The Importance of Citizen Science in Mexico

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Mexico need much more citizen science, and there are far too few people doing it here. The post The Importance of Citizen Science in Mexico appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán citizen science Lake Cuitzeo

My eBird Citizen Science Experiment

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Two years ago, I was counting active nests of Rooks in the flat agricultural landscape north of Belgrade, Serbia. We drove for about 290 km through the 400 square kilometres expanse of Pancevacki Rit and found 8 breeding colonies with 252 occupied nests, or a density of 1.6 nests per 1 km2. Without an exception, rookeries were within suburbs, villages or large farms (in such cases – next to buildings), away from the riverine forests bordering the area, tree lines or smaller groves in the open.

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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! From Science Daily : Crows have the brain power to solve higher-order, relational-matching tasks, and they can do so spontaneously, according to new research. I was going to have something for you this month about the dinosaur-bird thing, but I never got to it.

Birding Technology – The New Citizen Science

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But one of the most important aspects of these advances in new-age birding is the fact that they have grown hand-in-hand with the almost exponential growth in citizen science. Although citizen science has been around for quite a while - one of the longest running citizen science projects is Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count that began in 1900 - it has really come to the fore only in the last few decades due to the ability of the internet to link millions around the globe.

This Week in Bird(ing) News: Science, Citizen Science, and Citizen Savagery

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Birding in Israel? Report your sightings to help build an eBird-like database of the country’s avifauna.

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.

Is the White-naped Xenopsaris Migratory? or The Limits of Citizen Science

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Citizen science needs an outlet to peer review and publish small findings like this, to allow them to be known and push back ignorance on so many species, but also subject them to a measure of review. Birds bird migration citizen science migrationThat’s a question you’ve probably never asked yourself. There’s a decent chance you’ve never even heard of it before.

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Sand Trap: Netting Red Knots for Science

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If you need to capture a bird for study or rehabbing, there are a number of tools at your disposal. You can use garden-variety butterfly nets or bigger, pool-cleaning nets. Mist nets are a popular strategy. I’ve even marveled at watching fisherman toss a huge cast net to secure a Ring-billed Gull with a bum wing (but with the ground speed of Usain Bolt). What if, however, you want to nab a group of shorebirds that will scurry or take flight at the merest approach?

UK Science Minister Says Public More Accepting of Animal Testing

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According to this interview, he credits animal rights extremists for fueling the public backlash against animal protection. Discouraging article.

Tom Regan on the Use of Animals in Science

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All that the rights view prohibits is science that violates individual rights. If that means that there are some things we cannot learn, then so be it. There are also some things we cannot learn by using humans, if we respect their rights. The rights view merely requires moral consistency in this regard. ( Tom Regan , The Case for Animal Rights , updated with a new preface [Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2004], 388 [first edition published in 1983

What is the Terra Project?

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The Terra Project is an exciting collaboration between bird guide author Scott Whittle , wildlife tracker manufacturer CTT , and non-profit Conservation Science Global. Birding citizen science device environment

Always Question a Scientist

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This statement is mainly motivated by a recent conversation with someone who has a science degree (I think it's biology), but who actually works for a clinical testing company. One of the issues raised by a member was that we need to listen to "science" more and that science will save us. I raised the point that science does not solve everything. Science does not solve everything. Science is only as useful as the hands in which it lies.

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The Animals We Use

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Activism Ethics Food and Drink Greyhound Matters Language ScienceAfter failing miserably at a long pamphlet in 2007, I decided to shorten it by 50% and focus on a different audience: people who use animals. I think part of the original work's problem was that it was too ambitious--not to mention expensive to produce--and everything suffered.

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Will Animal Research Ever End?

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In defence of museum collections

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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. Studies into taxonomy, pollution, evolution, natural history, climate change, distribution, and that’s just the biological sciences. Conservation bird collecting collections conservation science museums scientific collecting

Bright Lights Big City

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Birds Eurasian Blackbird science Urban BirdingThe bright lights of the city at night cause young Eurasian Blackbirds to mature faster according to a new study.

