Swainson's HawkSwainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) photo by Larry Jordan

The Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) is listed as threatened in California. Its numbers have declined significantly in parts of the western United States; and in the western Canadian prairie, reproduction of the Swainson’s Hawk has dropped since the mid-1980s, following a decline in its main prey species, Richardson’s ground squirrel. In 1995, satellite telemetry was used for the first time to investigate Swainson Hawk migration; these studies revealed that thousands of these hawks were dying in Argentina as a result of the use of pesticides.

Go read my latest West Coast Beat Writer post on Swainson’s Hawks in Plumas County over at 10000 Birds!

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How Wolves Change Rivers

by Larry on September 27, 2014

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The Bank Swallow Is On the List of Common Birds in Steep Decline

September 24, 2014
Bank Swallow

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) photo by Larry Jordan As part of the recently released 2014 State of the Birds Report the Bank Swallow is listed as one of the common birds in steep decline. The report identifies 33 species that do not meet the Watch List criteria but are declining rapidly in many areas. These […]

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Nearly Half of Our Birds Are at Risk of Extinction This Century

September 10, 2014
Common Loon

The National Audubon Society’s Birds and Climate Change Report should give us all deep cause for concern. The findings are heartbreaking: Nearly half of the bird species in the United States will be seriously threatened by 2080, and any of those could disappear forever. For the first time, Audubon scientists have analyzed decades of historical […]

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Huckleberry Wolf Pack Loses One of Their Own – 2012 Revisited

August 27, 2014
Stop Killing Wolves

One member of the Huckleberry Wolf Pack in Stevens County Washington confirmed killed. A press release from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) which stated “Personnel from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife continued their effort today to find and remove up to four wolves from a pack that has killed at least […]

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Mountain Chickadees Showing Off at 10000 Birds

August 27, 2014
Mountain Chickadee Nestling

Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) photo by Larry Jordan Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds on the Mountain Chickadee. It includes several photos of the adult birds as they come in to feed the nestling pictured above. I also included a HD YouTube Video showing great close ups of this […]

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The World Loses an Exceptional Comedian and a Compassionate Human Being

August 12, 2014
Robin Williams

To quote Eric Deggans from his NPR piece this morning: “For many years, Robin Williams seemed like a talent who had no off switch. From his standup comedy work to TV roles to talk show appearances to Oscar-caliber movies and performances on Broadway, Williams was a dervish of comedy — tossing off one-liners, biting asides […]

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The Conspicuous Steller’s Jay at 10000 Birds

July 30, 2014
Steller's Jay

Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) photo by Larry Jordan Check out my latest West Coast Beat Writer post on the Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) seen at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Did you like this? Share it:

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The Eurasian Collared-Dove Explosion at 10000 Birds

July 23, 2014
Eurasian Collared-Dove

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) photo by Larry Jordan Invasive species week is happening at 10000 Birds! Make sure to check out my latest post on the Eurasian Collared-Dove and see how quickly this species is spreading across North America. Did you like this? Share it:

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Portrait of the Juvenile Acorn Woodpecker

July 13, 2014
Acorn Woodpecker Juvenile

Acorn Woodpecker Juvenile (Melanerpes formicivorus) photo by Larry Jordan Acorn Woodpeckers (Melanerpes formicivorus) nest on my property here in Northern California. They are conspicuous, gregarious and a joy to watch. Click on photos for full sized images. This woodpecker is a cooperative breeder and lives in family groups of up to a dozen or more […]

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Violet-green Swallows Nesting on My Bluebird Trail

June 18, 2014
Violet-green Swallow Male

Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) Male photo by Larry Jordan Don’t miss my latest West Coast Beat Writer post over at 10000 Birds! There are photographs of Violet-green Swallows, and their eggs and nestlings too. There is also a video I shot of the parent birds going in and out of the nest box. Did you […]

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EXPOSED – USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife

June 4, 2014
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The United States Department of Agriculture’s “Wildlife Services” is a rogue organization that kills over 100,000 native predators and millions of birds each year, including Endangered Species. This killing agency is supported by tens of millions of our tax dollars each year. You can view an interactive graphic showing the number and variety of animals […]

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Join the Conversation on the Duck Stamp and the Lack of Funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System Over at 10000 Birds

May 21, 2014
Wildlife Conservation Stamp Fox Kit

The National Wildlife Refuge system is one of America’s greatest treasures. It preserves habitat, protects wildlife. and provides diverse nature experiences for visitors from around the world. See what other birders, wildlife photographers and conservationists have to say about creating an addition income stream for our National Wildlife Refuge System and leave your enlightened comments […]

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Celebrate Earth Day 2014

April 21, 2014
Earth Day 2014

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Read about how Earth Day Became a Global […]

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