Animal Rights Activists Jailed in Europe

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The group had targeted about 40 firms as part of an international conspiracy to force the closure of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), an animal research laboratory based near Cambridge. Some employees from firms in Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland had "puppy killer" and "scum" daubed on their houses. They are members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC). I support their cause, but am uncomfortable with their tactics. From Reuters.

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1 in 4 Species Face Extinction Threat

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Our results paint a bleak picture of the global status of mammals worldwide," the team led by Jan Schipper of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in Gland, Switzerland, concluded. "We We estimate that one in four species is threatened with extinction and that the population of one in two is declining," the researchers said in a report to be published Friday in the journal Science. This sucks.

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Are Redpolls Just One Species?

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That impressive number is a testament to the exponential advances in DNA-sequencing technology, but the researchers are quick to note it’s still less than 1% of the total genome.). In all, the duo compared DNA from 77 redpolls, including specimens from museums around the world, from the Museum of Vertebrates at Cornell University to the Natural History Museum of Geneva in Switzerland. It sure looks like it!

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Serbia self-drive birding tour planning

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It turned out Raphael Nussbaumer is a keen ornithologist who just completed his PhD in Lausanne (Switzerland). research papers). Thanks to my research on eBird, I was expecting to find them there, but it was still a great surprise to see so many and hear them so well! This October, a previously unknown name shined in the eBird alerts in Serbia: Raphael Nussbaumer.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

25 well-known scientists, philosophers and politicians from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United States informed in a comprehensible manner and on a high level about the current status on animal ethics studies, answered open questions and introduced their approaches. It should support a stronger attention in research and teaching and should guide as the latest reference for all those who are dealing with the moral status of animals and related questions.

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Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review

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It can take a bit of research to figure these notes out, especially when they are citing taxonomic differences (Riparian [Blackish] Antbird, for example, is treated differently in three of the four taxonomic systems), but it is tremendously helpful just to know that there is an issue to be researched.

The Hidden Qualities of House Sparrows

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You see, it clearly resembles a hybrid between the Spanish and the House Sparrow, and an ancient hybrid event was long suspected to be the source of its existence – with recent research indicating that apparently this isn’t the case after all. The Italian Sparrow is not entirely confined to Italy but – not surprisingly – also occurs in neighbouring areas of Austria and Switzerland. Bird blogging in May always gives me the creeps.