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.
Agencies dunk endangered songbird
Biologists and conservationists protest BuRec's plan to drown habitat of the southwestern willow flycatcher by raising the waters of Arizona's Roosevelt Lake and by leaving other sensitive habitat areas off the list of designated critical habitat.
Crossing borders to save hawks
Biologist Brian Woodbridge tracks Swainson's hawks from California to Argentina, and discovers that many are being killed by pesticide-contaminated grasshoppers.
Coffee is bad for birds
Migrating songbirds are threatened as Mexican and Central American coffee plantations cut down shade trees to increase the coffee yield.
Sting nets bird killers
A two-year U.S. Fish and Wildlife sting nabs 35 individuals and businesses in the Southwest for killing and selling protected migratory birds.
Western raptors on the rise
The group Hawk Watch International reports that some birds of prey - merlins, ospreys and peregrine falcons - are doing well, although others, including northern goshawks and golden eagles, continue to decline.
Crane hunt is contested
Idaho approves a sandhill crane hunt to appease farmers who are losing crops to the birds.
Salvage logging rider barrels into a shy seabird's world
Under the salvage logging rider, thousands of acres of habitat of the endangered marbled murrelet may be cut in coastal Washington and Oregon.
Of raptors and rifles
Rancher Jim Maitland rescues an injured golden eagle in southwestern Oregon.
Bird Brains
In this book "Bird Brains: The Intelligence of Crows, Ravens, Magpies, and Jays," writer Candace Savage celebrates Corvid IQs.
`Goddamn goshawks'
The Forest Service is blamed when loggers cut trees within yards of a nest of rare goshawk fledglings, causing them to die.
Condors ready for takeoff
Endangered California condors are being released in northern Arizona's Vermillion Cliffs.
Non-native bird ruffles feathers
Colorado conservationists object to Division of Wildlife's desire to introduce a non-native game bird, the ruffed grouse.
Reward offered in rampage of eagle poaching
A slew of eagle-poaching incidents in southwest Idaho may be linked to illegal wildlife trade.
Trumpeter swans play through
Utah's first trumpeter swans are settling at a golf course near St. George.
Hawk sees opportunity, snatches it
A hawk snatches a garter snake off a sleeping teenager's chest in a remarkable incident in Montana.
Oil, feathers and EPA
Oil pits kill thousands of migrating birds.
Silent swans in Yellowstone
Population of trumpeter swans in Yellowstone National Park down due to competition from other birds.
Victory for raptors
President Clinton signs the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area into law.
Prairie birds take a nosedive
The Great Plains bird populations are declining.
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