Latest Bird migration Stories

2008-11-06 06:00:13

By Laura Ruane FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Just in time for the fall migrations, Southwest Florida International Airport has unleashed its newest tool for keeping birds and aircraft apart. She's Sky, a 1-year-old border collie less than two months into her job of shooing birds off the airfield. "She's not aggressive at all, but to the birds, she looks like a predator -- a wolf or a coyote," said James Hess, airport operations agent and Sky's handler. Big birds or flocks of birds can...

2008-10-28 15:00:18

U.S. and Japanese scientists say they've found genetic evidence that wild migratory birds may carry the avian influenza virus between Asia and North America. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the University of Tokyo said their findings mean migratory birds might be more important carriers of avian influenza viruses from continent to continent than previously thought. The study found genetic evidence for the movement of Asian forms of avian...

2008-10-17 18:00:13

Fourteen young whooping cranes began their first migration Friday from Wisconsin to Florida, although two made the first stage of the trip by truck. The birds are being escorted by Operation Migration, which uses ultra-light planes to guide them. The group said that eight birds took off from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge at 8 a.m., watched by a crowd of enthusiasts. Most of the rest eventually made the 4-mile first stage with some encouragement. By the time they get to Florida,...

2008-10-13 16:10:08

Night-traveling migratory moths may hitch a ride on the wind, but a new study in the October 14th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, confirms that they are anything but drifters. A previous report also in Current Biology offered the first evidence that Silver Y moths rely on a sophisticated internal compass, sailing on favorable winds to reach their southerly winter destination within a matter of days. Now, the research team that brought us that finding reveals that the moths...

2008-10-01 21:00:11

A tagged osprey making his first migration from Scotland to North Africa headed out into the Atlantic and is believed to have died there. Deshar, born three months ago at a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds sanctuary, was fitted with a satellite tag, The Scotsman reported. Richard Thaxton, head of the Loch Garten Visitors Center, said he was saddened by Deshar's fate. "The satellite data showed, unknown to him of course, that he was heading for the Azores, but he missed the...

2008-10-01 00:03:04

Autumn means many things, including the salmon spawning run up rivers like the Exe to their breeding beds. It's one of the most thrilling spectacles nature can offer in the UK. The big males have hooked lower jaws and are known as 'reds'. Many die after the mating. The much darker females negotiate the torrents above places like Factory Bridge on the Teign at Chagford, under the collective title of 'black fish'. Similar scenes will be happening from the Tamar to the Exe. And when the...

2008-09-18 00:00:16

By LEN WELLS Courier & Press correspondent (618) 842-2159 or lenwells@wabash.net The route of the annual 1,250-mile migration of endangered whooping crane juveniles, led by an ultralight aircraft, has been shifted this fall to a more westerly route because of concerns about pilot and bird safety. The route, from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin to a closed area of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge on the west coast of Florida, will bring the birds...

2008-08-27 21:00:17

Canada has laid claim to a large swath of the the Arctic Ocean where it will police pollution violations, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday. Canada is expanding its territory in the region by 193,000 square miles. All ships entering the waters will be required to report their presence, the Globe and Mail reported. Currently, they only are encouraged to do so. "These measures will send a clear message to the world: Canada takes responsibility for environmental protection and...

2008-07-20 09:00:24

By Tom Henry, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio Jul. 20--NO WAY HOME: THE DECLINE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT ANIMAL MIGRATIONS. By David S. Wilcove. Island Press. 245 pages. $24.95 From one of America's leading wildlife experts comes No Way Home: The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations, an engrossing collection of stories about how nature's superhighways have been impacted by human activity. Princeton University ecologist David S. Wilcove writes lovingly about the beauty of migration while...

2008-07-07 13:26:54

A new analysis indicates that birds don't fly alone when migrating at night. Some birds, at least, keep together on their migratory journeys, flying in tandem even when they are 200 meters or more apart. The study, from researchers at the University of Illinois and the Illinois Natural History Survey, appears this month in Integrative and Comparative Biology. It is the first to confirm with statistical data what many ornithologists and observers had long suspected: Birds fly together in loose...

Latest Bird migration Reference Libraries

2006-03-09 11:12:33

The Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) is a small perching duck found in southern New Guinea and northern Australia. It is largely resident, apart from dispersion during the wet season. The habitat is well vegetated lowland lagoons and other permanent fresh waters.

2005-06-14 12:44:59

The Canada goose (Branta canadensis), also called the Canadian Goose in North America, belongs to the Branta genus of geese. This genus contains species with largely black plumage, distinguishing them from the grey Anser species. The species name, canadensis, is a New Latin word meaning "of Canada". The black head and neck with white "chinstrap" distinguish this goose from all except the Barnacle goose, but the latter has a black breast and grey, rather than brownish, body plumage. There...

2009-04-01 13:32:49

The Red Knot (Calidris canutus), or Knot in Europe, is a species of bird found in the tundra and Arctic mountains in the far north of Canada, Europe and Russia. North American birds migrate to coastal Europe and South America, while European birds migrate to Africa, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. This species has an extensive range and a large population of about 1.1 million individuals. There are six subspecies. The adult is 9 to 10.25 inches in length with an 18.5 to 20.8...

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