Birds

Trump administration slashes protections for migratory birds
Trump administration slashes protections for migratory birds
The new rule would legalize the unintentional killing of birds by energy companies and other industries.
Scientists decode environmental impacts from Bering Sea bird feathers
Scientists decode environmental impacts from Bering Sea bird feathers
To understand the evolving marine environment, scientists look to the seabirds.
Wildlife refuges suffer under budget cuts and staff shortages
Wildlife refuges suffer under budget cuts and staff shortages
The key mission of the Refuge System — to protect and restore wildlife habitat — may be falling by the wayside.
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.
The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar
The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar
A recently discovered species of crossbill already faces extinction.
Experts: Captive breeding of sage grouse won’t work
Experts: Captive breeding of sage grouse won’t work
Zinke calls for a review of conservation plans.
The Interior Department orders a review of sage grouse plans
The Interior Department orders a review of sage grouse plans
Some Western governors warn against an overhaul of the sweeping 2015 efforts.
Climate change is unraveling natural cycles in the West
Climate change is unraveling natural cycles in the West
Spring’s early arrival creates more mismatches in ecosystems.
What citizen science can say about seabird deaths
What citizen science can say about seabird deaths
In the Pacific Northwest, the diligence of citizen scientists helps discern patterns in die-offs.
Inside a taxidermy shop
Inside a taxidermy shop
In Western Colorado, bringing “life” to freeze-framed wild animals.
Invade, steal water: The plant spreading in Utah’s wetlands
Invade, steal water: The plant spreading in Utah’s wetlands
Battling a nonnative reed to protect Great Salt Lake bird habitat.
 ‘Look for something white’
‘Look for something white’
Discovering the North through its most iconic birds.
Raptors in flight
Raptors in flight
Enduring relationships begin with encounters.
The watcher and the watched
The watcher and the watched
Observation transforms our bodies and minds.
How to see the urban wild
How to see the urban wild
Practical advice for the nature-lonely city-dweller.
Will Big Rec leave Utah?; a heroic rescue; an ambling lynx
Will Big Rec leave Utah?; a heroic rescue; an ambling lynx
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Why we need condors in eastern Oregon
Why we need condors in eastern Oregon
Scavenger relocation to Hells Canyon is a far cry from government overreach.
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