Posts Tagged Birds

The 10 Weirdest Science Stories of 2018…

With the likes of space adventures, wildlife weirdness, and folks who tried to prove that the earth is flat, 2018 treated us with quite a few strange science events… Read the top 10 here at LiveScience.com: https://www.livescience.com/64382-strangest-news-2018.html Advertisements

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Is Warming Bringing a Wave of New Diseases to Arctic Wildlife?…

Intro: Rapid warming and vanishing sea ice in the Arctic has enabled new species, from humpback whales to white-tailed deer, to spread northward. Scientists are increasingly concerned that some of these new arrivals may be bringing dangerous pathogens that could disrupt the region’s fragile ecosystems… Read the full article here at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/is-warming-bringing-a-wave-of-new-diseases-to-arctic-wildlife

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As Greenland Warms, Nature’s Seasonal Clock Is Thrown Off-Kilter…

For millennia, ecosystems in Greenland and throughout the Arctic have been regulated by seasonal changes that govern the greening of vegetation and the migration and reproduction of animals. But a rapidly warming climate and disappearing sea ice are upending that finely tuned balance… This full article is at Yale Environment 360, read it here: https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-greenland-warms-natures-seasonal-clock-is-thrown-off-kilter

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The Galápagos Islands: Laboratory of Evolution…

The Galápagos Islands archipelago is home to a complex ecosystem with a fascinating geological history, as well as unique examples of plant and animal life. The islands’ flora and fauna inspired renowned naturalist Charles Darwin to formulate his theory of evolution, and thousands of tourists and scientists flock to the islands every year to further […]

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Quitobaquito — Photos of a Desert Oasis…

  View some beautiful desert photography here at LiveScience.com: https://www.livescience.com/61447-quitobaquito-desert-oasis-photos.html Check out this video from National Parks Traveler…

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For tropical forest birds, old neighbourhoods matter…

Old, complex tropical forests support a wider diversity of birds than second-growth forests and have irreplaceable value for conservation… Read the full article at EurekAlert.org: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-02/osu-ftf021418.php

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In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters…

A number of biologists have recently made the argument that extinction is part of evolution and that saving species need not be a conservation priority. But this revisionist thinking shows a lack of understanding of evolution and an ignorance of the natural world…  Read the full article here at Yale Environment 360: http://e360.yale.edu/features/in-defense-of-biodiversity-why-protecting-species-from-extinction-matters

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The trouble with being a handsome bird… 

An update on ScienceDaily from a recently conducted bird study – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170628095820.htm

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Birds of a feather — ScienceDaily… 

Summary:  Biologists have always been fascinated by the diversity and changeability of life on Earth and have attempted to answer a fundamental question: How do new species originate? A new study provides the first large-scale test of the link between population differentiation rates and speciation rates. The results confirm the evolutionary importance of population genetic […]

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Holy chickens: Did Medieval religious rules drive domestic chicken evolution?… 

Some research on the domestication of chickens from a ScienceDaily article published in early May 2017: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170502204556.htm

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Birds sing shorter songs in response to traffic noise… 

Biodiversity news from enn.com: http://www.enn.com/top_stories/spotlight/51047

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Ammonia-rich bird poop cools the atmosphere… 

So apparently bird poop helps cool the Arctic, read about it here (enn.com): Ammonia-rich bird poop cools the atmosphere

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Global wildlife populations: 58 percent decline, driven by food and energy demand… 

Summary: Global populations of vertebrates — mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish — have declined by 58 percent between 1970 and 2012, states a new report. Animals living in the world’s lakes, rivers, and freshwater systems have experienced the most dramatic population declines, at 81 percent. Because of human activity, the report states that without immediate […]

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Galápagos faces first-ever bird extinction…

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News Scientists have discovered a new species of colorful songbird in the Galápagos Islands, with one catch: it’s extinct… Read the article here at enn.com: Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Galápagos faces first-ever bird extinction

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Vanishing Act: What’s Causing Sharp Decline in Insects and Why It Matters by Christian Schwägerl: Yale Environment 360…

“Insect populations are declining dramatically in many parts of the world, recent studies show. Researchers say various factors, from monoculture farming to habitat loss, are to blame for the plight of insects, which are essential to agriculture and ecosystems.” Source: Vanishing Act: What’s Causing Sharp Decline in Insects and Why It Matters by Christian Schwägerl: […]

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The ‘FMD’ Digest, Issue #2…

Welcome to the ‘FMD’ Digest for June 26th to July 8th, 2016… Climate Change and the Environment The issue of climate change has become ordinary daily news and to make it even more mundane, most media reports are quite conflicting and the average reader can in no way differentiate between accurate reporting or sensationalism. On […]

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Seabirds of Tobago…

A presentation on Seabirds of Tobago by biodiversity practitioner Darshan Narang for the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists Club…

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The Trinidad & Tobago Field Naturalists Club – 125 Years…

The Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists (founded in 1891) have devoted the past 125 years to the study and exploration of Trinidad and Tobago’s natural heritage. Today the Club is still dedicating its knowledge and expertise to the field, welcoming the nature lover, student, scientist, or just the enormously curious to its many activities year […]

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