Center for Conservation Biology newsletter

Bald Eagles are doing great in Virginia, and so are Peregrine Falcons along the coast.  Should they be?

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Virginia bald eagle breeding population exceeds 1,000 pairs
The Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University has compiled 2016 survey results for the Virginia bald eagle population. After more than 160 hours of aerial surveys, ground efforts in residential areas of lower Tidewater, and observations from inland volunteers, the survey… Read more…

Conservation in conflict: peregrines and shorebirds in the mid-Atlantic
The outer coast of the mid-Atlantic region has become an important site for the conservation of both breeding peregrine falcons and migratory shorebirds. The region is a terminal, spring staging area where several shorebird species stop for an extended stay to build fat reserves for their final flight to arctic breeding grounds. The region has served this… Read more…

Assessment of shorebird hunting policies published
One of the greatest challenges in managing migratory birds is that they exist within a legal quandary. As a recognized principle of international law, states have sovereign rights over all wild animals that fall within their jurisdictional boundaries but no jurisdiction over animals outside of these boundaries… Read more…

Yellow-crowned night herons adjust to changing climate – continued
Yellow-crowned Night Herons are showing a clear response to the earlier and earlier appearance of spring temperatures in Virginia. The 2015 breeding season was the earliest recorded with pairs arriving and laying eggs more than 20 days earlier than pairs recorded in the same breeding areas during the 1960s. This trend continued in 2016… Read more…

Black-bellied plovers complete annual cycle
Three black-bellied plovers have been tracked from their wintering grounds back to their breeding grounds, completing the annual cycle of this species. These birds were originally tagged on Bathurst Island during the breeding season of 2015 by The Center for Conservation Biology and… Read more…

Blood work
Blood is a universal diagnostic tissue used to monitor a dizzying and expanding array of health indicators in humans. Blood is particularly attractive as an indicator tissue because it is relatively easy and non-invasive to collect and it contains a host of constituents that have been shown to reflect a wide range of health conditions such as organ function, disease exposure, nutritional status, and cancer activity… Read more…

Bald Eagles Making Strong Recovery in Virginia

The Washington Post (via Associated Press)

Virginia’s bald eagle population is thriving at levels not likely seen since before the United States was a country, one of the nation’s top eagle experts said Friday. A total of 1,070 occupied bald eagle nests were counted in this year’s survey by… Read more…
Bald eagles the comeback bird
Virginia Aquarium crews check on local osprey population


A crew from the Virginia Aquarium went throughout Hampton Roads Tuesday to check on the health and welfare of the local osprey population. “The Chesapeake Bay region has the largest concentration of osprey in the world,” said Reese… Watch story…

Peregrine chicks removed from JRB to relocate to Shenandoahs

Daily Press

Bryan Watts could talk falcon, he could tell the pair of furious birds dive-bombing him high on the James River Bridge early Friday that he was raiding their nest for the good of their own three chicks. That in a matter of days the trio would be big… Read more…

Encouraging signs for an endangered birds return to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

The Virginian-Pilot

The red-cockaded woodpecker flew in like a rocket, illuminated by a setting sun, ready to bed down for the night. Then she saw Don Schwab. “She went in, pecked around, saw me and left,”… Read more…

Bald Eagle Sex: The Acrobatic Mating of America’s National Bird

Live Science

The national animal of the United States, the bald eagle is one of the most recognizable birds in the country. But are the mating behaviors of these large raptors just as conspicuous as their “bald” heads? Bald eagles (Haliaeetus… Read more…

Osprey cams reel in a Baywide audience

Bay Journal

When Audrey returned to the shores of Kent Island last year with her new mate, Calico Tom, they once again enjoyed a devoted following as the subjects of an online reality show. Their followers helped them become foster parents after efforts to… Read more…

South Carolina shoreline vital for spring shorebird synergy

Charleston Mercury

Birding is not for everyone, but if one possesses a curiosity about avian life, then looking out for migratory birds each spring becomes a ritual. The coasts of Georgia and South Carolina are now the focus of a study by the Center for… Read more…

Leaving the nest

College of William and Mary News

Shane Lawler was taking care of business in a loblolly pine, 90 feet above Gospel Spreading Farm, unfazed by the agitated bald eagles spiraling around his head. “All right!” he yelled to Bryan Watts, waiting at the base of the tree. “I’ve got one bird in a bag.” The bird in the bag was a five-week-old male… Read more…
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