Archive for For the Birds

Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay Off-Limits to Oil Drilling

Climate Change, For the Birds, Gulf of Mexico Oil Blow-Out, Homepage, News, Pollution, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Whales on March 10th, 2015 No Comments

When it comes to the Obama administration’s recent move to open portions of the Atlantic coast to oil exploration, I’m a bit out of synch with environmentalists who are worried about the big spill. They warn of another Deepwater Horizon or Exxon Valdez-type fiasco coming to the Southeast. But to me, it’s just about the […]

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How Climate Change is Sinking Seabirds

Climate Change, For the Birds, Homepage on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By Carl Safina Far out in the center of the cobalt pacific, hundreds of miles from the next atoll—about as far from a continent as it’s possible to get—Laysan Island seems like the morning of the world, a place you and I aren’t meant to see. The atoll measures roughly two by three miles; you […]

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The Passenger Pigeon, A Requiem

For the Birds, Homepage, News on December 21st, 2014 No Comments

By Carl Safina September 1, 2014, marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of what had been the most abundant bird in the Americas, and likely the world. By 1850, the Passenger Pigeon was still the most abundant bird in the Americas. Around that same time, a long-distance migrant bird called the Eskimo Curlew was […]

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Killing swans is a bad idea

For the Birds, Mute Swans, News on March 5th, 2014 1 Comment

Originally posted on  CNN.com Feb 21, 2014 I was driving my daughter to her boyfriend’s house. About 20 mute swans were floating in the shallows near the shore of Conscience Bay in the Long Island Sound. I wondered whether, in all good conscience, I should ruin my daughter’s swan swoon. “Take a good look at […]

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GYRE Expedition – Day 5- Bearing Witness; Witnessing Bears. Act 2 (Wednesday, June 12)

Bears, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Ocean Plastic, Pollution, Travels on June 26th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/15/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/15/gyre-expeditio…nesday-june-12/ ‎ A mile down the beach and a mile out on the flat more-or-less, another mother trails three cubs from clam-hole to clam-hole. When she spots a big dark male headed her way from half a mile away, she moves off, in a hurry and a worry, frequently […]

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GYRE Expedition, Day 4 – Landing in Hallo Bay (Tuesday, June 11)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Ocean Plastic, Pollution, Travels on June 25th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/13/gyre-expeditio…uesday-june-11/ We spent several morning hours steaming west across Shelikof Strait to Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park, and landed the skiff on a rocky ledge at one end of a long bite of black beach backed spectacularly by the snow-peaked Alaska Range and Hallo Glacier. The highest peaks, […]

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GYRE Expedition Day One – Morning (Saturday, June 8)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Ocean Plastic, Pollution, Travels on June 20th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic: 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/11/gyre-expediton…aturday-june-8/ ‎ Morning we wake in Tonsina Bay, one of many coves ringed by near-vertical forested slopes. The beauty takes my breath away. So do a half-dozen mountain goats, each with a small baby, above the treeline, above a grass slope, on a rocky precipice. How do mountain goats […]

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GYRE Expedition – Departure (Friday, June 7)

Bears, Dolphins, Fish, Fishing & Fishermen, For the Birds, Ocean Plastic, Pollution, Travels on June 20th, 2013 No Comments

Originally posted on National Geographic 6/11/2013: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/11/gyre-expeditio…-friday-june-7 From Seward, we left Resurrection Bay, past Rugged Island, and felt the full roll of an ocean swell addressing us broadside from the southeast, rolling us as we plowed forward. Around us, some of the world’s most spectacular coast. Sheer shores spired by eagle-topped spruces rising to snowy […]

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Snowy Owls of 2012: The White Album By Carl Safina

For the Birds on February 7th, 2012 No Comments

Snowy Owl Photo: Carl Safina For reasons not entirely certain and yet almost certainly related to high numbers of lemmings in the Canadian Arctic during 2011, thousands of Snowy Owls are visiting the lower 48 states this winter. The phenomenon was featured on national TV on NBC news, and it has been written about in […]

Seabirds; The Other Seafood Lovers By Carl Safina

For the Birds on January 31st, 2012 No Comments

Originally posted on Huffington post on 1/23/2012. I recently got a letter from the United States Federal Bird Banding Laboratory. (Yes there is such a thing.) I was pretty surprised. In the 1980s I studied seabirds and hawks, and I banded many thousands of birds. But that was a long while back. I no longer […]