National Geographic
Menu

Tag archives for ornithology

Henry Henshaw: The National Geographic Founder Who Helped Save America’s Birds

A friend of Henry Henshaw’s described him as having an “innate shyness and personal dignity,” along with a “ready wit and a whimsical sense of humor [that] gave him a most attractive personality.” Along with his quiet charm, the ornithologist was a passionate advocate for America’s birds. When he resigned as Chief of the Biological Survey in 1916, he left as his legacy not only the Migratory Bird Bill, but also the Migratory Bird Treaty with Great Britain, the mother of all subsequent pieces of international conservation legislation. He also left nearly 70 bird sanctuaries.

Bush Boyes on Expedition: Madinari “Mother of the Buffalo” Island to the Mombo Wilderness…

After a few hours of poling on the morning of Day 7 of the 2012 Okavango Wetland Bird Survey we were just about to leave the “People’s Delta” that had become home and turn E to Madinari (“Mother of the Buffalo”) Island on our way across impenetrable reed beds, thick papyrus, and a maze of small…

Bush Boyes on Expedition: Seronga to Jedibe Across the People’s Okavango…

The journey from Seronga to Jedibe takes us three to four days and poles the wetland bird survey through the unique aquatic habitats of the northern Okavango Delta with crystal clear water, vast reed and papyrus beds, the main rivers, expansive open floodplains, small, palm-covered islands, and beautiful, sparkling channels – you really get the…

Bush Boyes on Expedition: Community and Leaving Vundumtiki

Leaving Vundumtiki Island is always very hard. This expedition was only two weeks and left us gagging for more on the last day. We had already delayed by two days due to difficulties in accessing many of our nest boxes in the deep grass and overgrown bush. Hard work that thankfully kept us out there.…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #3

Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. In January 2011, the Wild Bird Trust set up a Facebook page with the intention of celebrating free flight and birds in the wild from around the world. Here are the “Top 25 Wild…

“uPholi” want a forest? Rescuing Africa’s most endangered parrot from extinction

The Cape Parrot is one of the most endangered bird species in South Africa with less than 1,000 individuals remaining in the wild. Most of the remaining wild population are infected by and dying from a Pssitacine Beak and Feather Disease epidemic that erupts during early winter each year. Early cold snaps and mild droughts escalate…

Audubon Would Be So Proud

Contributing Editor Jordan Schaul briefly reviews The Big Year starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.                           Last night I wandered into a theater in Anchorage to see what was playing. I literally heard a flock of trumpeter swans overhead as I…

Geographic Explorer Gets His Photo in Spite of Machete Attack

National Geographic grantee Cagan H. Sekercioglu and a colleague were on a night-time mission in Costa Rica last week, in quest of photographing a rare owl. Instead, they were attacked by a machete-wielding mob who thought they were thieves. Cagan, a senior researcher at Stanford University, California, and colleague Jim Zook, one of Costa Rica’s leading…