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Location: Austin, TX
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Neonicotinoids kill songbirds

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat 22 hours ago. 1 Reply

Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular PesticidesResearch from the Netherlands…Continue

Tags: bird mortality, neonicotinoids

Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 2. 2 Replies

Here's Petey the Puffin, trying to swallow a butterfish that's far too large for his throat.... the little grey fluff ball... keeps tossing his head back, trying to choke down the…Continue

Tags: tipping point, phytoplankton collapse, Gulf of Maine, Climate Destabilization, Petey the Puffin

Pictures from my Coastal birding tip

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. May 25. 6 Replies

Recently I went to view the Whooping Cranes at a Wildlife refuge - putting up a few pics for everyone.…Continue

Migrating Birds Could Inspire New Military Tech

Started by Steph S. May 21. 0 Replies

Hypersonic drones, flying armored cars, space planes — these are the kinds…Continue

'Teenage' songbirds experience high mortality due to many causes, study finds

Started by Steph S. May 8. 0 Replies

Nearly one-third of songbird species across North America are…Continue

River Birds Affected by Hormone-disrupting Pollutants

Started by Steph S. Apr 29. 0 Replies

Studies have shown for some time now that endocrine disrupting substances from…Continue

Blue-Footed Boobies Declining in the Galapagos

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 28. 1 Reply

The population of blue-footed…Continue

What songbirds tell us about how we learn

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 11. 1 Reply

When you throw a wild pitch or sing a flat note, it could be that your…Continue

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Comment by Dominic Florio on March 30, 2013 at 10:19am

As a child living in the suburbs of NYC, besides pigeons and sparrows, you would occasionally see blue jays or cardinals.  But one day I found a dead bird in our cement backyard and was taken by its beauty.  It looked artificial.  My dad and I looked it up in the encyclopedia and identified it as a scarlet tanager.  I can see that bird as if it was yesterday.  It left a big impression on me.  Well, forty something years later, on my Florida property, I had the thrill of watching a live pair of scarlet tanagers going about their business one morning.  Birds, and really all of the natural world, is such a part of my life, I can't imagine it any other way.  I know that you all feel the same way, or else you wouldn't be here.   

Comment by A Former Member on March 30, 2013 at 1:04am

Yes, I would imagine they were taxidermied. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:25am

Tony and Steph, outstanding examples of beauty in the wild and coming for lunch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 30, 2013 at 12:22am

Dallas, this is such wonderful news! Interesting the way they discovered a bird and the ways they are tracking to establish its territory. 

There was a statement that puzzles me, "Three specimens of the diminutive 35g seabirds were collected off New Zealand in the 1800s and are held by museums overseas." I assume those three were collected, as stuffed specimens.

The sponsors make up an interesting group.

"The project has been funded this year by grants from Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, BirdLife International Community Conservation Fund, The Little Barrier Island Hauturu Supporters Trust and ASB Trust, Auckland Council, Forest & Bird Central Auckland Branch and Peter Harrison/Zegrahm Expeditions, with further support from the Department of Conservation, Hauraki Gulf Forum and Landcare Research."

Comment by A Former Member on March 29, 2013 at 11:31pm

nz/nz_storm-petrel_doc

Crucial discovery of breeding ground of Critically Endangered New Zealand Storm-petrels

New Zealand Storm-petrel, thought extinct for 200 years, found breeding just 50 km from Auckland City

February 2013. Researchers are elated to find the sparrow-sized New Zealand Storm-petrel, thought extinct until 2003, is breeding on Little Barrier Island Hauturu in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park near Auckland. The team of researchers is led by Chris Gaskin - Important Bird Area Programme Manager for Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) - and Dr Matt Rayner from the University of Auckland.

Not seen for 200 years
The seabird is listed as Critically Endangered by BirdLife on behalf of the IUCN Red List and finding the breeding site is vital for their conservation. Three specimens of the diminutive 35g seabirds were collected off New Zealand in the 1800s and are held by museums overseas. Since its rediscovery, there has been speculation as to where this seabird breeds.

The team camped on the Poor Knights Islands, Mokohinau Islands and Little Barrier Island using radio receivers to zero in on the breeding site. [continue]

Comment by Steph S. on March 29, 2013 at 10:16pm

Scarlet Tanager

Comment by booklover on March 29, 2013 at 3:34pm

I agree with Spud and Steph, Tony.  That is a GREAT picture!  It makes me happy when I look at it!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 29, 2013 at 11:52am

Nice Tony.  I like that scene of the birds eating sunflower seeds.

Comment by Steph S. on March 29, 2013 at 11:17am

WOW - Tony that is so beautiful!!!

Comment by Tony Carroll on March 29, 2013 at 10:35am

 

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