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A Birder Reads a Scientific Paper

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Birding Conservation Hawaii Millerbird science TranslocationIn addition to my monthly posts here, I have also written short pieces and feature articles that rely on bird-related scientific literature. My impression is that few birders dive into ornithological and ecological papers, but there’s much to be learned, even if the reading can be tough sledding. This post provides a quick overview of how a birder might approach that task. It is helpful to have a sample paper.

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Unintended Consequences: Bird-Friendly Yards and Bird Deaths

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These findings, published in The Condor , draw from citizen science efforts coordinated by scientists from the University of Alberta and Environment Canada. News bird feeders bird hits window citizen science window strike window strikesYou won’t find Painted Buntings in Canada—Corey photographed these in Florida, where they are common feeder birds.

2016 40

Four More Grosbeaks?

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One the one hand, science is awesome. It seemed like a Rubicon for birding in general, and citizen science in particular, if you now need specialized recording equipment to even know what you’re seeing. But that’s not the fault of the science. Citizen science is not dead yet. Birds citizen science Evening GrosbeaksI was intrigued to read this piece over at the ABA Blog.

2013 56

COMMENTS ON COLLECTING BIRDS: A Reply

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Science doesn’t work that way! Describing the position that Linda took with regards to the validity of the science as dishonest may have been unfair. Science Schmience. Conservation Animal Rights collecting birds conservation biology science

Rice Ain’t Necessarily Nice for Wintering Bobolinks

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Birding News Bobolinks conservation science diet feathers migrationWe’ve all heard the myth that rice thrown at weddings will explode birds’ stomachs. Not true, according to Snopes.) But that doesn’t mean chowing down on rice is a good idea for the feathered set. A new study published in The Condor analyzed the feathers of Bobolinks to determine what they eat after they leave their North American breeding grounds and fly south for the winter.

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Save the Junin Grebe for the Price of Your Morning Coffee

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Conservation Bird Conservation conservation science grebes PeruI love a coffee in the morning. I live in Wellington, a city with more coffee shops and restaurants per capita than any other city in the world. But I won’t be having my usual coffee, (flat white, large, no sugar, thanks) tomorrow. I’ll be tipping my cash to a worthwhile project in Peru, and I hope you will too. You see, it isn’t the easiest thing in the world being a flightless grebe.

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Bird Science and Evolution: 2013 Year In Review

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Many, many things happened in the area of bird science this year, so this review can not be comprehensive. But I’ve compiled a sampling of this year’s news and events for your edification. I’ve organized them by date (month/day) of the approximate reporting or blogging time of the item of interest, which does not necessarily reflect the actual date of occurrence. 01–15 Who could forget the catfish that figured out how to eat birds ?

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

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Butchart is head of science at BirdLife International and chairs the IUCN Red List Technical Working Group. Three papers coming out of the study are in peer review, and the research continues, with citizen science opportunities and additional data partnerships anticipated in the near future. … Conservation Audubon endangered species Extinction Week longspurs science In June, I visited North Dakota for the first time.

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Are You Doing The Great Backyard Bird Count This Weekend?

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What better way to enjoy birds than to do it while participating in a worldwide citizen science event? Birding citizen science gbbcYou really should participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count this coming weekend, 15-18 February 2013. It’s an excuse to look at birds, you can participate from anywhere in the world, and, for the first time, you can enter your data easily through eBird !

2013 44

What Is An Ornithologist?

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Another challenge to bird research is that it is woefully underfunded and relies heavily on citizen science. Birding is very citizen science based, birders volunteer for Breeding Bird Atlases, migratory tracking, banding projects–we do it for free because we love it and we often get research experience that those with advanced degrees have paid for through the nose. Birding citizen science ornithologist ornithologyI recently changed jobs.

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Yellowhammer Dialect Project

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Since this research has a strong citizen science component, we want to help Pavel spread the word: What happens with birdsong during invasion of a new territory? To answer this question, a citizen science project looks for volunteers to record Yellowhammers ( Emberiza citrinella ) in New Zealand and Great Britain to evaluate distribution of their dialects. A similar citizen science project in the Czech Republic was a huge success. Pavel Pipek is a Ph.D.

