American Dippers Defy Songbird Stereotypes

Songbirds aren’t typically thought of as water-loving fowl, but the American dipper (Cinculus mexicanus) breaks from that stereotype. Living almost exclusively on flowing streams, this species is Read More…

Bird Bonanza: Sooty Shearwater Migration

Mid-summer to mid-fall is a time when our Santa Cruz office and the rest of the Monterey Bay witnesses the arrival of thousands of international visitors. These Read More…

Some Like it Orange

When it comes to color in the bird world, it’s hard to beat the vibrant, flame-orange feathers of the Bullock’s oriole (Icterus bullockii), which one of our Read More…

Photo Friday: Smolt Spy Surprise

We regularly perform maintenance on automated fish counting systems, such as the Smolt Spy we built for Los Padres Reservoir, to make sure they are running well. Read More…

You’re in Heron Territory

While quietly kayaking down a calm stretch of river, you may be unaware that you are in the presence of a heron, until suddenly from downstream you Read More…

Birds of a Feather Prey Together

Fish are food for a wide array of species in rivers and lakes. As noted in our testimony before members of Congress, predation by nonnative fishes is Read More…

Flashback Friday – Caching In

On today's Flashback Friday, we bring you a bird skilled in both decoration and organization – a well-stocked larder is certainly a good way to start the Read More…

Film Friday: The Urban Killdeer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8V-bHgOgX0 Today's Film Friday features a surprise visitor to our Oakdale office: the urban killdeer that decided to turn our yard into nesting habitat. This little bird Read More…