Month: June 2020

Least Tern with downy young. Photo: Kenton Gomez/Audubon Photography Awards Last week, amid a global pandemic, widespread police brutality in response to Black Lives Matter protests, and the Trump administration’s continued attacks on protections for birds, the Mississippi coast received another blow—Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall on the Gulf Coast as one of the earliest
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In a move that environmentalists warned could further imperil hundreds of endangered species and a protected habitat for the sake of profit, President Donald Trump on Friday signed a proclamation rolling back an Obama-era order and opening nearly 5,000 square miles off the coast of New England to commercial fishing. “We’re opening it today,” Trump
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Swainson’s Thrush and native spicebush. Photo: Steve & Dave Maslowski Twice a year, millions of birds embark on long, perilous journeys between their breeding and wintering grounds. These flights, spanning hundreds or thousands of miles, require a lot of energy. In the spring, neotropical migrants travel from Latin America to nest in the Northern Hemisphere, where
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Cooper’s Hawk. Photo: Marina Schultz/Audubon Photography Awards The Trump administration’s planned rewrite of a century-old law meant to protect birds would leave more of them dead and likely push additional species onto the endangered list, according to a new government analysis. Previous administrations interpreted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to outlaw not only purposely
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Sandhill Crane. Photo: Stan Bysshe/Audubon Photography Awards With our nation in turmoil it’s possible you may have missed some good news – a new bipartisan climate solutions bill – and some bad news – administration attacks on birds, the ocean, and public input. Good News: Bipartisan climate progress Farmers, ranchers and foresters are too often
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As time passes, we come to discover more about a parrot’s intelligence. Not that we were in any doubt of their brain power, of course. But with a restless science community intent on validation of what we already believe to be so, countless studies are beginning to verify reality in startling episodes of discovery. In
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