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Citizen Scientists Help Track Window Crashes By Birds
2012-09-16 05:47:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study finds that feeding the birds might not be so nice, after all. Many Canadian homeowners have heard the thud of a bird hitting a window, but until now, little research has been done to document the significance of these collisions for Canada's bird population. A University of Alberta biology class project supervised by researcher Erin Bayne suggests as many as 22 million birds meet their end in run-ins with Canadian...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'