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Feb 17 2012

Africa: Saving the Birds That Unite Europe and Africa – Tropical African Countries, Leading Call

Sedge Warbler

Populations of turtle dove, nightingale, cuckoo, wood warbler and other long-distance migratory birds are declining so rapidly in the UK and Europe that the RSPB, BirdLife International and BirdLife partners from other European and African countries will be lobbying this week for their plight to be addressed at a conservation gathering focused on conserving the …

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Feb 17 2012

Disease Risks When Moving Wildlife To New Areas: Endangered Laysan Duck Cautionary Tale

Laysan ducks, one of the world’s most endangered waterfowl, are native to only the Hawaiian archipelago. For 150 years, Laysan ducks were restricted to an estimated 4 square kilometers of land on Laysan Island in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. In 2004 and 2005, in an effort to rebuild the population, biologists released 42 Laysan ducks …

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Feb 17 2012

Indian lesser flamingos compared to their African cousins in new genetic study

A University of Leicester conservation biologist – David Harper, from the Department of Biology – is leading a study which will establish whether lesser flamingos of India and Africa are genetically identical or not. The Asian population of flamingos, which is the second largest in the world, is concentrated in Gujarat. However, the African flamingos …

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Feb 17 2012

Whooping cranes to finish migration by road

Nine juvenile whooping cranes on their first ultralight-led migration south will now be taken to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alabama in the next few days. The nine whooping cranes will be loaded up in travel enclosures onto vehicles as soon as possible, driven about 70 miles from Winston County to Wheeler National Wildlife …

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Feb 17 2012

For the Birds: Winged Predators Seek Certain Trees When Foraging for Caterpillars

Coal Tit

Unfortunately for caterpillars, munching on tree leaves that are healthy and tasty can dramatically boost their own risk of becoming food. Study results, published online this week in The American Naturalist, show that dining on the trees that are most nutritious for caterpillars — such as the black cherry — can increase by 90 percent …

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Feb 17 2012

Searching for Pacific Petrels

Becks Petrel

Until recently, Becks Petrel Pseudobulweria becki was only known from two specimens: a female taken at sea east of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea in 1928, and a male taken in the Solomon Islands in 1929. After a long gap of nearly 80 years it was only definitively re-recorded when, in July and August 2007, …

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Feb 17 2012

A voyage for Caribbean Seabirds

Black-capped Petrel

Documenting new seabird-colony Important Bird Areas, finding previously undocumented colonies and colonies thought to be extirpated: these are just some of the exciting discoveries reported within Environmental Protection in the Caribbeans (EPICs) ground-breaking Seabird Breeding Atlas of the Lesser Antilles. read more at birdlife>

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Feb 17 2012

Alaotra Grebe extinction – Do you care?

Today we announced that Alaotra Grebe, a waterbird from Madagascar, is officially extinct on the Red List. The Dodo is the undoubted ‘celebrity’ among extinct species with its depiction in books, cartoons and the well-used expression ‘Dead as a Dodo’. Less well known about the Dodo is that it heads up a group of single …

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Feb 17 2012

Climate Change Threatens Tropical Birds: Global Warming, Extreme Weather Aggravate Habitat Loss, Review Finds

Boat-billed Flycatcher

Climate change spells trouble for many tropical birds — especially those living in mountains, coastal forests and relatively small areas — and the damage will be compounded by other threats like habitat loss, disease and competition among species. That is among the conclusions of a review of nearly 200 scientific studies relevant to the topic. …

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Feb 17 2012

Chickadee, Nutchatch Presence In Conifers Increases Tree Growth, Says Study

Yellow Warbler

Chickadees, nuthatches and warblers foraging their way through forests have been shown to spur the growth of pine trees in the West by as much as one-third, according to a new University of Colorado at Boulder study. The study showed birds removed various species of beetles, caterpillars, ants and aphids from tree branches, increasing the …

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