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Studying The  Importance Of Learning How To Migrate
2013-08-29 15:07:19

University of Maryland Scientists have studied bird migration for centuries, but it remains one of nature's great mysteries. How do birds find their way over long distances between breeding and wintering sites? Is their migration route encoded in their genes, or is it learned? Working with records from a long-term effort to reintroduce critically endangered whooping cranes in the Eastern U.S., a University of Maryland-led research team found evidence that these long-lived birds learn...

Honeyguide Birds Destroy Their Own Species' Eggs To Eliminate Competition
2013-08-21 09:19:04

University of Cambridge Scientists believe behavior drives evolution of egg size similar to hosts Like cuckoos, honeyguides are parasitic birds that lay their eggs in other birds' nests and dupe them into raising their young. Now scientists reveal that, unlike in cuckoos, the resemblance between honeyguide eggs and those of their bee-eater bird hosts hasn't evolved to trick hosts into accepting the imposter egg as one of their own. Rather, it appears to have evolved to trick other...

2013-08-14 23:23:46

Oregon company uses barn owl pellets to encourage educators on shoestring budgets and gain friends near and far. Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) August 14, 2013 Young children generally respond to information about the untamed world with a sense of awe and wonder that fuels their desire to know more. However, as children transition into adulthood, they routinely become distracted by the demands of life and forget about the wild beauty that continues to thrive each and every day in all parts of...

Young And Old Song Sparrows Experience Climate Change Differently
2013-08-12 15:52:50

University of California - Davis What's good for adults is not always best for the young, and vice versa. At least that is the case with song sparrows and how they experience the effects of climate change, according to two recent studies by scientists at the University of California, Davis, and Point Blue Conservation Science. Both studies show the importance of considering the various stages and ages of individuals in a species -- from babies to juveniles to adults -- to best predict...

2013-07-31 23:31:07

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission has initiated breeding-season bird banding stations in coordination with the MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship), a program coordinated by the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The findings will also contribute to a global investigation of environmental contamination by the Biodiversity Research Institute and The Nature Conservancy. Albany, NY...

2013-07-30 23:00:33

Located in San Francisco, a highly desired location for residency, The Apartments at 350 Union Street has announced complete occupancy of all studios and 1 bedroom apartments available in the complex. The company has Telegraph Hill apartments for rent, servicing San Franciscans seeking luxury apartments. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 30, 2013 The Apartments at 350 Union Street, a distinguished Telegraph Hill Apartment Complex in San Francisco, is proud to announce that 100% occupancy has...

Barred Owls To Be Killed In The Pacific Northwest
2013-07-24 09:09:48

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Tuesday their plan to remove 3,600 barred owls. The experimental plan will be carried out to protect northern spotted owl populations in the Pacific Northwest. According to the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submitted by the Fish and Wildlife Service, a combination of lethal and non-lethal techniques will be used to "remove" the barred owl from four specific locations in...

2013-07-12 23:37:12

Longview Farms marks twentieth anniversary of offering Emu oil products to consumers. Bloomsburg, PA (PRWEB) July 11, 2013 Visit LongviewFarms.com and you’ll find a website which is one of the only places online where every personal care product featured is quality Emu oil-based. There are products for aches and pains, hair loss, skin rejuvenation, sun and radiation burns, and much more. Sounds great, right? Well, it gets even better! Every time a consumer places an order, they...

Prairie Chicken Mostly Unaffected By Wind Power
2013-07-11 05:32:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Wind power development does not strongly disrupt greater prairie chicken populations and has no impact on nest site selection, female reproductive effort, nesting success or the overall population of these grassland birds, Kansas State University ecologists reported on Wednesday. These conclusions were based on an investigation of the impacts of wind power development on the demography, movements, and population genetics of...


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Delalande’s Coua, Coua delalandei
2014-09-11 11:30:30

Delalande’s Coua (Coua delalandei), known also as the Snail-Eating Coua and Delalande’s Coucal, is an extinct species of non-parasitic cuckoo from Madagascar. It only was known to science as an extant bird for a rather short time during the early 19th century. There is some disagreement regarding the area of occurrence. Although there were reports that the bird was also found in the area of Fito and Maroantsetra along with near Toamasina, the coastal areas of northern Toamasina Province,...

Cuban Macaw, Ara tricolor
2014-09-11 11:07:56

The Cuban Macaw or the Cuban Red Macaw (Ara tricolor) is an extinct species of parrot that was native to Cuba and the Isla de la Juventud, an island off of the coast of west Cuba. At around 18 to 20 inches long it was one of the smaller members of the Ara genus of macaws. It was the last species of macaw that was native to the Caribbean islands to go extinct. A number of skins are preserved in museums; however, no eggs have survived. A pair was kept in the royal menagerie at Schonbrunn...

Norfolk Kaka, Nestor productus
2014-09-11 10:58:16

The Norfolk Kaka (Nestor productus) is an extinct species of large parrot belonging to the parrot super family Strigopoidea. The bird was about 38 centimeters in long with mostly olive-brown upperparts, orange cheeks and throat, straw-colored breast and thighs, rump and lower abdomen dark orange and a prominent beak. It lived in the rocks and treetops of Norfolk Island and the adjacent Phillip Island. It was a relative of the Kaka from New Zealand. It was initially described by the...

New Caledonian Lorikeet, Charmosyna diadema
2014-09-11 10:20:57

The New Caledonian Lorikeet (Charmosyna diadema) is a potentially extinct lorikeet that is native to the Melanesian island of New Caledonia. This lorikeet measured 18 to 19 centimeters in length, 7 to 8 centimeters of which is the pointed and slim tail. The wings are pointed and slender as well, measuring 91 millimeters in the only specimens. The tarsus measures 16 centimeters long. Female birds are overall green, with deep violet blue crown and dark blue thighs, a yellowish face and...

Tanna Ground Dove, Gallicolumba ferruginea
2014-09-10 10:54:56

The Tanna Ground Dove (Gallicolumba ferruginea), known also as Forster’s Dove of Tanna, is an extinct dove species. The taxonomic affiliation is not certain but at its first scientific discussion by Johann Georg Wagler in 1829, it was classified into the genus Gallicolumba; its closest relative is most likely the Santa Cruz Ground Dove. It was native to the Pacific Island of Tanna, Vanuatu. Forster records a native name mahk, nearly certainly from the Kwamera language. The taxonomic...

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