It’s fantastic that there are still areas that have not been explored by scientists. Mount Mabu in Northern Mozambique was one such area until a scientist from Kew Gardens located it using Google Earth. Expeditions to the massif have revealed several new species to science. It appears that Mozambique has agreed to protect the mountain because [...]
Obama administration stalling on Sage Grouse decision
The Seattle Times
Federal officials are again delaying a decision on whether to list Sage Grouse in 11 Western states as threatened or endangered, leaving in limbo until at least 2010 a spate of industries that face sweeping restrictions if the bird is protected.The chicken-sized grouse [...]
Dutch scientists have placed satellite tracking devices into the abdomens of 15 Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa) to find out where and when these birds move. Some interesting data has already been collected. One of the birds left Friesland (in Holland) on Saturday and was in Senegal (West Africa) just two days later! That’s over [...]
Building design changes are reducing available nest sites for Common Swifts (Apus apus) in Britain. Is this really a cause for concern? Where did Common Swifts breed before there were buildings in Britain? This is an old debate, but it does beg the question of whether resources could be better utilized protecting more [...]
Radar used to avoid wind farm bird collisions
“The two companies that run the first wind farms on the coast, Iberdrola Renewables of Spain and Babcock & Brown of Australia, recognized the risk bad weather could bring. Most migrating birds fly high above the range of turbines, many of them at night. But [...]
It seems the Peruvian government is trying to change laws to allow the development of large tracts of Amazon rain forest. The government does not appear to be consulting all stakeholders (indigenous people) effectively. Not cool. If you want to sign a petition against this click here.
This just through from AVAAZ.org:
“The Peruvian [...]
This is great. A Blackbird in downtown San Francisco is keeping passers-by on their toes as it dive-bombs them. They’re lucky it’s not a raptor!
Here’s a video from MyFoxNational:
Researchers at Oregon State University believe that their findings about the role of the femur (thigh bone) in a bird’s ability to process 20 times more oxygen than cold-blooded reptiles indicates that birds may have in fact evolved alongside, rather than from, dinosaurs.
The North American subspecies of Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) is in trouble. Although Red Knot is globally a widespread species, this particular subspecies has declined dramatically because of past hunting activities and more recently competition for food in Delaware Bay.
Each year Red Knots stop over at Delaware Bay to feed on Horseshoe [...]
Wader populations decline faster than ever
According to a new publication by Wetlands International, more than half the populations of waders in Europe, West Asia and Africa are declining at an accelerating rate.The new ‘Wader Atlas’ is the first comprehensive overview of key site networks for waders in Europe, West Asia and [...]