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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 […]
April 4, 2022
An Ipswich sparrow sporting a nano-tag at Assateague National Seashore.

Tracking reveals sexual differences in Ipswich sparrow winter and spring ecology

By: Chance Hines4/4/22 Spring is in the air and many of our wintering birds are preparing for their annual trip north after enduring the bitterness of […]
April 2, 2022
Chuck-will’s-widow on nest in Virginia.

Nightjar Network to Begin Exciting New Chapter

By: Bryan Watts4/1/2022 The Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) and the Maine Natural History Observatory (MNHO) have entered into an agreement to transition the operations of […]
January 14, 2022
Cover of the CCB 2021 Annual Report.

Baselines and Benchmarks

By Bryan Watts1/14/2022 Our perception of the natural world around us is shaped by first-hand experience.  But our world is rapidly changing and through generation upon […]
January 13, 2022
Map of the annual cycle for whimbrels from the Mackenzie Delta breeding population.

The annual cycle of whimbrels

By Bryan Watts1/13/2022 When Barry Truitt and I first established and flew aerial transects across the seaside of the lower Delmarva to survey staging whimbrels in […]
January 13, 2022
Adult with young in colony near Hopewell, Virginia

Virginia Cormorants Continue Historic Rise

By Bryan Watts1/13/2022 The double-crested cormorant is a widespread species throughout North America with significant breeding populations in the Northeast, Great Lakes, Pacific Northwest and Alaska.  […]