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2013-06-30 23:18:15

Top Nature and Birding Company Naturalist Journeys announces an early September tour to observe rare California Condors in the Four Corners area, in partnership with the Nature and Raptor Center

Feeding Winter Birds Not Helpful
2013-06-24 14:36:31

Freezing temperatures and a layer of snow may make us feel sorry for any birds that remain up north during the winter months, but a new study in the journal Scientific Reports has found feeding these birds may not convey any benefits with respect to breeding.

2013-06-19 12:06:00

Swainson’ s Thrushes, from a local population near Bolinas, CA, spend their winters together in Mexico, according to a new tracking study released by Point Blue Conservation Science, (Point Blue, formerly PRBO).

2013-06-18 23:24:41

Geese Relief, an environmentally safe and humane Canada goose control and maintenance company operating throughout Connecticut and New York, launches a brand new web site in time for what is expected

African Starlings Change Color 10 Times Faster Than Their Ancestors
2013-06-11 10:45:12

It's not going to happen while you're peering through your binoculars, but African glossy starlings change color more than 10 times faster than their ancestors and even their modern relatives

Wild Turkey Damage Mostly Exaggerated
2013-06-05 15:23:11

As populations of wild turkeys have increased, the number of complaints about crop damage has also increased. However, a literature review which will be published in the June 2013 issue of Journal of Integrated Pest Management, finds that these claims are mostly exaggerated.

Songbirds Risk Missing Peak Food Supply Says Study
2013-06-03 13:45:42

A mismatch between the departure schedules of songbirds and higher spring temperatures at their breeding sites is putting them at risk, according to a new study out of York University.

US Puffins In Danger
2013-06-03 13:22:07

The population of Atlantic puffins is showing signs that it may be in trouble, and scientists now say that the problems plaguing the iconic birds could be an early warning for the conservation of other seabird species.


Latest Ornithology Reference Libraries

Laysan Rail, Porzana palmeri
2014-12-09 12:15:35

The Laysan Rail or Laysan Crake (Porzana palmeri) was a flightless bird native to the Northwest Hawaiian Island of Laysan. This small island was, and still is, an important seabird colony, and sustained numerous native species, including the rail. It became extinct because of habitat loss and by domestic rabbits, and eventually, World War II. Its scientific name is in honor of Henry Palmer, who collected in the Hawaiian Islands for Walter Rothschild. It was a rather small bird, measuring...

Hawaiian Rail, Porzana sandwichensis
2014-12-09 12:12:23

The Hawaiian Rail (Porzana sandwichensis), known also as the Hawaiian Crake or the Hawaiian Spotted Rail, was a rather enigmatic species of minuscule rail that resided on Big Island of Hawaii, but is currently extinct. A dark form and a lighter form are known. There is considerable confusion by the existence of two distinct forms. While it can’t be completely excluded that early specimens were collected on another island, only O’ahu and Kaua’I seem plausible given the history of...

Reunion Swamphen, Porphyrio coerulescens
2014-12-09 11:13:20

The Reunion Swamphen (Porphyrio coerulescens), known also as the Reunion Gallinule or Oiseau bleu, is a hypothetical species of extinct rail from Reunion, Mascarensis until now only known from report from travelers. It is rather certain that such a bird once was present on the island. Six reports confirm its existence, and the genus Porphyrio is known as a colonizer of oceanic islands, having evolved into many local endemic species, of which only the Takahe is still found to be living...

Samoan Wood Rail, Gallinula pacifica
2014-12-09 10:45:06

The Samoan Wood Rail (Gallinula pacifica), known also as the Samoan Moorhen, is a nearly flightless rail that is native to the Samoan island of Savai’I, and most likely extinct. As it has evolved adaptations for a more terrestrial lifestyle and at least partly nocturnal habits, it is mostly likely better placed in a distinct genus, Pareudiastes, but this problem hasn’t yet been thoroughly researched. It was known as puna’e to the native Samoans; that was said to relate to the birds...

Mascarene Coot, Fulica newtoni
2014-12-09 10:30:33

The Mascarene Coot (Fulica newtoni) is an extinct species of coot that lived in the Mascarene Islands of Mauritius and Reunion. As it is long known from sub fossil bones found in the Mare aux Songes swamp on the former island, but only assumed from descriptions to also have been present on the latter, remains have more recently been found on Reunion as well. Early traveler’s reports from Mauritius were, in reverse, usually assumed to be in reference to Common Moorhens, but it appears that...

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