Birds

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.
What makes a whimbrel?
What makes a whimbrel?
A writer reflects on natural cycles of absence and abundance, loss and love.
Don’t let a road run through it
Don’t let a road run through it
Development in Alaska wilderness would undermine bedrock environmental laws.
‘I saw more dead birds in that one pit than hunters would poach’
‘I saw more dead birds in that one pit than hunters would poach’
Egged on by industry lobbyists, Interior Department weakens bird protections.
Why we should reconsider the starling
Why we should reconsider the starling
An author explores the unlikely relationship between a musical genius and avian pariah.
Why aren’t marbled murrelets recovering?
Why aren’t marbled murrelets recovering?
The enigmatic bird’s populations have not increased despite conservation efforts.
Latest: Long-term noise pollution gives birds PTSD
Latest: Long-term noise pollution gives birds PTSD
New research links natural gas compressors with physical impacts on birds.
Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
Interior cancels decades-old protections for migratory birds
The rollback prompts broad opposition from former officials from both political parties.
The iconic bird of the ‘Sagebrush Sea’
The iconic bird of the ‘Sagebrush Sea’
A new book shows the life cycle of sage grouse in their natural habitat.
By shifting nesting times, early birds adjust to climate change
By shifting nesting times, early birds adjust to climate change
As the West warms, some songbirds in California are raising their young earlier.
Comment period ending for sage grouse review
Comment period ending for sage grouse review
An Interior Department overhaul of collaborative protection plans could sacrifice birds for development.
Zinke’s new sage grouse plans ignore years of work
Zinke’s new sage grouse plans ignore years of work
The changes adhere with Trump’s goals of energy dominance on public lands.
Gun-toting cats; bird killers; plastic bottles return
Gun-toting cats; bird killers; plastic bottles return
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Will Utah dam the Bear River?
Will Utah dam the Bear River?
The Wasatch Front faces drier times and a growing population, threatening the Great Salt Lake.
Interior overhauls sage grouse conservation
Interior overhauls sage grouse conservation
How big a role do industry concerns play in potential rewrite of management plans?
Will only the flexible survive?
Will only the flexible survive?
Researchers are identifying the West’s wildlife that can best cope with climate change.
The mystery of owls, revealed
The mystery of owls, revealed
A deep look at 53 owl species, their habitats, mating rituals and more.
Why I obsess about the names of plants and animals
Why I obsess about the names of plants and animals
Naming things makes individuals out of a landscape of birds, trees and bumblebees.
The West’s iconic bird is caught up in Trump’s energy plans
The West’s iconic bird is caught up in Trump’s energy plans
The Interior Department considers trimming back sage grouse conservation.
Desert songbirds struggle with more frequent heat waves
Desert songbirds struggle with more frequent heat waves
The number of days Southwestern birds face deadly dehydration may be increasing.
A gang of goats; Western weed booms; crow funerals
A gang of goats; Western weed booms; crow funerals
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Welcome to the irrigator’s club
Welcome to the irrigator’s club
An encounter with the wild during the hours of a thankless job.
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