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Birdlife International 1

The latest news from Birdlife International 1 (as of Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:04:02 GMT):

2020-09-18 16:27:55 +0000: Reflections on the fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook: we need to make this second chance count
This week, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) published the Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5) - a final and damning report card on the progress made against the 2020 'Aichi Biodiversity Targets', making it clear that while the last UN decade on biodiversity has failed, this coming decade on ecosystem restoration cannot.

2020-09-18 10:39:00 +0000: Hundreds of organisations unite, calling world leaders to 'act on nature'
On the eve of the High Level Week of the UN General Assembly, a call for world leaders to act to halt and reverse nature loss this decade comes from far and wide: Businesses; Environment, Development and Humanitarian Organisations; Faith groups; Local and Regional Governments; Indigenous People; and Youth are all calling for action to secure a sustainable future for people and planet.

2020-09-15 14:40:18 +0000: Saving the Critically Endangered Liben Lark in Ethiopia

Forming part of the Ethiopian Highlands in Southern Ethiopia is the Liben Plain, an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area.

2020-09-15 14:23:24 +0000: World's largest tropical wetland ablaze: our statement
This year, the Pantanal - the world's largest tropical wetland - has seen three times as many fires as 2019, exacerbated by climate change and likely started by humans. The BirdLife Partnership is calling on the Brazilian and international governments to urgently increase action.

2020-09-09 23:51:09 +0000: Conservation action has prevented at least 28 extinctions since 1993
A new study shows just how effectively conservation action slows extinction rates, calculating that at least 28 bird and mammal species would have been lost since 1993 without intervention. The message is clear - with enough support, we can halt the extinction crisis.

2020-09-07 11:39:08 +0000: Introducing our new Spring Alive species: the Common Ringed Plover
As birds migrate from Europe to their wintering grounds in Africa, we explore the fascinating behaviour of the Common Ringed Plover, a small but feisty wader familiar across Africa's wetlands.

2020-09-04 16:00:23 +0000: Our new partnership with Project Ranger will ramp up vulture protection
Through an exciting new partnership, BirdLife is helping rangers continue to combat poaching in difficult times and bringing vultures into the spotlight among the more high profile victims of wildlife trade.

2020-09-02 14:31:23 +0000: Landmark policy resolution creates new hope for vultures
A new international agreement could prove a major step forward towards our mission of ensuring vultures are safe from poisoning across their entire range.

2020-08-27 10:16:05 +0000: Restoring Malawi's historic Mudi dam
In 1953, Mudi Dam was built to supply water to the residents of Blantyre during the dry season. However, decades of deforestation and land clearance have filled this local landmark with silt. Find out how our Partner WESM is taking a hands-on approach to restore this vital water source and wildlife haven.

2020-08-25 11:54:11 +0000: Polluted bog or wildlife haven? Tunisian conservationists unite to rescue neglected wetland
Urbanisation is damaging the Sebkhet Sejoumi wetland and many locals no longer see it for what it's worth. But civil society groups are forming powerful alliances to shine a light on the site's outstanding nature and rescue it from further threat.



Birdlife International 2

The latest news from Birdlife International 2 (as of Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:04:03 GMT):

2020-09-21 00:15:59 +0100: We need money for nature now
The single, most dramatic cause for the loss of biodiversity, species and natural habitats in Europe is intensive agriculture. To reverse this alarming trend, the EU must invest in nature protection. Where should the money come from, you ask? Look at our infographic for the answer.

2020-09-18 17:27:55 +0100: Reflections on the fifth Global Biodiversity Outlook: we need to make this second chance count
This week, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) published the Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (GBO-5) - a final and damning report card on the progress made against the 2020 'Aichi Biodiversity Targets', making it clear that while the last UN decade on biodiversity has failed, this coming decade on ecosystem restoration cannot.

2020-09-18 11:39:00 +0100: Hundreds of organisations unite, calling world leaders to 'act on nature'
On the eve of the High Level Week of the UN General Assembly, a call for world leaders to act to halt and reverse nature loss this decade comes from far and wide: Businesses; Environment, Development and Humanitarian Organisations; Faith groups; Local and Regional Governments; Indigenous People; and Youth are all calling for action to secure a sustainable future for people and planet.

2020-09-15 15:40:18 +0100: Saving the Critically Endangered Liben Lark in Ethiopia

Forming part of the Ethiopian Highlands in Southern Ethiopia is the Liben Plain, an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. These plains hold one of only two known populations of the Critically Endangered Liben Lark Heteromirafra archeri, one of the oldest species of lark in the world, with only 50 to 100 individuals surviving today. Over the years, the Liben Plain has seen numerous human pressures. Population growth, overgrazing, in addition to drought and soil erosion among others, has meant that only a small fraction of the grasslands remain, much of it degraded. In turn, this has led to the fragmentation of the Liben Lark's habitat, splitting populations from each other and putting additional pressure on this bird.

