Year of the Bird

Click to link to these National Geographic and Audubon Year of the Bird articles:

What It Took to Find and Photograph the Helmeted Hornbill ...If you've never seen these birds--or videos of them--be sure to take a look!

"Three Ways You Can Help Migrating Birds This Fall ...Migrants heading south face myriad man-made obstacles, but there are actions we can all take to save their lives"

"Think You Have a Bird-Friendly Backyard? Think Again. ...Birdfeeders and trees help birds, but they also increase the likelihood of deadly window impacts. Here’s how to make your yard truly bird friendly."

Most National Parks expect more birds....here' why.

Get to Know 15 Common Birds. ...start here.

New Theory: Why Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers look so similar. ...think bullying.

Year of the Bird National Geographic marks 100 years since signing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), considered the most important bird-protection law ever enacted. Nat Geo invites people to take "simple but meaningful action each month". (Note that in December 2016, the current administration rolled back MBTA.)

More Birds Expected for Majority of National Parks—Here's Why...think climate change.

Why Ravens and Crows Are Earth’s Smartest Birds...known to outsmart children and apes.

‘Delightful’ Experiments Reveal What Birds See in Their Mind’s Eye...suggests human-like rules for language and use mental imagry

Exclusive: Dinosaur-Era Bird Found Trapped in Amber...most complete bird fossil yet known to science

This Vulture Flew 1,000 Miles in Record-Breaking Flight...possibly longest land animal dispersal known


Podcast (1 minute, 40 seconds) Listen to the Sweet, Soft Warble Common Ravens Sing to Their Partners Suspected to mate for life, Raven pairs serenade each other with these gentle "comfort sounds" while bonding.

Click to link to these additional articles of likely interest:

"We Finally Know How Bright Lights Affect Birds Flying at Night ...A new study, based at New York City's 9/11 tribute, shows that artificial lights lure birds from their migratory routes."

We Finally Know How Birds Can See Earth's Magnetic Field...study shows the presence of Cry4 protein is key.

One in eight bird species is threatened with extinction, global study finds Read how "agricultural expansion and intensification threatens 74% of the 1,469 bird species globally at risk of extinction". If you can, save time to look at this 41-page PDF of State of the World's Birds (2018).