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Saving Endangered Birds By Giving Them Treated Cotton For Nests
2014-05-06 03:06:47

University of Utah When University of Utah biologists set out cotton balls treated with a mild pesticide, wild finches in the Galapagos Islands used the cotton to help build their nests, killing parasitic fly maggots to protect baby birds. The researchers say the self-fumigation method may help endangered birds and even some mammals. "We are trying to help birds help themselves," says biology professor Dale Clayton, senior author of a study outlining the new technique. The findings were...

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2009-05-14 08:20:00

An Ethiopian lark, a Galapagos finch and a newly discovered Colombian hummingbird have been placed on the world's most endangered species list, an environmental group announced on Thursday. The International Union for Conservation of Nature stated that the Sidamo lark might be Africa's first bird extinction as the Ethiopian savanna is damaged by farmland and overgrazing. "This is a species that is absolutely on the edge," stated spokesman Martin Fowlie for the British group BirdLife...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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