2020-09-15 15:23:24 +0100: World's largest tropical wetland ablaze: our statement
This year, the Pantanal - the world's largest tropical wetland - has seen three times as many fires as 2019, exacerbated by climate change and likely started by humans. The BirdLife Partnership is calling on the Brazilian and international governments to urgently increase action.

2020-09-10 00:51:09 +0100: Conservation action has prevented at least 28 extinctions since 1993
A new study shows just how effectively conservation action slows extinction rates, calculating that at least 28 bird and mammal species would have been lost since 1993 without intervention. The message is clear - with enough support, we can halt the extinction crisis.

2020-09-07 12:39:08 +0100: Introducing our new Spring Alive species: the Common Ringed Plover
As birds migrate from Europe to their wintering grounds in Africa, we explore the fascinating behaviour of the Common Ringed Plover, a small but feisty wader familiar across Africa's wetlands.

2020-09-04 17:00:23 +0100: Our new partnership with Project Ranger will ramp up vulture protection
Through an exciting new partnership, BirdLife is helping rangers continue to combat poaching in difficult times and bringing vultures into the spotlight among the more high profile victims of wildlife trade.

2020-09-02 15:31:23 +0100: Landmark policy resolution creates new hope for vultures
A new international agreement could prove a major step forward towards our mission of ensuring vultures are safe from poisoning across their entire range.

2020-08-27 11:16:05 +0100: Restoring Malawi's historic Mudi dam
In 1953, Mudi Dam was built to supply water to the residents of Blantyre during the dry season. However, decades of deforestation and land clearance have filled this local landmark with silt. Find out how our Partner WESM is taking a hands-on approach to restore this vital water source and wildlife haven.



Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The latest news from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) (as of Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:04:03 GMT):

2017-11-01 00:00:01 GMT: Have a nature-friendly bonfire night, says the RSPB
The RSPB is encouraging everyone to remember wildlife when planning bonfires and firework displays this weekend.

2017-08-08 10:43:59 GMT: Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham opens a new centre for volunteering and research and finds out about the work of the Peatlands Partnership
New research centre will help scientists discover the secrets of the Flow Country

2017-07-27 12:21:47 GMT: RSPB appeal for help naming 100,000 knot on Norfolk nature reserve
The RSPB is calling on the public to 'Name a Knot' to support their Snettisham Hide crowdfunding appeal

2017-07-26 00:01:00 GMT: National survey fuels plans to help one of Scotland's most iconic birds
The latest national survey of Scotland's population of capercaillie, the world's largest grouse, estimates there to be only 1114 individuals - making it one of the country's most endangered birds.

2017-07-25 10:08:17 GMT: Natural fun at RSPB Leighton Moss this summer
Keeping the family entertained during the summer holidays can often seem a daunting task. So what better way to enjoy those seemingly endless days of summer than by having a wild time at Leighton Moss nature reserve. Families looking for a great day out will discover lots of ways to explore the outdoors with a packed programme of fun events and activities all designed to entertain, educate and stimulate.

2017-07-25 09:08:50 GMT: Treuliwch noson yn y gwyllt ar Ynys Echni, Caerdydd
Am y bumed flwyddyn yn olynol, bydd plant a theuluoedd ledled Cymru yn gwersyllu yn eu sachau cysgu ac yn casglu o amgylch y tân wrth iddynt dreulio noson o dan y sêr a dod yn nes at natur.

2017-07-25 09:02:35 GMT: Spend a night in the wild on Cardiff's Flat Holm Island
For the fifth year running, children and their families across Wales will be pitching up their tents, rolling out their sleeping bags and gathering round the camp fire as they take a step closer to nature by spending a night out under the stars.

2017-07-24 16:48:04 GMT: Get up, get out, and get wild this summer!
RSPB Scotland is offering half price entry to three of its reserves this summer to reconnect families with the natural world.

2017-07-24 16:12:41 GMT: Anna Turley MP champions threatened seabird
Anna Turley MP has visited a conservation project in Teesside dedicated to reversing the fortunes of the little tern, one of the UK's most threatened seabirds.

2017-07-24 11:55:58 GMT: Record breaking school children raise funds for wildlife
More than 370 local primary school children have enjoyed taking a walk on the wild side and raised almost £1500 for the RSPB as part of a Guinness Book of Records attempt.

2017-07-20 11:25:17 GMT: Help choose Oxford's new swift tower!
Public vote to find new Swift Tower now live on Oxford City Council website

2017-07-20 00:01:01 GMT: Record year for rare black-winged stilts
An unprecedented 13 black-winged stilt chicks fledge in the UK across sites in Kent, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, including nine on two RSPB reserves.

