Summer 2012

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summer 2012 issue of Sanctuary magazine

Birds of a Feather: The past, present and future of flocking birds

Editor's Column

North with the Spring 
by John Hanson Mitchell

President's Message

Passing the Torch 
by Laura Johnson

Swarms at Sea

For the land-bound millions who do not get to sea, some of the greatest congregations of birds remain offshore and out of sight. And yet here, just over the horizon, the populations are still surviving. 
by Wayne Petersen

The Mystery of Flocks

How is that in a single spontaneous instant, thousands of birds can lift off the ground or the sea in a body, as if they were one organism? Tom Conuel offers some current explanations. 
by Thomas Conuel

The Gantlet

Of all the groups of birds, shorebirds, it appears, have taken the brunt of the hunting practices of yesteryear. Ironically, it was in part the bird hunters themselves, along with organizations such as the Massachusetts Audubon Society, that helped slow the slaughter. Now, unfortunately, shorebirds are under assault from other quarters. 
by Chris Leahy

Fate of the Flocks

The huge flocks of ducks, geese, and swans were once under the same hunting pressure as shorebirds. Many species have now recovered, but with declining wetlands, changes in the landscape, and global warming, the flocks are still challenged. 

by Gayle Goddard-Taylor

Rivers of Birds

It is not necessary to travel far to see some of the last migratory bird flocks. Just go out to your own backyard. Joe Choiniere explores some of the dynamics of flocking local birds. 
by Joe Choiniere

Flight to Oblivion

Without compare, the signature species as far as the story of extinction is concerned is the passenger pigeon. Spring and autumn migratory flights of these birds were so vast, the clouds of birds would pass for days on end, blocking the sun in some areas. No one could ever have imagined that it would be possible to destroy every single individual. 
by Michael J. Caduto

Project Passenger Pigeon

Taking its cue from the story of the passenger pigeon, a new organization is forming to make certain such extinctions of bird species do not occur again. 
by Ann Prince