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Eastern Phoebe
(Sayornis phoebe)

Eastern PhoebeThe eastern phoebe was the first bird ever to be banded in North America. John James Audubon, renowned wildlife artist and conservationist, tied a thread to the leg of a phoebe to track its movements over migratory seasons. It is perhaps appropriate, then, that the eastern phoebe is serving as a red flag for climate change.

As one of the first migratory birds to return to our area each spring, the eastern phoebe is a common sight at this time of year. However, the first eastern phoebe banded at Powdermill Nature Reserve in 2012 set a new record for the earliest phoebe ever banded.

The early arrival of one individual bird may not seem like much, but, taken with other Powdermill data, is consistent with a trend of earlier migrations as a result of rising global temperatures. The continued bird migration research of our museum scientists is critical to our understanding of the impact of global warming and other conservation issues on local and global ecology.


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Adoptions at the $75 Level include these benefits:

  • Optional e-card for gift recipients (look on confirmation page after purchase)
  • Personalized adoption certificate printed with unique band number, photo of adopted species, and species highlights
  • Replica bird band
  • Invitation to attend a special adopter-only morning at the bird banding station
  • eNews updates about our bird research
  • Two free passes to Carnegie Museum of Natural History; $39 of each $75 adoption is tax-deductible
  • Admission to Powdermill Nature Reserve is always free

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213
One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

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