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Giant Ibis: On the Edge of Existence Giant Ibis: On the Edge of Existence

July 22, 2014 by  

Launched by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in January 2007, the EDGE of Existence program is a global conservation initiative that focuses on threatened species with unique evolutionary characteristics. EDGE is an acronym for Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered, which sums up some of the criteria for being included on the EDGE list.... [Read more]

Pet Bird Species: Canaries Pet Bird Species: Canaries

July 8, 2014 by  

Domesticated centuries ago, canaries were popular in the courts of Spanish and English royalty in the 17th and 18th centuries because of their beautiful singing. Over the years selective breeding has focused on creating a variety of colors and shapes, but one of the most desired traits of canaries remains their ability to enthrall their audience, and... [Read more]

Radio Waves May Disrupt Birds’ Magnetic Compass Radio Waves May Disrupt Birds’ Magnetic Compass

June 24, 2014 by  

While the navigational skills of birds remain largely unexplained, the theory that they use the magnetic field of the earth to some degree to map their positions is generally accepted. The magnetic field of the earth is weakest at the equator, becoming stronger toward the north and south poles. This change in magnetic strength may give birds an estimate... [Read more]

Fork-tailed Drongos: Marvelous Mimics Fork-tailed Drongos: Marvelous Mimics

June 10, 2014 by  

A recent study by evolutionary biologist Tom Flower of the University of Cape Town in South Africa has revealed that the African fork-tailed drongo mimics alarm calls of other species as part of its food gathering strategy. Wildlife observers in Africa have noted that the drongo is an accomplished thief, but it was thought that it was using its own... [Read more]

Drone Technology in Bird Conservation Drone Technology in Bird Conservation

May 27, 2014 by  

As technology advances, more and more applications are being found for the use of drones – unmanned aerial systems – which were initially developed primarily for military use. Conservationists have recognized the value of having ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ in vast untamed regions where poaching is a problem, and countries like Namibia... [Read more]

Smithsonian Bird Collection Smithsonian Bird Collection

May 13, 2014 by  

The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History’s Division of Birds features more than 640,000 specimens and is considered to be the world’s third largest bird collection. Identified by the acronym USNM (United States National Museum), the National Collection represents up to eighty percent of the world’s known avifauna... [Read more]

Home Away from Home on the Islands Home Away from Home on the Islands

May 8, 2014 by  

If you were to think about birding in Hawaii, what would be the first thought that ran through your mind? For me it was, “I wonder what kind of crazy tropical birds I am going to find”. I don’t know why, but when thinking about birds in Hawaii that I immediately think of birds that you would expect to find in the rainforest’s... [Read more]

The Office Birder The Office Birder

April 30, 2014 by  

As an avid birder the only thing worse than an office job is not having a window nearby to catch a glimpse of a passing bird. Luckily, technological advancements provide a solution to at least one of those problems. As many birders out there may know, there is a lot of live footage from bird cams put in place by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a... [Read more]