Potpourri of Amazing Bird Science

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The potpourri covers some interesting bird related science of the last few weeks, and the promise is this: I’ll get to that other stuff soon, I promise! ” The birds appear to be starving to death, so experts don’t believe a toxin is the culprit, said Julia Burco, a wildlife veterinarian for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Researchers are wondering if the die-off might spread to other birds or even fish.

Christian Science Monitor Calls for Endangered Species Hour

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I like this opinion piece from the Christian Science Monitor which calls for an "Endangered Species Hour." The Christian Science Monitor rightly points out that citizens and consumers need to get involved in endangered species protection, because at the CITES level, it's all about money and international politics. "Earth Hour" was held yesterday. People were supposed to turn their lights off for an hour.

In defence of museum collections

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This includes the 6 million fish specimens in the Neil Douglas fish collection and the nearly 500,000 plant specimens in the R. This isn’t just a case of some business orientated universities having contempt for the natural sciences (although no doubt that plays a part). Make no mistake, museum collections are essential and irreplaceable tools to advance science. Conservation bird collecting collections conservation science museums scientific collecting

314 U.S. Bird Species Threatened — Many with Extinction — by Global Warming

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Those conditions shape entire ecological communities, which we birders tend to think of broadly as “habitat,” including the plants that birds need for shelter, nesting substrates, and food, and the other species that interact with birds in their environments, from predators to competitors to food sources like insects or fish. Butchart is head of science at BirdLife International and chairs the IUCN Red List Technical Working Group.

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Use it or lose it?

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I’m not a fan of some of the cuts to science, but National came in in 2008. It is easy to make the argument that one, extractive (hunting, logging, fishing) is bad and the other (birding, diving, hiking) is good, but to my mind this simplistic black and white view point is completely wrong. Conservation conservation science hunting logging

2014 72

Birding the Battlefields

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Birders at Vicksburg counted 45 species, including Snow Geese , Barred Owl , Brown Thrasher , 152 Yellow-rumped Warblers , Fish Crow , and Eastern Towhee. Birding citizen science HistoryNick Lund , formerly at birdDC and then the Birdist , should be no stranger to readers of 10,000 Birds. He’s previously shared his surprisingly strong feelings about the bird logos of NFL and MLB teams.

2012 73

Herpetology Vs. Ornithology

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Herpetology Vs. Ornithology Herpetology Vs. Ornithology By Corey • March 2, 2011 • 4 comments Tweet Share If you like science and comic strips you definitely want to read xkcd. Fish & Wildlife comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Easy Chicken Dog Cookies

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Melody McKinnon holds 52 certifications revolving around nutrition, biochemistry, general sciences, business, marketing, and writing. She specializes in natural pet care and also produces her own line of natural fish food. These Chicken dog treats are full of flavor and nutrition for your best friend. Add a few of the suggested natural ingredients to turn it into a delicious nutritional supplement. Easy Chicken Dog Cookies.

Appeal Denied for Six Activists Convicted Under AEPA

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The group was formed to protest the activities of Huntingdon Life Sciences in Franklin Township, N.J. Huntingdon used mostly mice and rats , but also some dogs, monkeys, fish and guinea pigs , in its research in New Jersey. It was a 2-1 decision by the US Court of Appeals. From the Philadelphia Inquirer. Six members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty were convicted at a 2006 trial in New Jersey of conspiracy to violate the 1992 Animal Enterprise Protection Act.

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On the Land Grant University Meat Problem

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Instead, our LGUs teach the false ancient beliefs that maintain meat -- including dairy, fish, eggs, and feed crops -- as an institution. . Just like property status isn't something I write about often and I would never have thought of, the same is true for the relationship between land-grant-universities and why some of us eat what/whom we eat. Today's message and call to action is from David Cantor of Responsible Policies for Animals (thanks, Mike!).

