Support Idaho Bird Observatory’s Long-billed Curlew Satellite Tracking Project

Anna FasoliConservation Issues, Field Work, Migration, Science1 Comment

In the summer of 2011, Alex and I spent a few months working for Idaho Bird Observatory near Boise, Idaho. We spent a lot of time on public lands searching for Long-billed Curlew nests in a region that once had a healthy population of nesting curlews. What we found was not what we had expected (as two hopeful biologists); we … Read More

Tips for eBirding the PA Migration Count

Drew WeberBird Finding Tips, Birding, Conservation Issues, eBird, Listing, TutorialLeave a Comment

Each year on the second Saturday of May, Pennsylvania birders hit the forests, lakes and fields to find as many species as they can in each county. This is a great opportunity to get out and bird at the peak of spring warbler migration. The goal of the project is to gain a better understanding of the populations of birds … Read More

The American Kestrel story

Drew WeberAnalysis, Conservation Issues, distribution, General News and Info, Migration, Ranges and Distributions, Science6 Comments

American Kestrels have experienced some pretty severe declines in parts of their range. This was most recently brought to my attention while reading Clay Sutton’s article ‘Killy Killy No More’ in the November 2011 edition of Birding. This article was perhaps inspired by the fact that American Kestrel was the 2011 ABA Bird of the Year. More locally, there was … Read More

TRULY rare birds

Andy McGannBirding, Conservation Issues, distribution, General News and Info, Rarities, Science14 Comments

What is the rarest bird you’ve seen? We here at Nemesis Bird would like to know. But first, what do we mean by “rare”? If you pay attention to the news, you probably heard that the global human population recently surpassed seven billion. NPR followed up with a story about how many other species are in the “club”, with populations … Read More

Happy International Vulture Awareness Day!

Alex LamoreauxConservation Issues, General News and Info1 Comment

Vultures play a pivotal role in ecosystems across the world but don’t get the credit they deserve, and are facing major declines in many areas. Today is a day to recognize and honor these beautifully-ugly birds and highlight the importance of vulture species as well as spread the word about vulture conservation. Check out this link for more info and … Read More

Louisiana barrier islands- shorebird heaven

Drew WeberConservation Issues, General News and Info, ScienceLeave a Comment

Thanks to Joe V for sharing this on Facebook. This is some really splendid footage of shorebirds and waders that use the barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana. The islands are critical habitat for so many of these species and is rapidly disappearing. Learn more from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Request for Photos of Birds with Bugs

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird News, Conservation Issues, General News and Info, Photography, Research, Science1 Comment

Dr. Doug Tallamy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, is looking for good photos of birds carrying insects for a study he is doing in hopes of measuring the impact of invasive plants on insect prey available to birds. Here is what Dr. Tallamy is looking for in his own … Read More

First Few Days of Cuckoo Field Work

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird News, Bird Sightings, Conservation Issues, Field Work, General News and Info, Photography, Research, Science1 Comment

Anna and I arrived in Blythe, California on the 14th and hit the ground running; the morning of the 15th we went to one of our most popular sites for cuckoos, the sites we call CVCA1 and CVCA 2 (CVCA = Cibola Valley Conservation Area). These sites border each other and create a rather large area of mass-planted willows and … Read More

What a Vice President Palin would mean for birds

Drew WeberAnalysis, Conservation Issues5 Comments

Image by bobster1985 via Flickr Now that John McCain has picked a running mate, Sarah Palin, it is a good time to take a look at what a Republican victory this fall might mean for birds and wildlife.  Endangered Species For some time now, the Republican party has not been particularly friendly to the conservation agenda. The Endangered Species Act … Read More

Donate to Conservation: Sharpe’s Longclaw

Drew WeberConservation Issues1 Comment

The crew at has started an effort to raise money for a survey of an endangered and endemic bird in Kenya; the Sharpe’s Longclaw. The longclaws belong to the same family (Motacillidae) as the American Pipit and wagtails. According to BirdLife International, there are only between 10,000 and 20,000 Sharpe’s Longclaws remaining. The Sharpe’s Longclaw has an extremely restricted … Read More