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500 Million Records – eBird! 25 August 2014

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Among several other cool announcements in the latest eBird News newsletter is this piece:  eBird has now surpassed 500 million records in its database.

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Ornithological Newsletter – August 2014 17 August 2014

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ORNITHOLOGICAL NEWSLETTER

LATE-BREAKING NEWS (NOT INCLUDED IN THE NEWSLETTER)
WORKSHOP FOR STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS AT AOU/COS/SCO MEETING

A lunchtime workshop “From Thesis Chapter to Published Article” is being given on Wednesday, September 24, by The Auk and The Condor Editors-in-Chief, at the AOU/COS/SCO 2014 Joint Meeting. Sign up through the meeting’s registration website to reserve a lunchtime space for this free workshop. Deadline for registration is 18 August. If you are unable to register on the meeting website, contact the COPO office (aoucospubs@gmail.com) by 18August.

As the editors-in-chief of the newly renamed society journals, Mark Hauber (Editor-in-chief of The Auk: Ornithological Advances) and Phil Stouffer (Editor-in-chief of The Condor: Ornithological Applications) are excited to lead this workshop/discussion forum and share their experiences and recommendations about the publication process. This workshop is aimed at young investigators (graduate students and postdocs), focusing on a successful strategy to prepare manuscripts for submission and working through the review/revision process. You need bring only your curiosity and questions.

AOU/COS/SCO 2014 AT ESTES PARK, COLORADO

The AOU-COS-SCO 2014 meeting is less than two months away, scheduled for September 23-27 at the YMCA of the Rockies. The housing deadline has been extended to 22 August by the YMCA. Complete details for guest rooms and meals are available online via https://www.birdmeetings.org/aoucossco2014/accommodations.asp .

Early mornings and evenings provide time to enjoy the natural environment offered at YMCA of the Rockies. The program agenda and schedule of all events are available online, http://www.birdmeetings.org/aoucossco2014/schedule.asp . (more…)

Cornell Lab eNews, Aug. 2014 14 August 2014

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Check out the Merlin birding app, the new mural in progress at the Lab, and much more.

Cornell Lab eNews, Aug. 2014

 

August 2014

Answer Five Quick Questions and Find Out Which Bird You Saw

Merlin Bird ID—available for iOS devices and just released for Android—is a revolutionary new app for identifying common birds of North America. What’s so revolutionary?
It asks you five simple questions about the bird you saw and then gives you a short list of the most likely possibilities
That short list is a smart list—Merlin uses data from our eBird project to tell you which birds are most likely to be seen near you, right now
It’s loaded with 2,000 top-quality photos and 1,000 songs and calls to help you confirm your ID
It’s completely free (more…)

ODWC moves prairie dogs from one Canton to another 14 August 2014

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August 14, 2014
A Service of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
 
PRAIRIE DOG TOWN ESTABLISHED ON WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

Rangers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers use a mixture of soap and pressurized water to flush black-tailed prairie dogs from a burrow near Canton Lake. Photo by Jena Donnell.
Biologists with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently partnered to reintroduce black-tailed prairie dogs to Canton Wildlife Management Area in northwestern Oklahoma. With this partnership, an ecologically important species has been re-established on a management area and prairie dog expansion in the developed area of Canton Lake has been curtailed.
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A total of 45 prairie dogs have been relocated from the southwestern side of Canton Lake near the Canadian Campground area to the management area; 22 were moved in 2013 and 23 in 2014. The colonial rodents have not only expanded into Canadian Campground, but also west of the campground where many mobile homes were demolished during the 2011 EF3 tornado. This area is set for redevelopment later this year. Black-tailed prairie dogs have only been removed from the recently expanded portion of the colony; the Corps will continue conservation efforts for the core colony.
 
To capture black-tailed prairie dogs, a mixture of soap and water is sprayed into the burrows and the prairie dogs are flushed to the surface. The soapy mixture prevents the burrows from flooding and drives the prairie dogs to the top of the burrow. When the rodents surface, they are captured, rinsed off and put in large wire cages filled with hay for transportation. The cages are later opened and staked over artificial burrows dug on the WMA. The prairie dogs will complete the burrow system on their own. This capture technique was developed in 1969 and has been used during several relocation efforts.  

