seabirds instead lay “pyriform”-shaped eggs—this ensures the egg will roll around in a circle if bumped instead of falling off a cliff. Learn more for #NationalEggDay: abcbirds.org/bird/Thick-bil…
Unhatched Mallards produce a variety of sounds while still in the egg. These prenatal calls help the ducklings synchronize the timing of their hatching — ideally, all the eggs hatch within hours of each other so the hen can move the chicks to safety. abcbirds.org/bird/mallard/
How much do you know about the hummingbird life cycle, from egg to adult? Test your ornithology knowledge and learn some fun facts for #NationalEggDay: abcbirds.org/blog21/amazing… Video: Rufous Hummingbird feeding chicks
The ancestors of shrikes may have first evolved in Africa between 20 and 25 million years ago. Today, shrikes are found from the Arctic to the tropics, although in recent years, many populations have declined along with their habitats. abcbirds.org/blog21/shrikes/
In 40 years, the once-common Rusty Blackbird lost between 85-95% of its population, making it one of the fastest declining North American landbirds. The Rusty Blackbird's tailspin leaves conservationists scratching their heads. Why the steep decline? abcbirds.org/bird/rusty-bla…
Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area is a gem for both birds and birders tucked in the mountains of West Virginia. Learn more about this place and current conservation efforts taking place in the area for birds like Ruffed Grouse: abcbirds.org/blog20/sleepy-… Video: Ruffed Grouse
Have you ever wondered about the size of hummingbird nests, what time of year these tiny birds build them, and what to look for to spot them? If so, check out our hummingbird nest #BirdCallsBlog! abcbirds.org/blog21/humming… Video: Anna's Hummingbird building a nest
"Baby bird" season is here, and if you have an outdoor cat, it's a great time to make the transition to supervising or containing it when outdoors. We have #CatsIndoors solutions from experts here: abcbirds.org/catio-solution… Photo: Cat and bird nestbox by HildeAnna/Shutterstock
It's June! That means the breeding season in North America is well underway for birds. Who has a nesting bird in their backyard or patch? What species is it—maybe an American Robin? abcbirds.org/bird/american-…
It's gardening season. Are you skipping the use of pesticides in your area for both your own and the birds well being? Learn more about the impact of these chemicals and what we can all do to help. Register for free here: act.abcbirds.org/a/webinar-pest…
The Reddish Egret is a beloved coastal bird, but a lot remains unknown. Where do they go when they migrate? How far? Where are they most concentrated, if at all? Find out what's known, and what's next, for North America's rarest egret: abcbirds.org/blog/saving-re…
American Bird Conservancy teamed up with @birdability to produce a six-part webinar series intended to promote accessibility, inclusion, and representation within the birding community. Check out the recordings and some highlights here: abcbirds.org/blog/birdabili…
DYK that Black Skimmer chicks hatch with their bills at equal length, but the lower half quickly grows longer to give them their distinctive beak? Let's make sure to give these beach-nesting birds space so their chicks can grow! More info and tips: abcbirds.org/article/tips-f…
The Laughing Gull is perfectly named in our opinion; its continuous, raucous "ha-ha-ha" calls are a part of the summer soundtrack along Gulf and Atlantic Coast beaches. Have you observed this species recently? What do you think? Learn more here: abcbirds.org/bird/laughing-…
The smallest tern in the Americas is one of ABC's focal species, benefiting from our work to protect breeding sites on the Gulf Coast. Learn more about this threatened beach-nesting bird species and how you can help it: abcbirds.org/bird/least-ter… Video: Least Tern
From our team on the Gulf Coast: "We often see #birds with significant injuries caused by fishing line entanglement. You can help: Dispose of fishing line in monofilament recycling bins at the beach or in your home trash bin." Learn more: abcbirds.org/threat/plastic…
Share the Beach: Birds like American Oystercatcher and their chicks need their space in the sand too. Make sure you keep 50 yards between your activities and beach nesting birds! More info and tips: abcbirds.org/article/tips-f… Video: American Oystercatcher
In the garden for the long USA weekend? Consider hummingbirds in your plan. Plant a few specific flowers and you'll get extra blooms and possibly birds too! Learn more here: youtu.be/-X-f5QhIgSE
Coastal habitats are important areas where we must #SaveAPlaceForBirds. Our Gulf Coast team spends a lot of time watching and protecting beach-nesting birds, and educating beachgoers on how they can help these birds too. Learn more here: abcbirds.org/blog20/ghosts-…
Learn more about the plastic pollution crisis and ways to address it in, "Let's Talk Trash: Plastic Pollution, Birds, and Our Oceans." The speakers had great advice for anyone wanting to get involved, especially as folks head to the beach this weekend. youtu.be/XsBXQGOsLPk
Is there a bird sound that you just can't seem to identify? One you struggle remembering or don't seem to get? John C. Robinson and @ABCbirds' Jim Giocomo share some insight and ways to break down the challenges of bird sounds to help enjoy them more. youtu.be/6m4Ac8dk-NI
Despite their drastic differences in appearance, adult male and (most) female Black-throated Blue Warblers have one small but significant field mark that can help ID both sexes. Find out what it is here: abcbirds.org/bird/black-thr…
Going to the beach for the US holiday weekend? Remember that "social distancing" applies to birds too! It's "baby bird" season, and they need room to run and grow. Here's more on how to help beach-nesting birds this summer: abcbirds.org/article/tips-f… Video: Piping Plover
