Oldest known wild bird making a new nest at Midway Atoll. A 64-year-old female Laysan Albatross has arrived at Midway Atoll with her mate and is building a new nest. Wisdom, as she has been named by U.S. Fish & Wildlife staff, is 64 years old, and has reared 36 chicks over her extraordinarily long life. We'll share news about her nest as we get it.
Photography Alan McFayden spent six years trying to get the perfect photo of a kingfisher. Then he nailed it. Seriously, you've got to check out this photo.
This is Cindy Lashbrook, an organic farmer from Merced County. She partners with our Working Lands Program to create bird habitat on her property. Her dream is to one day have the threatened Yellow-billed Cuckoo subspecies live and breed on her land.
This Thanksgiving, send Cindy and other farmer bird heroes like her a thank you note. Click here to learn more.
Helping out on the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey. This is the time of year for the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey, run by Point Blue Conservation Science. We've got a team helping out, and we got the Oakland Airport. Lots of birds, but not exactly the scenic landscape one hopes for on these things. Ah well, anything that helps the birds.
In case you're keeping track, there hasn't been any research yet showing how the drought is great for birds. On the the other hand, there've been plenty showing how the drought is hurting them. Here's another on the latter side, showing how drought is actually reducing birdsong in the San Gabriel Mountains:
"Jenny Rechel has been studying birds in the San Dimas Experimental Forest above Glendora for 19 years. These days, she's hearing fewer species come through — a result of the historic four-year drought that continues to plague the state. Seems like there’s fewer bird calls," the U.S. Forest Service researcher said. "I hear less calling, especially in the areas by the streams."
Audubon California Executive Director Brigid McCormack recently talked about the thousands of migratory birds making their way to San Francisco Bay on KQED. Check it out: