Bird Watch

Quick Stop at the Petrel Station

I drove through Punakaiki recently. Once a year this west coast town holds a festival to welcome the Westland petrel back home to New Zealand after its annual sojourn to South American waters. Amid a weekend of music and revelry, ...

World Seabird Twitter Conference

The fourth annual World Seabird Twitter Conference took place over this past week, with seabird researchers all over the globe chiming in around the clock for three days straight. You don’t need a Twitter account to peruse the presentations: #...

Seabird Riches on the Poor Knights Islands

In the far north of New Zealand lie the rugged Poor Knights Islands, off-limits to terrestrial tourism, but surrounded by a stunning marine reserve containing one of Jacques Cousteau’s top ten dive sites. Why are these prismatic waters so ...

Ghostbusting the “Extinct” New Zealand Storm Petrel

It’s well past midnight on Little Barrier Island, called Hauturu in Māori—”resting place of the wind.” Six of us have been lying on our backs in the wet grass since nightfall, squinting through the spatter of raindrops ...

Finding the World’s Most Endangered Gull

When I set out to find a nesting colony of the most endangered gull in the world, I fully expected to fail. Not that it should be hard to find if you’re in the right place, and I was—...

Just a Seagull? Nope

There's no such thing as a seagull, according to certain pedants. How can that be? Because it's a gull—actually, one of about fifty gull species living in habitats all over the world, oceanic and otherwise. They range from the ...

Cliffhanger! Risking Life and Limb for Fluffy Seabirds

 Supposedly I didn’t show any fear during my first abseil, down a 70-meter seacliff south of Dunedin, New Zealand. Thank you, poker face. But in truth, it was amazement more than fear that I felt while hanging vertiginously over ...

Return of the Penguins

This is Part Four of “Voyage of the Yellow-eyed Penguin” (See Part One, Part Two, Part Three) Last explorations of Eden 14 November 2017 Waterfall Inlet and Lake Hinemoa Today started out pretty OK. Just another morning in the subantarctic, in an ...

Governments unite to conserve the world’s heaviest flying animal

Asian range countries of the world’s heaviest flying bird, the great bustard, will coordinate the conservation of highly threatened populations of the species after a unanimous show of support at the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Migratory ...

2017-18 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytellers Announced

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Geographic Society announced today the selection of the 2017-2018 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows. The five American Fulbright-National Geographic Storytellers are: Toby Cox, who ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #95

The Wildbird Trust is proud to present the 95th edition of the Top 25 Wild Bird Photos of the Week! Thank you to everyone who submitted photographs and congratulations on being selected! Please keep submitting photographs by posting them directly to ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #94

The Wild Bird Trust presents the 94th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”! These photographs have been hand-picked from over a hundred submissions that came in over the last week! Bird photographers from around the world ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #93

The Wild Bird Trust proudly presents this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week! Thank you to all the photographers for contributing your work and please keep your beautiful photographs coming! Please share the blog, follow us on ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #92

Here it is, the 92nd edition of the Wild Bird Trust’s “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”! All the photographs in this section have been submitted to our Facebook page by talented bird photographers from around the world. ...

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #91

The Wild Bird Trust proudly presents the 91st edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”! Thank you to all photographers for contributing your beautiful work and sharing with us the wonders of the avian world. Please continue ...