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2010-09-28 12:44:00

SWINDON, England, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- National Trust reports that an Arctic tern discovered off the coast of Northumberland is believed to be more than 30 years-old, making it the oldest known in the UK. Originally ringed on the Farne Islands on 28 June 1980, it was re-trapped on Inner Farne this summer. The bird would have been ringed when a few days old making it now more than 30 years of age. The tern was trapped in 1980 by a team of wardens that included John Walton who is now...

2010-06-07 14:07:55

A lesson from flashy Central American warblers Modern evolutionary systematists often use molecular methods, such like mitochondrial DNA analysis, to differentiate between species and subspecies. These molecular methods are a flashy symbol of modern science cleverly exploited by media to draw interest of public and by laboratory scientists to draw attention of government funding agencies. However, current research indicates that the picture painted by these methods may be false, and only a...

2010-05-25 11:12:12

Queen's-led study links metal contamination of Arctic ponds to seabirds' diets A collaborative research team led by Queen's University biologists has found that potent metals like mercury and lead, ingested by Arctic seabirds feeding in the ocean, end up in the sediment of polar ponds. "Birds feeding on different diets will funnel different 'cocktails' of metal contaminants from the ocean back to terrestrial ecosystems, which can then affect other living organisms," says lead author Neal...

2010-01-12 14:10:00

Arctic terns migrating south for winter often take a rest for a few days off the coast of Newfoundland, before continuing their long journey south, according to the Associated Press. The region where the small birds take their break was disclosed for the first time on Tuesday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. While the migration from the Arctic to the Antarctic is a well-known journey for the Arctic tern, the stopover point had been previously unknown by scientists and bird...

2009-08-02 07:30:00

HONG KONG, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- On July 28th, Fairtheworld.com visited Jet-Tern Marine in Pingsha, Zhuhai and interviewed its Chief Executive, Mr. Howard Chen. This session was one of Fairtheworld.com's Pingsha Industry Park visits, which aim to report the latest pulses of companies here to the outside world and introduce Fairtheworld, a new 3D e-commerce empire, to enterprises' interviewees. Mr. Howard Chen is quite interested in Fairtheworld and arranged for a next meeting,...

2008-08-08 06:00:30

By Jenny Haworth environment correspondent PLANS to transform Edinburgh's waterfront can go ahead without harming important wildlife habitats, conservationists said yesterday. One of Britain's largest colonies of common terns was among birds feared to be under threat from the 144-hectare Forth Ports development in Leith Docks. Now Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has responded to a City of Edinburgh Council consultation, saying the proposed development would not adversely affect the...

2007-10-08 18:23:55

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwanese and mainland Chinese conservationists are joining hands to save an endangered sea bird from extinction by urging fishermen to stop collecting and eating the birds' eggs, a Taiwanese birdwatcher said Monday. The Chinese crested tern - white with a black-and-white crest - migrates to eastern Chinese coasts between May and September, Taiwanese conservationists say. It's thought the birds fly there to escape the heat in South Asia, although they have not been seen...

2006-05-04 19:48:34

TAVERNIER, Fla. (AP) - Introducing Enrico, the granddaddy of all roseate spoonbills. Researchers with Audubon of Florida claimed Thursday they discovered the oldest wild roseate spoonbill on Tern Key, a 16-year-old bird they named Enrico. "Enrico has more than doubled the known life expectancy of a Roseate Spoonbill, providing a new longevity record for the species," Audubon Research Director Jerry Lorenz said. "The previously recorded known life span of a wild spoonbill was seven years."...

Latest Tern Reference Libraries

2009-04-07 18:48:47

The Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia, formerly Hydroprogne tschegrava) is a species of bird with an extensive range, but scattered distribution. It is found in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. In North America it is found on large lakes and ocean coasts. In Europe it is found mainly around the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. North American birds migrate to southern coasts, the West Indies and northern South America. European and Asian birds migrate to the Old...

2008-12-26 09:38:56

The Pomarine Skua (Stercorarius pomarinus), is a species of seabird that breeds in the far north of Eurasia and North America. Its nesting habitat is Arctic tundra and islands. It is migratory and winters at sea in the tropical oceans. In North America this bird is known as the Pomarine Jaeger. It is difficult to identify this species as it is similar to the Arctic Skua and it exists in three distinct color morphs or phases. Pomarine Skuas are larger than Common Gulls. They are much...

2008-04-28 18:14:52

The Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea), also known as the Lotus Bird or Lilytrotter, is the only species of Jacana in the genus Irediparra. It occurs in southeastern Borneo, the southern Philippines, Sulawesi, Moluccas, Lesser Sunda Islands, New Guinea, New Britain, and northern and eastern Australia. Its habitat is freshwater wetlands with abundant floating vegetation, such as water-lilies or water hyacinth, forming a mat on the water surface. This species is unmistakable. It has...

2007-12-18 15:30:09

The California Gull (Larus californicus), is a medium-sized gull. There are two subspecies recognized, the nominate species from the Great Basin to central Montana and Wyoming, and the slightly larger, paler L. c. albertaensis with a more northerly distribution, ranging from Great Slave Lake onto the Great Plains of western Manitoba and South Dakota. They are migratory, most moving to the Pacific coast in winter. It is only then that this bird is regularly found in western California. In...

2006-02-22 13:32:44

The White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) - sometimes referred to as the White-winged Black Tern - is a small tern. The name 'White-winged Tern' is the standard in most English-speaking countries; in Britain, this name is also the one used by the formal ornithological recording authorities, but the older alternative 'White-winged Black Tern' is still frequent in popular use. Summer adults have short red legs and a short black bill, a black head, neck and belly, very dark grey back,...

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Word of the Day
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.