Introducing No Room at the Inn

Starting with the August 15 issue, we will publish a new regular column on bird rescues and sanctuaries. The new page, No Room at the Inn, will feature an individual bird rescue/sanctuary nonprofit each month. The column will cover a rescue or sanctuary's history, its goals and methods, and whether it provides adoption screening and … Continue reading Introducing No Room at the Inn

Hawaii’s ‘Io & Kilauea Volcano’s Eruption

By Mark LaBarre Volcano eruptions damage the surrounding environment in many ways. Mount Kilauea's recent activity has placed the endangered Hawaiian hawk, called 'Io, in great jeopardy, yet, like all flighted birds, the 'Io has certain survival advantages over other animals. Volcanologist Mark LaBarre, a native of Hawaii, provides a comprehensive overview of the impact … Continue reading Hawaii’s ‘Io & Kilauea Volcano’s Eruption

Stewardship, Birds & Conservation: A Rocha in Cruzinha, Portugal

Faith and religious values inform and motivate hopeful action. Intimidating global issues like deforestation, biodiversity and global warming may find practical solutions in the Ivory Tower, but often it takes faith and religious values to motivate manpower. A Rocha, an international organization of Christian stewardship, responds to the planet's biodiversity crisis with community-based conservation projects. … Continue reading Stewardship, Birds & Conservation: A Rocha in Cruzinha, Portugal

Decline of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

This year the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 ("MBTA", 16 U.S.C. 703-712) celebrates one century of international coordination on bird conservation with Canada. The MBTA is a US public law implementing a US-UK treaty negotiated by the United Kingdom on behalf of Canada. Later, Mexico, Japan and the Soviet Union (now as its successor … Continue reading Decline of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

World Wetlands Day: An observation

Tomorrow, February 2nd is World Wetlands Day.  This year's theme is Sustainable Urban Wetlands.  Currently half the world's population lives in urban settings, but by 2050 that figure will be 66 percent.  Shrinking wetlands will not only have huge impacts on wildlife, but their decline also affects the livability of cities. Read the latest Birds … Continue reading World Wetlands Day: An observation

Bird’s Eye View: January 15, 2018

At a time when we invest heavily in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy – and at a time when  species extinction has reached its highest rate in human history – we owe it to ourselves, our children, our common Earth to scrutinize carefully the cost/benefit ratio of offshore oil drilling. Read the … Continue reading Bird’s Eye View: January 15, 2018