Global birding news: 25 February 2010


Birdwatching reducedBirding big year in the US

“It’s a Big Year for Dr. John Spahr, a pathologist who retired from Augusta Health last year, and he’s spending 2010 doing one of his favorite things: birding. “They’re colorful. They fly. They’re just fascinating,” said Spahr, who explains that birding is more than casually watching for birds than traveling just to see, identify and record them. “[newsleader]

Bird flockiPhone application tracks bird migration in US

“As the snowbanks begin to recede, it is possible to look with hope for signs of spring. The first harbinger in the Mid-Atlantic would be the return of the Purple Martins, which, like retirees, head south before winter strikes. To follow the Martins’ progress returning north, I turn to BirdsEye, a relatively expensive iPhone app that takes a different approach to bird watching than most ornithological applications.” [New York Times]

New forest reducedForest fragmentation forces birds to evolve

“A new study that draws on more than 100 years of archived bird specimens reveals that forest fragmentation is causing rapid evolution in North American songbirds, according to MSNBC.” [mother nature network]

Black-tailed Godwit reducedDevelopment threatens Hong Kong bird migration stop-over

“Tens of thousands of birds, including rare and endangered species, flock each year to an unlikely haven sandwiched between high-rise Hong Kong and Shenzhen, the towering frontier of mainland China.But conservationists say this haven on the “East Asian-Australasian flyway” — one of the world’s main migratory routes — is in danger of breaking up, as government and construction companies eye valuable land for development. “[MySinchew]

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