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Article ID: 701930

Crowd-Sourced Data Wins Protection for Endangered Tricolored Blackbird

Cornell University

Orin Robinson, a fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, conducted research using eBird that provided evidence of endangerment of the California Tricolored Blackbird.

Released:
9-Oct-2018 3:40 PM EDT

Article ID: 701620

Underestimating combined threats of deforestation and wildlife trade will push Southeast Asian birds to extinction

National University of Singapore

The combined impact of deforestation and wildlife exploitation on bird numbers is severely underestimated and could lead to some species becoming extinct, a joint study by the National University of Singapore and the University of Sheffield has found.

Released:
5-Oct-2018 7:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 701491

Study Counts more than Half a Million Shorebirds, Highlighting Importance of Humboldt Bay

Humboldt State University

A new study shows Humboldt Bay to be one of the key sites in the western hemisphere for dozens of species of shorebird including western sandpiper, marbled godwit, and long-billed curlew.

Released:
2-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 700802

Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar Like Birds

University of California San Diego

Scientists know that upward currents of warm air assist birds in flight. To understand how birds find and navigate these thermal plumes, researchers used reinforcement learning to train gliders to autonomously navigate atmospheric thermals. The research highlights the role of vertical wind accelerations and roll-wise torques as viable biological cues for soaring birds. The findings also provide a navigational strategy that directly applies to the development of UAVs.

Released:
19-Sep-2018 4:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 700635

More Than 4 Billion Birds Stream Overhead During Fall Migration

Cornell University

Using cloud computing and data from 143 weather radar stations across the continental United States, Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers can now estimate how many birds migrate through the U.S. and the toll that winter and these nocturnal journeys take. Their findings are published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Released:
17-Sep-2018 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 700525

Creating a Continental Bird Migration Forecast

Cornell University

September is the peak of autumn bird migration, and billions of birds are winging their way south in dramatic pulses. A new study published in the journal Science reports that scientists can now reliably predict these waves of bird migration up to seven days in advance. The study details the underlying methods that power migration forecasts, which can be used as a bird conservation tool.

Released:
13-Sep-2018 2:30 PM EDT
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Article ID: 700174

Birds Retreating From Climate Change, Deforestation in Honduras Cloud Forests

University of Utah

Cloud forests are not immune to down-to-earth problems of climate change and deforestation. A 10-year study of bird populations in Cusuco National Park, Honduras, shows that the peak of bird diversity in this mountainous park is moving higher in elevation. Additional land protection may not be enough to reverse the trend, driven in part by globally rising temperatures.

Released:
6-Sep-2018 4:55 PM EDT
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Article ID: 699068

Bird Communities Dwindle on New Mexico’s Pajarito Plateau

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably dropped.

Released:
15-Aug-2018 4:45 PM EDT
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Article ID: 699028

Play-Doh Helps Plant Research

University of Delaware

You know that smell of fresh cut grass? It's a cry for help. Plants use scent cues to protect themselves and new research has identified the use of these plant volatiles in agricultural settings.

Released:
15-Aug-2018 11:05 AM EDT

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