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Birdlife International 1

The latest news from Birdlife International 1 (as of Wed, 27 May 2020 15:04:02 GMT):

2020-05-26 15:58:37 +0000: New research station protects Madagascar forest from the inside out
Geographical isolation and rugged terrain have given rise to astounding wildlife within Madagascar's Tsitongambarika Forest, but have also made it difficult to reach and protect - until recently. Introducing Ampasy Research Station: a hub for community support and enabling forest conservation from the inside out.

2020-05-21 16:30:13 +0000: CEO speech on International Day of Biodiversity: 'the realisation'
On International Day of Biodiversity 2020, BirdLife CEO Patricia Zurita explains why a healthy planet should be a new human right.

2020-05-18 23:51:09 +0000: Inner-city wildlife: feast your eyes on the stunning Audubon mural project
Since 2014, larger-than-life paintings of more than one hundred bird species threatened by climate change have been wowing residents and spreading awareness in Harlem, New York. The project is set to cross the Atlantic to Europe, bringing with it the power to reconnect city-dwellers with nature.

2020-05-14 23:51:09 +0000: Giving power to the people to protect iconic Mount Kenya Forest
Not only is Mount Kenya Forest one of the most iconic landscapes in Africa, it is also a crucial source of clean water for the country. Find out how Nature Kenya is empowering local citizens to form powerful partnerships that can protect and restore the forest for decades to come.

2020-05-13 12:23:09 +0000: A family of Danish White-Tailed Sea Eagles invites you to its nest
Imagine: swooping down from the sky, fresh fish between its talons, a White-Tailed Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) lands in its nest to feed its hungry young chicks. And you're there to see it all, in real time - from the comfort of your own home. Our Danish partner, DOF, has made this a reality.

2020-05-13 10:12:21 +0000: 6,000 Endangered Steppe Eagles find refuge within refuse dumps
If you wanted to see 6,000 Endangered eagles, a rubbish dump might not be the first place you'd think of looking. But conservationists in Saudi Arabia are working to make these unlikely havens safe for the birds that call them home.

2020-05-06 23:51:09 +0000: Grey-breasted Parakeet recovers from three fledglings to a thousand
In 2012, researchers made the alarming discovery that this vivacious parakeet was now confined to a single small region in northeastern Brazil. Find out how their campaign has seen the birds make a remarkable comeback from three fledglings in 2010 to a cumulative total of 1,165 fledglings.

2020-05-05 14:21:51 +0000: A sustainable energy transition can halt the biodiversity and climate crises
The European Commission announced its plans to revise the regulatory framework for Trans-European Energy Infrastructure (TEN-E regulation) in its EU Green Deal. Protecting nature and delivering trans-European energy infrastructure at the same time is possible. Power lines and underground cables can co-exist if sited properly and their impacts are mitigated to limit wildlife mortality.

2020-05-04 23:51:09 +0000: Investigating the mystery behind Guinea-Bissau's mass vulture deaths
Earlier this year, the shocking, and unexplained, discovery of numerous clusters of dead vultures across Guinea-Bissau rocked the conservation world. However, investigations are shedding light on the crime behind the deaths, and ensuring a safer future for these Critically Endangered birds in the country.

2020-04-30 14:45:12 +0000: 5 vital projects that will continue in 2020
The good thing about BirdLife is that, as a truly global organisation, we're already great at staying connected, even when we're thousands of miles apart. Here are just a few of the ways our work will carry on over the coming months, even if it's from our living rooms…



Birdlife International 2

The latest news from Birdlife International 2 (as of Wed, 27 May 2020 15:04:02 GMT):

2020-05-26 16:58:37 +0100: New research station protects Madagascar forest from the inside out
Geographical isolation and rugged terrain have given rise to astounding wildlife within Madagascar's Tsitongambarika Forest, but have also made it difficult to reach and protect - until recently. Introducing Ampasy Research Station: a hub for community support and enabling forest conservation from the inside out.

