Archive for American Bird Conservancy

Only 30 Percent of Cerulean Warbler Population Remains: Ten-Year Landscape Conservation Initiative in Colombia Aims to Help Reverse Declines

A ten-year effort carried out by three conservation groups has led to the establishment of a critical six-mile long by half-mile wide conservation corridor in Colombia that provides important winter habitat for the iconic Cerulean Warbler, a small but spectacular bird that has seen its population plummet 70 percent since 1966. Continue reading

Five Years After Deepwater Horizon Spill, Growing Gulf-Wide Effort Protects Beach Nesting Birds

The April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon spill was a horrific event that impacted the lives of many families as well as the gulf environment. But there are bright spots that periodically emerge, such as a report from American Bird Conservancy (ABC) on a Gulf-wide, multi-partner bird conservation effort that continues to gain momentum and deliver important successes in protecting wild birds impacted by the spill. Continue reading

Bird Conservation Group Calls for Changes in Collection of Data at Wind Developments

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to institute a new system of pre-construction risk assessment and bird and bat mortality data collection in connection with hundreds of thousands of bird (and bat) deaths being caused by wind turbines and the likelihood that that number could substantially exceed one million deaths when the industry reaches its full build out capacity by 2030 or before. Continue reading

Largest City in Northern California to Adopt Bird-Friendly Building Guidelines

San José, the capital of Silicon Valley, has become the fourth and largest California city to enact bird-friendly building guidelines. Previously, ordinances were adopted by San Francisco in 2011 and Oakland in 2013, while guidelines were adopted by Sunnyvale in 2014. Continue reading

Tree Planting Effort in Peru’s Vilcanota Mountains Tops One Million Mark

In an effort that is ultimately expected to benefit several imperiled bird species, including the Royal Cinclodes and the White-browed Tit-Spinetail, more than 900 people from four central Peruvian communities came together recently in a tree planting festival that resulted in 57,100 saplings being planted in a single day, bringing the total number of trees planted in a larger reforestation effort to over one million. Continue reading

Ecuadorian Reserve Expanded to Protect Last Population of Bird Species

Fundación Jocotoco, an Ecuadorian conservation organization, has collaborated with American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and Rainforest Trust to purchase 104 acres of land that, although representing a small area, will help ensure a future for one of the world’s most endangered bird species. Continue reading

Wading Bird Nesting in Key U.S. Area Plummets 28 Percent

One of the nation’s largest and most important wading bird breeding areas—south Florida, which includes Everglades National Park—has seen wading bird nesting plummet 28 percent below 2013 levels and about 18 percent below the nine-year average for the area. Continue reading

Leading Bird Group Files Petition to Regulate the Wind Industry

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has filed a formal petition with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) calling for the agency to establish new regulations governing the impacts of wind energy projects on migratory birds. Continue reading

Efforts to Conserve Cerulean Warbler Get Big Boost from $8 Million in Project Funding

A five-year project targeting conservation of the imperiled and iconic Cerulean Warbler and focusing on the states of Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia got a big boost following the granting of $8 million in funding from the Dept. of Agriculture’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Continue reading

$10 Million Forest Restoration Project Will Benefit Imperiled Golden-winged Warbler, Dozens of Wildlife Species in MN, WI, and MI

A large forest management and habitat conservation effort was announced today by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that will target improvements on approximately 64,000 acres of key habitat in the Great Lakes states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin with one of the key anticipated outcomes being the avoidance of an Endangered Species Act listing for the imperiled Golden-winged Warbler (GWWA). Continue reading