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invasion biology, invasive animals, bird ecology, Policy & Politics, Complex Adaptive Systems

Monk Parakeets Invade Mexico

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In a new paper published in PLOS ONE, researchers describe a recent, rapid, and ongoing invasion of monk parakeets in Mexico, and the regulatory changes that affected the species’ spread.

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Conservation, bats, wildlife health

Efforts to Help Bats Survive Deadly Disease Get a Boost

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Research efforts aimed at identifying bat species or individual populations that may be able to survive the arrival of deadly White-nose Syndrome (WNS) received a boost this week with the announcement of $100,000 (U.S.) in new funding for cross-border bat science.

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Birdsong, birdsong production, vocal organs, biomechanism, nonlinear dynamics, Biophysics, Gabriel B. Mindlin, University of Buenos Aires, Chaos

Nonlinear Physics Bridges Thoughts to Sounds in Birdsong

Physicist Gabriel Mindlin has been looking at the phenomena from what is one of the most unifying and potentially enlightening perspectives of the issue: the dynamical physics of birds’ vocal organs. In his work, published this week in the journal Chaos, he explores the role of fundamental physics properties in the acoustic complexity of birdsong, and the relationship they have with neural instructions for their production.

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Birds, Evolution

Birds Choose Mates with Ornamental Traits

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A recurring theme in nature documentaries is that of choosy females selecting brightly colored males. A new study shows that, in monogamous mating systems, male birds may select their lifelong mates in much the same way.

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VIDEO: “One Giant Leap” for Endangered White-Winged Ducklings

Today, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released video of three Endangered white-winged ducklings leaving their Koki tree-hollow home for the first time while their mother patiently waits for them to follow.

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bats, fall sightings, bat removal, South Dakota Bat Working Group

More Bat Sightings Coincide with Fledglings Leaving Nest

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An increased number of bat sightings in the fall coincide with young bat being encouraged to leave the nest and fend for themselves.

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Conservation Biology, Tropical Forest Reforestation, forest fragments, Birds, Habitat Fragmentation

Targeted Forest Regeneration: A Blueprint for Conserving Tropical Biological Diversity?

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A new University of Utah-led study shows that targeted forest regeneration among the largest and closest forest fragments in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and the Atlantic Forest of Brazil can dramatically reduce extinction rates of bird species over time.

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Is Lead Making Birds More Aggressive? Tulane Researchers Investigate

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Tulane University researchers have received a grant from the Morris Animal Foundation to continue study on lead exposure in wildlife.

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Birds, Pollution, Air Pollution, Avian, Zoology, Animals

Canary in a Coal Mine: Survey Captures Global Picture of Air Pollution’s Effects on Birds

Writing Aug. 11 in the journal Environmental Research Letters, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Tracey Holloway, an expert on air quality, and her former graduate student Olivia Sanderfoot, sort through nearly 70 years of the scientific literature to assess the state of knowledge of how air pollution directly affects the health, well-being, reproductive success and diversity of birds.

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Wind Power, offshore wind power, Birds, bats

Night Vision for Bird- & Bat-Friendly Offshore Wind Power

The ThermalTracker software analyzes video with night vision, the same technology that helps soldiers see in the dark, to help birds and bats near offshore wind turbines.







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