8 Conservation Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

8 Conservation Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

We hope that you enjoy this selection of the winning entries, with stories on everything from the love lives of bowerbirds to whitefish conservation, from glow-in-the-dark mammals to fishing in mountain hotspots full of freak invasives.

A New Database to Drive Seabird Conservation

A New Database to Drive Seabird Conservation

Now, a new database of seabird restoration projects will aid these conservation efforts, providing an essential resource for practitioners working to protect the world’s most imperiled group of birds.TNC is using social attraction tools, like decoys and sound systems, to restore seabird populations on Palmyra.

The Importance of Being a Responsible Nest Box Host

The Importance of Being a Responsible Nest Box Host

The harsh reality is that house sparrows often kill adult bluebirds and their nestlings in the box, and build their messy nests on top of the carnage below.House sparrows are a non-native species that often kill native bluebirds when they take over a nest box.

Look at that Lek! 9 Birds That Put on a Show

Look at that Lek! 9 Birds That Put on a Show

In spring, male sage grouse gather on leks to attract females.Most species of bustard lek, and birders familiar with sage grouse and prairie chicken will find their displays familiar: strutting and stamping, and a lot of inflated air sacs.

The Race to Rebuild the World’s Coral Reefs

The Race to Rebuild the World’s Coral Reefs

It has taken Carne and her team more than a decade to plant 160,000 coral fragments on less than 9 acres of reef.Coral restoration has not summed up to even 1/100,000th of the area of shallow coral reefs worldwide.”.

The Sound of Merlin: Like Shazam, but for Birds

The Sound of Merlin: Like Shazam, but for Birds

So I dutifully downloaded the Merlin App, practiced with my binoculars (to the concern of my neighbors), and spent time with the different quizzes and tutorials on eBird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s online birding mecca, learning to recognize different birds by their songs and calls.

Why Do Flickers Knock on Your House?

Why Do Flickers Knock on Your House?

“If I were a flicker, I would look at houses as big trees,” says Chris Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist.With all their knocking and rolling, flickers are an entertaining bird worth watching, but not worth losing your house for.

Cool Green Winter Book Review 2022

Cool Green Winter Book Review 2022

It’s not a gloomy book; Painter clearly loves travel and finding new bird species.Matthew Dickerson shares this passion in his wonderful new book, A Fine-Spotted Trout on Corral Creek .

Should You Provide Birds Water in Winter?

Should You Provide Birds Water in Winter?

© Sjensen~ / Flickr Throughout the summer months, we supply birds with water, which they use for drinking, bathing, or simply cooling off.Going back to heated birdbaths, if managed properly, we can use these to allow birds to drink from it, and not bathe.

Conservation-Friendly Farming Can Benefit Both Birds and Crops

Conservation-Friendly Farming Can Benefit Both Birds and Crops

However, there will likely need to be greater community-wide uptake by farmers to really maximize the benefits of birds to farming while minimizing issues from birds.

What Are the 4 Calling Birds? Probably Not What You Think.

What Are the 4 Calling Birds? Probably Not What You Think.

In the original published version, it’s “4 colly birds” not “4 calling birds.” In England at the time, “colly birds” was a name given to blackbirds.There are hints of our past relationships with birds still among us…sometimes hidden in the lyrics of a popular song.

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

What Bird Is the Partridge in a Pear Tree?

To further confuse matters, Europeans have had a tendency to label just about any game bird they encountered a “partridge.” several North and South American species are often called partridges, even though they are not.The long-tailed tree quail looks quite partridge-like.

Roadrunner: Meet the Real Bird Behind the Cartoon

Roadrunner: Meet the Real Bird Behind the Cartoon

Greater Roadrunner getting ready to present his mate with a lizard.One bird distracts the snake, bending down with its head towards the ground, tail held vertically, and wings outstretched to either side.The birds then kill the snake by either pecking its head repeatedly, or bashing it against a rock.

Seeing Red: What the Color of House Finches Can Tell Us

Seeing Red: What the Color of House Finches Can Tell Us

As an ornithologist and doctoral student at the University of Michigan, Hill began looking for a system where he could test the basic theory as to why birds evolve these “ornaments”, particularly their colorful feathers.

