New Bird Species Discovered in Amazonia

September 24, 2013 by  
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Technological advances, along with the dedication and patience of researchers, have resulted in the recent discovery of fifteen new bird species in the Amazon rainforest. The formal description of the fifteen birds has been presented in a special edition of the Handbook of the Birds of the World, adding to the sixteen volumes already published by Lynx Edicions in partnership with BirdLife International. Entitled “Special Volume: New Species and Global Index” the book includes descriptions of 84 new species, including the fifteen from the Amazon rainforest.

The Amazon rainforest, also referred to as Amazonia, covers most of South America’s Amazon Basin and includes parts of territories of nine different nations, with up to 60% of the region belonging to Brazil. Amazonia is the most species-rich region on the planet, with more than 1,300 species of birds – one in five of all of the world’s bird species – living in this region which also hosts migrating birds at different times of the year. Sadly, at the current rate of deforestation conservationists are of the opinion that the Amazon rainforest will be destroyed in the next 40 years – and birds, along with other animals that depend on this paradisiac part of the world, are paying the price.

Led by ornithologist Bret Whitney of the LSU Museum of Natural Science (LSUMNS) an international team of researchers was involved in the discovery of the new species. Noting that discovering such a large number of un-catalogued species was unexpected, Whitney went on to say that it highlighted how little is known about species diversity in Amazonia, as well as showing how technological advances are benefiting research efforts. Satellite imagery, DNA analysis, digital vocalization recordings and advance computation power have, in a way, opened up a new age of discovery. Current or former LSU students were involved in each of the fifteen discoveries, underscoring the work that Louisiana State University Museum of National Sciences has been consistently carrying out since the 1960s.

Yellow Rails and Rice Festival

September 19, 2013 by  
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Birders of all levels of experience are encouraged to join in the fifth annual edition of this event, the primary goal of which is to provide participants with a unique bird-watching venue, where birders and farmers can meet and the value of birds in this habitat is highlighted. Be prepared for a whole lot of fun. For more information visit the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival Website.

Date: 23-27 October 2013
Venue: Jennings, Los Angeles

Bird Festival at Fairchild

September 19, 2013 by  
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This exciting two-day event will include off-site birding field trips, lectures, bird walks with experts, info on using plants to attract birds, kiddies activities and much more. For more information visit www.fairchildgarden.org/

Dates: 12-13 October 2013
Venue: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
City: Miami
State: Florida
Country: United States

Lake County Wings and Wildflowers Festival

September 6, 2013 by  
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This three day celebration of local birds and their habitats has something for all ages. The program includes workshops and presentations by experts, as well as expert-led field trips. For more information visit www.wingsandwildflowers.com

Dates: 4-6 October 2013
Venue: Tavares, Lake County
State: Florida
Country: United States