Birds

An owl army, a tire-less elk and a minor coup attempt
An owl army, a tire-less elk and a minor coup attempt
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Wildfire smoke pushes migrating birds hundreds of miles out of their way
Wildfire smoke pushes migrating birds hundreds of miles out of their way
‘I was glued to my computer for days, trying to figure out what these birds were doing, because it was so clearly, obviously, not normal.’
California oil spill contaminates restored wetland
California oil spill contaminates restored wetland
The Talbert Marsh is refuge to at least 90 species of shorebirds, and now it’s slicked with oil.
The Singing Life of Birds
The Singing Life of Birds by Donald Kroodsma explores the varieties of birdsong, and even includes a CD of nearly 100 songs
Blades, birds and bats: Wind energy and wildlife not a cut-and-dried issue
Wind farms are working to make their turbines less hazardous to birds and bats
Drive-up nature is better than nothing
The writer watches "eagle lady" feed a hundred or so bald eagles in Alaska, and he’s grateful for the experience
It takes a community to save the sage grouse
The writer says it’s up to locals to keep sage grouse alive
Calling all birders
The National Audubon Society’s 2004 State of the Birds report assesses worrisome population changes for 450 non-game birds
Truce holds on the Platte River
In an effort to avoid litigation, environmentalists and farmers come together with federal and state agencies to address a wildlife crisis on the Platte River
The common beauty of a spring day
A spring day in Montana leads to an encounter with sandhill cranes, and with beauty
Era of the sage grouse is coming to an end
Tom Bell writes of his 70-year fascination with sage grouse, now on decline.
My great-grandfather the crow killer
The author’s family likes to think that his great-grandfather has come back as a crow after a lifetime spent shooting the rambunctious birds
Birdman’s biography soars
Cool North Wind: Morley Nelson’s Life with Birds of Prey by Stephen Stuebner tells the story of one of the most underrated and interesting conservationists in the West
84-year-old bird law no match for the military
Congress has exempted the U.S. military from an international law , the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act, in a move environmentalists fear sets a bad precedent.
Golfers may oust eagles
The plan for a golf course and housing development on the Snake River near Jackson Hole, Wyo., would allow the developer to displace or kill up to 18 bald eagles.
Raptors won't fry away
A new agreement by the Fish and Wildlife Service and Minneapolis Xcel Energy could set a precedent for protecting more raptors from electrocution on power lines.
Evicted terns get new habitat
In an effort to help endangered salmon on the Columbia River, Caspian terns that prey on the fish are being lured to different habitat.
Snowy plover predators become prey
On the coast of Oregon, federal agencies have decided to start poisoning and killing the predators that steal the eggs of endangered snowy plovers.
Condor program laden with lead
Endangered condors reintroduced in the West are dying, many from lead poisoning caused by the bullets in the carcasses they feed on.
Can cows and grouse coexist on the range?
Colorado rancher Brad Phelps believes that cattle and sage grouse can live together, but biologists, environmentalists and other ranchers continue to argue over exactly what impact grazing has.
Chick-a-boom-boom at the lek
Male sage grouse gather at leks to dance in front of females in elaborate mating displays.
Last dance for the sage grouse?
Across the Interior West, as the sagebrush sea recedes under the environmental stress of human impacts, its emblematic bird, the sage grouse, is also in decline, and no one seems to know what to do about it.
Owl things considered
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated 4.6 billion acres in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah as critical habitat for the Mexican spotted owl, but the Center for Biological Diversity says that is not enough and plans to sue.
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