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Antarctic Adelie Penguins Learn To Cope With Climate Change
2013-02-08 14:06:00

[Watch Video: Adélie Penguins and Climate Change] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers studying Adélie penguins say that the Antarctic birds are actually coping with climate change, for now. A team set out with a five-year NSF grant to conduct research on how penguin populations cope with climate change, and on how individual birds cope. During the expedition, they wanted to know why some penguins succeed in coping with climate...

Miracle On The Midway
2013-02-07 05:53:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On December 10, 1956, a five-year-old Laysan albatross was tagged at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Last week, at the age of 62, Wisdom, the world's oldest living wild bird, and her mate hatched a healthy chick at Midway. Wisdom was spotted sitting on her nest on November 29, 2012 by a Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, and her return to the Wildlife Refuge was greeted with wonder. The average Laysan albatross dies at less...

2013-02-01 23:00:16

Foster Parrots thanks Animal Support and its co-founders Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi for their help and adoption of recently rescued cockatoo named Ziggy. Proper bird care is important and the charity urges all pet owners to understand that every animal has special needs. Hope Valley, RI (PRWEB) February 01, 2013 A white cockatoo named Ziggy was recently found abandoned in a foreclosed home, now he is a happy and safe resident of the New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to the...

2013-02-01 16:21:39

Cherry Hill, N.J., Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pelican Auto Finance, LLC ("Pelican") announced that it has received an initial equity investment from funds affiliated with private equity firm Flexpoint Ford, LLC ("Flexpoint Ford") and that Flexpoint Ford has been granted the option to invest up to $50 million in the aggregate in Pelican. As an indirect, deep sub-prime automotive lender, Pelican provides auto financing solutions for both franchise and independent dealers in the...

2013-01-31 08:23:14

SCOTLAND NECK, N.C., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The populations of two near-extinct species of ducks are on their way back to being restored in Trinidad, due in large part to the efforts of the Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Sylvan Heights is a non-profit organization located in Scotland Neck, NC. It is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of the conservation and research of waterfowl and wetland habitats worldwide. The organization reached a significant goal in...

2013-01-29 23:02:21

Good Eye Films New Environmental documentary Explores Status of Condor Restoration and Effect of Lead Ammunition on Recovery Santa Barbara, California (PRWEB) January 29, 2013 Filmmaker Jeff McLoughlin announces selection of his film, "The Condor's Shadow," into 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, held January 24 — February 3, 2013 in Santa Barbara, CA. This environmental documentary explores the ongoing challenge of rebuilding a self-sustaining population of California...

2013-01-23 08:22:59

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are encouraging bird and nature fans throughout the state to join tens of thousands of everyday North American bird watchers for the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 15-18. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, this free event is an opportunity for families, students, and people of all ages to discover the wonders of nature in...

How To Tell If An Avian Dinosaur Was Male Or Female
2013-01-23 08:14:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of paleontologists, including Dr. Luis Chiappe, Director of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Country's Dinosaur Institute has discovered a definitive way to determine the sex of an avian dinosaur species. The 125-million-year-old Mesozoic bird, Confuciusornis sanctus, had remarkable differences in plumage between specimens. Some had almost body length ornamental tail feathers, while others had none....

2013-01-22 12:22:37

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you are interested in connecting with wildlife in your own backyard, beginning Monday, Jan. 28, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will be selling bluebird nesting boxes at its Harrisburg headquarters at 2001 Elmerton Avenue. The boxes sell for $10.60 (includes sales tax), and customers can select from assembled boxes or kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project. "Bluebirds are early nesters, so now is the time to put up...

2013-01-15 23:03:34

The guide, which is available to consumers at no charge, helps to educate people on how to select high quality bird nests. Singapore (PRWEB) January 15, 2013 Pureness Bird´s Nest, a company that sells high quality bird nests and features in-depth information about the bird nest industry, is now offering consumers a free bird nest buyer´s guide. The new guide is easily downloaded by clicking on a link located on the company´s website. The comprehensive guide features pointers...


Latest Ornithology Reference Libraries

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...

Sharp Tailed Grouse, Tympanuchus phasianellus
2013-10-07 11:50:53

The Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) is a prairie grouse of medium size. It has also known as the sharptail, and is known as “fire grouse” or “fire bird” by Native American Indians because of their reliance on brush fires to keep their habitat open. Six extant and one extinct subspecies of Sharp-tailed Grouse have been described. This grouse along with the Greater Prairie-chicken and the Lesser Prairie-chicken make up the genus Tympanuchus, which is a genus of grouse...

Scaled Quail, Callipepla squamata
2013-10-07 11:46:22

The Scaled Quail (Callipepla squamata) also commonly called Blue Quail or cotton top, is a species of the New World quail family. It’s a bluish gray bird located in the arid regions of the Southwestern United States to Central Mexico. This species is an early offshoot of the genus Callipepla, diverging in the Pliocene. This bird is named for the scaly appearance of its breast and the feathers located on its back. Along with its scaly markings, the bird is easily identified by its white...

Spotted Crake, Porzana porzana
2013-10-03 09:22:08

The Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) is a waterbird of small size belonging to the family Rallidae. The breeding habitat is sedge beds and marshes across temperate Europe into western Asia. They nest in dry locations in marsh vegetation, laying six to fifteen eggs. This bird is migratory, wintering in Africa and Pakistan. At 19 to 22.5 centimeters in length, Spotted Crakes are slightly smaller than Water Rails, from which they’re readily distinguished by the short and straight bill...

Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularius
2013-10-03 09:18:30

The Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) is a shorebird of small size. It measures 18 to 20 centimeters long. In addition with its sister species, the Common Sandpiper, they make up the genus Actitis. They replace each other geographically; stray birds may settle with breeders of the other species and hybridize. Their breeding habitat is close by fresh water across most of Canada and the United States. They migrate to the southern United States and South America, and are very rare...

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