2020-05-26 15:11:57 +0100: Fish Tales - Episode 4: Belhaj from Morocco
"My name is Belhaj. I live in Morocco. I'm 42 years old and I've been a fisherman for 18 years."ť Being a fisher. Caring for nature. "Since I was a kid, I've always been fascinated by the sea, that's why I chose to become a fisher. Sure, it's a job that requires a lot of patience, but sometimes, when you are at sea, you can have unexpected company, like turtles. That always makes me happy. Unfortunately, sometimes other animals get caught in our fishing nets. It might take some time, but it's important for me to put them back in the water, to save them. Why? Because we need to protect marine biodiversity. Otherwise, we will create an imbalance. With climate change and pollution, human activities are already damaging marine life, so we try our best to respect the sea, and nature in general.

2020-05-22 17:42:05 +0100: Turtle Day: Shining the Spotlight on West Africa's Disappearing Turtles
Poaching, accidental catches, pollution, plastics, infrastructure... At sea and on land, sea turtles face many threats. Celebration of the World Turtle Day on May 23 each year, reminds us the importance of protecting these wonderful creatures.

2020-05-21 17:30:13 +0100: CEO speech on International Day of Biodiversity: 'the realisation'
On International Day of Biodiversity 2020, BirdLife CEO Patricia Zurita explains why a healthy planet should be a new human right.

2020-05-21 16:35:24 +0100: Annual forest governance review goes ahead virtually
In May, members of the Asia-Pacific Forest Governance project met to report on achievements of the past year and discuss the future of forest governance in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea: here are our key takeaways.

2020-05-20 13:00:00 +0100: Press release: A blueprint to save the planet
Brussels - 20 May 2020 European Commission releases Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies  Today, following multiple delays, the European Commission released its highly anticipated Biodiversity Strategy and Farm to Fork Strategy [1]. These documents will map the main features of the EU's biodiversity and food-related policies for the coming decade and are key components of the European Green Deal. Adopted during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, these strategies will also be a central element of the EU's Corona crisis recovery plan.

2020-05-20 10:13:19 +0100: 10 priorities for the future of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements
In a world where fishing resources are increasingly coveted and marine habitats face threats posed by climate change and human activities, both the European Union and third country coastal States involved in Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs) must take their responsibilities to achieve sustainable fisheries. These include:

2020-05-19 00:51:09 +0100: Inner-city wildlife: feast your eyes on the stunning Audubon mural project
Since 2014, larger-than-life paintings of more than one hundred bird species threatened by climate change have been wowing residents and spreading awareness in Harlem, New York. The project is set to cross the Atlantic to Europe, bringing with it the power to reconnect city-dwellers with nature.

2020-05-15 00:51:09 +0100: Giving power to the people to protect iconic Mount Kenya Forest
Not only is Mount Kenya Forest one of the most iconic landscapes in Africa, it is also a crucial source of clean water for the country. Find out how Nature Kenya is empowering local citizens to form powerful partnerships that can protect and restore the forest for decades to come.

2020-05-14 13:50:17 +0100: Why the caged birdwatchers sing: raising awareness during confinement
How do you raise awareness on the importance to protect birds, beautiful winged creatures of the outdoors, when everyone is staying inside? Across the map, our partners lead the way.



Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The latest news from Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) (as of Wed, 27 May 2020 15:04:10 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 MĂ´n
Mae RSPB Cymru wrth eu bodd o gyhoeddi bod eu gwarchodfa natur dawel ar Ynys MĂ´n, RSPB Cors Ddyga, oedd gynt wedi'i henwi yn 'Malltraeth Marsh', yn cael ei hagor yn swyddogol gan Aelod Cynulliad Ynys MĂ´n 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 MĂ´n 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 Wed, 27 May 2020 15:04:12 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 Wed, 27 May 2020 15:04:12 GMT):

2020-05-22 14:51:45 EDT: Past is prologue: Genetic 'memory' of ancestral environments helps organisms readapt
Organisms carry long-term 'memories' of their ancestral homelands that help them adapt to environmental change, according to a new study that involved raising chickens on the Tibetan Plateau and an adjacent lowland site.