Black-tailed prairie dogs are social rodents that live in colonies better known as towns. Photo by Kaitlin Taylor.
 
Prairie dogs are social, squirrel-like rodents, living in large colonies or “towns” as family groups. The smallest social unit consists of at least one male, several females and their young. But prairie dogs aren’t the only species of wildlife that use the towns. Multiple research projects conducted in Oklahoma’s black-tailed prairie dog towns have revealed seven species of amphibians, 10 species of reptiles, 56 species of birds and 18 other species of mammals use the burrow systems or graze on the short grass within the town.
 
Wildlife Department biologists hope the re-establishment of black-tailed prairie dogs on Canton Wildlife Management Area will increase the overall biodiversity on the management area and create habitat for a multitude of other species.

 
The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is the management of Oklahoma’s wildlife resources and habitat to provide scientific, educational, aesthetic, economic and recreational benefits for present and future generations of hunters, anglers and others who appreciate wildlife.
News Contacts: Jena Donnell or Micah Holmes.
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ProAves meets with indigenous community leaders to grow trees in Colombia 13 August 2014

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From Aleteo 123, check out how ProAVes has partnered with other groups to help indigenous people develop seedling nurseries for desired native trees in Colombia. collage_taller

Flight Calls #111: Birding July/August 2014 – sneak peak! 11 August 2014

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July/August 2014 Birding: Sneak Preview

The May/June issue is an interactive multi-media experience! With this issue of Birding, you can hear nuthatch calls, discuss bird ID online, and even fold your own Passenger Pigeon.

Click here for Birding Online, your one-stop guide to all the online content in this issue of Birding.

We’ve gone to press! You should be receiving the July/August Birding soon. But if you just can’t wait, a sneak peak of the cover is at left (a larger version here) and the table of contents is here.

We’re delighted that we were deluged this issue with ABA members’ milestones—highlighted by quite a number of photos. You can seen an advance e-version of “Milestones” right here.

We’re also pleased by coverage in this issue of an exciting new initiative for the ABA. See ABA President Jeffrey A. Gordon’s thoughts about the federal Duck Stamp—and how U.S. birders can support conservation and promote birding by buying a Duck Stamp through the ABA right here.

Several items of online content have already been available for a while. But in case you missed that announcement, here it is again. First off, book reviews. Click here for Gavin Bieber’s review of Birdfinding in British Columbia (by Russell Cannings and Richard Cannings, Greystone Books); click here for Graham Etherington’s review of Rare Birds of North America (Steve Howell and coauthors, Princeton University Press); and click here for Chelsea Biondolillo’s review of America’s Other Audubon (Joy M. Kiser, Princeton Architectural Press).

Also, the July/August “Featured Photo”—but not yet Tom Johnson’s answer and analysis—has been posted to The ABA Blog. Have a look at the image and feel free to add your voice to the discussion and speculation.

May/June 2014 Birding: Online content
The May/June issue is an interactive multi-media experience! With this issue of Birding, you can hear nuthatch calls, discuss bird ID online, and even fold your own Passenger Pigeon.

Click here for Birding Online, your one-stop guide to all the online content in this issue of Birding.

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ODWC Quail Symposium Aug. 23rd 11 August 2014

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QUAIL SYMPOSIUM, FUNDRAISING BANQUET SET FOR AUG. 23
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Landowners, conservationists and sportsmen will get the chance to hear the latest information about bobwhite quail as the Central Oklahoma 89er Chapter of Quail Forever presents an Oklahoma Quail Symposium on Aug. 23.
The daylong symposium will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and close at 2:30 p.m. It will be followed at 5:30 p.m. by the organization’s ninth annual fundraising banquet. All events will take place at the Crowne Plaza hotel, near Northwest Expressway at May Avenue in Oklahoma City.
Experts from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will join others from Oklahoma State University, the National Resource Conservation Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to speak on various topics during the symposium.
“It’s important to preserve our quail hunting traditions for future generations,” said Laura McIver, 89er Chapter president. “Attending our fundraiser banquet helps all of us to achieve our quail habitat conservation goals and restore our grand heritage for our kids and grandkids.”
Scheduled symposium topics include:
“Quail Mythology,” Robert Perez, Texas Parks and Wildlife.
“Grants and Monies Available for Better Habitat,” Mike Sams, NRCS.
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Identifying Native Grasses and Forbs,” Scott Cox, upland game senior biologist for the Wildlife Department.
“Feathers and Fire: Improving and Managing Quail Habitat with Prescribed Burning,” John Weir, OSU.
“How the Wildlife Department is Managing WMA Lands to Benefit Quail,” Scott Parry, biologist for the Wildlife Department.
“Coveys and Cattle: Using Land to Produce Both Beef and Bobwhites,” Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service wildlife specialist.
“Update on Quail Research,” Matt Carroll, OSU research assistant.
The dinner banquet will feature prizes, auctions and entertainment.
Each symposium ticket is $20, which includes lunch. Tickets for the dinner banquet are $60, which includes membership in Quail Forever. Tickets for a spouse or non-member dinner are $30. There is a special price of $70 for those wishing to attend both the symposium and the banquet. Banquet sponsorship opportunities are also available.
To register for either event, call (405) 415-5724 or go online to centralokquailforever.org or send e-mail to info@centralokquailforever.org.

