Ocean Advocacy and Animal Rights

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The purpose is to protect ocean species as a whole. I'm not sure how this fits into my support of animal rights though. I think that ocean life, with the exception of mammals, are often overlooked because they are not the sentient, communicating species that we identify with, like primates, dogs, cats, etc. I'm going to try and research other groups to see if there is a group that is more in line with the philosophy I'm trying to follow.

Grallards: New Zealand’s Next Extinction or Newest Species?

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The obvious choice was the Mallard , that plucky familiar northern hemisphere species that is the father of the even more familiar domesticated duck. In fact, as the species was quickly identified as as creating hybrids with Grey Ducks, the opinion was by the 1920s that the species shouldn’t be released further. His largess in providing birds for release (and ability to get official sanction for this) lead to a much more aggressive attempt to establish the species.

New Research Examines How, and Where, Birds Fly

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It reports on research that attempted to uncover whether flight originally started as a running leap, or a misdirected fall. Birds seem to have an inborn gift for righting themselves while falling, as evidenced by the way fledgling Chukar Partridges react when dropped. The authors, whose paper appears in Biology Letters , emphasize that no baby birds were harmed during the research. Researchers plotted eBird sightings against satellite imagery of U.S.

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

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Like any birder visiting a new place, I had a target species list I was hoping to seek out during the one day I had available between business commitments. It shows that of 588 species assessed, 314 species in the continental United States and Canada will lose half or more of their current ranges by 2080 if global warming continues at its current pace (which is approximately 8 degrees F of warming by the end of the century). Most species go extinct. Species.

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A Guide to Some Possible Bird Species Splits in Costa Rica

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These and several other species might end up being armchair ticks if and when we take a closer look at their evolutionary history. Taxa that could end up being split into one species occurring north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and one south of the isthmus. (2). A species that lives in both Costa Rica and South America but might be two separate species. (3). Two subspecies of the same species that differ within Costa Rica. (4).

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Pectoral Sandpipers Lookin’ for Love in All the Right Places

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According to research newly published in Nature , when these shorebirds arrive at their Arctic mating grounds, they don’t just shack up with the nearest honey, or waste time competing with the other dudes for the attentions of the loveliest potential mates. The scientists speculate that this combination of promiscuity and stamina may actually do the species good , spreading genetic diversity throughout the total population. ”Well, I’m the type of guy who will never settle down.

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People Think There Are a Ton of Chimpanzees Out There

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If they are members of an endangered species, why are there so many of them around? They must be cheap and plentiful right? Tags: rant chimpanzees medical research endangered species The public in general has a warped understanding of chimpanzees. If you go by the media, there are a ton of them out there. They are in zoos, circuses, commercials, movies, etc. It's a bad perception problem for chimps.

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Blue Whales Reappearing Again

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Research also suggests that the Antarctic population of blue whales may now be growing at 6% a year. The overall numbers are still tiny compared with the original populations before whaling started, but the trend is at last in the right direction,” said John Calambokidis, a marine scientist whose research on whale movements and populations has just been published in the journal Marine Mammal Science. Tags: blue whales endangered species

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Bird Litigation: “Standing” and the California Gnatcatcher

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As a result, the bird has a long history with the Endangered Species Act. If it was not, there would be no listing, as the overall species was not in peril. FWS released a 5-year review of the species in 2010. The court also rejected the notion that Dr. Zink, would have standing to bring a claim in his own right. CESAR had alleged that Dr. Zink would suffer professional and reputational injuries because FWS rejected his research, but the court found that inadequate.

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The Bird 10K Project

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” But here I’m using it because someone ELSE used it … the Bird 10K project is an effort to do the whole DNA thing they do on groups of species on the whole mess of 10K (or more) birds. This is interesting right now because the AVian Phylogenomics Consortium has just announced the Bird 10K project, which ties together a pile of previously done research with some exciting new projects just taking off now. Birds Bird 10K Project DNA Phylogeny research

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Calgary Zoo Feeling Economic Pressure

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Lanthier, a veterinarian and walrus researcher who took the helm in Calgary two years ago, says the cancellation of the polar bears exhibit might please some animal-rights extremists, but the reality is a blow to Canada's white bears. Lanthier doesn't hide his contempt for animal rights groups who lash out, without considering the role zoos play in conservation. We need to ask them, what have they done for research, conservation; what have they done for those animals?"

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The Incredulous New Caledonian Crows

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A number of research projects have sought to determine if some of these human brain abilities are found in other animals. Even among our primate relatives, whoa are generally very smart, “Theory of Mind” is found in only a few species. Research to determine the ability to understand the HCA vs. UCA distinction has shown this to be rare as well. This sets up a situation where researchers can observe the crow checking out the hole several times, or not.