2020-05-20 12:49:50 EDT: Microplastics found in Florida's birds of prey for first time
A new study has confirmed and quantified, for the first time, the presence of microplastics in terrestrial and aquatic birds of prey in Florida, including hawks, ospreys and owls. The research is important because birds of prey are critical to a functioning ecosystem. The accumulation of microplastics in their digestive systems could lead to poisoning, starvation and death.

2020-05-20 12:49:41 EDT: Hunting threatens one of the world's most amazing wildlife migrations
As the world looks to tighten up the illegal capture of wildlife, migratory birds are being threatened by widespread and unsustainable hunting across the Asia-Pacific region. New research has revealed that three quarters of migratory shorebird species in the region have been hunted since the 1970s.

2020-05-19 11:42:37 EDT: Researchers go cuckoo: Antarctic penguins release an extreme amount of laughing gas
In a new study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have demonstrated that penguins in Antarctica emit copious amounts of nitrous oxide via their feces. So much so, that the researchers went ''cuckoo'' from being surrounded by penguin poop.

2020-05-19 11:42:18 EDT: How do birds understand 'foreign' calls?
New research show that the coal tit (Periparus ater) can eavesdrop and react to the predatory warning calls of the Japanese tit (Parus minor) and evokes a visual image of the predator in their mind.

2020-05-18 09:00:33 EDT: Lack of insects in cities limits breeding success of urban birds
Urban insect populations would need to increase by a factor of at least 2.5 for urban great tits to have same breeding success as those living in forests according to new research.

2020-05-18 09:00:22 EDT: Analysis of bird species reveals how wings adapted to their environment and behavior
Bird wings adapted for long-distance flight are linked to their environment and behavior, according to new research on an extensive database of wing measurements.

2020-05-14 09:26:41 EDT: Oyster farming and shorebirds likely can coexist
Oyster farming as currently practiced along the Delaware Bayshore does not significantly impact four shorebirds, including the federally threatened red knot, which migrates thousands of miles from Chile annually, according to a new study. The findings likely apply to other areas around the country including the West Coast and Gulf Coast, where oyster aquaculture is expanding, according to experts.

2020-05-14 09:25:55 EDT: Scientists discover why some birds live fast and die young
Size, safety and parenting all have an impact on how quickly a species of bird matures, according to new research that could help scientists to understand and predict how animals will respond to climate breakdown and the destruction of habitats.

2020-05-13 14:34:02 EDT: Microscopic feather features reveal fossil birds' colors and explain why cassowaries shine
Some birds are iridescent because of the physical make-up of their feathers, but scientists had never found evidence of this structural color in the group of birds containing ostriches and cassowaries -- until now. Researchers have discovered both what gives cassowary feathers their glossy black shine and what the feathers of birds that lived 52 million years ago looked like.

2020-05-12 13:45:26 EDT: Early experiences determine how birds build their first nest
Early life experiences of zebra finches have a big effect on the construction of their first homes, according to a new study.

2020-04-29 19:18:55 EDT: Learning from fish and flags to inform new propulsion strategies
Recent research has found relationships between frequencies and the passive dynamics at play when vehicles move in air or water toward a better understanding of how to use these forces to enhance performance. Understanding this fluid-structure interaction at a very basic level, could help inform new aircraft and submarine designs with a very different kind of locomotion.

2020-04-28 11:24:59 EDT: Arctic wildlife uses extreme method to save energy
The extreme cold, harsh environment and constant hunt for food means that Arctic animals have become specialists in saving energy. Now, researchers have discovered a previously unknown energy-saving method used by birds during the polar night.

2020-04-23 17:40:38 EDT: Hummingbirds show up when tropical trees fall down
When the tree fell that October in 2015, the tropical giant didn't go down alone. Hundreds of neighboring trees went with it, opening a massive 2.5-acre gap in the Panamanian rainforest. Treefalls happen all the time, but this one just happened to occur in the exact spot where a decades-long ecological study was in progress, giving researchers a rare look into tropical forest dynamics.

