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2014-04-02 23:02:55

Bird-B-Gone, Inc., offers tips on how to effectively get rid of geese with goose control products. To learn about our humane solutions for keeping pest geese off golf courses, lawns, waterfront areas and more visit us online at http://www.birdbgone.com. Irvine, California (PRWEB) April 02, 2014 Tip # 1: Treat Before Goslings Arrive Once geese have their goslings, it is much harder to get them to leave the area. Naturally, mothers are very protective of their young; once they’ve found...

2014-03-25 23:02:35

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 10:00am Pacific Standard time, four California condors will be released into the wild for the first time by Ventana Wildlife Society biologists. Big Sur, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2014 On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 10:00am Pacific Standard time, four California condors will be released into the wild for the first time by Ventana Wildlife Society biologists. People around the world will have the ability to watch these endangered birds in real-time transition from...

2014-03-20 23:27:50

Today, we announce the first in our “Science to Solutions” series for the public, titled “Marking High-Risk Fences Saves Sage Grouse.” The next in the series will focus on the removal of conifers invading historic sagebrush-steppe. Missoula, MT (PRWEB) March 20, 2014 The Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) regularly joins with its partners to fund and support science that is designed to help guide conservation solutions on the ground. Today, we announce the first in our “Science to...

2014-03-07 08:22:50

CITGO Assists Operation Migration to Protect and Restore Whooping Crane's Migration Route NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y., March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation has announced Operation Migration USA, Inc. as a winner of this year's Fueling Good Project. CITGO representatives and local CITGO Marketers presented $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to Operation Migration Associate Director of Development Jo-Anne Bellemer on March 4, 2014 at the CITGO Marketer Roundtable Meeting in...

2014-03-05 12:22:00

Recently constructed platform allows eagles to safely flourish in nest VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced that a bald eagle has hatched atop the first nesting platform the company constructed for the iconic bird. FPL built an independent pole and platform southwest of Daytona Beach in Volusia County after a bald eagle nest was identified on one of the company's transmission structures....

Euryapteryx
2014-03-05 04:24:55

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A report published in the journal PLOS ONE from a pair of researchers at Griffith University in Australia has refined the species status for the New Zealand moa – a large, extinct flightless bird. "Despite more than 100 years of research being devoted to the issue, determining species status is challenging, especially where there is an absence of substantial morphological, physiological, and behavioral data," explained study author...

Microraptor Paraves Fossil
2014-02-24 05:41:20

University of Bristol The key characteristics of birds which allow them to fly – their wings and their small size – arose much earlier than previously thought, according to new research from the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield into the Paraves, the first birds and their closest dinosaurian relatives which lived 160 to 120 million years ago. Mark Puttick and colleagues investigated the rates of evolution of the two key characteristics that preceded flight: body size and...

2014-02-14 16:21:58

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today launched its annual live, 24-hour-a-day webcast of a nesting pair of peregrine falcons who live on a ledge of the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg. The falcons typically renew their pair-bond around Valentine's Day. Three high-definition (HD) cameras will chronicle the falcons' activities while streaming the footage live on the internet to viewers around...

2014-02-07 23:02:10

Woodpecker season is here! Bird-X, Inc., pest bird experts for 50 years, explain how to cope with these famously loud pests. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 07, 2014 Found worldwide and known as woodpeckers, piculets, wrynecks, and sapsuckers, we know all know them for the headaches they can cause. Bird-X has studied the habits of these birds for 5 decades and feels confident in advising the public on how to live harmoniously with them. Woodpeckers peck for three reasons, and effective...

Do Birds Communicate With Their Eyes?
2014-02-05 12:41:12

University of Cambridge Researchers in Cambridge and Exeter have discovered that jackdaws use their eyes to communicate with each other – the first time this has been shown in non-primates. While what humans do with their eyes has been well studied, we know almost nothing about whether birds communicate with members of the same species with their eyes. The new study, published today in Biology Letters, shows that jackdaw eyes are used as a warning signal to successfully deter...


Latest Ornithology Reference Libraries

Mauritius Blue Pigeon, Alectroenas nitidissima
2014-04-18 12:27:42

The Mauritius Blue Pigeon (Alectroenas nitidissima) is an extinct species of blue pigeon previously native to the Mascarene island of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean eastwards of Madagascar. It has two extinct relatives from the Mascarenes and three living ones from other islands. It is the type species of the genus of blue pigeons, Alectroenas. It had white colored hackles around the head, neck, and breast and blue colored feathers on the body, and it was red on the tail and the...

Newton’s Parakeet, Psittacula exsul
2014-04-18 12:25:06

Newton’s Parakeet or the Rodrigues Parakeet (Psittacula exsul) is an extinct species of parrot that was native to the Mascarene island of Rodrigues located in the western Indian Ocean. It was closely related to the Alexandrine Parrot of the same genus and was likely descended from it. It diverged from related species in several of its features, signifying that it had most likely been isolated on Rodrigues for a long period of time. It was roughly 16 inches in length, about the size of a...

Mascarene Parrot, Mascannus mascannus
2014-04-18 12:00:54

The Mascarene Parrot (Mascannus mascannus) is an extinct species of parrot that was native to the Mascarene Island of Reunion located in the Indian Ocean. The taxonomic relationships of this species has been subjected to some debate. It has been connected to the Psittaculini parrots based on that anatomical grounds, but the vasa parrots based on the genetic grounds. The precise placement is unresolved. The Mascarene Parrot was 14 inches long with a large red colored tail and long, rounded...

Carolina Parakeet, Conuropsis carolinensis
2014-04-18 11:57:25

The Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) or the Carolina Conure was a small green colored Neotropical parrot with brilliant yellow colored head, reddish orange face and pale beak that was native to the eastern, Midwest, and plains states of the United States and was the only indigenous parrot within its range. It was found from southern New York and Wisconsin to Kentucky, Tennessee and the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic seaboard to as far west as eastern Colorado. It resided in...

Choiseul Pigeon, Microgoura meeki
2014-04-18 11:39:05

The Choiseul Pigeon or Solomon’s Crested Pigeon (Microgoura meeki) is an extinct species of bird belonging to the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It was native to the islands of Choiseul located in the Solomon Islands, although there are unsubstantiated reports that it might have once lived on several nearby islands. The pigeon was monotypic within the genus Microgoura and had no known subspecies. The closest living relative is believed to be the Thick-billed Ground Pigeon, and some...

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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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