Winter Work For Warblers-American Bird Conservancy

December 2015 eNews
Golden-winged Warbler, David Cree

As winter arrives, it might seem an odd time to think about the breeding grounds of Golden-winged Warblers. But in fact, winter in Minnesota is the perfect time to prepare for spring’s return of these beautiful, but rapidly declining, birds. Find out more about how “frigid forestry” benefits the Golden-wing.

You can help us go the extra mile for Golden-winged Warbler and other birds! Just two days left to double your impact; match expires Dec. 31.

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More Habitat for Rare Birds
One of the cornerstones of ABC is collaboration with Latin American conservation groups to safeguard rare birds. In 2015, with our support, our partners expanded bird reserves, protected additional habitat, and worked closely with communities to benefit birds including the Honduran Emerald and Santa Marta Parakeet.Steps to safeguard the rarest >>
Santa Marta Parakeet, ProAves

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Spotted Owl, Chris WarrenTwin Threats Contribute to Spotted Owl Decline
Since 1985, Northern Spotted Owl populations have declined by as much as 77 percent in Washington, 68 percent in Oregon, and 55 percent in California, according to a new study. The reason: twin threats of habitat loss and competition from the Barred Owl.Our take on Spotted Owl decline >>

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Flagship Environmental Legislation Under Attack
Nearly a century ago, the U.S. Congress passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act—a response to the slaughter and commercial trade of birds that contributed to the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and nearly finished off the country’s Snowy Egrets, too. But now, a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling may weaken this landmark law.Legal challenge to migratory birds >>
Snowy Egret, Ivan Kuzmin/Shutterstock

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Ringed-storm Petrel, PGTCLights, Lima, and the Ringed Storm-Petrel Project
Every year, residents of Lima, Peru, find stranded seabirds on their city streets. The birds are attracted to the city lights and become grounded. But thanks to our partner, the Ringed Storm-Petrel Project, more than 500 lost seabirds have been rescued. Since seabirds are among the most threatened birds in the world, these efforts really matter!Storm-petrel’s second chance >>

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Jocotoco BirdBlitz: Ecuador is for the Birds
More than 800 bird species occur in the bird reserves run by our partner Fundación Jocotoco in Ecuador. During the second annual BirdBlitz last month, birders saw 681 of them, from the giant Andean Condor to the tiny Esmeraldas Woodstar—both ABC priorities.More about the BirdBlitz >>
Andean Condor, Ammit Jack/Shutterstock

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Whooping Cranes, Laura EricksonParis Climate Talks and the Push for Renewable Energy
At ABC, we’re excited about the push for renewable energy coming out of the recent COP21 climate talks in Paris. We have one caveat, however: Let’s make sure we harness alternative energy sources in ways that don’t unintentionally kill birds.Our point of view on bird-smart energy >>

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