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January 11, 2023
CCB staff inspecting an RCW cavity with a telescoping pole

RCW Cavity Creation Benefits the Surrounding Piney Grove Animal Community

By: Chance Hines1/9/23 During late autumn, a biologist from The Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) approaches a cavity created by a red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) at Piney […]
January 11, 2023
A bald eagle nest just off the Poropotank River in Virginia in 2003.

Chesapeake Eagles Shift Behavior

By: Bryan Watts1/11/23 We often think of animal behaviors as static species traits.  While some behaviors such as courtship rituals may be stylized and relatively robust […]
January 11, 2023
Breeding female on the Eltham Bridge.

Virginia peregrine population continues to climb

By: Bryan Watts1/10/23 The Virginia breeding population of peregrine falcons continued its climb in 2022 with a modern record of 34 known breeding pairs.  The record […]
January 10, 2023
The song sparrow is one of the most polytypic bird species in North America

Atlantic song sparrow declines

By: Bryan Watts1/10/23 The song sparrow is likely the most polytypic species in North America if not the world.  More than 50 subspecies have been proposed […]
January 9, 2023
Argentina mixed crew

Working Together

By: Bryan Watts1/6/2023 Our nation stands as a house divided against itself.  Somewhere along the way we have lost our sense of common purpose.  We increasingly […]
October 6, 2022
Whimbrel fitted with transmitter.

Tracking Whimbrel

By: Bryan Watts10/5/22 CCB has formed a collaborative with Dominion Energy and The Nature Conservancy to better understand the risks posed by offshore wind facilities to […]
October 6, 2022
A trail camera photograph of a female American black duck with three ducklings

Trail Cameras Capture Bayside Birdlife

By: Chance Hines10/4/2022 The bayside of Virginia’s Eastern Shore supports some of the most extensive saltmarsh habitat in the state and has been designated as an […]
October 6, 2022
A gray catbird gleans a ripe fruit from a viburnum bush

Ripening Fruits Fuel Migrating Songbirds

By: Chance Hines10/4/2022 Autumn approaches and, sensing this seasonal shift, migratory songbirds throughout our region begin making their way towards wintering destinations as far away as […]
October 6, 2022
Eastern black rail in marsh.

Chasing Black Rails

By: Bryan Watts10/4/22 It is 2:30 on an April night in 1993 and I am standing on the edge of the Guinea marshes along the western […]
September 30, 2022

Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers at Peak Population Size in Virginia

By Chance Hines9/30/2022 The red-cockaded woodpecker has been classified as endangered since 1970 by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Virginia supports the northern-most […]
July 11, 2022
Peregrine falcon with brood of two males and two females.

From penthouse view to penthouse view

By: Bryan Watts7/10/22 The pair of peregrine falcons that has been inhabiting in a nest box on the roof of the Armada Hoffler Building in the […]
July 11, 2022
Common raven.

Quarry Birds

By: Bryan Watts7/10/22 The high demand for rock and other resources to supply our growing infrastructure needs along with modern quarry techniques and machinery is creating […]
July 11, 2022
Results of aerial surveys for occupied bald eagle nests 1976-2016

New Paper: Social burden and bald eagle recovery

By: Bryan Watts7/10/22 Survival of the majority of the endangered species in the United States will ultimately depend on our ability to manage habitats on private […]
July 7, 2022
Jan Reese talking osprey and other species over lunch

The osprey man of Tilghman

By: Bryan Watts7/7/2022 It is impossible to think about osprey in the upper Chesapeake Bay, particularly around the area of the Choptank River and Eastern Bay, […]
July 1, 2022
Muskrat skulls collected from eagle nests along the middle James River.

Eagles and Muskrats

By: Bryan Watts6/29/22 We turn south onto Occupacia, one of the most productive creeks along the Rappahannock.  Ducks rise up in waves ahead of us leaving […]
April 7, 2022
Male peregrine in a stoop.  Males do most of the hunting and brood provisioning.

Recent Literature from CCB

4/7/2022 Whimbrel populations differ in trans-atlantic pathways and cyclone encounters. 2021 Nature Scientific Reports Watts, Smith, Hines, Duval, Hamilton, Keyes, Paquet, Pririe-Dominix, Rausch, Truitt, Winn and […]
April 7, 2022
Truncated map of CCB report downloads by country.

Find CCB research on ScholarWorks

By: Bryan Watts4/6/2022 One of CCB’s objectives is to make information available that will have a positive impact on conservation outcomes.  CCB conducts primary conservation research.  […]
April 7, 2022
John Dos Passos, wife Elizabeth and daughter Lucy on farm at Spence’s Point

Dos Passos: A conservation legacy

By Bryan Watts4/6/22 Bald eagles have now recovered throughout most of their range and certainly within the Chesapeake Bay.  Now, so long removed from the silent […]