2020-04-23 13:05:06 EDT: How birds evolved big brains
Evolutionary biologists and paleontologists have reconstructed the evolution of the avian brain using a massive dataset of brain volumes from dinosaurs, extinct birds like Archaeopteryx and the great auk, and modern birds.

2020-04-20 14:50:20 EDT: The secret life of godwits
To find out more about birds such as the black-tailed godwit, ecologists have been conducting long-term population studies using standardized information on reproductive behavior -- such as dates of egg-laying or hatching and levels of chick survival. New information gathered using geolocators on godwits in the Netherlands shows that traditional observation methods can lead to inaccurate data.

2020-04-15 13:36:40 EDT: Pterosaurs and other fossil flyers to better engineer human-made flight
Pterosaurs were the largest animals ever to fly. They soared the skies for 160 million years -- much longer than any species of modern bird. Despite their aeronautic excellence, these ancient flyers have largely been overlooked in the pursuit of bioinspired flight technologies. Researchers outline why and how the physiology of fossil flyers could provide ancient solutions to modern flight problems, like aerial stability and self-launch.

2020-04-14 08:43:07 EDT: Flamingos form firm friendships
Flamingos form friendships that last for years, new research shows.

2020-04-09 11:05:24 EDT: Black rhinos eavesdrop on the alarm calls of hitchhiking oxpeckers to avoid humans
In Swahili, red-billed oxpeckers are called Askari wa kifaru, or 'the rhino's guard.' Now, an article suggests that this indigenous name rings true: red-billed oxpeckers may behave like sentinels, sounding an alarm to potential danger. By tracking wild black rhinos, researchers found that those carrying oxpeckers were far better at sensing and avoiding humans than those without the hitchhiking bird.

2020-04-08 18:47:24 EDT: Archaeologists on a 5,000-year-old egg hunt
Scientists are closer to cracking a 5,000-year-old mystery surrounding the ancient trade and production of decorated ostrich eggs. Long before Faberge, ornate ostrich eggs were highly prized by the elites of Mediterranean civilizations during the Bronze and Iron Ages, but to date little has been known about the complex supply chain behind these luxury goods.



BBC News - Science & Environment

The latest news from BBC News - Science & Environment (as of Wed, 27 May 2020 15:05:17 GMT):

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2020-05-22 22:22:21 GMT: Canada v US: Loon stabs eagle through heart
The loon, which is on Canada's dollar coin, and the eagle, America's national bird, fought to the death.



British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

The latest news from British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) (as of Wed, 27 May 2020 15:05:17 GMT):

Wed -8t-0M 18th Mar 2020 09:00 UTC: Northern Ireland's seabirds get an annual health check
2019 produced a mixed bag for Northern Ireland's seabirds but confirmed the importance of the country's coastline for its 22 breeding seabird species.

Wed -3t-0M 13th May 2020 15:00 UTC: BTO and COVID-19
BTO statement on participating in surveys during the Coronavirus pandemic (UPDATED- 15.05.2020).

Tue -7t-0D 17th Dec 2019 10:15 UTC: Scottish owl tracked to Morocco
A Short-eared Owl, fitted with a satellite tag whilst breeding in Scotland, has been tracked to Morocco.

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 -3r-0M 23rd Mar 2020 11:00 UTC: Butterflies bounce back
The summer of 2019 provided another welcome boost to butterfly populations, according to the latest results from the annual UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS).

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 Wed, 27 May 2020 15:05:20 GMT):

2020-05-27 07:00:00 +0000: Powder Down
Hidden below the outer breast feathers of herons, pigeons, doves, tinamous, bustards and some parrots are patches of special down feathers. These feathers are never molted, and they grow continuously. The tips break down into a dust the consistency of talcum powder.

2020-05-26 07:00:00 +0000: Bird Poop and Fish Eggs
Scientists have long suspected that bird poop may play a role in the dispersal of fish species to new bodies of water.

2020-05-25 07:00:00 +0000: Bobolinks and Grasslands
Male Bobolinks are first to arrive on their breeding grounds in the grasslands. Why are there fewer Bobolinks than in decades past? Probably because the landscape of North America has changed so much. Bobolinks originally nested on native prairies of the Midwest and southern Canada.