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Having warned to her theme she introduces her villain of the piece, the AMNH researcher Chris Filardi, who collected a kingfisher. The previous set up made sure that you discounted 20 years of working in difficult jungle in remote countries to better understand and conserve rare and interesting species, and gets you ready to treat him like the truly arrogant monster he undoubtedly is. Says the prosecution to this: “Can a dead bird educate the researcher on its song?

Birdie Magnetic Sense and Human Generated Electromagnetic Fields

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However, we now understand that birds vary in how they navigate, and many if not all bird species use multiple approaches to navigation. Bird migration is cool and important and a major adaptation right? New research adds a bit more to our understanding of bird migration. The story of how this research came about is interesting, and chronicled here. However, extensive research has shown no evidence of harmful effects. Birds EMF migration Navigation research

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Missing Syrinx Found! Mesozoic Vegavis vocalization verified

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It is costly, it determines mating success, it defines and controls territoriality, and in some species may be communicative in other ways as well. The type species is Vegavis iaai. Enhanced-contrast X-ray computed tomography (CT) of syrinx structure in twelve extant non-passerine birds, as well as CT imaging of the Vegavis and Eocene syrinxes, informs both the reconstruction of ancestral states in birds and properties of the vocal organ in the extinct species.

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Climate Change And Birds: Europe vs. North America

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From the Abstract and summary: Changes in climate can cause populations of species to decline, to increase, or to remain steady. looked across species of common birds in Europe and the United States. Despite many differences between the two regions, expectations about how a species might respond to climate change did predict actual responses. Again, Europe is on the left, North America is on the right. Reminder: This study looked at the more common species.

A Problem with Gulls

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / A Problem with Gulls A Problem with Gulls By Dan • March 4, 2011 • 11 comments Tweet Share Back in the States, identifying different species of gulls was a manageable task, and mediocre birdwatcher though I was, I had no difficulty distinguishing the 5 more common gull species in the Mid-Atlantic region. fuscus – should be separated as species.

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The Bird With Four Sexes

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It is hypothesized that this is the formation of a new sex chromosomes, right before the eyes of scientists. This system shows … …how two identical chromosomes can evolve into distinct subtypes that can define the sexes of a species and their different behaviours. Rusty Gonser and Elaina Tuttle, who recently died too early of cancer, have collected more than three decades of data on these birds, at their Cranberry Lake research station. What is sex?

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On "EATING ANIMALS" by Jonathan Safran Foer

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This is not a book about animal rights, and some might say Foer gets animal rights wrong as his only reference is PETA. However, Foer does claim to have spent a couple of years researching and it is odd to me that the only subject of animal rights discussion is an organization that is ambiguous, at best, in its message about animals. I have a difficult time understanding how someone has reached that conclusion after so much deliberation and research.

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Cory’s Shearwater Uses Mental Map of Pelagic Odor

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The positions of sun and moon don’t change, they can still see features of the landscape and we know some bird species have mental maps of rivers, mountains, and coast lines. ” Now, I have a new answer: “There’s something about your question that doesn’t smell right!” Birds Navigation Olfaction research Sheawater

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Persistence Pays Off For Burrowing Owls

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This property is located in northern Butte County which is nearing the (dwindling) northern most historic range for this species in California. Returning to the Tuscan Preserve within weeks of the installation I observed one owl at the entrance to one of the original burrows… And one at the new installation you can see on the far right of this long distance photo. Journal of Raptor Research 27:175-179.,

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Spotting My Florida Birds on their Maine Breeding Grounds

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Surrounded by native plants and at the edge of the woods, her feeders were always hotspots for interesting migratory and wintering species. On this particular day, I wanted to see one species and one species only: the Purple Finch.

Most Wanted Birds in Brazil

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Most Wanted Birds in Brazil Most Wanted Birds in Brazil By Corey • March 12, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share Brazil is an amazing country loaded with a huge number of species of bird that birders the world over desperately want to experience. What follows are the responses that readers offered, a veritable aviary of sought after species. Wicked, right?

A Birder’s Guide to The Wilderness Act

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There is also a research institute dedicated to wilderness: the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute is an interagency facility located at the University of Montana. Birders who venture off the beaten path may run across a sign like the one above.

A Field Guide to the Birds of Mongolia

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A Field Guide to the Birds of Mongolia by Dorj Ganbold and Chris Smith (2019) offers more than 500 species in one neat edition. While at the National University of Mongolia, he conducted research on illustrating birds in the field, including at bird-ringing stations.

Birding Balangshan, Sichuan, China (part 2)

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In fact, indeed one or two of the Japanese-language bird books I own have this species on their cover. In what may be the nicest thing a woman has ever said to a man, she replies “Well, my friend, you’ve come to the right place.”

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Birding Inirida, Colombia, a forest so young that birds still have no names, part 1

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could be a separate and isolated population of the Chestnut-backed Antshrike (which lives more than a thousand kilometres away on the south bank of the Amazon in Brazil), as was initially thought, could also be a separate subspecies of it, but it is most likely to be a new species.

