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A bird of the Americas, kestrel needs global help to face climate change

Bright sunshine made the cold almost pleasant. Brilliant blue skies threw the barren trees into high relief. The gentlest of breezes played with the tawny grasses. The refuge was quiet except for a gentle rustling of the meadow and distant bird calls.

We had just pulled into the refuge’s parking lot when we saw a bird perched on a power line. The bird’s color and size immediately told us we were looking at an American kestrel.

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For wren and writer, home is where the birdhouse hangs

Well before sunrise in early May it started: a loud chattering, burbling, cascading torrent of notes. From just outside our bedroom window, the birdsong filled the early morning air. It would continue virtually all day and go on well into the...

Common gallinule uncommonly delightful in any landscape

The bald eagles were everywhere we looked, soaring through the summer sky and perching on top of a half-dozen loblolly pines. There were mature adults and several younger birds, and all of it was exhilarating. My wife, Pat, had entered the...

Tricolored herons: Here today, but where tomorrow?

Dropping out of the opalescent sky with its neck neatly tucked back, the heron floated into view. Swinging its long legs forward at the last second, the graceful bird landed at the edge of an open pool of water. The blue-gray body stood out...

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