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2009-02-13 07:35:00

For the first time, scientists have been able to track a tiny outfit of songbirds to study their annual migrations between North America and the tropics.  Researchers were astonished to discover that the purple martins and wood thrushes flew more than 300 miles a day during their migrations.  The number was much higher than the 90 miles per day that researchers estimated. According to a report in Friday's edition of the journal Science, the researchers were able to equip the birds...

2009-02-06 22:30:00

(All times Eastern) -0- Basketball NBA LA Clippers at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Miami at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Denver at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Memphis, 8 p.m. Detroit at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Minnesota at Houston, 8:30 p.m. -0- NCAA (16) Villanova vs. (20) Syracuse at Philadelphia, noon Notre Dame at (12) UCLA, 1 p.m. Colorado at (2) Oklahoma, 1:30 p.m. Miami-Florida at (3) Duke, 1:30 p.m. (5) Pittsburgh at DePaul, 2 p.m. (17) Texas at Nebraska, 2 p.m. Oklahoma...

2009-01-16 22:30:00

(All times Eastern) -0- Basketball NBA Boston at New Jersey, 1 p.m. Portland at Charlotte, 7 p.m. New Orleans at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New York, 7:30 p.m. San Antonio at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Miami at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Utah at Dallas. 9 p.m. Orlando at Denver, 9 p.m. Milwaukee at LA Clippers, 10:30 p.m. -0- NCAA (13) Notre Dame at (8) Syracuse, noon (12) Georgetown at (2) Duke, 1:30 p.m. Oklahoma State at (21) Baylor, 1:45 p.m. (5) Oklahoma at Texas A&M, 2 p.m. (18) Butler at...

2009-01-03 15:34:46

Wisconsin wildlife officials say osprey and trumpeter swan populations have recovered enough to be removed from the state's endangered species list. The state's Natural Resources Board will to be asked to remove the birds from the list Jan. 27, said Sumner Matteson, an avian ecologist with the state Department of Natural Resources. Matteson has been involved with osprey and swan recovery efforts for the better part of two decades, watching them come from near-extinction to become thriving...

2008-10-13 09:00:25

There's been another rare whooping crane sighting in North Dakota. State Game and Fish Department biologist Mike Szymanski says two of the birds were spotted recently in Benson County, feeding in a field with sandhill cranes. A whooping crane also has been sighted in Emmons County this fall. Szymanski says whoopers are in the midst of their fall migration, and sightings will increase as they make their way through North Dakota during the next several weeks. The birds stand about 5...

2008-10-10 18:00:17

By William C Bayne The Desoto Apeal A Dundee man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Oxford to killing a bald eagle in Tunica County last year. U.S. Atty. Jim Greenlee announced Thursday that Joshua Lee Garrison of Dundee was sentenced to six months of house arrest and was fined $2,500. In addition to the fine and sentence, Garrison will be placed on probation for two years after his release and he will lose his hunting and fishing privileges for two years. Greenlee said federal...

2008-09-23 09:00:40

* What: Brew at the Zoo, held Sept. 5 at the Denver Zoo. * Benefited: Around 3,000 people raised $85,000 at the sold-out event for the Red Apple Fund for Lifelong Learning, a scholarship fund that ensures access to zoo education programs for children and families, no matter what their economic status. * Libations and eats: More than 40 restaurants and breweries served food and beer for the crowd. More than 70 brews were on tap. * That's entertainment: Angie Stevens and the Beautiful...

2008-08-04 03:00:00

By Reed Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Aug. 4--After more than 15 years of studies and discussion, Charles City County now has a permit to build a boat ramp in an area along the James River believed to be the largest bald eagle roost on the East Coast. With the permit in hand, the next challenge facing cash-strapped county officials is how to pay for it. Officials are seeking state or federal funding to build a 28-by-50-foot ramp near a fishing pier at Lawrence Lewis Jr. Park....

2008-08-01 12:00:41

By Terry Date, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Aug. 1--WINDHAM -- Wood thrush. The bird's name conjures an image of forests and beating wings. Yesterday, Beatrice Heinze stepped beyond the tree line behind Windham Middle School, hoping her work would ultimately attract the deep-woods songster to the Irene Blenis Discovery Trail. Heinze's project is part of a two-year statewide program organized by the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs. Each club selects a bird and...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Jim Minick jminick@radford.edu It's a land of rare sparrows, bobwhite quail and deer too many to count. It's a bend in the New River where German brothers first farmed corn and cattle in the 1740s. And now this place of thousands of acres is a land encircled by miles and miles of fence. I've driven by the Radford Army Ammunition Plant for more than 20 years, always glimpsing in, always wondering what the land looks like, what wild creatures still live there and how the river shapes...


Latest Birds of North America Reference Libraries

Sharp Tailed Grouse, Tympanuchus phasianellus
2013-10-07 11:50:53

The Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) is a prairie grouse of medium size. It has also known as the sharptail, and is known as “fire grouse” or “fire bird” by Native American Indians because of their reliance on brush fires to keep their habitat open. Six extant and one extinct subspecies of Sharp-tailed Grouse have been described. This grouse along with the Greater Prairie-chicken and the Lesser Prairie-chicken make up the genus Tympanuchus, which is a genus of grouse...

Hooded Crane, Grus monacha
2013-04-24 12:13:58

The Hooded Crane (Grus monacha) is a small, dark colored crane. Its body is grey and the top of the head and neck is white, except for a patch of bare red skin above they eye. It’s one of the smallest cranes, but is still a fairly large bird, a 3.3 ft in length, weighing 8.2 pounds and a wingspan of 6.2 feet. It breeds in south-central and southeastern Siberia. Breeding is also assumed to occur in Mongolia. Over 80% of its population winters at Izumi, southern Japan. There are also...

Gunnison Grouse, Centrocercus minimus
2013-04-23 23:18:44

The Gunnison Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) is a species of grouse endemic to the United States, where it is known as the Gunnison Sage-Grouse. It’s similar to the closely related Greater Sage-Grouse in its appearance but about a third smaller in size, with much thicker plumes behind its head; it also has a less complex courtship dance. It’s restricted in range to southwestern Colorado and extreme southeastern Utah, with the largest population residing in the Gunnison Basin region in...

Masked Duck, Nomonyx dominicus
2013-04-23 13:09:51

The Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus) is a small stiff-tailed duck ranging through the tropical Americas. They’re found from Mexico to South America and also in the Caribbean. They are primarily non-migratory. Masked Ducks are reported as very uncommon vagrants in the southernmost part of the United States, along the Mexican border and in Florida. Being the only member of the genus Nomonyx, it’s intermediate between the rather primitive Black-headed Duck (Heteronetta) and the very...

White-headed Duck, Oxyura leucocephala
2013-04-22 14:37:37

The White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) is a petite stiff-tailed duck. The adult males have a reddish and grey body, a blue bill, and a largely white head with black cap and neck. The adult females have a brown-grey body with a white face and a darker bill, cheek stripe and cap. On average, its length is 17 to 19 inches and the weight is 1.3 to 1.7 lbs. This duck breeds in Spain and North Africa, with a bigger population in western and central Asia. Their breeding habitat is large...

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