Dickcissel. Photo: Gene Petersen/Audubon Photography Awards April 6, 2021, New York, NY – The National Audubon Society today announced the largest market-based regenerative grasslands partnership in the U.S. with Panorama Organic Grass-Fed Meats®, the nation’s largest producer of 100 percent grass-fed, grass-finished certified organic beef. The commitment will impact one million acres of certified organic
Each year in Texas, thousands of rattlesnakes are gassed, starved, and killed for entertainment. This event, known as the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup, is a gathering place to slaughter snakes. Held in Sweetwater, Texas, a town of 10,500 residents, the roundup brings 25,000 visitors to Sweetwater. About 4,000 snakes are rounded up each year and killed.
The BBC reported that six lions have been found dead and dismembered at a national park in Uganda. The lions were found in Queen Elizabeth National Park with heads and paws hacked off in what authorities believe is poisoning. Authorities and conservationists are working to investigate and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said it “cannot
A video that’s gone viral out of Islamabad has animal activists angry. The clip features a sedated lion cub photographed alongside a newly married couple, according to Gulf News. In the clip, the couple appears to be using the lion as a prop in their wedding photos. The video was shared by a local photography studio, Studio
Jerome Ford, Assistant Director, Migratory Bird Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Kayt Jonsson/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service If you’re a birder, Jerome Ford’s work matters to you. As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s assistant director for migratory birds, a job he’s held since 2011, Ford runs the national program in charge of
A man has been arrested and charged with keeping sharks with the intent to sell them. Joshua Seguine kept sharks in a pool inside his house and offered them for sale, the New York attorney general shared in a press release. Seguine was ordered to pay a fine and was sentenced to conditional discharge. He
Robert A. Gilbert, far right, at William Brewster’s cabin at Pine Point, Umbagog Lake, Maine. Photo: Mass Audubon Collection In the annals of American ornithology, William Brewster is an outsized figure. One of the cofounders of the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) in 1883, the first president of Massachusetts Audubon, and an early curator at Harvard’s
One of the best parts about watching birds is that you never know what you’re going to see. This is especially true when baby birds are on the scene. The interactions of family groups, or the antics of the youngsters, are endlessly fascinating to observe. Photographers who would capture images of these baby birds in action
Vero Couttee, right, working as a project officer with the Seychelles Islands Foundation, bands a Black Parrot with colleague Terence Mahoune on the island of Praslin, Seychelles in 2017. Photo: Courtesy of Vero Couttee On July 25, 2020, the Japanese freighter MV Wakashio crashed into a coral reef off the coast of the tropical archipelago
In November 2020, Tammy Thies, Founder and Executive Director of The Wildcat Sanctuary, rescued four adult big cats – two tigers and two lions. They were located at a private backyard menagerie in a rural part of Indiana and their owner had died. Courtesy of The Wildcat Sanctuary For years, this facility had repeatedly bred
A Columbus zookeeper was injured on March 11 after an incident with a cheetah. The keeper worked at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and was taken to the hospital with injuries, according to local station WBNS. According to the zoo, two keepers were walking Isabelle the cheetah for her exercise using standard procedures. Another keeper approached
Short-billed Dowitchers, left, and Greater Yellowlegs. Photo: Dan Ion/Audubon Photography Awards This year, the Utah legislature advanced a number of bills and resolutions focused on water, in an atypical session in the midst of the pandemic. Below we highlight some important water legislation and appropriations passed in the 2021 Utah legislature, or if not passed,
A pair of Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies DENVER (March 30, 2021) – “This new science should ring alarm bells whether or not you have heard of sagebrush or the sage-grouse,” said Brian Rutledge, director of the National Audubon Society’s Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative. “These birds are found across 11 Western states and are a
New information from Born Free, an animal charity, has found that exotic pets are on the rise in Britain. New survey data found that almost 4,000 wild animals are being kept as pets. This accounts for a 59% increase in exotic pet ownership since 2000, according to Born Free. These animals are kept under license but
Right now, four Montana lawmakers are waging a hot war against America’s most celebrated native carnivores. Their attack on Montana’s wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, and other wildlife shows no signs of slowing down, and the bills they have introduced could sentence hundreds of animals to their deaths. Wolves, bears, and other wildlife are far
Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan. Photo: Branimir Gjetvaj For decades, authors Margaret Atwood and her late partner Graeme Gibson were a power couple of Canadian literature. Despite his wide-ranging influence, Gibson struggled to sell publishers on an unusual book he envisioned—a massive scrapbook of art and writings about birds in history and culture. “He
Just a few weeks after Elsa the tiger was rescued from a dangerous situation in Texas, officials removed a bobcat and tiger from Bexar County. Like Elsa, these animals were treated as pets. Luckily, they were rescued from this dangerous situation too. The two animals were being kept by a 25-year old, according to local
Many of us have had that experience of hearing a loud thump and then looking outside to see a bird that had crashed into a window and is now laying on the ground. However, many people still believe that these are uncommon experiences. Unfortunately, bird-window collisions account for a huge number of bird deaths every
Welcome to the “Best Photo of the Month” competition showcasing and celebrating the biodiversity of Planet Earth. Voting is easy and lots of fun. First click an image and the slideshow will start automatically. Then select the three images you like best of all and click the blue VOTE button at the bottom of the
Vermillion Flycatcher. Photo: Mick Thompson With the American Rescue Plan Act on the way, combined with the funding from the previous two federal stimulus packages, Arizona’s state finances are looking stronger than expected. But we have no shortage of issues facing our state as we continue to grapple with water scarcity driven by climate change.
American Woodcock. Photo: David Nelson/Alamy They travel in darkness, flapping toward the snowline as it retreats north. By dawn they settle into thickets to slurp earthworms from the softening ground. At dusk, they dance. We speak, of course, of that doe-eyed early migrant, forest-dwelling sandpiper, and welcome sign of spring known by many names: Timberdoodle.
Webinar: The Grey Way: Adoption – A New Start with Lisa Bono, CPBC Date: Friday, April 9, 2021 Time: 12:00 pm PDT (double-check your local time with this time zone converter) Join us for a free, live interactive webinar! Lisa Bono, CPBC, owner and operator of The Platinum Parrot and a certified parrot behavior consultant
Webinar: Avian Medicine: What it Takes to be an Avian Veterinarian Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 Time: 12:00 pm PDT (double-check your local time with this time zone converter) We have all seen the terms Board Certified or Avian Specialist or noticed extra credentials behind the DVM after a Veterinarian’s name. What do these mean
A Wilson’s Plover on Rutherford Beach in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Photo: Katie B. Barnes/Audubon Louisiana A few weeks ago, I was standing on Rutherford Beach in southwest Louisiana on a picture-perfect day—clear, blue skies, the sun shining, and 70 dedicated volunteers arriving bright and early for our biggest beach cleanup yet. However, a very different
TUCSON, Ariz.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a combined reward of up to $37,000 for information leading to a conviction in connection with the suspicious death of a Mexican gray wolf found in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, near Eagar, Arizona. The reward amount includes $5,000 the Center for Biological Diversity has pledged
Prothonotary Warbler. Photo: Anne Lindgren/Audubon Photography Awards When Chris Tonra and his team deployed light-level geolocators to track Prothonotary Warblers in 2016, little was known about how these birds travel to their wintering grounds in South America. “We knew they staged along the Gulf coast and had some idea of their wintering distribution,” says Tonra.
The popularity of social media has brought about the development of a new career: influencers. These individuals have tens of thousands, and sometimes millions, of followers who look to them for what to wear, do, read, watch, use, and, essentially, how to live their lives. Sadly, while some types of influence may have a profoundly
Homeslice feeds on fruit atop of the R/V Atlantis’s life jackets. Photo: Shana Goffredi The bird was olive-green and yellow with a chunky beak. No one knew where she came from. But she probably wasn’t supposed to be here. She just appeared one day, tattered and listless. She must have been flying quite some time
One autumn day halfway through the 20th century, a Laysan Albatross returned to Midway Atoll, built a nest in the sand, and settled in to incubate her annual egg. A firm believer in “nest-site fidelity,” the albatross had made this same trip most autumns of her adult life—doing the work of countless generations of albatrosses
Griffin eyes his breakfast somewhat suspiciously while Athena looks on. I’ve discussed personality differences in parrots to some extent in previous entries but think that it is an important enough topic to revisit in some depth. To be perfectly clear, each bird has his or her specific personality. Like humans, some birds share certain traits