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Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

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Environmentalists recognize the meat industry as extremely ecodestructive – including fish, dairy, eggs, feed crops with their massive use of water & topsoil and toxic runoff killing rivers and oceans, and the killing of billions of free-living animals to protect farmed animals and feed crops. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

Teaching Ornithology in High Schools

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Manker’s thesis is that ornithology is an excellent gateway to students becoming science majors in college and, more broadly and longer-term, conservation-minded citizens. In 2018, I read an article in Birding magazine by Jeff R. Manker about teaching ornithology in high schools. (It

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How Many Birders are There, Really? (Addendum)

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Fish and Wildlife Service’s estimates regarding the number of birders in the United States. Of course, there are many other possible definitions of “ birder ” so accurately estimating the overall number is more art than science. I have previously written about the U.S.

Bird Litigation: “Standing” and the California Gnatcatcher

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Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that the coastal subspecies was actually a subspecies. More recently, a group of developers petitioned FWS to delist the gnatcatcher because the underlying science was allegedly flawed and the coastal gnatcatcher is not really a distinct subspecies. Only one of the many plaintiffs, called the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy, and Reliability (“CESAR”), submitted any evidence to support its standing.

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Swallows. Swallowed

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The teeth, being made of durable enamel (not common in fish) are readily discovered. Send this to the fish lady in New Jersey!” Tigerfish are, like many other African fish, extreme predators. But, until recently this has not been confirmed by science. According to a report in Nature : This is the first confirmed record of a freshwater fish preying on birds in flight, the team reports in the Journal of Fish Biology. Fish Biol.

2014 82

Birding Nanhui, Shanghai in November 2021

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According to the HBW, they mainly eat fish. They have a lot of spare time as their fishing technique is very efficient. Somehow, it seems that most birders regularly visiting Nanhui feel that 2021 was a bit of a disappointing year.

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Of Bird Diets, Dangers, and Delinquents

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Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Maine, will use “nano-tags” to track migrating birds. Science! This week in birding news has it all covered. Er, sort of. To wit: As if beach-nesting birds don’t have enough problems , along comes a new scourge: nudists. Brings a new meaning to the term “shake your tail feathers” ! Disregard what Mary Poppins advises ; in Swansea, UK, feeding the birds will cost you (and a whole lot more than tuppence). Cormorants in the crosshairs —the U.S.

2014 77

This Week in Bird News: Hawaiian Edition

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With climate change appearing to expand the skeeters’ range, according to recent research in Science Advances , the birds have fewer safe places to hide. Fish & Wildlife Service). In the popular imagination, Hawaii is a tropical paradise. (No, No, not a magical place— you’re thinking of Tahiti, Agent Coulson.) But it’s not always so wonderful for native flora and fauna. Take birds. The endemics that have inhabited the islands from time immemorial are threatened.

2016 61

Flock to Marion

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This spurred her to pursue a career in environmental education and wildlife nature tourism as a park ranger in Texas and as the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail Coordinator with Florida Fish and Wildlife.

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Morning on Weeks Bay

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Dedicated to science, conservation, and education, the reserve focuses on the smaller Weeks Bay, which in turn connects to Mobile Bay. Belted Kingfishers looked for fish from atop snags, and Ospreys joined them in the darker recesses of the canopy. Mornings are very important to us Southerners, especially New England transplants like me. During sweltering summers, where my dashboard hits 98 degrees F every damn day, mornings have become my oasis.

2016 54

Good news for the Wood Stork

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Fish and Wildlife Service is down-listing the wood stork from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Fish and Wildlife Service, I was involved in various aspects of the species habitat protection largely on the regulatory arena. As Secretary Jewell put it, it did not take just the Fish and Wildlife Service to get the stork to breed and produce more young.

2014 80

Serbia self-drive birding tour planning

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He enjoys combining his passion for birds with computer science background to model nocturnal bird migration. The mapping exercise works particularly well with birds confined to a specific habitat (Baranda fish farm S49396968 and Pecena slatina S49396887 ). Penduline T**s were impressively common, with more than 23 individuals recorded during the week, 14 of them in a single group in Centa fish farm (Vojvodina) S49396841.

Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species–A Book Review

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Chapter One is all about Marybeth’s 2012 Big Year, an adventure she shares with Lynn, a fishing enthusiast who is probably the most supportive big year/300 year birding partner in the history of listing. Louisiana is a magical place to bird.

How Many Birders Are There, Really? (Updated)

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Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) releases a survey called “ Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis.”. The most recent report was issued in December 2019 and it used data from the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

2020 87

A Relaxing Big Day in Florida

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We didn’t have any set course; I sat behind the wheel of the center console while Brian used the trolling motor to cast after fish. That my data would be used in a global citizen science event? Originally, I had big plans for the October Big Day. I would wake up in darkness, gather my camera and binoculars and drive to Alabama for a birding tour along a river. I would tick off migrating songbirds, from tanagers to vireos and everything in between.

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The Feather Thief: A Book Review

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Johnson smartly starts off with the two obsessions that are at the core of the book–an intriguing description of Rist breaking into the museum (we’re not told the why, just the how, which is pretty impressive because it’s done so amateurishly and successfully) followed by Johnson himself learning about the theft several years later from his fly fishing guide, Spencer Seim, while casting for trout in New Mexico. Are these flies actually used for fishing?

2018 52

Pelican Release with International Bird Rescue

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International Bird Rescue is famous for their oil spill response team and saving oiled birds but many of the birds that come to International Bird Rescue’s rehabilitation centers (as seen in the video above) are impacted by fishing line and hooks, having ingested and/or been debilitated by carelessly discarded monofilament line that has wrapped around their limbs and wings. There are advantages to being a “Pelican Partner” for International Bird Rescue !

What’s in a Name: A Murrelet Assortment

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The Kittlitz’s Murrelet at least is named after an actual naturalist, Heinrich von Kittlitz, who bummed around the Pacific on behalf of the Imperial Academy of Sciences at Saint Petersburg. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is now the month of love, and there are few birds I love more than the alcids. Thus, a day of murrelets and their names.

2017 50

Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert–An Author Interview

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The iconic Ted Williams: Cool Green Science – Native Fish Coalition – Audubon – Muckrack – Recent Conservation Columns (I’m waiting for the expanded paperback version of his Wild Moments/Earth Almanac essays to come out in April.

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Western Snowy Plover

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Then, in one of my freshmen science classes, there was a discussion about extinct species, which then lead to the topic of threatened, or endangered species, and what we could do to help out. The State of Oregon, in 1975 listed the bird as Threatened, and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife reaffirmed that status in 1989 under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. When I was just a wee’ lad, in my formative birding years, I was introduced to the plight of the Western Snowy Plover.

2017 50

Dawn in South Carolina

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Today, the vast tract of land is protected, managed for science and conservation. At dawn, my feet hit one of the protected beaches with Wendy Allen, the manager of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of the science and outreach organizations working within Hobcaw. Some rested on the sand while others twisted in the wind, diving dramatically for tiny fish or boisterously calling back and forth to each other.

Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation: A Book Review by a Curious Bird Feeder

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How to choose bird feeders; how to make nutritious bird food; how to create a backyard environment that will attract birds; how to survey your feeder birds for citizen science projects; how to prevent squirrels from gobbling up all your black oil sunflower seed (sorry, none of that works). Articles on citizen science, community feeding, and “windows, glass, and feeding stations,” help emphasize the connection between personal actions and the larger conservation picture.

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From Today's New York Times

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Mr. Hurst flippantly questions the ability to measure a pig’s happiness, but sound science—not to mention common sense—clearly establishes that mother pigs locked in gestation crates with so little space that they cannot turn around for most of their lives do indeed suffer. To the Editor: Re “ Don’t Presume to Know a Pig’s Mind ” (Op-Ed, Feb. 20): Blake Hurst, a former hog farmer and president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, cautions that “we can’t ask the pigs what they think.”