2013 49

News for Northern Spotted Owl Goes From Bad to Worse

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News Barred Owl conservation science critically threatened species habitat loss Northern Spotted Owl(Photo by the California Forestry Association). It’s hard to be a Northern Spotted Owl , inhabiting old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest. The logging industry has made your existence fraught , and it’s not like you’ve gotten much help from the powers that be. For the past 25 years, you’ve been listed as a Threatened species.

2015 40

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. Conservation conservation science hunting logging During the decades that preceded the Iraq war there were two schools of view on how to deal with that country and its troublesome leader.

2014 56

Superpower Dogs

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The World Premiere of Superpower Dogs, an inspiring true story of extraordinary dogs and their life-saving superpowers, opens on March 9th at the California Science Center. We are so excited about the upcoming IMAX movie, Superpower Dogs! The following week … Continue reading → dogs events

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Keeping Track of My Birds… for an Entire Year

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Birds Birding Data scienceIn November of 2015, I saw a Northern Mockingbird 20 out of the 30 days. A Brown-headed Nuthatch ? 3 of the 30 days. European Starling ? 8 days. If you’re a rational person, you’re asking yourself two questions: How does she know that? Why does she care? Because I like symmetry, I’ll give you two answers: I’m a little bit crazy. I really, really like data. On May 22, 2015, I embarked on a 365 day-long project.

2016 40

Vote Now for Awesome Ornithology Projects!

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Birding juncos manakins ornithology science Peripatetic ornithologist Nick Sly has long been a friend of the blog here and has contributed such classics as Green-rumped Parrotlets from Egg to Adult and Forpus passerinus and the Ornithologists of Masaguaral. We’re always interested in what he’s up to and pleased that his research and our collective interest in cool birds can come together in such an opportune manner.

2013 61

Birding the Battlefields

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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 58

22 Ways Cats Make People Happier And Healthier

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This is backed by research and science on many levels. Cats makes us healthier and happier, no jokes. Wondering just how beneficial they are? Read on! Research has shown that cat owner’s show less signs of loneliness, feel less depressed … Continue reading → The post 22 Ways Cats Make People Happier And Healthier appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals.

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Latest high-level bird taxonomy summarized in recent paper

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Birds features genetics science taxonomy and systematicsAnd so it’s July, which for this North American birder means a couple of things: 1. southern Australia’s cool winter weather and wonderful birds sound mighty appealing right now and 2. I, like many of you, eagerly await the release of the AOU 52nd checklist supplement, even though these days, the contents are already pretty well known in advance.

2011 56

Dr. Smith and my plovers

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Birds Arctic Canada plovers scienceLast night I saw my second plover species of the year, a Common Ringed Plover. The first I saw was its doppelganger, the Semipalmated Plover. Interestingly, until a couple of years ago conventional wisdom held that the north end of Baffin Island was only populated by Common Ringed Plovers , the south Baffin by Semipalmated. Somewhere in the middle, there was supposedly a small zone of hybridization.

2011 55

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.

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Seeking the Bahama Nuthatch

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He noted that this new bird had longer bills and “darker loral and auricular regions” than the mainland Brown-headed Nuthatch, and collected two of them for science. One is a species altogether new to science — a nuthatch discovered on Grand Bahama Island.”

Give your dog the best dog food for the best health! #GetHealthyHappy

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Simple tips for happy pets. #GetHappyHealthy

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Breed Bans are NOT the Answer

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“There’s quite a bit of science that says banning a particular breed of dog has not proven to reduce dog bites. I get frustrated when people suggest that all Pit bulls are a danger to society. I work with someone, in fact, who is so prejudiced against these beautiful dogs, that she will leave a dog park with her dogs if a pit bull arrives.

Do Chickens Feel Empathy?

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The research is from the School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol. Here's an article from the Telegraph regarding chickens feeling empathy. I used to hate chickens as a child and thought they were irritating. Now, I think they're wonderful and we sponsor Camilla the Chicken through Farm Sanctuary's animal sponsorship program. farm animal welfare chickens animal emotions