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Entries Tagged as 'Conservation research'

We knew crows were smart, but this is incredible

February 6th, 2014 · Comments Off · Bird videos, Birding, Conservation research, Video

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Ravens taking advantage of power lines

January 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Bird Habitat, Conservation research

According to a new study, Ravens numbers are up across the west, partially due to the birds’ ability to take advantage of power lines and power poles to get an advantage. Turns out the birds have learned to nest on the poles, which give them an inroad to more remote parts of the state, and […]

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Woodpeckers may hold the key to protecting humans from head injury

December 1st, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Birding, Conservation research

Interesting video out of USC about how researchers are studying woodpeckers to learn more about how to protect football players from serious head injury. Share on Facebook

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The Wandering Tattler

May 6th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Birding, Conservation research, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

With a name that sounds like something out of the original Batman TV series, the Wandering Tattler might be something of a disappointment for those that happen upon this unspectacular looking shorebird. But, alas, this bird has intrigued researchers for decades. Wintering along the west coasts of Northern America, Central America, and South America — […]

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What do the birders know?

April 21st, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, Climate Change, Conservation research, National Audubon Society, spring migration

Interesting thinky opinion piece in today’s New York Times about the mesmerizing habit of birdwatching, and what truths are revealed when one taps into the rhythm of avifauna: We can’t escape trying to see the future through birds. Too many canaries were deployed to detect gas leaks in coal mines, too many ravens launched from […]

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Hummingbirds @ Home is awesome

April 11th, 2013 · Comments Off · Birding, Conservation research, National Audubon Society

Audubon is going big on hummingbirds this spring, and we want you to get involved. Download our free Hummingbirds @ Home app and start looking for the birds where you live. You can also record sightings directly through the website. You’ll have a great time, and help the birds at the same time. (photo by […]

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The father of the flyways

April 8th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Conservation research, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve undoubtedly heard us talk about flyways, these massive migratory superhighways upon which birds travel from South America to Alaska. This blog tends to focus on the Pacific Flyway. The concept of flyways are key not only to our understanding of migration, but to how Audubon as […]

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Meet legendary raptor field expert Pete Bloom at Debs Park, Feb. 13.

February 8th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon California, Audubon Center at Debs Park, Audubon Chapters, Bird L.A., Birding, Conservation research

Decades ago, Pete Bloom helped capture the last wild California Condor for captive breeding — and thus helped save this marvelous species from extinction. He went on to become of our country’s best raptor field experts. You can meet Bloom at Los Angeles Audubon’s monthly program at the Audubon Center at Debs Park. He’ll be […]

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Birds aren’t the only ones who flock

February 4th, 2013 · Comments Off · Bird conservation, Birding, Conservation research

Interesting read in Wired Science about how birds aren’t the only ones that pull together into large groups for safety and other reasons. (photo by Rich Hansen)   Share on Facebook

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New study shows cats may kill as many as 2.4 billion birds a year in U.S.

January 30th, 2013 · Comments Off · Conservation research

Wow, this one’s hard to ignore. A new study conducted by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service has greatly increased the estimated numbers of birds and other wildlife killed by domestic and feral cats each year in the U.S. The numbers are staggering. From the New York Times: In a report that scaled up local […]

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Tracking the mysterious migration of the Snow Bunting.

January 17th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Conservation research, Pacific Flyway

Interesting article about how researchers are learning to track the Snow Bunting. (photo by USFWS) Share on Facebook

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#AudubonCBC has begun

December 18th, 2012 · Comments Off · Birding, Conservation research, Uncategorized

The 2012 Audubon Christmas Bird Count has officially begun! We cannot contain our excitement about this year’s activities. In addition to our usual coverage, we have Nature Ali as a special CBC correspondent. Ali will be attempting to attend an almost record-breaking number of California counts and sharing every moment with us here on the […]

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Birds are built to survive big storms

November 13th, 2012 · Comments Off · Conservation research, National Audubon Society

One of the big questions coming out of Hurricane Sandy was “What happens to the birds?” Well, certainly, big storms like Sandy take their toll on wild bird populations, but an amazing number emerge unscathed from big weather. A story in today’s New York Times analyzes how this is possible, and draws the conclusion that […]

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Record sightings of Broad-wing Hawks in Marin

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off · Bird Habitat, Birding, Conservation research, fall migration

Caught an interesting post on the listservs from Allen Fish, director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in the Marin Headlands. Hawk-counters at the GGRO yesterday apparently recorded 295 sightings of Broad-winged Hawks from Hawk Hill during a 4-hour count period. This is a higher one-day Broad-wing count by a factor of five than has ever […]

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Another reason to thank the birds

June 11th, 2012 · Comments Off · Conservation research

Interesting new science seems to have answered the question as to why insects stopped growing in size over the course of evolution. While limited amounts of oxygen in the atmosphere was part of the reason, the other reason was that birds and bats proved adept at knocking out the larger bugs. Thus, we never got […]

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