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Largest-Ever Flying Bird Was Twice The Size Of A Modern Albatross
2014-07-08 08:52:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By studying the fossilized remains of an ancient great bird, scientists have found what is believed to be the largest flying bird ever discovered, according to research appearing in the July 7 edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. According to study author Dr. Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, the creature now known as Pelagornis sandersi likely lived 25 million...

2014-04-07 23:29:48

Ticket Down announces that Fleetwood Mac will be performing at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on Friday, December 12th. This well-known secondary ticket site is offering the customer appreciation promo code FLEETWOOD-MAC-2014 for added savings. Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) April 07, 2014 Ticket Down is a reliable source for affordable Fleetwood Mac tickets in Denver. Later this fall, fans of the legendary rock and roll group, Fleetwood Mac, will get the chance to see them perform...

2014-04-07 23:29:45

Ticket Down announces that Fleetwood Mac will be performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, October 6th. This well-known secondary ticket site is offering the customer appreciation promo code FLEETWOOD-MAC-2014 for added savings. New York, NY (PRWEB) April 07, 2014 Ticket Down is a reliable source of affordable tickets for Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Garden. It is fitting that the World’s Most Famous Arena will host one of the most popular groups in the history...

IUCN Red List Update Includes Endangered Forest Giraffe
2013-11-27 04:43:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two rare African creatures – a giraffe-like mammal known as the okapi and an extremely rare bird known as the white-winged flufftail – are on the verge of extinction, according to the latest update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The okapi, which is also known as the “forest giraffe,” was reclassified as an endangered species by the IUCN in the update released...

Tracking Albatross Movement With GPS, Weather, Terrain Data
2013-07-04 07:57:39

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Combining GPS tracking data with satellite weather and terrain information, scientists are creating a fresh look at animal movement with a big data approach. The new Environmental-Data Automated Track Annotation (Env-DATA), detailed in the journal Movement Ecology, can track millions of data points and serve over 100 scientists simultaneously. "This is a powerful tool for understanding how weather and land forms affect migration...

2012-09-06 10:18:54

Albatrosses leverage the energy of the wind to fly with essentially no mechanical cost to themselves, very rarely flapping their wings, and new work published Sep. 5 in the open access journal PLOS ONE offers insight into how exactly they accomplish this feat. The researchers, led by Gottfried Sachs of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen and Francesco Bonadonna of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), used advanced GPS tracking to determine that the energy gain during...

2011-04-19 07:09:45

Feathers collected from the rare Pacific black-footed albatross over the past 120 years have helped researchers from Harvard University track increases in the neurotoxin methylmercury in the endangered bird, which forages extensively throughout the Pacific, reports AFP. Scientists took the feather samples from two US museum collections -- the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology and the University of Washington Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Studies of the feathers...

2011-04-13 08:45:00

Birds are known in present time more for their vision and hearing than their sense of smell. However, a new study reveals that millions of years ago, their ancestors had a better sense for scents. Scientists at the University of Calgary, the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine tested a long-standing view that the sense of smell for birds declined as they developed heightened senses of vision, hearing and balance for flight during evolution. The...

2009-07-14 12:00:00

BERKELEY, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Psychologists tell us one of the best ways to beat the blues is to get off the couch and out into the community. As the recession lingers in the Bay Area, the Albatross Pub offers a welcoming atmosphere and an affordable way to replace recessionary gloom with light-hearted conversation and friendly competitions. From darts, pub quizzes and checkers, to board game favorites such as Scrabble, Yahtzee and Boggle, new guests at the Albatross bar soon...

2008-12-31 13:18:14

The state of California has sued to stop the federal government from going ahead with mining, logging and other environmentally sensitive projects without consulting scientists. The state claims that the outgoing Bush administration is trying to gut the Endangered Species Act. The Interior and Commerce Departments recently changed rules to enable federal agencies to decide for themselves whether their actions put wildlife at risk, scrapping a previous requirement that they conduct reviews...

Latest Albatross Reference Libraries

2008-11-29 19:38:09

The Cape Gannet (Morus capensis, formerly Sula capensis), is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae. The breeding range is restricted to three islands off Namibia and three islands off South Africa. They normally nest in large and dense colonies on flat islands or flat ledges. In 1996, this bird's population was estimated at 340,000 individuals with the largest colony found on Malgas island, South Africa with more than 140,000 birds. Some birds have been recorded off the Australian...

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