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Newswise: Research on bats funded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Article ID: 704445

Research on bats funded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State microbiologist Chris Cornelison is among a collaborative team of researchers awarded a $365,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to combat white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease causing the rapid decline of tricolored bats in Texas.

27-Nov-2018 9:35 AM EST

Article ID: 704325

Free Flying with Falcons

University of California San Diego

The sport of parahawking, or paragliding in partnership with a bird of prey, is an opportunity to experience flying like a bird. And the Torrey Pines Gliderport adjacent to the University of California San Diego is one of the only places in the world where you can don a harness, jump off a seaside cliff and soar with a raptor. Alumnus David Metzgar co-leads the unforgettable flights, as well as a falconry school and other interactive encounters with hawks, falcons and owls.

21-Nov-2018 2:05 PM EST

Article ID: 704297

Among Birds-of-Paradise, Good Looks Are Not Enough to Win a Mate

Cornell University

Male birds-of-paradise are justly world famous for their wildly extravagant feather ornaments, complex calls, and shape-shifting dance moves—all evolved to attract a mate. New research published in the open-access journal PLOS Biology suggests for the first time that female preferences drive the evolution of physical and behavioral trait combinations that may also be tied to where the male does his courting: on the ground or up in the trees.

20-Nov-2018 2:05 PM EST

Article ID: 704059

What Did Birds & Insects Do During the 2017 Solar Eclipse?

Cornell University

In August of 2017, millions peered through protective eyewear at the solar eclipse—the first total eclipse visible in the continental United States in nearly 40 years. During the event, researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the University of Oxford watched radar to observe the behavior of birds and insects.

15-Nov-2018 7:05 AM EST
Newswise: Discovery: Rare Three-Species Hybrid Warbler

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

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