2017-07-17 14:25:36 GMT: Hen harriers on the decline in Northern Ireland
Hen harriers - an iconic bird of prey - are on the decline in Northern Ireland, according to a new survey.

2017-07-17 08:59:53 GMT: Aberdeen Red Kites celebrate 10 years of being back
The first red kites to grace the skies of Aberdeenshire in nearly 150 years, returned on this day 10 years ago.

2017-07-14 14:02:27 GMT: Scenic Routes structure opens at new site in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
A new Scenic Routes structure was officially opened to the public today (July 14) at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond.

2017-07-14 12:26:05 GMT: Last chance to see the stars of Malham Cove
People are being urged to visit Malham Cove to see a pair of Peregrine Falcons - and their three young - before a public viewpoint closes in two weeks' time.

2017-07-13 14:41:11 GMT: RSPB Cors Ddyga - agor drws ar un o ryfeddodau cudd Môn
Mae RSPB Cymru wrth eu bodd o gyhoeddi bod eu gwarchodfa natur dawel ar Ynys Môn, RSPB Cors Ddyga, oedd gynt wedi'i henwi yn 'Malltraeth Marsh', yn cael ei hagor yn swyddogol gan Aelod Cynulliad Ynys Môn Rhun ap Iorwerth am 13:00,17 Gorffennaf 2017.

2017-07-13 14:34:43 GMT: Anglesey's hidden gem - RSPB Cors Ddyga
RSPB Cymru is delighted to announce that their quiet nature reserve on Anglesey, RSPB Cors Ddyga, formerly named as 'Malltraeth Marsh', will be officially opened by Ynys Môn Assembly Member Rhun ap Iorwerth at 1pm on July 17, 2017.

2017-07-12 16:33:10 GMT: Ambitious project seeks extra funding needed to improve disabled access to great outdoors
A project that would put Loch Leven at the forefront of countryside access for disabled people in Scotland is one step closer

2017-07-12 12:24:23 GMT: Keeping track of Bempton Cliffs' tree sparrows
Staff and volunteers at RSPB Bempton Cliffs have been carrying out vital work to combat the decline of the humble tree sparrow, which was once a regular sighting in gardens across the country.



Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) - International

The latest news from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) - International (as of Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:04:05 GMT):

2017-03-16 00:01:00 GMT: Over 800,000 birds illegally killed on British military base in Cyprus last autumn
Over 800,000 birds illegally killed on British military base in Cyprus last autumn

2016-09-15 09:35:43 GMT: Over 2,000,000 square kilometers of UK Ocean to be protected
Over 2,000,000 square kilometers of UK Ocean to be protected

2016-06-08 07:13:36 GMT: High-seas heroes saving albatrosses from extinction: a decade of success
Albatross Task Force celebrate 10 years of success

2016-03-15 01:00:41 GMT: Hundreds of thousands of birds still being illegally killed on British military base in Cyprus but annual increase halted
Over 800,000 birds were trapped and killed illegally on a British military base in Cyprus last autumn, according to the latest research by the RSPB and BirdLife Cyprus.

2015-10-29 00:01:00 GMT: Puffin and turtle dove join the list of birds facing global extinction
The latest revision of birds facing the threat of global extinction now includes some of the UK's most iconic birds

2015-10-02 15:01:18 GMT: Five years left to tackle Europe's wildlife crisis, warns RSPB
Europe's wildlife remains in crisis, that's the clear finding from the European Commission's latest assessment of nature, published today.

2015-08-27 14:34:54 GMT: Major breakthrough in fight to save Asian vultures from extinction
A major step for the future of vultures in Asia was announced by the Indian Ministry of Health yesterday [26 August] when a ban of multi-dose vials of human formulations of diclofenac, which is responsible for the death of tens of millions of Asia's vultures, came into force with immediate effect.

2015-08-06 09:32:01 GMT: Join in, sleep out and get connected to nature
The RSPB is asking people to sleep outside this weekend (7-9 August) to get closer to nature as part of its Big Wild Sleepout event.

2015-07-31 17:06:41 GMT: New research reveals climate change threat to uplands
Researchers predict climate change is predicted to have severe impact on sensitive upland habitats

2015-07-13 00:01:00 GMT: Redrawing the Essex shoreline to give coastal nature a home
With the help of our partner - Crossrail - we're providing a major boost to wetland wildlife

2015-06-03 12:37:37 GMT: One fifth of Europe's birds face the threat of extinction
A new assessment of European birds has revealed that nearly one fifth (18 per cent) are at risk of extinction across the European Union. The main threats? Habitat loss, climate change and increasingly intensive farming.