2020-05-24 07:00:00 +0000: Salmonberry Bird
The native names of birds sometimes distill the essence of their appearance or behavior. In the Cherokee language, for instance, the Meadowlark is called "star," because of the way the bird's tail spreads out when it soars.

2020-05-23 07:00:00 +0000: Rufous Hummingbirds' Marvelous Nest
The nest-building skills of the female Rufous Hummingbird are amazing. She first weaves a cup of soft, fluffy plant material, then envelops it with moss and binds it with strands of spider web. The final touch: a layer of lichen flakes to provide perfect camouflage.

2020-05-22 07:00:00 +0000: The Diminutive Downy Woodpecker
As part of their spring courtship, Downy Woodpeckers perform a spectacular "butterfly flight." The birds seem to dance in the air, holding their wings high, and flapping slowly and lazily like butterflies.

2020-05-21 07:00:00 +0000: Preening 101
If a bird's feathers get too dried out, they become brittle. To prevent that from happening, most birds have a gland located above the base of the tail that produces oil. They use their beaks to massage oil from the gland into their feathers to keep them supple.

2020-05-20 07:00:00 +0000: Larkspurs: Flowers and Birds
Open a flower guide, and you may find larkspur, owl's clover, parrot's beak, wake-robin, peacock plant, and storksbill. And there's chickweed, hawkweed, ragged robin, cuckoo flower, and hens-and-chicks. At least one flower packs in two bird names: the dove's-foot cranesbill.

2020-05-19 07:00:00 +0000: Lazuli Bunting
With its beautiful colors, the Lazuli Bunting might just have inspired Navajo artists. In summer, these beautiful singers inhabit the brushy canyons of Western mountains. And where the Lazuli Bunting sings, you'll often hear the music of Vesper Sparrows and Western Meadowlarks.

2020-05-18 07:00:00 +0000: Do Alligators Protect Herons?
Raccoons sometimes invade nesting colonies of herons, spoonbills, and other wading birds to eat their eggs and chicks. But some of these birds have found ways to deter the masked bandits.

2020-05-17 07:00:00 +0000: Spring Serenade in the Ozarks, With Steve Hilty
The Buffalo National River in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas was the first "national river" in the US. The river, part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, runs undammed for 135 miles. Its forest habitat is a great place for birds and other wildlife.

2020-05-16 07:00:00 +0000: Galápagos Archipelago - Melville's Encantadas
Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, described the Galápagos, a group of volcanic islands in the Pacific, as: "an archipelago of aridities, without inhabitant, history, or hope of either in all time to come." Charles Darwin also found the Galá

2020-05-15 07:00:00 +0000: Why Act on Behalf of Other Species?
With so many pressing human needs in the world, for food, water, and places to live, why should we act on behalf of the wellbeing of other animals? For George Archibald of the International Crane Foundation, it's a matter of ethics.

2020-05-14 07:00:00 +0000: Peacocks in India
Peacocks have been domesticated for thousands of years and now occur everywhere in the world. But to see wild peacocks, you'll need to go to India and Sri Lanka. Where hunted, peacocks are shy and rarely seen, and give loud alarm calls when startled.

2020-05-13 07:00:00 +0000: Decoy - Shrike Trickery
Northern Shrikes are unapologetically cool, with their black masks, elegant gray plumage, and predatory lifestyle. But these little raptors, although technically songbirds, sometimes sound less than appealing.

2020-05-12 07:00:00 +0000: Dippers on the Elwha
In 2014, the dams on the Elwha River in Washington State were removed. As the river ran free again, salmon from the Pacific were able to spawn upstream for the first time in 100 years, dramatically improving conditions for American Dippers.

2020-05-11 07:00:00 +0000: Beaks and Grosbeaks
Beaks suited for opening tough, hard seeds"”thick, conical beaks"”evolved in more than one lineage of birds. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are related to cardinals, which also have powerful beaks.

2020-05-10 07:00:00 +0000: Mother Birds
Happy Mother's Day, from the whole BirdNote team!

