The Chat is Back!


by Christine Bishop, Environment and Climate Change Canada Feature photo by Jose Amorin In 2000, the Western Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens auricollis) population in British Columbia (BC) was listed, under the Canadian Species At Risk Act, as Endangered.  Its already restricted population had drastically declined due to the loss of over 85% of its key … Continue reading The Chat is Back!

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Connects Our World


A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was banded in fall 2019 by David La Puma of New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory. In February 2020, it was recaptured by Ariel Salinas at a research site in Reserva Silvestre Privada Concepción in Nicaragua, at least 3,000 km (1,864 miles) south. We don’t know its exact route, but … Continue reading Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Connects Our World

Prelude and Fugue in Bird Major: Why Birds Matter


by Patrick Kabanda If you comb through the literature of international affairs, you will find a litany of treaties, from the familiar to the obscure.  There’s the International Convention for the Suppression of the Circulation of and Traffic in Obscene Publications.  There’s the International Convention concerning the Transit of Animals, Meat and Other Products of … Continue reading Prelude and Fugue in Bird Major: Why Birds Matter

Making Connections for Hummingbird Conservation


In January 2020, Environment for the Americas, the University of Guadalajara, and the U.S. Forest Service offered a Hummingbird Monitoring for Conservation workshop at the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve in Jalisco Mexico. Our goal is to provide the skills biologists need to effectively learn about hummingbirds and to understand the threats to hummingbird populations. … Continue reading Making Connections for Hummingbird Conservation

Artist Sherrie York Presents the 2020 WMBD Poster


At long last we are settled on a poster design for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day! Twelve linocut birds connect conservation efforts across the world, and hopefully bring smiles to bird-lovers along the way. I’m honored and excited to be part of this year’s global conservation education campaign. While the “official” date will be celebrated in the … Continue reading Artist Sherrie York Presents the 2020 WMBD Poster

Connecting Schools Across the Americas


On the 24th of October, Wetland Link International and Environment for the Americas celebrated World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) with schools from across Latin America. About 50 students in Panama (C.E.B.G. Victoriano Chacón, Telebásica Playa Leona, C.E.B.G. Punta Chame, and C.E.B.G. Nueva Gorgona), Argentina (Escuela Municipal de Bellas Artes San Clemente de Tuyu), Chile (Colegio Wenga, … Continue reading Connecting Schools Across the Americas

Meet EFTA Interns


Environment for the Americas (EFTA) works to connect diverse people to conservation. One of the ways it accomplishes this goal is by providing unique opportunities to youth interested in national forests, national parks, wildlife refuges, other federal lands, and with other non-profit organizations. Three to five-month internships connect participants to avian research, environmental education, interpretation, … Continue reading Meet EFTA Interns

Water & Boreal Birds


By David Childs As millions of people across North America flock to swimming holes at nearby lakes and rivers to escape the heat, so too do billions of migratory birds. But for the birds, these waterways represent far more than just an opportunity to cool off. They represent the best chance these birds have of … Continue reading Water & Boreal Birds

27th Annual Hawkfest at Lake Erie Metropark Celebrates Raptor Migration


Kevin Arnold, Southern District Interpretive Services Supervisor of Huron-Clinton Metroparks in Michigan, shares with us the spectacle of thousands upon thousands of raptors that pass through Michigan each year during fall migration.  As autumn approaches, the thoughts of the staff at the Lake Erie Metropark Marshlands in Brownstown, Michigan turn to all things raptor because the Metropark is … Continue reading 27th Annual Hawkfest at Lake Erie Metropark Celebrates Raptor Migration