Friday, April 4, 2014

Birding: The Decline of Evening Grosbeaks

ed_kanze_grosbeakThe most glamorous of our winter birds, the evening grosbeak, isn’t extinct or even close. But it’s in a steep decline in many places. Sightings grow rare.

Listen as I consider why grosbeaks seem to be leaving us, and why they may eventually come back in this week’s edition of All Things Natural with Ed Kanze.

The podcast is produced by Mountain Lake PBS’s Josh Clement.  Listen to past episodes by visiting Mountain Lake PBS’s Borderless North webpage at

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Author, naturalist, photographer, columnist, and Adirondack guide Edward Kanze lives along the Saranac River.

His essay about the passenger pigeon, "In Search Of Something Lost," was named by the John Burroughs Association as the Outstanding Published Natural History Essay of 2004. The Burroughs awards, bestowed annually at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, are America's highest honors in nature-writing. The same essay earned a gold medal in environmental writing by the International Regional Magazine Association. PBS featured Ed and his writing in the 2008 documentary, "The Adirondacks."

Ed can be reached by email at For more information, visit

You can listen and subscribe to the All Things Natural with Ed Kanze podcast by clicking at the Mountain Lake PBS website.

2 Responses

  1. Justin says:

    Fascinating! For those who don’t have time to listen – scientists suspect that Evening Grosbeak populations are tightly tied to Spruce Budworm infestations, which go through 30 year cycles. The last big infestation was in the late 70s and early 80s. I guess that makes Evening Grosbeaks the bright side of losing a lot of spruce and fir trees.

  2. Glenn L. Pearsall says:

    Had noticed there were fewer Evening Grosbeaks in our feeders (Johnsburg, NY) these past few years and didn’t know why.
    Will certainly miss them if they stop visiting us.