2015-05-12 00:01:00 GMT: 100 organisations unite to fight threat to European nature laws
EU legislation - the Birds and Habitats Directives - exist to protect the most important wildlife species and habitats in the UK and Europe. However, these laws are now under review and at risk of being weakened.

2015-03-18 16:06:43 GMT: UK Government's intention to create marine protected area around Pitcairn is 'visionary'
The Government's intention to create a marine protected area around Pitcairn is a massive boost for wildlife conservation in the UK's Overseas Territories

2015-03-09 00:01:00 GMT: Songbirds killed on British military base in Cyprus reaches record
900,000 songbirds were slaughtered on a British military base in Cyprus, here is our reaction

2015-02-06 17:31:59 GMT: Record-breaking Birdfair to help save our seas
Seabird conservation receives a £280,000 boost thanks to an amazing and record-breaking fundraising effort by the BirdFair team.

2014-11-10 15:41:48 GMT: Great news for migratory birds as two historic global agreements are reached to help save them
The Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) has agreed a set of guidelines to tackle causes of poisoning and ratified a groundbreaking Action Plan to save more than 400 bird species.

2014-11-07 16:41:19 GMT: As Monty mania sweeps the nation, the UK remains number one for Penguins
UK is the world's number one penguin nation, with more penguins under the nation's jurisdiction than any other county on earth

2014-11-03 00:00:01 GMT: Study reveals startling decline in European birds
Populations of common bird species have declined in Europe in the past 30 years, but some rarer birds have increased in numbers, say the University of Exeter, the RSPB and the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme (PECBMS).

2014-10-27 12:14:55 GMT: UK Government has 'the perfect opportunity to solve some of the biggest conservation problems facing the world', say two leading wildlife charities
Today [Monday 27 October], the UK Government has 'the perfect opportunity to solve some of the biggest conservation problems facing the world in one stroke', according to experts from wildlife charities the RSPB and WWT.

2014-10-22 15:49:49 GMT: Conviction for English egg collector who 'exported' crimes to Bulgaria
English egg collector who 'exported' crime to Bulgaria convicted



Science Daily

The latest news from Science Daily (as of Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:04:05 GMT):

2020-09-16 15:48:49 EDT: Scientists explaining how diverse species coexist in microbial communities
Researchers use mathematical modeling to explore how species diversity in a bacterial community is affected when the nutrients the microbes depend upon are only seasonally available.

2020-09-16 09:05:26 EDT: Slower growing chickens experience higher welfare, commercial scale study finds
Slower growing broiler chickens are healthier and have more fun than conventional breeds of birds, new evidence from an independent commercial scale farm trial has shown.

2020-09-15 10:59:49 EDT: Rare pattern observed in migrating common swifts
Compared with other migratory birds, the common swift follows a very unusual pattern when it migrates from the breeding areas in Europe to its wintering locations south of the Sahara. This is what researchers have observed in a major eleven-year international study of the birds.

2020-09-02 23:07:32 EDT: Researchers identify five types of cat owner
Cat owners fall into five categories in terms of their attitudes to their pets' roaming and hunting, according to a new study.

2020-09-02 11:59:26 EDT: Birds can learn from others to be more daring
New research into highly social yet invasive house sparrows reveals that they can learn from each other and adapt their behavior.

2020-08-31 09:47:25 EDT: Hots dogs, chicken wings and city living helped wetland wood storks thrive
Using the Wood Stork, researchers compared city storks with natural wetland storks to gauge their success in urban environments based on their diet and food opportunities. Results provide evidence of how a wetland species persists and even thrives in an urban environment by switching to human foods like chicken wings and hots dogs when natural marshes are in bad shape. These findings indicate that urban areas can buffer a species from the unpredictability of natural food sources.

2020-08-28 14:03:01 EDT: Vietnam farmers' poultry sales during outbreaks may increase virus transmission
Small-scale poultry farmers in Vietnam tend to respond to viral outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) by rapidly selling their birds as a way to avoid financial loss, according to a new study. As these birds are commingled with other birds in markets and trading networks, this practice may increase the likelihood of widespread disease transmission.

2020-08-27 17:21:00 EDT: Songbirds reduce reproduction to help survive drought
New research suggests tropical songbirds in both the Old and New Worlds reduce reproduction during severe droughts, and this - somewhat surprisingly -- may actually increase their survival rates.

2020-08-26 10:16:19 EDT: Domesticated chickens have smaller brains
Researchers suggest a process by which the timid junglefowl from the rain forest could have become today's domesticated chicken. When the scientists selectively bred the junglefowl with least fear of humans for 10 generations, the offspring acquired smaller brains and found it easier to become accustomed to frightening but non-hazardous events. The results shed new light over how domestication may have changed animals so much in a relatively short time.

