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2011-01-05 08:35:00

Thanks to satellite navigation technology, researchers at a British university have managed to track a female giant leatherback turtle as she migrated from an African breeding colony to feeding grounds in the South America--a dangerous 4,700 mile trek that took her across the Atlantic Ocean. Scientists from the Center for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter used sat-nav technology to study the travel patterns of these animals, following 25 females along three different...

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2010-11-17 11:42:07

Research from a six year study on migrating geese has discovered an interesting outcome "“ they return to the same spots they were taken to as youngsters. The findings of the study, published online November 17 in the journal Molecular Ecology, suggest young light-bellied Brent geese learn their migratory destinations from parents. This means their routes are learned through culture rather than inherited genetically, raising some interesting questions about why this species of goose...

2010-10-08 10:06:00

ATLANTA, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- As Operation Migration begins its 10th annual multi-state trek, designed to conserve the whooping crane, Southern Company is once again on board as a sponsor. Southern Company will be a sponsor of the migration for the third consecutive year. The unique effort, in which the endangered birds are taught a migration route by following ultralight aircraft, is set to begin this month. This year's journey will take about a dozen birds from Wisconsin to Florida....

2010-09-28 12:44:00

SWINDON, England, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- National Trust reports that an Arctic tern discovered off the coast of Northumberland is believed to be more than 30 years-old, making it the oldest known in the UK. Originally ringed on the Farne Islands on 28 June 1980, it was re-trapped on Inner Farne this summer. The bird would have been ringed when a few days old making it now more than 30 years of age. The tern was trapped in 1980 by a team of wardens that included John Walton who is now...

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2010-09-01 08:50:46

It may seem like birds have the freedom to fly wherever they like, but researchers at the University of Missouri have shown that what's on the ground has a great effect on where a bird flies. This information could be used by foresters and urban planners to improve bird habitats that would help maintain strong bird populations. "Movement of individuals influences nearly every aspect of biology, from the existence of a single population to interactions within and among species," said Dylan...

2010-08-31 20:50:24

Economic migrants seeking a 'better life' might end up being less happy, says sociologist The grass might not be greener on the other side of the border, a new study from the University of Leicester has found. Economic migrants travelling to different shores for greater income could be set for disappointment "“ because the pursuit of wealth does not equate with happiness. Sociologist Dr David Bartram carried out the study: "Economic Migration and Happiness: Comparing Immigrants' and...

2010-08-25 11:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Some Pennsylvania state parks will allow Canada goose hunting when the state's early resident Canada goose season opens Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today. The statewide season, designed to reduce local nuisance geese populations, runs through Saturday, Sept. 25. Licensed hunters should contact individual park offices for local starting dates and other details. Some parks are closed...

2010-07-29 09:05:02

During the Spring and Fall migratory seasons, sparrows become significantly less capable of resisting temptation. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Neuroscience investigated impulse control and sleep in White-crowned Sparrows during migratory and non-migratory seasons. During migratory periods, the birds slept very little and became more impulsive, but sleep loss itself was not entirely to blame for their impulsivity. University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers studied the...

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2010-05-25 11:12:12

Queen's-led study links metal contamination of Arctic ponds to seabirds' diets A collaborative research team led by Queen's University biologists has found that potent metals like mercury and lead, ingested by Arctic seabirds feeding in the ocean, end up in the sediment of polar ponds. "Birds feeding on different diets will funnel different 'cocktails' of metal contaminants from the ocean back to terrestrial ecosystems, which can then affect other living organisms," says lead author Neal...

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2010-05-19 09:32:01

Even tiny patches of woods in urban areas seem to provide adequate food and protection for some species of migrating birds as they fly between wintering and breeding grounds, new research has found. The results are important because, with the expansion of cities worldwide, migrating landbirds increasingly must pass through vast urban areas which offer very little of the forest habitats on which many species rely. "The good news is that the birds in our study seemed to be finding enough food...


Latest Bird migration Reference Libraries

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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.

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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...

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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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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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