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2012-03-15 12:25:00

It´s March and already the chirps of winter birds have changed to songs that attract mates and define territories. Soon the migratory birds will be arriving to join them and begin their yearly nesting ritual. Back yard birders can help ensure the success of the next generation of wild birds by providing the five nesting-specific needs recommended by Duncraft. Concord, NH (PRWEB) March 15, 2012 It´s March and already the chirps of winter birds have changed to songs that attract...

Government Hatching Plan To Save One Owl, Kill Another
2012-03-01 12:50:59

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is constructing a plan to try and save the endangered northern spotted owl, by conserving habitat and killing its rival. The government has already set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird's population has declined 40 percent in 25 years, and continues to drop. The plan would see that more forest habitat critical for the bird's survival would be set off limits.  Habitat loss and competition from barred owls...

2012-02-29 09:13:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan today announced a schedule for spring events at the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle, located in Bald Eagle State Park in Centre County. This weekend, March 2-4, the Gold Eagle Voyage Weekend package invites visitors to enjoy the comforts of the Nature Inn and view the golden eagle northern migration from atop nearby Tussey Mountain. "The Nature Inn at Bald...

Giant Fossil Penguin From New Zealand Reconstructed
2012-02-28 08:07:11

Scientists on Tuesday published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology their work on a completely reconstructed fossil of a giant penguin that lived in New Zealand some 25 million years ago, work that will give researchers insight into prehistoric penguin diversity. The fossil of the Kairuku -- Maori for “diver that returns with food” -- penguin, a bird that stood 4 feet 2 inches tall, was discovered embedded in a cliff at Waimate in the South Island in 1977 by Dr. Ewan...

2012-02-23 13:45:00

There are many untruths associated with birds and bird feeding and they can be extremely persistent, regardless of the actual facts. Being in the wild bird feeding business, Duncraft hears them all! One amazing myth that persists is that hummingbirds migrate to South America by hitching rides on the backs of Canadian geese. Canadian geese don´t ever go to South America, much less carry a passenger on their way! Here, Duncraft gives the facts behind five more bird feeding myths. (PRWEB)...

2012-02-08 11:01:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection has begun its annual live, 24-hour webcast of a nesting pair of peregrine falcons living on a ledge on the Market Street side of the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg. Three cameras chronicle the falcons while streaming the footage live on the Internet to viewers around the world. "Technology enables us to provide the world's bird lovers with a front-row seat to watch...

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2012-01-29 08:20:56

Thousands of snowy owls have made the journey from the Arctic into the contiguous 48 U.S. states this winter, with sightings having been reported in Idaho, Montana, Missouri, Massachusetts, North Dakota, and New York. Denver Holt, head of the Owl Research Institute in Montana, told Laura Zuckerman of Reuters that the mass migration into the south is "unbelievable" and "the most significant wildlife event in decades." "A certain number of the iconic owls fly south from their Arctic...

Image 1 - Paleontologists Uncover World's Oldest Dinosaur Nesting Site
2012-01-24 04:34:59

An international team of researchers say that they have unearthed a 190-million-year-old dinosaur nesting site that they are calling the oldest such location in the world. In fact, according to a January 23 press release announcing the discovery, lead author and University of Toronto Mississauga biology professor Robert Reisz and colleagues claim that the newly discovered excavation site, which is located at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in South Africa, pre-dates the oldest...

2012-01-20 11:27:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you are interested in connecting with wildlife in your own backyard, beginning Monday, Jan. 23, the Pennsylvania Game Commission will be selling bluebird nesting boxes at its Harrisburg headquarters at 2001 Elmerton Avenue. The boxes sell for $9.54 (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...

Wandering Albatross Alters Its Foraging Due To Climate Change
2012-01-14 03:55:04

Adapting to changing environmental conditions in the Southern Ocean Wandering albatrosses have altered their foraging due to changes in wind fields in the southern hemisphere during the last decades. Since winds have increased in intensity and moved to the south, the flight speed of albatrosses increased and they spend less time foraging. As a consequence, breeding success has improved and birds have gained 1 kilogram. These are the results of the study of an international research team...


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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