• The Helmeted Hornbill Is a Living Treasure-and That's a Problem

    4 monthes ago - By All About Birds

    From the Winter 2019 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now .
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    Alive or dead? Living free, or a decoration in someone's home? What is to be the fate of the Helmeted Hornbill?
    I was forced to confront this question in the past year, as I mounted expeditions to document this unique bird in the wild-before it disappears.
    I've been fascinated by hornbills since the first year I spent living in the rainforests of Borneo, now 30 years ago. I've photographed many...
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  • How Do Birds Survive the Winter?

    How Do Birds Survive the Winter?

    4 monthes ago - By All About Birds

    Birds that stay north when the snow flies face two daily existential dilemmas-don't freeze, and don't starve.
    From the Winter 2019 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now .
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    It seems logical that most birds flee the northern regions to overwinter somewhere warmer, such as the tropics. Their feat of leaving their homes, navigating and negotiating often stupendous distances twice a year, indicates their great necessity of avoiding the alternative-of staying and...
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  • Birds of Light and Shadow: Intricate Illusions in Paper

    Birds of Light and Shadow: Intricate Illusions in Paper

    4 monthes ago - By All About Birds

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    The daily commute to his attic studio is short and steep. The road to success for Canadian artist Calvin Nicholls has been much longer. He's spent the last 30 years perfecting an unusual art form that is all about light, shadow, shape-and illusion. Nicholls is a paper sculptor who creates fantastically detailed birds and other animals that seem to leap, lean, or flutter straight out of their...
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  • Nature Benefits on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula

    Nature Benefits on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula

    4 monthes ago - By All About Birds

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    If there is one place that embodies Costa Rica's national maxim- pura vida , or “pure life”-it is the Osa Peninsula. Because Osa is brimming with life in many forms, a home for more than 450 bird species and 700 tree species, all concentrated into a place that's half the size of Rhode Island.
    Add it all up, and Osa hosts 2.5 percent of the planet's biodiversity on a peninsula that represents less...
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  • Whooping Crane Population Hits Historic High in 2018

    Whooping Crane Population Hits Historic High in 2018

    4 monthes ago - By All About Birds

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    For the first time since the late 1800s, there are more than 500 Whooping Cranes in the population that winters in south Texas.
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service aerial surveys counted 505 cranes in and around the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in 2018 as a part of their annual winter survey, a 17 percent increase from the previous year. These cranes-which migrate to Aransas from breeding grounds...
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  • Escalator to Extinction Carries Species Off the Top of a Mountain

    Escalator to Extinction Carries Species Off the Top of a Mountain

    4 monthes ago - By All About Birds

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    A basic rule of the Earth's climate-familiar to any kindergartner who's drawn snow-capped mountains on construction paper-is that the air gets cooler at higher elevations. This quirk of physics gives animals that live on mountains some temporary respite from climate change: as the world warms, they can move upslope to find temperatures they're accustomed and adapted to. But mountains don't go up...
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  • View from Sapsucker Woods: Grinnell's Mantra Rings True on a Peruvian Mountain

    View from Sapsucker Woods: Grinnell's Mantra Rings True on a Peruvian Mountain

    4 monthes ago - By All About Birds

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    Two years ago I described in this column my emotional return to a Peruvian mountain ridge where I had worked 30 years earlier. Back in the 1980s, my Field Museum colleagues and I carefully documented abundances and elevational limits for hundreds of bird species found along that forested mountain transect. In 2016, with recent Cornell PhD student Ben Freeman and others, we relocated our 1985 base camp and survey route up the mountain. In 2017, Ben and several...
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  • Winter is the Season to Find Massive Flocks of Waterfowl-Here's How

    Winter is the Season to Find Massive Flocks of Waterfowl-Here's How

    4 monthes ago - By All About Birds

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    Bird watching in January and February can bring tears to birders' eyes-literally, as birders battle bracing winds and snow-blinding sun while wincing resolutely into scopes. Eyebrows may begin to crust over with ice and extremities may lose sensation, but it's all worth it for the chance to see massive flocks of waterfowl out on rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.
    Winter is the time when ducks and...
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