Pumpkins for Wildlife: From Backyard to the Zoo

Pumpkins for Wildlife: From Backyard to the Zoo

Here I’ll take a look at ways animals enjoy pumpkins, from squirrels eating them to sand cats hiding in them, from your backyard to the zoo.Zoo Boise places dozens of pumpkins each year in animal exhibits, to provide a variety of forms of enrichment.

Why Do We Hate Trash Birds?

Why Do We Hate Trash Birds?

For an American whose template of “city” birds included pigeons and house sparrows, seeing an ibis strut beneath skyscrapers and menace city workers for a french fry is about as Australian as it gets.And it’s why endangered species captivate our attention, while the ubiquitous pigeon is a trash bird.

Four New Books for Fall

Four New Books for Fall

Pump is a natural history of the heart and the science is fascinating.Her book is a much-needed reminder that the plastics crisis isn’t an isolated problem that can be solved with reusable shopping bags or a natural body scrub.

An Introduction to Bird Banding

An Introduction to Bird Banding

© Murry Burgess The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship, or MAPS program is a collaborative effort between banders of diverse organizational backgrounds to monitor breeding bird populations through systematic data collection at relatively long-term banding sites across the continent.

So Hey Here’s a Tortoise Hunting and Eating a Baby Bird

So Hey Here’s a Tortoise Hunting and Eating a Baby Bird

“They don't like things coming close to their eyes,” says Gerlach.The tortoise is hunting like it knows what it’s doing, Gerlach says, backing the chick up until it reaches the edge of the log and the bird’s instincts tell it to go no further.

Shrinking Birds with Longer Wings?

Shrinking Birds with Longer Wings?

Her most recent research, published this summer in the Journal of Animal Ecology , focuses on a unique data set: A collection from the Chicago Field Museum that goes back four decades and includes more than 70,000 birds killed during migration in collisions with the Windy City’s skyscrapers.

Three New Field Guides for Bird & Weather Nerds

Three New Field Guides for Bird & Weather Nerds

Here are three great new field guides that will teach you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about weather phenomena, how to identify bird nests, and the ins and outs of the bird families of North America.

Why Do House Finches Love Your Hanging Plants?

Why Do House Finches Love Your Hanging Plants?

Why does it seem like house finches as well as other birds favor these peculiar places to nest, particularly hanging plants like ferns?

Tracking a Night-Time River of Birds

Tracking a Night-Time River of Birds

© Debbie Leick Into the early 2000’s using a telescope to count birds that flew across the moon was the most common method of nocturnal research.

Linking Birds, Farmer Attitudes and Conservation

Linking Birds, Farmer Attitudes and Conservation

“Ornithologists and conservationists assume birds provide ecological services, and that farmers want them on their farms,” says Olivia Smith, lead author of the paper.

Take Down Your Feeders: Salmonella is Killing Songbirds

Take Down Your Feeders: Salmonella is Killing Songbirds

Salmonella is a fatal bacterial infection for birds and it’s hitting siskins hard because they congregate around feeders, but the outbreak isn’t species-specific.Other states are seeing an uptick this spring as the bacteria continues to spread, which is why more state agencies are asking people to remove their bird feeders.

Is Birdseed the Next Toilet Paper?

Is Birdseed the Next Toilet Paper?

Ron Holt, Vice President of Des Moines Feed, a company his great grandfather started in 1944, has a birds-eye view of the seed business from farms to feeders.

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

NIWA seabird ecologist Dr David Thompson says while seabird tracking research has not been carried out for all albatrosses and large petrels in New Zealand, we know that several species also spend time in Chile and Peru, in Japan and the USA in the north Pacific Ocean, while others visit Namibia and South Africa.

50 Birds: Adventures in Backyard Birding

50 Birds: Adventures in Backyard Birding

The Intermountain Bird Observatory was keeping tabs on them, and was receiving reports of up to 60 spending the winter here each year.And there’s perhaps no better way to discover those birds than by keeping a yard list.

Birders’ Tweets Are Causing an Online Flap

Birders’ Tweets Are Causing an Online Flap

McMahon does not approve of accounts like Manhattan Bird Alert and worries about how the crowds of gawkers are affecting the animals.“I don’t want that rare bird being surrounded by people!” she says.

Movies of This Era Will Be as Unbalanced as the Pandemic Itself

Movies of This Era Will Be as Unbalanced as the Pandemic Itself

So far, the movies that have come out of lockdown—either those inspired by the pandemic or filmed under its restrictive conditions (or both)—have been, shall we say, uneven.