April 5, 2018

Eagles after the storm

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 April 5, 2018 For the Northeast coast, the winter of 2017-2018 went out with a dramatic train of […]
April 4, 2018

Georgia coast critical for migrating red knots

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 and Fletcher Smith | fmsmit@wm.edu | (757) 221-1617 April 4, 2018 The coast of Georgia plays a significant […]
April 3, 2018

A good year for woodpeckers

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 April 3, 2018 2017 was a good year for red-cockaded woodpeckers in Virginia.  The combined spring, breeding, and […]
April 2, 2018

Networking Eagles

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 April 2, 2018 Nonbreeding bald eagles are highly social and form communal roosts around profitable foraging sites.  We […]
March 30, 2018

Flying to Mecca

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 March 30, 2018 Fletcher Smith and I had been working birds on the Acadian Peninsula for ten days. […]
January 8, 2018

Gender Divide in Bald Eagles

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 January 8, 2018 Unlike many familiar bird species, male and female bald eagles have identical plumage making them […]
January 8, 2018

Virginia Peregrines have Mixed Year in 2017

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 January 7, 2018 Virginia supported a known population of 29 pairs of peregrine falcons during the 2017 breeding […]
January 8, 2018

Moving Woodpeckers 3

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 January 6, 2018 “She’s a peeker,” I whispered over the radio to let Bart Paxton know that the […]
January 3, 2018

Using the sword of Damocles to decapitate The Migratory Bird Treaty Act

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 January 3, 2018 On 22 December as the nation was gearing down for the festive Christmas holiday, the […]
October 6, 2017

A tough year for Chesapeake osprey

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 October 6, 2017 The grumblings have gotten louder and louder over the past three years and have increasingly […]
October 5, 2017

Clutch size in Chesapeake Bay bald eagles: an unexpected history

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 October 5, 2017 There was a time during the late 1800s through the mid-1900s when bird eggs were […]
October 4, 2017

No good news for eastern black rails in NC and GA

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 October 4, 2017 The eastern black rail is listed as endangered in six states and is currently under […]
October 3, 2017

Reese Lukei, Jr.

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 October 3, 2017 One half hour before dawn we walked the trail in darkness with no conversation, placed […]
September 13, 2017

Hope survives

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 September 13, 2017 Irma, the storm that began as a puff of wind off the western coast of […]
September 12, 2017

The leaving ecology of whimbrel

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 September 12, 2017 We have spent years standing on Box Tree Dock listening for their rallying calls through […]
July 13, 2017

National Park Service and CCB continue to assess exposure of eagle nestlings to contaminants

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 July 13, 2017 The National Park Service (NPS) is the keeper of our most precious crowned jewels. It […]
July 12, 2017

Crossover Knots

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 July 12, 2017 HHE is a red knot with the code “HHE” stamped in black letters on a […]
July 11, 2017

James River eagle recovery enters final chapter

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 July 11, 2017 One of the enduring questions in population ecology is: what determines the size of a […]
July 10, 2017

Late arrival and breeding in juvenile-plumaged night herons

By Bryan Watts | bdwatt@wm.edu | (757) 221-2247 July 10, 2017 Age to first breeding is a relatively consistent trait across heron species and typically coincides […]
July 5, 2017

Cliff swallow population explosion continues in coastal Virginia

Cliff swallows are a wonder to see up close. Adults are richly colored in a combination of deep chestnut, cream, blue, and salmon that is reminiscent […]
June 23, 2017

Woodpecker partnership records first success within the Great Dismal Swamp

Conservation partners are celebrating the first successful breeding of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker within the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Two young woodpeckers were banded on […]
April 7, 2017

Assisting with Conservation of the Steppe Whimbrel

The Steppe Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus alboaxillaris) is one of the least studied forms of migratory shorebirds on earth. The form was first described in 1921, and […]
April 6, 2017

Another Raptor Kill in Argentina

José Sarasola has reported another large raptor kill in the La Pampa Province of Argentina. José is the director of El Centro para el Estudio y Conservacion […]
April 5, 2017

Big Mud

One day after our arrival in Panama City, we stood on the shoreline looking in awe over the mudflats that stretch out into the blue haze […]