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Article ID: 703515

Discovery: Rare Three-Species Hybrid Warbler

Cornell University

Scientists have shown that a bird found in Pennsylvania is the offspring of a hybrid warbler mother and a warbler father from an entirely different genus—a combination never recorded before now and which resulted in a three-species hybrid bird.

7-Nov-2018 8:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 703453

Woodland hawks flock to urban buffet

University of Wisconsin-Madison

A team of Wisconsin researchers documents that woodland hawks — once in precipitous decline due to pollution, persecution and habitat loss — have become firmly established in even the starkest urban environments, thriving primarily on a diet of backyard birds attracted to feeders.

6-Nov-2018 10:50 AM EST
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    6-Nov-2018 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 703173

Bats v. Dolphins – The Ultimate Battle of Sonar Systems

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

To find ways to improve man-made active sensing, scientists worldwide study the sonar systems of bats and dolphins. During the Acoustical Society of America's 176th Meeting, Nov. 5-9, Laura Kloepper will compare bat and dolphin sonar systems, describing her work on how the two animals cope with acoustic interference. She'll use her findings to argue why bats have the superior system.

31-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 703064

Help FeederWatch Survey the Health & Behavior of Backyard Birds

Cornell University

For more than 30 years, people who feed wild birds have been reporting their observations to Project FeederWatch at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. FeederWatch participants turn their hobby of feeding birds–a hobby more than 50-million strong in North America–into scientific discoveries. Their reports help scientists better understand what happens to birds facing challenges such as climate change, habitat loss, and disease.

30-Oct-2018 12:25 PM EDT
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    30-Oct-2018 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 702811

Owls Help JHU Scientists Unlock Secret of How the Brain Pays Attention

Johns Hopkins University

By studying barn owls, scientists believe they’ve taken an important step toward solving the longstanding mystery of how the brain chooses what most deserves attention.

25-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 703021

How the World’s Fastest Muscle Created Four Unique Bird Species

Wake Forest University

When the male bearded manakin snaps its wings at lightning speed, it’s more than part of an elaborate, acrobatic mating ritual. The tiny muscle doing the heavy lifting is also the reason this exotic bird has evolved into four distinct species, according to new research published in the journal eLIFE by Wake Forest University biologist Matthew Fuxjager.

30-Oct-2018 7:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 702981

Study Finds Mountain Birds Are On an Escalator to Extinction

Cornell University

Warmer temperatures are pushing mountain-dwelling birds ever higher as they try to stay in their comfort zone. That's the conclusion of a group of scientists who retraced the steps of a 1985 expedition in the Peruvian Andes and documented how birds had shifted in the intervening 30 years. The new study also shows that species that were already living on the ridge-top now have smaller ranges and some have disappeared altogether compared with the 1985 survey.

29-Oct-2018 3:25 PM EDT

Article ID: 702633

Biodiversity for the Birds

University of Delaware

When homeowners make landscaping choices, they may be inadvertently turning their yards into food deserts for birds, especially if they rely on non-native plants that don't support the insect life needed to provide feed for birds.

23-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 702616

Genomic Analysis Helps in Discovery of Unusual New Bird Species From Indonesia

National University of Singapore

A joint research team from the National University of Singapore and Indonesian Institute of Science has described an unusual new songbird species. The bird was named the Rote Leaf-Warbler Phylloscopus rotiensis after the island of Rote where it is found.

23-Oct-2018 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 702518

MSU Sociologist Investigates Community Impacts of Reduction of Goose Population

Mississippi State University

A Mississippi State sociologist’s upcoming book explores how one rural community is adapting as shifting climatological conditions have eliminated more than 100,000 geese from a traditional wintering ground.

19-Oct-2018 4:10 PM EDT

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