Swallows & Martins
A long-standing program sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the Christmas Bird Count takes place each winter from December 14 to January 5 in designated 15-mile (24-km) circles across North America. Each circle count is conducted in one day. Thousands of bird watchers participate in this annual bird census, contributing data that is invaluable to assessing North American bird populations and guiding conservation action.
For two decades, development of a four-lane highway loop around Lawrence, Kansas, has been closing in on the place where BWD contributor Dave McDermott looks for birds in the morning and evening. Read more about the land development project and the efforts to mitigate its impact.
In the past 20 years, more than 1 million acres in Appalachia have been destroyed by mountaintop removal (MTR) mining. Author, artist, and contributor Julie Zickefoose discusses the environmental impact and threat posed to one of West Virginia's treasures, the cerulean warbler.