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Article ID: 711311

Scientists Use eBird Data to Propose Optimal Bird Conservation Plan

Cornell University

A new paper published today in the journal Nature Communications shows a blueprint for conserving enough habitat to protect the populations of almost one-third of the warblers, orioles, tanagers, and other birds that migrate among the Americas throughout the year. For the research, an international team of scientists used the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's global citizen science database, eBird, to calculate how to sufficiently conserve habitat across the Western Hemisphere for all the habitats these birds use throughout their annual cycle of breeding, migration, and overwintering. The study provides planners with guidance on the locations and amounts of land that must be conserved for 30 percent of the global populations for each of 117 Neotropical migratory bird species.

15-Apr-2019 9:40 AM EDT

Article ID: 711135

Got Bird Nests? Report to NestWatch!

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY—Around the world, birds are building nests and raising families—even near homes, offices, or in local parks. Anyone who finds a bird's nest can help scientists by reporting to the free NestWatch project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. NestWatch collects, analyzes, and distributes data, serving as a warehouse of nesting bird information. NestWatchers, in turn, get to witness the start of new life and help to preserve it with their valuable information.

11-Apr-2019 8:05 AM EDT


Birds, Climate Science


Article ID: 711085

Birds’ surprising sound source

University of Utah

Birds, although they have larynges, use a different organ to sing. Called a syrinx, it’s a uniquely avian feature. Now, a team that brings together physics, biology, computation and engineering finds that the syrinx confers an advantage: by sitting so low in the airway, the syrinx can produce sound with very high efficiency.

10-Apr-2019 12:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 710923

Study: Some Woodpeckers Imitate a Neighbor's Plumage

Cornell University

In the first global test of the idea, scientists have found evidence that some woodpeckers can evolve to look like another species of woodpecker in the same neighborhood.

8-Apr-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 710753

Researchers study the role birds play in novel Hawaiian communities, native ecosystems

Northern Arizona University

In the journal Science, Jeffrey Foster detailed his latest research on the relationship between bird and plant species on Oahu and how reliant the birds and plants are on each other, raising concerns about the ecological effects of continued extinction.

3-Apr-2019 4:00 PM EDT
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    2-Apr-2019 8:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 710402

Fatal chirps: Nocturnal flight calls increase building collisions among migrating birds

University of Michigan

Birds that produce faint chirps called flight calls during nighttime migration collide with illuminated buildings much more often than closely related species that don't produce such calls, according to a new analysis of a 40-year record of thousands of building collisions in the Midwest.

29-Mar-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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    1-Apr-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 710515

The evolution of bird-of-paradise sex chromosomes revealed

University of Vienna

Birds-of-paradise are a group of songbird species, and are known for their magnificent male plumage and bewildering sexual display. Now, an international collaborative work involving Dept. of Molecular Evolution and Development of University of Vienna, Zhejiang University of China, and Swedish Museum of Natural History analyzed all together 11 songbird species genomes, including those of five bird-of-paradise species, and reconstructed the evolutionary history of their sex chromosomes.

1-Apr-2019 5:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 710541

Study Names Top Cities Emitting Light that Endangers Migratory Birds

Cornell University

Scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have published new research highlighting artificial light at night as a contributing factor. They've ranked metropolitan areas where, due to a combination of light pollution and geography, birds are at the greatest risk of becoming attracted to and disoriented by lights and crashing into buildings. The research was published today in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. It combines satellite data showing light pollution levels with weather radar measuring bird migration density.

1-Apr-2019 10:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 710328

Birds bug out over coffee

University of Delaware

New University of Delaware research has found that migratory birds prefer foraging in native leguminous tree species over non-native and many other trees used on many coffee farms. The findings will help farmers choose trees that are best for both birds and business.

27-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 709762

Bromethalin is poisoning the parrots of Telegraph Hill

University of Georgia

Bromethalin, a common rat poison, is the agent responsible for a neurological disease that has sickened or killed birds from a popular flock of naturalized parrots that reside primarily in the Telegraph Hill area in north San Francisco, according to a new study led by the University of Georgia Infectious Diseases Laboratory and funded by Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue.

18-Mar-2019 2:05 PM EDT

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