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Endangered shorebirds lose 2 chicks at Chicago beachfront

Jul. 31, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two endangered shorebirds that birding enthusiasts have tracked for years along a Chicago beachfront have lost two chicks in their second nesting setback this year. Two of the piping plovers’ four chicks recently vanished from Montrose Beach Dunes and...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jul. 28, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 26, 2021. Editorial: A fresh start for the State System of higher ed Change can be hard and it can be scary. But, it also can be promising. Because with change comes opportunity. That’s the spirit...

Rare pink water bird lands in Michigan, delighting public

Jul. 21, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

SALINE, Mich. (AP) — Bird lovers with cameras and binoculars are traveling to a stream in southeastern Michigan to see a rare creature with pink feathers and a long bill. The roseate spoonbill was found in Saline in the Koch Warner Drain, the first to be seen in...

To the birds: Louisiana looks for best birding spots

Jul. 17, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state of Louisiana is asking residents for the best places to go birdwatching. People have until Sept. 30 to submit nominations to be included in the redesigned Louisiana Birding Trails, the Office of Tourism said in a news release. The...

Watching for birds, diversity: Audubon groups pledge change

Jul. 15, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Boston socialites Minna Hall and Harriet Hemenway sought to end the slaughter of birds in the name of 19th century high fashion, they picked a logical namesake for their cause: John James Audubon, a naturalist celebrated for his stunning watercolors of American birds. ...

Saving the shorebirds, one trip off Tarpon Springs at a time

Jul. 11, 2021 03:23 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ed Steponaitis jumps off the boat and trudges through the murky, lukewarm Gulf of Mexico. His shorts soak in the waist-deep saltwater. He wades 50 yards to Three Rooker Island, a crescent-shaped haven west of Tarpon Springs. Swarms of birds circle...

Arizona's trogon count plummets due to drought

Jul. 10, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Early the morning of June 30, Tucson nature photographer Ian Adrian heard the sound of what resembled a small dog barking while hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains. Looking around, he saw a male elegant trogon, Southern Arizona’s colorful signature bird, perched on a...

Birding group helps foster LGBTQ community in the outdoors

Jun. 12, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As folks drank coffee and munched on doughnuts on the patio outside the Jordan River Nature Center, Kylie Jones-Greenwood gave a simple directive. Jones-Greenwood, who uses they/them pronouns, wanted each of the dozen or so guests to introduce themselves, including...

Meet the purple martin, Memphis’ favorite bird

May. 16, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mary Schmidt has eagle eyes and a bird brain. Of course, we mean both those observations as compliments. Curator of the Backyard Wildlife Center at the Lichterman Nature Center, Schmidt can spot an eastern phoebe or an indigo...