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2011-01-20 14:00:29

An international research team working with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) in Charleston, S.C., has suggested for the first time that mercury cycling in the flora and fauna of the Arctic may be linked to the amount of ice cover present. Their study* is the latest work reported from the Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP), a multiyear joint effort of NIST, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS),...

2008-06-25 09:02:49

By Gary Bogue, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jun. 25--a late bloomer in the heat of summer one purple iris -- haiku by Nona Mock Wyman, Walnut Creek Dear Gary: My husband and I were walking on a beach up by Stinson/Bolinas and we saw what truly looked like a small penguin! It had black webbed feet. The usual black face and back with "wings." But its chest down to his feet was snow white. Its bill was black and more pointy than the so-called African penguin. It...

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2006-02-01 06:33:57

NEAH BAY, Wash. -- The mass starvation deaths of murres on Tatoosh Island off the Olympic Peninsula may be due in part to unusual weather patterns along the West Coast, scientists say. Last year didn't have the winds and currents necessary to maintain the network of marine food crucial to the seabirds' diet. Breeding failures during the summer were preceded by tens of thousands of birds washing up dead on beaches in Washington, Oregon and California. In Washington, the state's largest...

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2005-05-21 10:39:57

FARALLON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (AP) -- Less than 30 miles from San Francisco, an archipelago of rocky islands rises out of the Pacific Ocean, forming a largely undisturbed wildlife haven that biologists call California's Galapagos. The public isn't allowed onto the granite islands that make up the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge - the country's largest seabird breeding colony outside Alaska and Hawaii. But on a rare visit organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, several...


Latest Common Murre Reference Libraries

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2006-02-23 11:58:32

The Brünnich's Guillemot, or Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia) is a bird in the auk family that breeds on coasts and islands in the high Arctic of Europe, Asia and North America. It is one of the most numerous birds in the high arctic. These birds breed in large colonies located high atop coastal cliffs. They lay a single egg directly on a cliff ledge. They migrate south in winter into the northernmost areas of the north Atlantic and Pacific, but only to stay in ice-free waters. The...

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2006-02-23 11:35:14

The Common Guillemot, also known as the Common Murre in North America (Uria aalge) is a large auk measuring 38-46 cm in length and with a wingspan of 61-73 cm. They are black on the head, back and wings, and have white underparts. They have a thin dark pointed bill and a small rounded dark tail. The face becomes white in winter. Western European birds of the race U. a. albionis are dark brown rather than black, most obviously so in colonies in southern Britain. Their breeding habitat is...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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