2020-08-25 12:18:29 EDT: Importance of rainfall highlighted for tropical animals
Imagine a tropical forest, and you might conjure up tall trees hung with vines, brightly colored birds, howling monkeys, and ... rain. Indeed, precipitation patterns, along with temperature, dictate where tropical forests are distributed around the world, but surprisingly, scientists know very little about the direct effects of rainfall on animals. A new conceptual framework calls for the scientific community to formally consider the role of precipitation in an organism's ecological niche.

2020-08-24 10:55:31 EDT: Birds of a feather flock together, but timing depends on typhoons
Six black-naped terns -- a coastal seabird found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans -- have given researchers a glimpse into how they navigate tropical typhoons.

2020-08-21 12:00:43 EDT: Understanding how birds respond to extreme weather can inform conservation efforts
How do different bird species respond to extreme weather events that occur for different amounts of time, ranging from weekly events like heat waves to seasonal events like drought? And how do traits unique to different species -- for example, how far they migrate or how commonly they occur -- predict their vulnerability to extreme weather?

2020-08-21 09:48:36 EDT: Meet hedge fund managers of avian world
New research finds that brood parasites living in more variable and unpredictable habitats tend to parasitize -- or squat and drop their eggs in -- the nests of a greater variety and number of hosts.

2020-08-18 17:54:11 EDT: Songbirds, like people, sing better after warming up
If you've ever been woken up before sunrise by the chirping of birds outside your window, you may have wondered: why do birds sing so loud, so early in the morning? The cacophony is mostly males, whose songs are meant to impress potential mates and rivals. Researchers say there may be a good reason why birds are most vocal at first light. By singing early and often, birds perform better during the day.

2020-08-18 14:21:41 EDT: Bird skull evolution slowed after the extinction of the dinosaurs
From emus to woodpeckers, modern birds show remarkable diversity in skull shape and size, often hypothesized to be the result of a sudden hastening of evolution following the mass extinction that killed their non-avian dinosaur cousins at the end of the Cretaceous 66 million years ago. But this is not the case according to a new study.

2020-08-18 11:49:48 EDT: How a single gene drives aggression in wild songbird
A new study shows how differentiation of a single gene changes behavior in a wild songbird, determining whether the white-throated sparrow displays more, or less, aggression.

2020-08-18 09:40:17 EDT: Swans reserve aggression for each other
Swans display more aggression to fellow swans than other birds, new research shows.

2020-08-17 19:17:39 EDT: Penguins are Aussies: Or are they Kiwis?
Researchers sequenced the genomes of all 18 recognized species of penguin to assemble a family tree, showing that the largest of the penguins - king and emperor - split off from all other penguins not long after penguins arose 22 million years ago in Australia and New Zealand. Other penguins diversified after Drake's Passage opened, revving up the circumpolar current and allowing penguins to spread throughout the southern hemisphere.

2020-08-14 13:10:23 EDT: Decline in US bird biodiversity related to neonicotinoids, study shows
Bird biodiversity is rapidly declining in the US. The overall bird population decreased by 29% since 1970, while grassland birds declined by an alarming 53%. A new study points to increased use of neonicotinoid insecticides as a major factor in the decline.

2020-08-14 12:32:03 EDT: Changes in climate and land cover affecting European migratory bird populations
New research looks at how recent changes in both climate and land cover have impacted populations of migrating birds.



British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

The latest news from British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) (as of Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:05:11 GMT):

Thu -9t-0J 09th Jul 2020 09:45 UTC: Celebrating 25 years of garden birds with our Summer Raffle
Our Summer Raffle will be raising vital funds for our continued work to understand garden birds and their habitats.

Thu -9t-0A 09th Apr 2020 09:00 UTC: Pick up a birding book bargain
A suite of BTO publications are on offer in our store, with some substantial savings to be had.

Thu -7t-0M 07th May 2020 09:30 UTC: Breeding Bird Survey report shows mixed results
The 2019 BBS report is now available. Read about the changing fortunes of breeding birds in the UK.

Mon -8t-0M 18th May 2020 09:00 UTC to Sun 24th May 2020 18:00 UTC: Stop to watch for mental health
BTO has produced a downloadable podcast narrated by actor Martin Shaw, aimed at improving wellbeing through mindful birdwatching.

Mon -2n-0J 22nd Jun 2020 09:30 UTC: Vanishing Terns on the Skerries
The UK's largest Arctic Tern breeding colony has been abandoned, and BTO scientists are asking the public for help to work out where these birds have gone.

Fri -7t-0J 17th Jul 2020 09:00 UTC: Introducing our new Chief Executive
We are proud to announce that Professor Juliet Vickery will take over from Dr Andy Clements at the end of the year.

Fri -5t-0M 15th May 2020 08:30 UTC: BTO CEO Andy Clements to retire
After 13 years at the helm of BTO, CEO Andy Clements has decided to step down and retire from full-time work.