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The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is the management of Oklahoma’s wildlife resources and habitat to provide scientific, educational, aesthetic, economic and recreational benefits for present and future generations of hunters, anglers and others who appreciate wildlife.
News Contacts: Don P. Brown or Micah Holmes.
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Birdwatch Ireland eWings, #58 11 August 2014

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BIRDWATCH IRELAND eWINGS

Welcome to the July 2014 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland’s email newsletter.

Do you fancy a relaxing break on a West Cork island and a chance to learn about bird migration, seabirds and lots more? The beautiful island of Cape Clear lies 8 miles off Baltimore and has long been recognised as a key site for observing bird migration and the passage of thousands of seabirds each autumn. BirdWatch Ireland’s Cape Clear Bird Observatory was founded in 1959 and has been in operation ever since. For the last fifteen years, Dick Coombes has been running birdwatching courses on Cape, centred around the observatory. These courses always prove popular and our next one, entitled “Songbirds to Seabirds” will be held from Monday 8th to Friday 12th September.

The course is designed to have something for everyone, catering for all levels of experience. Each day will feature indoor lectures and walks around the island in a relaxed but informative atmosphere. The main topics covered will be bird identification, seawatching, breeding seabirds, methods of tracking bird movements, migration and weather. This year, as the Bird Observatory is temporarily closed due to construction work at the harbour, the course will instead be held in the Youth Hostel on the shore of the scenic South Harbour. For more information or to make a booking, simply click here, or call us on 01-2819878.

To view the articles and news in full simply click on the link displayed at the bottom of each article summary.

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What are these odd orange-headed birds we’ve been seeing lately?

Over the past few weeks we’ve been receiving lots of phone calls and emails here at BirdWatch Ireland about strange birds with bright orange heads that have been visiting gardens. They tend to flock with Starlings and House Sparrows and can be quite numerous in some areas, though they can’t be found in any field guides. This is something that we at BirdWatch Ireland have become used to at this time of year, but this summer the number of reports we’ve had has been absolutely unprecedented. So, what’s going on? (Photo: unusual orange-headed bird by Brendan Fitzpatrick)

Read more about these unusual-looking birds and discover their true identity!

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The Nature Conservancy – Great Places Vol. 14, Issue 8 6 August 2014

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Stop what you’re doing and look at this photo. Look at it. This is not a creature that we can allow to fade into oblivion. It’s simply too cute for us to let that happen.
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Did you look? Okay good. You probably want to learn more about the Pygmy Rabbit now, and the struggles it faces in the sagebrush of the American West. You might also want to learn how The Nature Conservancy is working to help these little rabbits, and all the other associated native plants and animals of the sage. To do that, check out the August edition of Great Places, Vol. 14, Issue 8.

Birding Community E-Bulletin for August 2014 6 August 2014

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Thanks to Wayne Petersen and Paul Baicich for another Birding Community E-Bulletin.

Highlights include a rare hummingbird, a startling decline in American Woodcock, and a “fembot” grouse. Check it out!

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August 2014
The Birding Community E-bulletin is distributed to active and concerned birders, those dedicated to the joys of birding and the protection of birds and their habitats.

