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

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.

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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.

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29-Oct-2018 3:25 PM EDT
Newswise: Biodiversity for the Birds

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.

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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.

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23-Oct-2018 9:00 AM EDT
Newswise: MSU Sociologist Investigates Community Impacts of Reduction of Goose Population

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.

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19-Oct-2018 4:10 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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
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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.

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5-Oct-2018 7:05 PM EDT
Newswise: Study Counts more than Half a Million Shorebirds, Highlighting Importance of Humboldt Bay

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.

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2-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Newswise: Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar Like Birds

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.

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19-Sep-2018 4:05 PM EDT

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