Fri -4t-0A 24th Apr 2020 14:30 UTC: German Blue Tit disease identified
What is happening in the UK and how you can help us monitor wildlife disease.



BirdNote

The latest news from BirdNote (as of Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:05:13 GMT):

2020-09-21 12:00:00 +0000: Sandhill Cranes Wait Out the Storm
At the fall equinox, gillnetter Misha Noonan would often get stuck at the far east end of the Copper River Delta, waiting out the storms. Once the storms were so unrelenting, that not only were fishermen unable to return to Cordova, but Sandhill Cranes were unable to proceed with their southeast

2020-09-20 12:00:00 +0000: Starlings and Roman Divination
European Starlings were present in great numbers in ancient Rome. They swarmed in massive flocks or murmurations " thousands of individuals cascading and folding in awe-inspiring geometric patterns in the sky. Roman augurs, or diviners, scrutinized these patterns for signs of how the gods were

2020-09-19 12:00:00 +0000: Tweety Bird
Do you recall when you were a young Saturday-morning birdwatcher, learning the intricate lessons of predator-prey relationships? Twitiavis superciliosis is a small, animated yellow bird, native to Southern California. It's particularly susceptible to predation, and so has developed a complex series

2020-09-18 12:00:00 +0000: Hornaday's Bird
There used to be millions of Greater Sage-Grouse across the West, but the birds' numbers have been in decline since settlers arrived from the East. Today, scientists and environmentalists are sounding the alarm about the shrinking population, but they aren't the first to do so. In 1916, William T

2020-09-17 12:00:00 +0000: Asian Songbirds Nest in Alaska
Several species of migratory songbirds make their homes in Asia during the winter, then journey across the Bering Strait to summer in Alaska and Northwestern Canada. The Bluethroat, Arctic Warbler, and Eastern Yellow Wagtail are among the species that make the trip. Today Alaska and Siberia are

2020-09-16 12:00:00 +0000: Bee Hummingbird
The Bee Hummingbird, found only in Cuba, is the smallest bird in the world. An absolute miniature, even among hummingbirds, it measures only two and a quarter inches long. Often mistaken for bees, they weigh less than a dime. The female builds a nest barely an inch across, and lays eggs about the

2020-09-15 12:00:00 +0000: Grouse Tracking
Biologist Michael Schroeder and journalist Ashley Ahearn scour the freshly fallen snow for the footprints of Greater Sage-Grouse in rural Washington State. With fewer than 1,000 of the birds left in the state, they are a rare sight. Learn more about the history of the most controversial bird in the

2020-09-14 12:00:00 +0000: Bird in Flight, Strong but Light
The feathers of a bird are, for their weight, among the strongest structures in the world. The bones of this Magnificent Frigatebird weigh less than its feathers! To further reduce weight while maintaining strength, many bird bones are fused. In addition, the pectoral and pelvic girdles and ribs are

2020-09-13 12:00:00 +0000: Canyon Spectacle - Swakane Canyon
Canyons, whether large or small, can host a spectacular variety of birds! Consider Swakane Canyon, in central Washington State. It cuts west from the Columbia River into the Entiat Mountains for nine miles, while gaining nearly 3,000 feet. Steep slopes wall in the canyon floor, several hundred yards

2020-09-12 12:00:00 +0000: Migration - Long, Short, and In-Between
In September, this Arctic Tern flies from Alaska all the way to Antarctica. Rufous Hummingbirds follow pathways of mountain wildflowers, from as far north as Alaska south to Mexico. Ruby-crowned Kinglets, migrate altitudinally from the mountains to the lowlands. Each of these birds migrates, but on

2020-09-11 12:00:00 +0000: Whip-poor-will
In September, 1851, Henry David Thoreau wrote: "The Whip-poor-wills now begin to sing in earnest about half an hour before sunrise, as if making haste to improve the short time that is left them. As far as my observation goes, they sing for several hours in the early part of the night . . . then

2020-09-10 12:00:00 +0000: Sound Escapes - Echos in Pipestone Canyon
Back when he was a bike messenger in downtown Seattle, Gordon Hempton was drawn to the sonic richness of a remote canyon in eastern Washington State. "Pipestone Canyon was my oasis from all the urban din and construction activity," he says. The canyon walls echo and amplify the sounds of the animals

2020-09-09 12:00:00 +0000: Northern Gannets Plunge-Dive
Just off the North Atlantic coast, hungry Northern Gannets are gathering to feed on fish. From 100 feet in the air, the gannets plummet head-first into the water at 60 miles per hour! Such high-speed collisions would knock most creatures out. But gannets have evolved air sacs in both the neck and

