© Debbie Leick Into the early 2000’s using a telescope to count birds that flew across the moon was the most common method of nocturnal research.
“Ornithologists and conservationists assume birds provide ecological services, and that farmers want them on their farms,” says Olivia Smith, lead author of the paper.
Salmonella is a fatal bacterial infection for birds and it’s hitting siskins hard because they congregate around feeders, but the outbreak isn’t species-specific.Other states are seeing an uptick this spring as the bacteria continues to spread, which is why more state agencies are asking people to remove their bird feeders.
Ron Holt, Vice President of Des Moines Feed, a company his great grandfather started in 1944, has a birds-eye view of the seed business from farms to feeders.
NIWA seabird ecologist Dr David Thompson says while seabird tracking research has not been carried out for all albatrosses and large petrels in New Zealand, we know that several species also spend time in Chile and Peru, in Japan and the USA in the north Pacific Ocean, while others visit Namibia and South Africa.
McMahon does not approve of accounts like Manhattan Bird Alert and worries about how the crowds of gawkers are affecting the animals.“I don’t want that rare bird being surrounded by people!” she says.
So far, the movies that have come out of lockdown—either those inspired by the pandemic or filmed under its restrictive conditions (or both)—have been, shall we say, uneven.
AmeriCorp stewardship assistant Brittney Cade (front) leads a team of volunteers in planting trees along the Amargosa River.Planting 100,000 trees – and helping birds adapt to climate change – is just the latest chapter in the rich conservation history of the Amargosa.
“I wanted to learn a lot more about a bird species and study it and get to know it,” he says.The Ring Ouzel helps paint that picture, a study of a bird species in a specific place.
Lospalluto / Flickr I’m snowshoeing through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains when I see a small, nondescript bird at the far edge of the creek.American dippers are small and chunky — about the side of a robin — with grey-blue plumage, a brownish head, pink legs, a short tail, and a white eyelid.
“It can be a shot in the dark, but we let the center know what the injury is and they tell us if it’s worth transporting,” says Gerren Steel, Idaho Department of Fish and Game volunteer service coordinator.
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“But then there's a resolution limit to that technology,” says Swansea University materials scientist Rich Johnston, lead author on the new paper.“You can't really make out features, you can't do accurate measurements” at human-scale resolution, Johnston says.
So in 2013, a group of utilities, academics, and environmental organizations came together to form the Avian Solar Working Group to develop strategies to mitigate avian deaths at solar facilities around the US.“There was very little research about the impacts of solar on birds,” says Misti Sporer, the lead environmental scientist at Duke Energy, an electric utility in North Carolina, and member of the working group.
© Ashok Biswal The Nature Conservancy in India has been engaging with the local communities and working closely with state government authorities since 2017 to undertake and facilitate cost-effective and pragmatic riparian restoration activities in the selected patches of Narmada riverbank.
On top of each was a special light containing blue, red, green, and UV LEDs behind a diffuser, allowing the researchers to light up the feeder in a variety of nonspectral colors.
You’ll likely hear one before you spot it, but when you learn to pick out the noises snipe make, you can usually track them down.winnowing calls of a Wilson’s snipe.
To help you make sense of the often bewildering range of choices, here are three of our favorite binoculars, well suited to the beginning, intermediate, and advanced birder.Nikon Monarch 5, Size 10x42 ($330)These binoculars are the perfect upgrade from less expensive, compact models.
Photo © Nils Bouillard He modeled the idea on the popular concept of the Big Year in birding, where birders attempt to see as many bird species as possible in one calendar year.“The rules for a birding Big Year are well established,” says Nils.
New York City officials stress that rideshare services are only offline for a few hours, from the 8 pm curfew until just after midnight, and the New York Police Department claims Citi Bikes and Revel scooters were shut down due to concerns people were using them for looting.
In 1933, Peterson convinced Houghton Mifflin to publish a Field Guide to the Birds as a new way to identify our feathered friends.Identifying nature is fun, but what I love most about field guides is that the change the way you see .
Photo © Jeff Bryant / Flickr Green kingfisher is more abundant in Central and South America, but the species can be located in the southwestern reaches of the United States from Arizona to Texas.
Apparently, the same cannot be said for the children who were walking to school while I was taking pictures of cedar waxwings.
At your backyard feeder, you’re likely seeing more hawks and fewer house sparrows, plus a few new bird species.A Pack of One. Fact: You may be hearing more urban coyotes, but it’s likely not as many as you think.