Spotted Thick-knee

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Spotted Thick-knee Spotted Thick-knee By Redgannet • March 19, 2011 • 14 comments Tweet Share The Burhinidae family of Thick-knees (also known as Stone-curlews or Dikkops) consists of 9 species in 2 genera, Burhinus and Esacus. In southern Africa, there are two species. Feeling lazy, or I would do the research myself.) Wicked, right?

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The Glitter in the Green: In Search of Hummingbirds–A Hummer Book Review

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In 2012, I reviewed The Jewel Hunter , an absorbing narrative in which author Chris Goodie travelled throughout Asia, Africa, and Australasia to observe and photograph every Pitta species in the world. Hummingbird species, on the other hand, number in the hundreds.

“Peacocks and Picathartes: Reflections on Africa’s Birdlife”

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And apart from local people, primate researchers sometimes spot it, but it is a species seen by fewer than ten living birders. The rest of the 216 pages long book is devoted to various African bird families and half a dozen individual species.

Participating in My First “Normal” Birdathon

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A life bird for me, and another species for my Audubon Florida Birdathon checklist. Birdathons are typically used by state programs and chapters to raise critical funding for conservation and research programs. The most common species we shared amongst our list?

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Arizona, or Central Mexico?

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All sorts of exotic and beautiful species may be seen. This would sound attractive even to me, except for one fact: almost all of those exotic and beautiful species are common down here in central Mexico.

Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

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I’ve been fortunate to see two Penguin species in the wild (African and Galapagos) and have dreamed of seeing more–maybe even all!–especially The full-length species accounts are not repeated. It is not always easy to get the right color in printed photographs.

Birding Mengbishan, Sichuan, China

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Currently, the heavy trucks passing by right next to the main birding road occasionally do add a bit of a non-birding-related thrill to birding at Mengbishan. If ever birds will get into the habit of having Halloween parties, this species will not have to spend resources on costumes.

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Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea 2nd edition – A Field Guide Review

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Just last year, 5 new bird species and 5 new subspecies were discovered in a few short weeks of fieldwork on the islands of Taliabu, Peleng and Batudaka. But since Indonesia has more than 1,700 bird species (and that many islands, too), why is this guide dealing only with 1,400?

Don't Free Lobsters into Puget Sound

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So, I started researching conditions around here for releasing lobsters. So I contacted the Northwest Animal Rights Network for their opinion. Introducing a non-native species could have negative impacts on the ecosystem and the native species already here. For all you Seattle-area residents who have thought of buying a live lobster just to free it into Puget Sound.don't do it.

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Biofuel: Now With More Birds

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When you hear the word “biofuel,” you probably think of corn, right? In it, researchers from Wisconsin compared cornfields with grasslands in terms of which provided better bird habitat. The results suggest that grasslands, often populated by diverse species of grass as well as wildflowers, tend to support more varieties of birds, including declining species like Dickcissels. But other types of plant matter can power our vehicles and our homes.

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Antpittas and Gnateaters: A Book Review

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And, I looked at my eBird list and realized I’ve seen nine species of Antpitta and one of Gnateater. Antpittas and Gnateaters covers 64 species in six genera and two families. (I I had no idea there were so many Antpittas, though at least one species, Alta Floresta Antpitta, is not considered a separate species by BirdLife International.) Most conveniently, we are given the page number of the species account for more–much more–information.

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Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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This second edition covers 685 species found in the continental U.S. and Canada, including some species as far north as Alaska, an increase over the 500 species covered in the first edition. Species Accounts. The edibility of most species is unknown.

National Audubon Society Birds of North America: A Guide Review

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Pough “with illustrations in color of every species” by Don Eckelberry, Doubleday, 1946. The National Audubon Society Birds of North America covers all species seen in mainland United States, Canada and Baja California. The grand total is 817 species!

The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind

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Instead, he simply points at the cup on the right. Understanding a pointed finger may seem easy, but consider this: while humans and canines can do it naturally, no other known species in the animal kingdom can. It’s no coincidence that the two species that pass Hare’s pointing test also share a profound cross-species bond. Many animals have some level of social intelligence, allowing them to coexist and cooperate with other members of their species.

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15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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This map shows the distribution of the World’s bird species, based on overlying the breeding and wintering ranges of all known species. I used to live in Botswana, where there are about 450 bird species in an area a few dozen miles from the capital; then somewhat naively moved back to Serbia with mere 250 species around the capital. And a mere 120 bird species would be a good reason not to take Polynesia as an option. I am talking 600 or 700+ bird species.

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Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review

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That’s pretty amazing–Bolivia has more bird species than India! The source of this ranking, BirdLife International, lists Bolivia as currently having 1,439 bird species, including 18 breeding endemics. More on Species Accounts.