The Importance of Citizen Science in Mexico

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A local birder friend of mine, Ricardo Arredondo, mentioned to me just last week that while the Swainson’s Hawk is supposed to be only a transient species during migration here in southwestern Mexico, he has seen it throughout the winter months near his city of Zamora.

How Birds Evolve: What Science Reveals about Their Origin, Lives, and Diversity: A Book Review by a Non-Science Person

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Doug Futuyma believes in science and in the scientific basis of evolution. How Birds Evolve: What Science Reveals about Their Origin, Lives, and Diversity by Douglas J. 109). (“Life history” here means the strategies a species employs from birth to death.)

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. But jobs that depend on harvesting endangered species will quickly disappear if those species are not protected.

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! If this was America, we might not be concerned because starlings are an invasive species, at least in North America. 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.

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.

Citizen Science or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love eBird

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Steve Kelling from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology gave the keynote talk, “The Birder Effect: Birding, Science, and Conservation.” The talk described eBird’s origins in 2002 and traced its history as a project aimed at using “citizen science” to help researchers and conservationists learn more about birds. Birding citizen science Conservation eBird My husband’s nickname for me is “Analog.”

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

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I was looking for a new project to write about on Wikipedia, something unusual, and this species appealed for reasons I can’t quite define. But here I could use data collected over ten years (or more) to actually see presence and frequency data for a given species in an area, to literally answer the question to which the HBW had been uncertain over. Birds bird migration citizen science migrationThat’s a question you’ve probably never asked yourself.

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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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How do bird species compete with each other?

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So these complex ecological interactions and systems must emerge as a result of individual behaviors, which also means to some extent, at levels within (below) the species we see interacting. One of the species that soon becomes abundant in fire disturbed habitats is the bluebird. Here it is in graphic form: Original Caption from Science Magazine: Duckworth et al. (4) Non-bluebird species thus indirectly affect (13) the distribution of mountain bluebirds.

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Africa’s endangered species

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More than 150 bird species are known to have become extinct over the past 500 years, and many more are estimated to have been driven to extinction before they became known to science. The bulk of the recent bird extinctions has been on islands, where species are more susceptible to extermination due to smaller ranges, lower population sizes and a lack of adaptation for coping with introduced predators.

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

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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 ”. Under the Endangered Species Act, any listing, uplisting, downlisting, or removal from a list requires a formal “rulemaking” process. It provided a summary of the basis for downlisting and analyzed the criteria used to determine whether a species ought to be downlisted.

1 in 4 Species Face Extinction Threat

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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. 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

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The man who saved species

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Earlier attempts to spread the risk around had failed, so Don and his team applied science to the problem, spending several months studying the birds in the wild in order to work out how to care for them and to decide what type of habitat to release them into. Today the species is secure on a large number of islands and reserves. Both species had undergone massive declines since the arrival of humans and where in a perilous position in the 1970s.

News for Northern Spotted Owl Goes From Bad to Worse

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For the past 25 years, you’ve been listed as a Threatened species. 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.

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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. Data from museums helps the IUCN make decisions about threatened species.

Save the Junin Grebe for the Price of Your Morning Coffee

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It’s Critically Endangered, and that’s about as bad as it gets before a species is lost. 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.

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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. Or, we had a different way of seeing, depending on how poetic you want to get about it and how much weight you want to put on the mysterious and sometimes necessarily arbitrary nature of the species concept.

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A Birder Reads a Scientific Paper

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For example, fancy words will be used where normal words might seem appropriate: birds of the same species are “conspecifics” (and they will never, ever “flock together”). But the essence can be distilled in just a few lightly edited sentences taken from introduction and discussion sections: The Nihoa Millerbird is a critically endangered species, and plans to increase its population and reduce the potential for extinction include the translocation from Nihoa to Laysan Island.

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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. The unique behaviors this mysterious species might exhibit? 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.

Rice Ain’t Necessarily Nice for Wintering Bobolinks

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Rice farmers may use pesticides, or other methods to prevent the birds from eating their crops, further hastening the decline of the species. 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.

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Emerald Ash Borers vs. Woodpeckers (and Nuthatches)

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If there is one silver lining to all of this gloomy news, it’s that the efforts of birders truly make a difference in helping to advance science. “Given the increasing prominence of such phenomena, citizen science projects such as FeederWatch and eBird are likely to play an even greater role in the future!” … Here at 10,000 Birds 20 July – 26 July is Invasive Species Week. Nonetheless, this week will be chock full of invasive species.

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. 08–20 Many bird species are in trouble, but the Hooded Grebe is really really in trouble. 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.

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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. 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.

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Vote Now for Awesome Ornithology Projects!

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In light of spring’s recent arrival, do you ever find yourself wondering how some species are able to withstand freezing, wintery days and yet still thrive in summer’s heat? This kind of detailed genetic and developmental work has traditionally relied on model species in the lab (aka chickens). However, as a birder, I felt compelled to work on real birds, and searched for a wild study system, especially a Neotropical species, that would suite my needs.

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Keeping Track of My Birds… for an Entire Year

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For the duration of a year, I was going to record every species I saw every single day. I started out using little paper notebooks, keeping them in my pocket, backpack, or purse and jotting down the species when I saw them. When a raptor crossed my view but I couldn’t quite identify it, I simply wrote, “Raptor species,” recording as much as I did know. I’ll be able to tell you the average number of species I saw in a day, in a month, in a summer.

