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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...

2014-02-04 23:23:41

San Francisco based indie rock band, Kiwi Time, made up four lifelong friends from Belarus, has generated a match donation from Baynetwork to UpRisingofLove.org. The initial proceeds from Kiwi Time were generated at their UpRisingofLove.org benefit show during their January 25th, 2014 Great American Music Hall concert. Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) February 04, 2014 The human rights controversy revolving around the LGBTI community has come front and center to the world as we near the 2014 Sochi...

Penguin Chicks Vulnerable To Climate Change
2014-01-30 11:53:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lacking their parents' waterproof feathers, penguin chicks covered in down can suffer and die from hypothermia after being exposed to drenching rain – despite efforts of their concerned parents to keep them safe. While previous studies have found that singular events, like a rare Antarctic rainstorm, can threaten penguin chicks, a new study in the journal PLOS ONE has identified the additional risk long-term climate change trends...

2014-01-29 16:24:18

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dove Foundation, which is largely known for its signature blue and white Dove Seal on family-friendly movies, today announced the appointment of Steve Sammons as Chief Marketing Officer. In this new role, Sammons, who will be based in Los Angeles, will be responsible for the innovation and implementation of integrated growth strategies for new products and communication channels, as well as new branding initiatives. "Steve is a...

2014-01-24 23:02:38

In the midst of an unprecedented irruption of Snowy Owls in North America, bird watchers and everyday observers alike will appreciate Bryan Shane and Patricia Lafferty’s stunning collection of images and insight into these birds offered in their book, ‘A Picture Book of Snowy Owls.’ Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) January 24, 2014 As North America is experiencing an irruption of Snowy Owls—the likes of which have not been seen in decades—the wildlife photography of Bryan Shane and poetic...

Active Nightlife Of Birds Driven By Desire To Reproduce
2014-01-23 10:04:09

University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences For a non-nocturnal bird, the yellow-breasted chat spends a significant amount of time visiting other birds' territories during the night. A University of Illinois researcher who was studying birds' movement during the day noticed that males were active almost every night, while the females were active at night but particularly during the window of time when they were fertile. "We were studying the...

Climate Change Affecting Prairie Hawks
2014-01-21 10:20:22

[ Watch the Video: Helping Hawks Weather The Storm ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers are studying how climate change is impacting endangered prairie hawks. Scientists from the University of Alberta and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) are working together on a project to understand how climate change is affecting hawk populations. This study will not only shed more light on how the changing environment is impacting hawks, but...

Birds Of A Feather: V Formation Of Bird Flight Explained
2014-01-16 04:52:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By fitting data loggers onto a flock of birds, researchers from the Royal Veterinary College in London have discovered why the creatures typically fly in a distinctive V formation, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Nature. According to BBC News, Dr. Steven Portugal and his colleagues discovered that birds strategically position themselves in the optimal position, gaining lift from the bird in...


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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