Where to watch shorebirds around Belgrade, Serbia

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Quarter of a century later, I jumped at an opportunity to study environmental sciences, and guess what awaited me there? Technically, it is a part of the Baranda fish farm, but being a complex of nowadays brackish oxbow lakes, they are not used for carp production and the access is not restricted. Shorebirds (in Europe: waders) must be an acquired birding taste. No one starts birding dreaming of drab-coloured, unobtrusive and, far on a mud-bar, largely invisible little mud-skippers.

The Duck Stamp and The Wildlife Conservation Stamp Living in Symbiosis?

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The Mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans 1. This just doesn’t seem like rocket science to me. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) counted 71.1 Fish & Wildlife Service.

2013 76

Selling Birds Short: A Heretical View Of Avian Intelligence

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And if you look into it enough, it presents a classic case where science can fail us. I believe in science. Science is based on logic and evidence, which I think is a very respectable way to look at the world. But what many people fail to realize, and too often scientists themselves, is that science is elastic. Science, for many years, has done no better. A profound and deep understanding of birds is hard to complain about.

2011 80

The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Who Pays for It

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But the tenets of the North American Model were developed in the 19th century, when wildlife ethics and science were a mere glimmer of what we understand today. Smith, a veteran fish and wildlife biologist, identified three criteria that need to be met for the PTD to be effective: The general public must be aware of their legal standing with respect to public ownership of wildlife.

2014 81

On the threshold of flight

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Flight has evolved multiple times; it has emerged in lizards, snakes, fish, bats, maybe bats again, distant relatives of primates, regular primates, rodents, and a few other unlikely taxa, in a rather half baked fashion, not “true” flight. Science 12 December 2014: 346 (6215), 1253293 [DOI:10.1126/science.1253293]. We are on the threshold, just stepping across it really, of understanding one of the most important evolutionary events that ever happened.

2015 79

Duck Migration On The Upper Mississippi River

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It’s not an exact science, but it’s to get an idea of general usage and to see how the habitat can be managed in a better way for migratory feeding. If you’d like to follow any of our waterfowl numbers this fall you can check out our updates on the US Fish and Wildlife site. Okay. I know at 10,000 Birds, we’re not only supposed to wow you with blog articles, but we’re also supposed show you some awesome photos.

Endangered Species Act: Potential Downlisting for Hawaiian Goose (nene)

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Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed downlisting it from “endangered” to “threatened.”. It contains numerous citations to the literature, as the process must be based on the best available science. More than 50 years ago, the Hawaiian Goose (Nene) was one of the first birds listed under the Endangered Species Act, part of the inaugural “ Class of 1967 ”. Due to substantial improvements in its population and its prospects, the U.S.

Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa

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I wasn’t there to birdwatch, however, I was volunteering with Wildlife ACT, a conservation organisation that provides science monitoring to the parks of Zululand in South Africa (and increasingly, beyond). They had been the species I’ve most wanted to see, above any bird or fish or mammal, for many years, and they didn’t remotely disappoint. The history of Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa is a slightly unusual one.

Climate Change and Birds

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But still, there is variation in variation and how rapid climate change occurs can matter, as demonstrated in a paper just published in Science: The Influence of Late Quaternary Climate-Change Velocity on Species Endemism. A lot of this has to do with the fact that as sea level rises, marshlands, which are the the basis for a lot of fish and bird ecology, are wiped out, but if sea level remains stable for a while, or changes only slowly, coastal marshes have time to form.

2011 80

Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—In 12 Steps: A Book Review

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The authors (and I feel obliged to attribute this chapter to both authors, though the writing totally reflects Howells previous essays) then explain the principles of “high-level taxonomy” while simultaneously poking holes in the current state of the science, concluding in the end that ‘species’ are “simply a matter of opinion. However, articulated in a short introductory chapter, they shortchange the ornithological community and science in general.

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