2020-05-09 07:00:00 +0000: Gulls or "Seagulls"?
Gulls seem so much a part of the sea that we often just call them "seagulls," a colloquial title for these graceful, ubiquitous creatures. Twenty-two species breed in North America. The Pacific coast is home to the aptly named Western Gulls.

2020-05-08 07:00:00 +0000: Great Horned Owl III
This Great Horned Owlet - about 2-1/2 months old and already as big as its parents - is quite well feathered, although its underparts remain downy. Its wing and tail feathers are developing nicely, and it has begun to make short flights.



Surfbirds

The latest news from Surfbirds (as of Wed, 27 May 2020 15:05:21 GMT):

2020-05-27 06:46:11 +0000: A family of Danish White-Tailed Sea Eagles invites you to its nest
Imagine: swooping down from the sky, fresh fish between its talons, a White-Tailed Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) lands in its nest to feed its hungry young chicks. And you're there to see it all, in real time – from the comfort of your own home. Our Danish partner, DOF, has made this a reality. Welcome […]

2020-05-26 06:41:50 +0000: 6,000 Endangered Steppe Eagles find refuge within refuse dumps
Nowadays, it is increasingly rare and mesmerising to catch a glimpse of the majestic Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis. This large, powerful bird of prey was once considered the most common large eagle in the world, but has been tragically declining since 1997 - largely due to habitat loss - and since 2015 the species has been listed […]

2020-05-25 07:55:30 +0000: Prickly Pair: Cactus-dwelling Couple Prove Rumors That Bald Eagles Nest in Saguaros
Back in mid-March, Kenneth Jacobson found what he's been seeking for 18 years. Responding to a tip, Jacobson and his team at the Arizona Game and Fish Department set out for a reservoir in the middle of the state with a healthy skepticism. But even from a distance, what he saw through his binoculars left […]

2020-05-24 07:52:12 +0000: Recovery Efforts Provide the Opportunity to Build a 21st Century Energy System
Even as the country continues to suffer through the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant economic downturn, Congressional leaders are turning their attention from slowing the spread of the virus and emergency response to an economic recovery package. As we emerge from this tragedy, we can rebuild an economy that plans for the future by shaping […]

2020-05-23 07:47:36 +0000: ABC Partners with Pheasants Forever to Restore Grassland Bird Habitats on Montana Working Lands
ABC and PF will work together with partners to deliver $760,000 to boost habitat for grassland birds, upland game birds, and waterfowl. Montana’s Long-billed Curlews will be among the beneficiaries of the new RCPP award. Pheasants Forever (PF) was selected in April 2020 to receive a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) award from the USDA-Natural […]

2020-05-22 07:44:32 +0000: One of the World’s Rarest Birds Edges Toward Rebound in Brazil
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) partner SAVE Brasil recorded 25 Blue-eyed Ground-Dove individuals in spring 2020 "” the highest count yet for one of the world’s rarest birds. Since the dove’s rediscovery in eastern Brazil in 2015, conservation actions have progressed toward the goal of securing a safe future for this Critically Endangered species. In 2018, […]

2020-05-21 22:38:18 +0000: The latest report on UK's breeding birds shows mixed results
The latest Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) report, covering population trends for the UK's bird species, has been released. The report is a celebration of the dedication of the volunteers who give up their time and take part in bird surveying; collectively they walked 14,996km whilst actively surveying in 2019. The distance walked in 2019 is the equivalent […]

2020-05-21 07:05:09 +0000: Actor Martin Shaw teams up with ornithologists to support well-being and mental health; encouraging us to “stop and watch”
Actor Martin Shaw,  known for his roles in The Professionals, Judge John Deed and Inspector George Gently, has teamed up with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) to promote the value of connecting with nature through mindful birdwatching, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. The well-being benefits of connecting with nature are now better […]

2020-05-20 15:33:35 +0000: Grey-breasted Parakeet recovers from three fledglings to a thousand
The Grey-breasted Parakeet Pyrrhura griseipectus (Endangered) was once widespread throughout the Atlantic Forest areas of north-eastern Brazil. However, ten years ago this flamboyantly feathered bird was facing a bleak future. Deforestation, illegal hunting and poaching by wildlife traffickers had caused severe population declines and local extinctions in at least 15 areas where it had historically been found. […]

