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Global Warming Behind Early Bird Migration
2013-11-13 10:00:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have been seeing some bird species migrate earlier and earlier each year and now a team of UK and Icelandic researchers has shown that warming temperatures are behind the creeping back of this instinctive behavior, according to their report in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. “We have known that birds are migrating earlier and earlier each year – particularly those that migrate over shorter distances,” said report...

Environmental Change Impacts Differ For Male And Female Migratory Shorebirds
2013-03-11 11:17:30

University of East Anglia Extensive shell fishing and sewerage discharge in river estuaries could have serious consequences for the rare Icelandic black-tailed godwits that feed there. But it is the males that are more likely to suffer, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. Research published today in the journal Ecology and Evolution reveals very different winter feeding habits between the sexes. Both males and females mainly consume bivalve molluscs, sea...

2009-08-07 14:05:11

A bar-tailed godwit, a bird banded near Victoria, Australia, was found more than 8,000 miles away in the western Arctic area of Alaska, wildlife experts said. While tagged birds are sometimes seen in the region where they were released, it's rare to see them so far from a release site, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists said in a release Friday. While we know that birds from all over the world come to the Arctic to breed, to see a living example first hand is a powerful reminder of the...

2008-09-11 18:00:17

By DAN SVINGEN The weather is cooling. The kids are studying. The harvest is roaring. The shotguns are shining. These iconic images proclaim that autumn is soon upon us. For some of our fellow creatures, however, that is hardly a news flash. Incredible as it may seem, many arctic-nesting shorebirds began their "fall" migration in early July. For most such species, adult females were the first to depart the top of the world, leaving their mates to shepherd the tiny puffball chicks...

2008-08-22 18:00:25

By KAITLIN KEANE SCITUATE - On a quiet Tuesday evening at The Spit, the beaches are deserted and a lone boat bobs at the shoreline. But weekends are different for Scituate's famously secluded peninsula, and Tony Jones clutches evidence of that in both hands: glass bottles, plastic containers and other refuse left behind by weekend revelers. Jones, a member of the town's conservation commission, is among a group of citizens worried that wildlife is being irreparably harmed because of The...

2008-08-01 15:00:28

By Anonymous OLD ORCHARD BEACH - State wildlife officials are looking to step up efforts to protect the threatened piping plover by expanding "essential habitat" zones for the shorebirds in Old Orchard Beach and Biddeford. The designation would give officials some control over nearby activities and restrict access to areas where the birds have established nests. More protection is badly needed because piping plovers have endured another year of little breeding success in the state,...

2008-07-16 12:00:50

By Victor Tine, The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass. Jul. 16--PLUM ISLAND -- It's been a tough nesting season for Plum Island's piping plovers. The tiny shore birds, listed as a threatened species by the federal government, have produced a total of 14 chicks since the 6.3 miles of beach at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was closed to humans on April 1, refuge wildlife biologist Nancy Pau said. Pau said seven of the chicks are from two nests on the refuge itself, and another...

2008-07-13 09:00:00

By W MEADE STITH III By W. Meade Stith III Environmentalists have sued to stop driving on beaches in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to push for more critical habitat designations in the Seashore. The stated reason for these actions is to protect the piping plover, a shorebird considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. In 2008, a consent decree closed the most popular beaches in the Seashore. You'd think the piping...

2008-07-13 09:00:18

By Melissa Mcever, The Brownsville Herald, Texas Jul. 13--They're small birds in big trouble. The piping plover, a squat, sandy-colored bird that spends its winters on the Gulf Coast, is a threatened species in this region, and endangered in its breeding grounds in the northern Great Plains, Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. To prevent the piping plover's further depletion, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated certain tracts of land, including some portions of the Rio Grande...

2008-07-12 12:00:18

By Melissa Mcever, Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, Texas Jul. 12--They're small birds in big trouble. The piping plover, a squat, sandy-colored bird that spends its winters on the Gulf Coast, is a threatened species in this region, and endangered in its breeding grounds in the northern Great Plains, Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. To prevent the piping plover's further depletion, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated certain tracts of land, including some portions of the Rio...


Latest Shorebirds Reference Libraries

Black Turnstone, Arenaria melanocephala
2012-04-02 19:06:21

The Black Turnstone, (Arenaria melanocephala), is a species of wading bird in the sandpiper family Scolopacidae. It was formerly placed in the plover family Charadriidae. It is one of two species in the genus Arenaria; the other being the Ruddy Turnstone (A. interpres). The Black Turnstone is native to western North America and breeds only in Alaska from the Alaskan Peninsula in the south to Point Hope in the north. Most of the population nests in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. It usually...

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2009-02-28 22:28:58

The Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) is a species of wading bird that breeds in sub-Arctic wetlands from the Scottish Highlands across Europe and Asia. It is migratory and winters in Africa and southern Asia, including India. Its preferred winter habitat is fresh waters. This bird has a short fine bill, brown back and long yellowish legs. It has a small white rump patch. It is closely related to the Common Redshank and Marsh Sandpiper. The Wood Sandpiper nests on the ground, or reuses an...

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2009-02-28 22:26:19

The Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis) is a species of wading bird that breeds in open grassy steppe and taiga wetlands from eastern Europe to central Asia. It is migratory and most of the populations winter in Africa, and India. Smaller populations migrate to Southeast Asia and Australia. Its preferred wintering habitat is fresh water wetlands such as swamps and lakes. Close in appearance to the elegant Greenshank, it has a long, fine bill and very long yellowish legs. Like the...

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2009-02-28 22:24:39

The Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) is a species of wading bird that breeds in the woodlands across much of Alaska and Canada. It is migratory and winters in Central and South America. It is very common in the Amazon River basin, and the Caribbean. It rarely is seen in western Europe. Its only relative in the Tringa genus is the similar Green Sandpiper. This bird has a dark green back, grayish head and breast and otherwise white underparts. In flight, it is unmistakable, with dark...

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2009-02-28 22:15:51

The Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) is species of shorebird found from Alaska to Quebec. It is found in clearings near ponds in boreal forest. It nests on the ground, mainly in open dry areas. It is migratory and winters along the Gulf Coast of the United States and south to South America. It is a common visitor to western Europe, and has even wintered over in Great Britain. This is a medium-sized bird with long yellow legs and a long thin dark bill. The bill is nearly the same length...

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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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