2020-09-08 12:00:00 +0000: Chestnuts and Warblers
The Golden-winged Warbler builds its nest in thickets beneath an open sky, which was a rare habitat in the old-growth forests of eastern North America. But the chestnut blight at the turn of the 20th century wiped out billions of trees, an estimated one fourth of the forest in Appalachia. And the

2020-09-07 12:00:00 +0000: Sound Escapes - Loon Love Songs
In the spring, Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota bursts into song. For nature sound recordist Gordon Hempton, the greatest sound is the arrival of loons. A fond and venerable bit of folklore holds that loons mate for life. In their calls, Gordon hears true love. "It was full of

2020-09-06 12:00:00 +0000: Juvenile Shorebirds Head South
Like most juvenile shorebirds, this young Black-bellied Plover was abandoned by parents that began their southbound flights from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a few weeks earlier. It will join other young Black-bellied Plovers as they make their way south. This little flock of birds could

2020-09-05 12:00:00 +0000: Zone-tailed Hawks Mimic Vultures
Zone-tailed Hawks of the American Southwest look a lot like Turkey Vultures. And they often soar among groups of Turkey Vultures. By consorting with vultures, Zone-tailed Hawks gain a distinct advantage as predators. While doves and lizards would quickly flee the flight silhouette of a Red-tailed

2020-09-04 12:00:00 +0000: Swifts Roost in Chimneys
What could bring crowds of people out after sunset on a September evening to stare at ... a chimney? Swifts, of course! Scores of swifts form a funnel-shaped cloud above the right kind of chimney, then they begin their descent. First one, then a few more, then dozens, then hundreds swirl right down

2020-09-03 12:00:00 +0000: Sound Escapes - Zabalo, a Living Eden
Gordon Hempton started a nonprofit that designates "quiet parks" around the world. These special places are to be protected from noise pollution, where you can experience true, profound quiet. On Earth Day 2019, the first Quiet Park was created on the Zabalo River in Ecuador. "There's no other way

2020-09-02 12:00:00 +0000: Swallows on Wires
Once nesting season ends, swallows know it's time to party! Whether they nest as single pairs or in large colonies, both adults and juveniles now gather on electrical wires by the dozens, socializing before they migrate. Migrating by day - and foraging for insects as they go - swallows (including



Surfbirds

The latest news from Surfbirds (as of Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:05:14 GMT):

2020-09-21 07:19:51 +0000: Birds can learn from others to be more daring
House sparrows can be found on nearly every continent including North America, South America, Africa and Australia, where they are not native but an invasive species. New research into these highly social songbirds reveals that they can learn from each other and adapt their behavior. “Our study demonstrates that house sparrows can extrapolate information gleaned […]

2020-09-20 07:16:40 +0000: Birds of a feather flock together, but timing depends on typhoons
Six black-naped terns — a coastal seabird found in the Pacific and Indian Oceans — have given researchers a glimpse into how they navigate tropical typhoons. The research team based in Japan published their analysis on May 30 in Marine Biology, a Springer journal. “Our goal was to examine the migration characteristics of the black-naped […]

2020-09-19 07:12:47 +0000: Hots dogs, chicken wings and city living helped wetland wood storks thrive
Natural wetlands continue to disappear due to city and human development and are being replaced with humanmade swales, ponds and canals. This degradation and replacement of natural wetlands suggest that urban areas may be imperative to wetland species, especially when natural conditions are unpredictable. Wetland birds are often seen in and around cities; however, they […]

2020-09-18 07:09:07 +0000: Endangered curlew chicks rescued, relocated and released after peatland fires
Five curlew chicks will hopefully enjoy a new lease of life on a Co Antrim nature reserve after their eggs were rescued from a peatland blaze. Curlews are one of Northern Ireland's most endangered species - they have declined by 82% since 1985 - so when Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership (LNLP) staff realised that two […]

2020-09-17 07:06:18 +0000: A 'tern' for the better
The Skerries, which hosts the UK's largest colony of Arctic terns, was abandoned this year due to disturbance. However, some of these birds have been recorded nesting at other tern colonies across Wales, England, and Ireland confirming the importance of having alternative safe nesting sites. The Skerries, which are a group of rocky islets off […]

2020-09-16 07:02:22 +0000: Statement on Painting Wind Turbine Blades
A recent study (July 2020) from a wind energy facility in Norway found that painting one blade on a wind turbine black significantly reduced bird mortalities due to collisions. This is a positive finding. However, only four of 68 turbines in the facility featured the black blade. American Bird Conservancy (ABC) hopes that future, larger […]

2020-09-15 06:58:56 +0000: Recently Named Rare Hummingbird Gets Reserve
On August 18, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) partner Fundación Jocotoco purchased the first portion (110 acres) of the newly established Cerro de Arcos Reserve in Ecuador, with support from ABC and Rainforest Trust. This land protects alpine meadows, locally known as páramo, critical to the survival of the recently named Blue-throated Hillstar. The Blue-throated Hillstar […]