This issue is sponsored by the producers of superb quality birding binoculars and scopes, Carl Zeiss Sport Optics:

http://sportsoptics.zeiss.com/nature/en_us/home.html

You can access an archive of past E-bulletins on the website of the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA):

http://refugeassociation.org/news/birding-bulletin/

RARITY FOCUS

It’s another month, another rarity, and another hummingbird. Last month it was Berylline Hummingbird; this month it’s Plain-capped Starthroat.

This relatively large hummer is normally found in arid habitats, foothills, and riparian areas from southern Sonora, Mexico, to northwestern Costa Rica. When it appears in the U.S., mostly at hummingbird feeders, it is chiefly at locations at elevations between 4,000 and 5,000 feet.

It has been reported in southern Arizona well over two dozen times since the first verified record in 1969. Curiously, it has now occurred in southeastern Arizona almost annually – in summer or fall – for the last half dozen years. Most records are between mid-June and early September.
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Birds on the move in July: BirdCast 31 July 2014

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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has just released a summary of migration forecasting for July through BirdCast. Yes, it is cool. Here’s a taste:

Chipping Sparrows are showing up in the Southeast:
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That would seem to square with this radar image from 10:11 pm on July 29, lighting up with migrating birds across the Southeast and Gulf Coast:
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Shorebirds, like Baird’s Sparrow through the Great Plains, are really on the move, too:
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eBird News, July 2014 31 July 2014

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Check out the latest from Team eBird, including priority species for midsummer eBirding.

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Also, there’s this: Discounted BNA Online Subscription Rates for eBirders!
Just a reminder, that as an eBird participant, you are entitled to discounted subscription rates to the Birds of North America Online. To obtain the 25% or more discount on the long-term BNA Online subscription rates, simply insert the code eBird in the Promotion Field on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology E-Store cart page.

A new reserve in northern Colombia 22 July 2014

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Creation of Reserve Offers First Protection for Threatened Colombian Ecosystem
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(Bogotá, Colombia -. July 22 2014) ProAves, Rainforest Trust and Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) have announced the creation of the Chamicero de Perijá Nature Reserve, the first protected area in northern Colombia’s Serranía de Perijá mountain range.

ProAves has acquired 11 adjacent properties that form the 1,850-acre Chamicero de Perijá Nature Reserve. The reserve’s establishment is extremely timely, as 98 percent of the Serranía de Perijá’s rainforests have already been destroyed due to colonization and agricultural expansion. The reserve protects a pristine cloud forest environment that includes critical habitat for threatened wildlife.

“Without this reserve, the chances are high that within a few years nothing would be left of the spectacular forests that once covered Colombia’s Serranía de Perijá,” said Dr. Paul Salaman, CEO of Rainforest Trust.

Due to a history of difficulties conducting research in the area, the Serranía de Perijá remains one of the least-known natural environments in the Northern Andes. Field research by ProAves, however, has confirmed its importance as a stronghold for many endemic and rapidly declining species.

“ProAves has been working in the Serranía de Perijá for almost a decade in an effort to protect its last forested areas. Thanks to our alliance with Rainforest Trust and GWC, we’ve finally achieved a lasting victory for the region’s imperiled wildlife,” said Luis Felipe Barrera, Director of Conservation for ProAves.

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New research has established the presence of three endangered and endemic species,the Perijá Thistletail, Perijá Metaltail, and the Perijá Brush-finch. Several other bird species have also been discovered, including a new Brush-finch, Tapaculo, Screech-owl, and Spinetail.

“The new reserve is globally important, as it is recognized as anAlliance for Zero Extinction site. The incredible fauna and flora include many species found nowhere else in the world,” said Dr. Wes Sechrest, Chief Scientist and CEO of Global Wildlife Conservation.

The Chamicero de Perijá Nature Reserve will protect one of the best-preserved tracts of forest remaining in Colombia’s Serranía de Perijá. It also protects two watersheds that are vital for the city of Valledupar and several towns in the otherwise arid Cesar Department.

“This reserve is a win for everyone. Not only is it going to be a permanent lifeline for the region’s many endemic species that have nowhere else to go, but it is also a major victory for nearby cities and towns that will benefit for years from the water it provides,” said Dr. Salaman.

ProAves, Rainforest Trust, and GWC would like to extend thanks to all donors and partners that helped raise funds, especially the Our Children’s Earth Foundation and the Sangreal Foundation.