2020-05-19 15:26:47 +0000: A sustainable energy transition can halt the biodiversity and climate crises
The European Commission announced its plans to revise the regulatory framework for Trans-European Energy Infrastructure (TEN-E regulation) in its EU Green Deal. Building the energy infrastructure that Europe needs while halting the biodiversity and climate crises is a two-fold challenge that the revised TEN-E regulation must deliver. Protecting nature and delivering trans-European energy infrastructure at […]



Ornithology - The Science of Birds

The latest news from Ornithology - The Science of Birds (as of Wed, 27 May 2020 15:05:22 GMT):

2020-05-26 19:33:52 +0000: The Skinny on Birds
Earlier I told you about a scientist who made a collection of birds in Chicago that had met their demise by running into buildings. After forty years of collecting, he decided to measure the birds in the collection and found that they are getting smaller, apparently due to global warming. Bird skins are important for […]

2020-05-18 15:31:25 +0000: Birds Getting Smaller?
There’s a thing called Bergmann’s Rule. This is an ecogeographical rule that states that within a broadly distributed taxonomic group, populations and species of larger size are found in colder environments, and species of smaller size are found in warmer regions. This only applies to birds and mammals because they produce their own body heat. First, think of […]

2020-05-11 22:09:45 +0000: More Birdwatching Converts
I'm spending a lot more time in my garden watching birds as the world has slowed down and I have less need to be out and about. While some have entertained themselves baking bread or working on crossword and jigsaw puzzles, lots of others have taken on birdwatching. Let me pass on some stories that […]

2020-05-04 21:35:39 +0000: Musing in the Garden
A little musing today. I've been watching two bird feeders outside my kitchen window for the past several months, the seeds devoured by California Towhees and occasionally a Spotted one, Western Scrub Jays, Eurasian Collared Doves, and lots of White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows. In my backyard, near an intermittent creek, I built a bench next […]

2020-04-27 22:23:16 +0000: Leafy Cities
I received a question the other day from a fellow who lives in Ontario, Canada. He said that while walking around his town's leafy downtown he noticed lots of birds but when he walks the nearby woods he doesn't notice nearly as many. He wonders what's going on. The key to his question is "leafy […]

2020-04-21 16:22:05 +0000: A Conspiracy of Birds
Over the years I have received a lot of emails with questions about birds. Most are straightforward, concerning identification or behavior. But occasionally I receive an exceptionally weird one. Probably the strangest question I have ever received was from a woman who said that in her home country (not the U.S.), birds would follow her. […]

2020-04-13 22:37:22 +0000: There’s Species and Then There’s Species
"Researchers have discovered that two hawks from surprisingly distant perches on the tree of life have mated, resulting in rare hybrid chicks. In 2005, Stan Moore, a master raptor bander at Fairfax Raptor Research, spotted something peculiar in the Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetlands Complex in Sonoma County, California. It was a common black hawk […]

2020-04-07 18:35:47 +0000: Social Distancing
We are practicing social distancing these days to avoid contacting the coronavirus. We have always practiced social distancing to a certain extent. We keep our distance when standing in line or when talking to others. We disdain "close talkers,"ť those who get right in your face when talking to you, and get annoyed when boarding […]

2020-03-31 20:44:11 +0000: Birds and the Homeless Problem
In 2011, animal control authorities confiscated 18 pigeons, a crow, and a gull from a homeless man in Los Angeles who kept them in cages. The pigeons, diseased and dirty, were euthanized and the gull and crow sent to bird rehabilitators. In 2018 the homeless guy sued the city, claiming some of the birds were […]

2020-03-24 15:29:08 +0000: Roadkills
Windows and cats are major sources of mortality for our birds but certainly aren’t the only major causes. Somewhere between 87 and 350 million birds are killed by vehicles each year in the U.S., although the estimates vary. See this study. Barn owls seem particularly marked for doom. Now threatened or endangered in a number […]



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