Category Archives: Birds

Today is International Vulture Awareness Day

The first Saturday in September each year is International Vulture Awareness Day. | Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction. Continue reading

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Naturalist-Writers: Vern Laux on Cape Cod Shorebirds

I discovered Vern Laux last spring when one of his weekly bird reports from Cape Cod showed up in my bird migration news alert. He is a naturalist and writer as well as a broadcaster at WCAI-FM on the Cape. Not only can you read his elegant, informative prose – you can hear him read it, too. I try to listen to him on WCAI’s live stream every Wednesday morning about 8:45 EST. It’s also available as full text or audio on demand. To my ear, it’s the best bird feature I have heard on public radio. Continue reading

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Naturalist-Writers: Stephen Moss on the Great Skua

Stephen Moss is a naturalist, writer and broadcaster, based at the BBC Natural History Unit. He writes the monthly Birdwatch column for The Guardian. His July 19 column whets my imagination for seabirds and islands in the northern-most reaches of the British Isles. Continue reading

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Marvelous Spatuletail via American Bird Conservancy

Marvelous Spatuletail: This hummingbird—like so many of South America’s hundreds of hummingbird species—has a name that is both charming and descriptive. The male’s unique tail features two long, wire-like outer feathers ending in bluish-purple disks. The birds wave these spatules around during communal courtship displays, which females visit to select a mate. Continue reading

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