Alaskans can help answer 'Where have all the rusty blackbirds gone?'

...are a great way to help answer important questions about the birds that flood back to Alaska each spring," said Beth Peluso...years, scientists have made great strides in understanding the bird's breeding and wintering ecology, some of the threats...
My enemy: the buzz of the bird

The yellow house. It was beautiful. Way out Rink Creek in Gustavus. As if Gustavus isn't small enough as is, I lived seven miles outside the center of town. In the winters we were isolated down the long dirt road.
On the Trails: Skunk cabbage and its sex change abilities

...very near the nest site, preventing the birds from courtship and nest-building...playing, oblivious of the needs of the birds even when informed of the disturbing...kind of behavior is disrespectful of the birds and of the many other people who...
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to good feelings. The sun shone all weekend, the birds were chirping and the trails were packed. Spring is a time for good cheer and optimism in Alaska, but plenty of you seem to be...
Study lists Alaska climate change winners concluded.The study uses three scenarios to predict the bird and mammal habitat outcomes.The most conservative the past 30 years. Under that scenario, about half the bird species will experience habitat increases and about half...
JSO review: Jaw-dropping concert

...trill suggests the hum of insects. Flute and piccolo have quite active parts to play in portraying the birds in the next song, "Legend of the Birds". This is followed by "Cradle Song", a short, quiet, slow piece played only by strings. The...
On the Trails: As winter falls away, bears, hooters, mountain goats appear again

...rejects. And, I happily see "my" nuthatches again, after a long seasonal absence.The most exciting sighting in the bird way was a small flock of rusty blackbirds in the Dredge Lake area. As usual in my limited experience with them, they...
Photographer Bob Armstrong to lead Fireside chat

...all living things. For example, red-breasted sapsuckers drill wells in the bark of trees that collect pools of sap. The birds' efforts to feed themselves also bring forth essential food from the trees for early-arriving hummingbirds, red squirrels...
Living & Growing: Celebrating Nowruz

With the light increasing and the birds singing, it's easy to find a sense of hopeful eagerness as spring approaches (despite our lackluster winter).The impending...
On the Trails: Despite being tiny, bird brains can beat out humans

...just developed a couple of decades ago, and it shows that the birds are capable of insight.Some birds (parrots) are capable...hummingbird (smaller than a pea) is capable of guiding the bird on extended migrations, up and down the Pacific Rim...


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