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Migrating Birds Delayed By Drought In The Horn Of Africa
2012-12-07 15:03:24

University of Copenhagen The catastrophic drought last year in the Horn of Africa affected millions of people but also caused the extremely late arrival into northern Europe of several migratory songbird species, a study from University of Copenhagen published today in Science shows. Details of the migration route was revealed by data collected from small back-packs fitted on birds showing that the delay resulted from an extended stay in the Horn of Africa. The extensive 2011 drought in...

2012-12-06 05:03:00

Osprey COI RiskManager Automates Disclosure Management and Facilitates Compliance with NIH Regulations Waltham, MA (PRWEB) December 05, 2012 Osprey Software Solutions (http://www.ospreyss.com), a software development company focused on the creation of fully-integrated, forward-thinking enterprise solutions, announced today that the University at Buffalo (New York´s largest public university) is using the Osprey COI RiskManager system to solve their demanding conflict of interest...

Eocene Bird Was A Giant But Peacuful Herbivore
2012-11-23 14:56:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When scientists first discovered fossils of the Eocene bird Diatryma in the mid 19th century, they portrayed the 7-foot avian as a fierce predator, which caught on with science writers and popular culture. However, a recent discovery has suggested that this flightless giant was a gentle herbivore and not a flesh-eating terror as previously suggested. According to a report in the journal Paleontology, a set of 50...

British Bird Populations Facing A New Virus Strain
2012-11-23 06:54:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online House sparrows, dunnocks, and wood pigeons, among other British bird species, have been known to carry avian pox. Vets and ornithologists are very concerned, however, about the emergence of a new strain of this viral disease in great tits. According to wildlife veterinarian Dr Becki Lawson from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), "Infection leads to warty, tumor-like growths on different parts of a bird's body, particularly on...

2012-11-21 20:20:17

OLYMPIA, Wash., Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released its final critical habitat designation for the Northern Spotted Owl, and removed any designation from private lands. After analyzing the best available science, and thousands of public comments, the Service concluded that there is minimal benefit for designating private lands covered by Washington State forest practices rules, as those lands are already managed for the conservation of...

Evidence Links Birds And Dinosaurs
2012-11-21 21:16:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online More evidence has emerged, published in the journal Current Biology, claiming birds are the descendants of dinosaurs. The prehistoric Archaeopteryx and bird-like dinosaurs before them had a more primitive version of a wing, according to the recent findings. Scientists are piecing together how the wing evolved, lending to evidence that gliding dinosaurs spent much of their days in the trees. "Before, it seemed that we had...

Ducks Flock To Ricefields In Extremadura
2012-10-30 15:22:50

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology Four new reservoirs linked to rice cultivation built in the middle basin of the Guadiana river in the middle of the 1990's have allowed various migratory dabbling duck species to significantly increase in number during the winter. Researchers at the University of Extremadura propose that Vegas Altas del Guadiana is turned into a new Special Protection Area for Birds. Many aquatic migratory bird populations are in decline and the loss...

2012-10-19 15:22:15

NEW YORK and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kiwi Crate (www.kiwicrate.com/music), the creativity company that delivers fun hands-on learning and activities to kids ages 3-7, has partnered with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (www.carnegiehall.org/education) to create a "Making Music" crate designed to introduce young children to the joy of music (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121019/NY96607 ) The "Making Music" crate features two hands-on...

2012-10-10 15:21:05

ATLANTA, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Operation Migration's whooping cranes are in the air again, and Southern Company is helping followers keep tabs on the birds' flight from Wisconsin to Florida. Southern Company, through its Power of Flight partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), is the presenting sponsor of Operation Migration's daily EarlyBird e-bulletin newsletter, which provides progress reports and other information each morning about the more than...

2012-10-05 23:00:18

Project Runway winner is teaming up with model and Cornell University veterinary student to save the last 127 Kakapo Parrots from extinction by designing a sustainable dress representing the parrot for her to wear every day for the entire month of October. The Kakapo is the only flightless and nocturnal parrot. They are also the heaviest and largest species of parrot in the world. Ithaca, NY (PRWEB) October 05, 2012 Jay McCarroll, the winner of the inaugural series of Project Runway, has...


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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