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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...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

GRAND LAKE STREAM -Downeast Lakes Land Trust will continue its "History & Heritage" series of educational community events with a presentation on "Birding by Ear" on Thursday, July 17, at the Grand Lake Stream Town Building on Water Street. Maine expert Bob Duchesne, a frequent birding tour guide and founder of the Maine Birding Trail, will offer six tips for making bird-watching a lot easier by teaching participants to distinguish which species is singing which song. The Downeast...

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...

2007-09-22 11:27:31

BELOIT, Wis. -- Birdwatchers are descending on a rural area near this southern Wisconsin community following the sighting of what is believed to be a green-breasted mango, a type of hummingbird commonly seen in parts of Mexico and Central America. "It's really just an astonishing occurrence," Chuck Hagner, editor of Birder's World magazine published in Brookfield, said of the bird being spotted this far north. "It would be rare if this bird showed up on the Mexican border in Arizona," added...

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2006-08-11 18:54:55

MISSION, Texas (AP) - Birders from around the country have been coming to the Rio Grande Valley to catch sight of a Northern Jacana that is far north of normal range. The colorful, long-toed water bird was spotted at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco on Aug. 5 and at Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park on Thursday. The bird is normally found in Mexico and Central America and has been seen occasionally in Texas, usually in the winter months. James Booker, a naturalist at Bentsen...

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2006-05-19 09:45:00

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- With news Thursday that search teams had found no new confirmation of the ivory-billed woodpecker's existence in the swamps of eastern Arkansas, wildlife managers said there was no longer a reason to limit public access to the region. "Based on the information coming from the search and research that we have done, I feel there is no need any longer to limit public use within this area," said Dennis Widner, manager of the Cache River Wildlife Management Area where the bird...

2006-05-19 08:26:44

By Jon Hurdle GILLETTE, New Jersey (Reuters) - On a moonlit night in a New Jersey swamp, four men stand silently, heads bowed and hands cupped behind their ears, as they strain to hear faint sounds in the surrounding acres of mud and vegetation. Suddenly one urgently whispers: "Sora," and the others turn in the direction of a squeal he heard but they did not. As they resume their listening poses, the sound recurs a few moments later and the men nod to each other in approval. It is...

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2006-03-07 07:34:37

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Biologists and amateurs toting some of the fanciest gear in Congaree National Park are trying to find the rarest of woodpeckers among some of the nation's tallest and oldest trees. No one has seen an ivory-billed woodpecker around here since 1930s, but avid birders aren't about to stop looking. In December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's South Carolina office got $75,000 to perform the first scientific search for the ivory bill outside Arkansas, where a Cache...

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2006-02-25 10:28:08

BRINKLEY, Ark. -- If the ivory-billed woodpecker is getting a "second chance," as U.S. Interior Secretary Gale Norton put it, then so is the depressed part of Arkansas where the bird was rediscovered after being thought extinct for 60 years. The Brinkley area, where poverty is prevalent and agriculture the mainstay, has become a tourist destination in the year since Cornell University researchers made the announcement. The town is holding a celebration of the bird this week. "It's been like a...

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2005-12-18 20:05:23

BRINKLEY, Ark. -- Each morning, Sara Barker wakes before dawn, covers herself with camouflage and makes sure she has her compass before heading into the eastern Arkansas swamps. Her quest: the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker. Dozens of birders have flocked to the wildlife refuges of the Arkansas Delta to follow up on a kayaker's 2004 sighting of a bird so rare it was thought to have become extinct. They hope to obtain a clear video or picture of the bird and then study its behavior. Barker...


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Ornithology
2013-10-09 12:32:30

Ornithology, a branch of zoology, is the study of birds. The term ornithology is derived from the ancient Greek words for bird and rationale or explanation. This study differs from other sciences because amateurs often take part in studies and because birds are commonly seen. It is thought that ornithology developed in the same manner than biology developed. Drawings from the Stone Age show the earliest interest in birds and the remains of over eighty bird species have been found at excavated...

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