2020-09-14 06:36:20 +0000: First Purple Hairstreak butterfly recorded in South Lanarkshire for 175 years
A butterfly, which depends on oak trees for its survival, has been recorded in South Lanarkshire for the first time since 1845. The Purple Hairstreak, a small butterfly with tell-tale purple colouring on their black upper wings, seems to be increasing in distribution. Mostly found in England and Wales, there has been a recent increase […]

2020-09-13 06:53:32 +0000: EU countries choose health over poison in historic vote to ban lead shot in wetlands
A huge leap towards ending the suffering of millions of waterbirds from lead poisoning has been taken following a momentous vote to ban lead shot in and around wetlands. The vote was made by EU Committee REACH, set up to specifically deal with chemical hazards. A total of 18 countries, which made up 90% of […]

2020-09-12 06:49:36 +0000: Fresh insight into secret lives of basking sharks
The first study to successfully track a basking shark using a robot camera has shed new light on the behaviour of the world's second largest fish. An autonomous 'SharkCam' underwater vehicle (AUV) was deployed in the UK for the first time last summer to observe and gather footage of the behaviour of basking sharks in […]



Ornithology - The Science of Birds

The latest news from Ornithology - The Science of Birds (as of Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:05:16 GMT):

2020-09-14 15:54:11 +0000: Pigeon De-toed
A few years ago I received an email from someone in Hawaii wondering why so many pigeons on Maui were missing toes. I had no idea so I emailed the ornithologist at the University of Hawaii and she responded that with many people with long hair lying on the beaches leave bits of their tresses […]

2020-09-07 22:40:34 +0000: Leaf it Be
I was sitting on my garden bench the other day and watched a small flock of Lesser Goldfinches land on my sunflower plants and peck at the leaves. What they were eating I didn't know so when they left I searched the leaves for bugs. No bugs. Turns out the sunflower leaves were full of […]

2020-08-31 15:37:17 +0000: Where Are My Birds?
Regularly I get emails asking why there are fewer birds in one's backyard this year, or why there are fewer blackbirds, or why hummingbirds are not coming to their feeders, or something like that. The answer is complicated. First of all, there are about 3 billion fewer breeding birds in the U.S. and Canada since […]

2020-08-24 14:49:59 +0000: Never Too Old
I've written before about hearing impaired birding. It's a challenge and I speak from personal experience. Unlike birds whose cochlear hair cells in the ear, which transmit sound to the brain, grow back, ours never do. As we age our hair cells die and our hearing diminishes. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy birding. […]

2020-08-10 15:39:59 +0000: The Meaning of Feathers
What do feathers mean? In many cultures, feathers represent a connection to spiritual realms. Coming from birds, feathers symbolize freedom, both mental and physical, from the bounds of the earth. In Native American cultures, feathers have always been significant parts of ceremonies, often used for clothing, decorations, tools, weapons and "dreamcatchers." The Iroquois have a […]

2020-08-03 20:53:45 +0000: The First Bird Guides
It wasn't until my junior year in college when I took ornithology and started watching birds. My first bird guide was a Peterson. We didn't ask for a bird guide when we wanted to look up that bird on the fence post, we asked for a Peterson. If you were a serious birdwatcher, you had […]

2020-07-27 14:58:20 +0000: Eponymous and Other Bird Names
In 1851, John P. McCown, an amateur ornithologist and army officer stationed in Texas, shot a group of birds. Examining his kills, he noted two birds he'd never seen before and sent specimens to an ornithologist friend, who named it McCown's Longspur. Ten years later, McCown joined the Confederate States Army, where he was ultimately […]

2020-07-20 22:52:53 +0000: Bird Blogs
There's a new, to me at least, podcast about birds called Bird Banter. Dr. Ed Pullen, retired family physician of Tacoma, Washington, interviews birders from around the country. I have to admit that I didn't know about his podcast or that there were so many other podcasts about birds. Like: American Birding Podcast, Out There […]

2020-07-13 16:53:10 +0000: Rehabilitation
About once a week I get contacted through my website Ornithology.com regarding a baby bird. Often the explanation is that the "baby fell out of the nest." Typically, the baby actually jumped from the nest as songbirds do when they fledge. Not quite capable of flight, they walk or hop on the ground, dependent on […]

2020-07-06 02:09:49 +0000: Janet Turner, Bird Artist
The following is from my latest book, The Art of the Bird: The History of Ornithological Art through Forty Artists. Janet Turner was one of the artists I discussed and special to me because I knew her personally. She borrowed bird specimens from the natural history museum I supervised, allowed me to visit her in her art studio, and […]



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