For years, ABC has been working to protect coastal birds and their habitats. During that time, we've seen first-hand how birds and other wildlife are impacted by the trash that accumulates on beaches and waterways. Learn more here: abcbirds.org/threat/plastic…
Friendly reminder to regularly clean your bird feeders and bird bath! Good bird feeder and bird bath maintenance is important for supporting the birds coming to your yard. A regular wash of these items will help keep things safer for you and the birds. abcbirds.org/article/avian-…
Excited for the unofficial start of summer this weekend? Headed to the beach to celebrate? Birds like Least Terns and their chicks need room. Make sure you keep 50 yards between your activities and beach-nesting birds! Learn more, click here: abcbirds.org/article/tips-f…
Painted Buntings are beautiful! That beauty makes them a target though. Illegal trapping of live birds to sell as pets has long been rampant in parts of their wintering range, including in South Florida. How has this impacted the species' conservation? abcbirds.org/the-eastern-pa…
Ready for a quick mid-week break? Test your bird migration knowledge with this six-question quiz from @ABCbirds. abcbirds.outgrow.us/spring-quiz
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Did you know that red, yellow, and orange pigments in bird feathers come from molecules called carotenoids. Birds can't make their own carotenoids, but they ingest them in their food, from sources such as red berries. Learn more: abcbirds.org/blog21/red-bir… Video: Northern Cardinal
Hawaiʻi is known as the bird extinction capital of the world, and another wave of extinctions is poised to crash on the islands. Learn more about some of the rarest bird species still found there: abcbirds.org/blog/five-rare… Video: Puaiohi
Do you ever consider the birds in your backyard to be "your" birds? You aren't alone. Have you ever thought about the ranges of those species though? Or where they migrate to? abcbirds.org/blog21/widespr… Photo: Baltimore Oriole at feeder by PeggyReillyPhotos/Shutterstock
If you're birding in Southeast Arizona, the Paton Center for Hummingbirds is a must go to place. Get more info and some ABC tips on how to make the most of your visit there. abcbirds.org/abc-birding-th… Video: Broad-billed Hummingbird
American Bird Conservancy is extremely grateful to @MetalbirdUSA! We appreciate their support of our work protecting birds, such as Black-capped Vireo and Tufted Titmouse, and their habitats. metalbird.com Photo: Tufted Titmouse by Mike Parr
Learn more about the threat of pesticides to birds and ways to take action today—both at home and beyond—in our upcoming webinar on June 7 at 4pm Eastern. RSVP here: act.abcbirds.org/a/webinar-pest… Bird in image: Black-throated Green Warbler
Flyways. Do you know what avian superhighways are? Do you know how many there are, and which one you live in? Learn all about these pathways used by birds in our latest #BirdCallsBlog, click here: abcbirds.org/blog/north-ame…
Today is International Day for Biological Diversity! It's a great excuse for us to tell you that 2,900 bird species have been recorded in ABC-supported reserves. That's 66% of all bird species found in the Americas! Learn more: abcbirds.org/araripe-manaki…
Private reserves serve as valuable tools to maintain biodiversity, enabling communities to preserve local natural spaces and serving as connective habitat between larger national reserves. Our new guide is a resource to help ensure their effectiveness. abcbirds.org/article/sustai…
"Learn the song; ten Kentuckies are heard for every one seen,” advised birding icon Roger Tory Peterson. This clarion song beckons birders and ornithologists to tread over increasingly soppy ground to a low, damp, shrub-and-vine-covered pocket of forest. abcbirds.org/blog20/kentuck…
This warbler is rarely seen in a magnolia tree — so why is it named for one? Find out in its @ABCbirds species account here: abcbirds.org/bird/magnolia-…
On #EndangeredSpeciesDay Hawaii and the endemic birds that call these islands home immediately comes to mind. 26 of the islands' surviving 38 native birds are listed under the Endangered Species Act, and 3 of these have not been seen for decades. abcbirds.org/blog/five-rare…
On #EndangeredSpeciesDay we celebrate some incredible successes we and partners have had, but also recognize that the work is far from over. Join us in our efforts to #StopExtinction and help endangered birds. More info about this day: endangered.org/campaigns/enda…
Mark your calendars and RSVP! The next @ABCbirds webinar is on June 7 at 4pm Eastern. We'll discuss the impacts of pesticides, how existing regulations are working – or failing, and how individuals can reduce pesticide use at home. RSVP directly here: act.abcbirds.org/a/webinar-pest…
Congratulations to @ABCbirds who will receive funding for "Let the Sun Shine IN – Indiana" - a collaboration focused on recovering and maintaining southern Indiana's oak-hickory ecosystems. twitter.com/usfs_r9/status…
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With so many different species of birds that all make so many different sounds, it can sometimes get overwhelming and confusing to keep track of them all. There's tips and tricks that may help though. Learn a few of them in our recorded presentation: youtu.be/6m4Ac8dk-NI
What is the smallest species of hummingbird in the US and Canada? What about the largest? Or the one that breeds the farthest north? Learn the answer to these questions and other fun facts on the #BirdCallsBlog! abcbirds.org/blog21/types-o… Video: Anna's Hummingbird
Highways in the sky? Just like roads that optimize efficient routes between places, birds tend to follow specific paths during migration. Of course there are some exceptions, but understanding these flyways better can help us learn more about migration. abcbirds.org/blog/north-ame…
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