Migrations: The Triumphant Comeback of the Aleutian Cackling Goose

Migrations: The Triumphant Comeback of the Aleutian Cackling Goose Aleutian Cackling Geese, which have a slighter build and shorter beak than Canada Geese, build their nests on a chain of islands off the western coast of Alaska. In the 1700s, fur traders introduced foxes to the islands, nearly wiping out the geese. For decades, they […]

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron BirdNote® The Far-flung Black-crowned Night-Heron Written by Bob Sundstrom This is BirdNote. The sight of herons standing in a marsh, stabbing at prey in the shallows, is familiar in many places. But a few heron species shun the daylight to hunt their prey by night. One of these nocturnal specialists, the Black-crowned Night-Heron, […]

Elusive Cinereous Owl Gets Species Status in 2021 Taxonomy Update

Elusive Cinereous Owl Gets Species Status in 2021 Taxonomy Update Cornell Lab digital media manager Andrew Spencer coauthored research that made the case for a new Cinereous Owl species. This owl’s vocalizations are distinct from those of the Barred Owl and it has a distinct habitat preference (restricted to high-elevation pine forests). The northern edge […]

Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary Adds 88 Acres

Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary Adds 88 Acres From the Autumn 2021 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now. In February 2021, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology added 88 acres to its Sap­sucker Woods Sanctuary in Ithaca, N.Y. The new land acquisition increases the size of Sapsucker Woods by nearly 40% and adds shrubland habitat to the […]

Gallery: A Sandhill Crane’s Fall Colors

Gallery: A Sandhill Crane’s Fall Colors Sandhill Crane by Steve Jessmore. More From Living Bird From the Autumn 2021 issue of Living Bird magazine. Subscribe now. Photographer Steve Jessmore went out to shoot the vibrant fall foliage reflecting off Wildwing Lake in Milford, Michigan, when he happened upon this Sandhill Crane. The bird was one […]