American Bird Conservancy – eNEWS: March 2016

March 2015 eNewsletter
Mountain Bluebird, Tom Reichner/Shutterstock

Across the western United States, Mountain Bluebird and many other birds easily become trapped in the 3 million or more PVC pipes that mark mining claims. Unable to escape, the birds die of starvation or dehydration. Now, our partners at the Bureau of Land Management have taken important action to reduce this threat.

How this ABC-supported action is saving cavity-nesting birds,
including bluebirds, flycatchers, and owls >>

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Rare as Gold: Help Save
the El Oro Parakeet
El oro means “gold” in Spanish and is an appropriate way to describe this parakeet of Ecuador. With fewer than 1,000 birds remaining, this species is even rarer than its namesake precious metal. Will you join our global campaign with World Land Trust and Fundación Jocotoco to save one of the rarest American birds?

Act now; time is limited >>

El Oro Parakeet, Francisco Sornoza

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Painted Bunting, Larry ThompsonBirds Hitting Windows? Make Your Windows Bird-Smart!
This beautiful bird, the Painted Bunting, is one of the ‎birds most often killed in window collisions. Since spring bird migration is a peak time for birds hitting windows, it’s time to take action! Try one of these easy ways to make your windows “bird smart.”

Make your home windows safe for birds >>

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Winter Warbler Habitat Protected in Guatemala
Kentucky Warbler (shown) is one of 25-plus warbler species that benefit from the recent Tapon Creek Reserve expansion in Guatemala, managed by partner FUNDAECO and supported by ABC and World Land Trust. The addition of more than 1,600 acres also provides habitat for Wood Thrush and many other migratory birds.

See birds of Guatemala’s
Tapon Creek Reserve >>

Kentucky Warbler, Tessa Nickels

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Newell's Shearwater, Jack JeffreyFor Rare Hawaiian Birds, Cats Are Unwelcome Neighbors
When Europeans brought cats to Hawai‘i, they probably had no idea what havoc would result. Last year alone, officials at a Hawaiian refuge discovered that cats had killed at least 237 endangered birds, including Hawaiian Stilt and Hawaiian Common Gallinule. Endangered Newell’s Shearwater (shown) is another victim of cat attacks.

Read why cats are unwelcome neighbors for rare Hawaiian birds >>

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Colombian Reserve
Secures More Habitat
for Rare Tanagers
The ‎Tanagers Reserve in Colombia provides habitat for a huge number of species found nowhere else in the world. Named for two rare tanagers, the Gold-ringed and the Black-and-gold (shown), the reserve has now expanded by more than 900 acres thanks to a collaboration among partners, including ABC.

How we’re helping protect one of
Earth’s “birdiest” places >>

Black-and-Gold Tanager, Fundacion ProAves

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White Terns, Serge Vero/ShutterstockNative or Not? Hawaiian Birds Aren’t Always What They Seem
Hawai’i is full of amazing birds. But many don’t belong there. Introduced as pets or to control pests, more than 50 non-native bird species now compete with natives like the graceful White Tern or Manu-o-Ku (shown), Honolulu’s official bird.

Test your knowledge of
Hawaiian birds >>

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Agreement for Seabirds Gets Another Look in Congress
Seabirds like the Short-tailed Albatross (shown) are among the most threatened ‎bird species in the world—and a priority for ABC. The Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act, introduced in the U.S. Congress by Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California, aims to increase international efforts to protect
these imperiled ‎birds.

Learn more and take action for seabirds >>

Short-tailed Albatross, Kirk Zufelt

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