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Birding the Battlefields

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Before the counts, I was hoping to break 100 species, but after 21 parks reported data back to me we’re up to 183 species! found 36 species, including Killdeer (in December!), Scotts Bluff birders found nine species, including Townsend’s Solitaire , Black-billed Magpie , Prairie Falcon , and count week Gray-crowned Rosy-finches. Birding citizen science History

2012 59

Blue Whales Reappearing Again

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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 And here's some good news for today.

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Seeking the Bahama Nuthatch

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In 2021, the American Ornithological Society announced that it has now classified the Bahama Nuthatch as a distinct species, Sitta insularis. One is a species altogether new to science — a nuthatch discovered on Grand Bahama Island.”

Dr. Smith and my plovers

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Last night I saw my second plover species of the year, a Common Ringed Plover. Common Ringed Plover Semipalmated Plover When I found that the small colony of plovers I was watching near the old townsite of Nanisivik were in fact Semipalmated Plovers , not Common Ringed Plovers as I had assumed for a few years I began digging into the relationship between the two species. Birds Arctic Canada plovers science

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New 2020 Wading Bird Report Shows Mixed Nesting Success in the Greater Everglades Region

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The data are in: the nesting season proved successful for some species of Florida’s wading birds and… less so for others. The science tells us that Everglades restoration works for wading birds,” says Kelly Cox, Audubon Florida’s Director of Everglades Policy.

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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. Currently extinct in the wild , the species is the subject of an intensive breeding program in captivity, and hopes are high to release some birds back into their native Hawaiian habitat later this year. News endangered species endemic birds Hawaii Hawaiian Crow Kaua’i new caledonian crow tool use

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A Climate Change Crash

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Major extinction events that are geologically instantaneous have been followed by periods of time with reduction of species or unstable habitats that last for hundreds of thousands or millions of years. There are about 10,000 species of them, after all, which is a lot for a vertebrate. Sites lost on average 43% of their species, and occupancy probability declined significantly for 39 of 135 breeding birds.

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Hotspur’s Revenge: A Review of Three Books

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The Aliens Among Us: How Invasive Species Are Transforming the Planet – and Ourselves (Leslie Anthony, Yale). • The trouble is, the definition of “native habitat” is, for starlings and many other species, now quite elastic. Each is centered on the subject of invasive species but, other than that similarity, it’s as if the authors are writing about different planets: it is edifying, not to mention entertaining, to read them back-to-back.

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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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Dragonflies and Damselflies of Costa Rica: A Field Guide–A Book Review

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Dragonflies and Damselflies of Costa Rica: A Field Guide covers 113 damselfly species and 170 dragonfly species, a total of 283 species. Wait–that adds up to 290 species, but the book only covers 283. SPECIES ACCOUNTS.

Why Humans Are the Only Ones with Rights

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Please note the vast generalizations here, but, in the areas of religion, at least orthodox religion and there are varying levels of how fundamental you want to go, there is only one species with a soul and that is the human. In the matter of science, and there are varying levels of this viewpoint, the human is the most advanced of creatures. However, then you get into the argument of whether creatures only deserve stewardship at the species level or the individual level.

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Another Mass Extinction on the Way?

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In an article published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, UC Berkeley researchers argue that substantial die-offs of amphibians and other plant and animal species add up to a new mass extinction facing the planet. I can't believe we are still debating this.

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The most important book about European birds in this century

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And, some time later, during the final stages of the bird-atlassing work, computer models of Serbian ranges for some 150 bird species were produced for the first time ever: Some bias was created because of the large data set from Belgrade and environs where the majority of active eBirders live.

What is the Christmas Bird Count?

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Those original 27 Christmas Bird Counters tallied a total of 90 species on all the counts combined. The Compiler also aggregates the data resulting from the Count — weather, time, number of species, number per species, rare or unusual sightings, etc. In case you haven’t noticed, the holiday season has arrived… Birding Christmas Christmas Bird Count citizen science holiday science

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of November 2019)

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Obviously, those who seek the best views often aspire to the best optics, which we can all agree are modern miracles of science. When did birding become so intimately intertwined with technology?

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Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

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Animal science” – distinct from zoology, the science of Earth’s millions of animal species – is what LGUs call meat-industry courses, including slaughtering animals, making ice cream, the full range of meat-linked endeavor. But, says Cantor, “’animal science’ rejects scientific knowledge: that humans are natural herbivores and did not evolve as hunters as formerly believed; eating from animals is linked to the most widespread and devastating chronic diseases; and more.”

Steve Best on The Left's Ignorance of Cognitive Ethology

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In each case, "rational man" had to rethink human identity ¯ his species identity common to all other humans, or rather, all those counted as "human" and as part of the valuer´s community. Having misled us for so long about animals, science is initiating a revolution in our understanding. Steve Best's verbal presentation of his ideas sometimes irks me. It's over-the-top, for me, and I often resent the time I must spend working through the ranting.

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100 Heartbeats

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I recently got the chance to read the book, 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species , written by Jeff Corwin. In this book, Corwin shares what he has learned as he travels the world to see first hand the species that are endangered. 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species , is titled to represent the critically endangered species that have 100 or fewer individuals alive in the wild today.

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