Climate Change Kills Thousands of Birds in the Southwest

Climate Change Kills Thousands of Birds in the Southwest

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer On Sunday, journalist Austin Fisher stumbled on a horrifying sight: hundreds of bird carcasses scattered across the hiking path. This isn’t an isolated incident; thousands of migrating birds have inexplicably dropped dead, falling out of the sky into nature reserves, golf courses, and driveways across the southwestern US. The […]

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One Cool Thing: Border Collies Help Relocate Birds from VA Construction Project

One Cool Thing: Border Collies Help Relocate Birds from VA Construction Project

As Chesapeake Bay Magazine recently wrote, the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel Expansion Project needs to encourage birds that used to build nests on part of the connector to move to a new site. To make sure they don’t come back, the project has brought in a pack of working dogs to get the job done–border collies […]

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Trump Administration Clips the Wings of Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Gutting Bird Protections

Trump Administration Clips the Wings of Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Gutting Bird Protections

The Fish and Wildlife Service last week proposed another major rollback of an environmental rule and put millions of birds in danger — this one protecting migratory birds under an international treaty that has been in effect for a century. 

Why This Matters:  Prosecutions of this treaty are hardly a huge threat, but the decision to waive all prosecutions will have broad implications and impact behavior of those who should be taking care that their actions do not cause more harm to birds than the myriad of threats such as plastic pollution and climate change.

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Climate Change Causing Birds to Shrink

Climate Change Causing Birds to Shrink

  In September we wrote about a study that revealed that bird populations have declined nearly 30 percent — a loss of 3 billion birds — in the last fifty years. While scientists don’t quite know what’s caused this decline, new evidence shows that in addition to species decline, North American migratory bids have been […]

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Bright Lights Kill Millions of Birds In Big Cities

Bright Lights Kill Millions of Birds In Big Cities

It’s spring and time for annual bird migrations, but for the more than 70 percent of U.S. birds, which are migratory, it is increasingly dangerous. A new study published last week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment is shedding “light” on the problem that light pollution poses for the vast majority of U.S. migratory birds because they travel at night when they are much more likely to crash into buildings, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which led the study. 

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