Latest Bird migration Stories

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...

2008-06-26 09:50:00

Observing local birds' 'mob' behavior helps migrants avoid predators, say Queen's biologists Migrating songbirds take their survival cues from local winged residents when flying through unfamiliar territory, a new Queen's University-led study shows. It's a case of "When in Rome, do as the Romans do," says biologist Joseph Nocera, who conducted the research while working as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen's under the supervision of Biology professor Laurene Ratcliffe. Avoiding predators...

2008-06-25 00:02:45

A U.S. wildlife biologist says the government is trying to find ways to prevent birds from running into power lines and wind turbines. Al Manville of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the Western Area Power Administration is working with the agency on a project in North Dakota that could reduce the number birds killed each year along the Central Flyway bird migration route, USA Today reported Tuesday. The researchers last year placed colorful diverters on power lines to give birds a...

2008-06-24 12:02:37

U.S. scientists say many birds are migrating earlier because of global warming, but some might not be able to keep pace with changing climate. Researchers at Boston University and the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences analyzed changes in the timing of spring migrations of 32 species of birds along the coast of eastern Massachusetts since 1970. Their findings show eight of 32 bird species are passing by Cape Cod significantly earlier on their annual trek north than they were 38 years...

2008-06-24 06:02:31

By Jeff Martin Scientists are increasingly concerned about the number of birds killed by running into power lines and wind turbines, said Al Manville, a senior wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but there are reports of success in preventing such incidents -- at least in the case of the power lines. More lines and turbines are planned in coming years, which could put several species of birds at risk, Manville said. "We've got to address our carbon footprint...

2008-06-21 12:00:12

PORT ROWAN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 21, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, and Canada's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament for Haldimand - Norfolk, Diane Finley, today announced $677,037 in funding to protect wild bird species at-risk, their nests and their habitat. Work will be carried out by Bird Studies Canada, a not-for-profit organization that advances the understanding, appreciation and conservation of wild birds and their habitat in...

2008-06-18 18:00:19

By DAN SVINGEN Unusual. Odd. Bizarre. All words, all adjectives and all descriptive of the spring that is quickly ebbing away. Now please, do not misunderstand. My choice of modifiers is by no means a criticism of our current season. After all, those same adjectives, along with the phrase "devilishly handsome," are oft employed by others to describe me. Like many happenings in the natural world, this spring's unusual birding was no doubt strongly influenced by weather patterns. Weather...

2008-04-10 10:00:00

Migratory birds make mistakes in terms of direction, but not distance. These are the findings of a team of ornithologists and ecologists from the University of Marburg, the Ornithological Society in Bavaria and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), writing in the Journal of Ornithology. The scientists assessed several thousand reports of Asian birds from the leaf-warbler and thrush families that had strayed to Europe. They discovered that the distance between the breeding...

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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