Every year, dozens of beloved bird species migrate from their part-time homes around the world back to the high desert of Oregon to breed, feed and raise chicks. These birds can fly many thousands of miles in order to get to the land and water they rely on to survive and thrive as a...Read More
Wading in shallow waters, the White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) probes its long, scythe-shaped beak into the soft mud for shellfish, mollusks, and grubby earthworms. Though their faces have a sliver of white around the beak and eyes, their plumage varies with a plum neck, and bronze and jade wings. In summer, they fly back to breed in the high-desert wetlands like Malheur Lake and Paulina Marsh.
Their conservation status is low concern, but seasonal stresses like drought and river damming can scare white-faced ibises from their marsh and estuary niches.