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Rainforest Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization focused on saving rainforest and endangered species in partnership with local conservation leaders and indigenous communities. Since its founding in 1988, Rainforest Trust has saved nearly 8 million acres of rainforests and other tropical habitats in 73 projects across 20 tropical countries.

Global Wildlife Conservation GWC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit conservation organization whose mission is to protect endangered species and habitats through science-based field action. GWC conserves the world’s most endangered species and their habitats through exploration, research, and conservation. By maximizing effectiveness through collaboration, GWC unites with the world’s leading conservation organizations, universities, zoological and botanical organizations, and museums.

ProAves is a Colombian NGO dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through research, outreach and direct conservation actions in collaboration with local communities.

Contacts

Fundación ProAves
Ivón Alzate, ialzate@proaves.org

RainforestTrust
Joe Lowe, joe@rainforesttrust.org

Global Wildlife Conservation
Ana Denman, adenman@globalwildlife.org

ABA Flight Calls #110 – Field Trip Opportunity to St. Paul 21 July 2014

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Rarity Hunting in St. Paul, Alaska!
September 28-October 5

We’re putting the finishing touches on one of the most exciting trips we have planned for 2014, and there’s just enough time for you to join us. We’re heading out to far-flung St. Paul Island from September 28-October 5, known far and wide as one of the finest spot for vagrants in the ABA Area. And we’d love for you to come along.
It’s jackpot birding with the ABA! You never know what you might find in western Alaska in the fall, but on St. Paul the odds are pretty good that it will be something spectacular. In recent years birders have come across Pine Bunting, Rufous-tailed Robin, Willow Warbler, and last year’s ABA Area first Common Redstart, one of more than two dozen ABA firsts to which St. Paul can lay claim.

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What will we find this year? Who knows, but it could mean this year’s trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss.

Join ABA Blog editor Nate Swick and a group of skilled local guides for a unique birding experience in the far reaches of North America.

For more information on this and other ABA events, see our comprehensive events website. We hope you’ll join us soon!

Get Your Limited Edition Bird of the Year T-shirt!
Rufous Hummingbirds are starting their slow journey south, making their presence known as they chase off all comers to hummingbird feeders across the west. It’s an appropriate time to, once again, bring the 2014 ABA Bird of the Year back front and center.

To that end, we’re really excited to offer a brand-new limited edition t-shirt, designed by Toronto-based graphic artists Paul Riss (an ABA member) and Rachel Riorden, both of PRBY Apparel, and featuring the 2014 Bird of the Year, Rufous Hummingbird.

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The shirt is distributed by the excellent custom printing service, Fed By Threads. A small amount of the proceeds go to the ABA and another portion is donated to local and national hunger relief groups. So not only will your purchase help some worthy organizations, but you’ll be getting a cool bird t-shirt besides.

Check it out! Spread the word! We’d love to see as many people as possible wearing the Rufous Hummingbird this fall!

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Cornell Lab eNews, July 2014 15 July 2014

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Latest Cornell Lab eNews newsletter!

Highlights include the Snowy Owl cam, “Birds Got Swing”, and much more.
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Ecology vol. 95, #7 – what do birds and mammals eat? 15 July 2014

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There are many great titles in the latest issue of Ecology. My favorite, however, was this one:

EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world’s birds and mammals

Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 2027-2027.
Abstract | PDF (55 KB)

This paper is simply an abstract describing a linked dataset to something really cool: a complete record of diets for every species of bird and mammal on Planet Earth. It’s a more complex question than you might realize. Many of our birds, for instance, switch diets throughout the year depending on food availability, what’s best to collect for their young, whether or not individuals are packing on fat for migration, etc. A one-stop shop for an objective accounting of avian diets is really quite a boon to a researcher’s ability to quickly and efficiently access life history information.

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These American Avocets are doing what Wilman et al. (2014) predict they’d be doing 80% of their foraging time: skimming the water for invertebrates.

Anyway, that one’s my favorite, but there are many other great titles. Check them out:

Ecology Issue Alert

Volume: 95, Number: 7 (July)
A new issue is now available online from the Ecological Society of America at: http://www.esajournals.org/toc/ecol/95/7?ai=rv&ui=1kjl&af=H

Ad: Don’t miss the exciting new research in Ecosphere!

Reports

Species-level and community-level responses to disturbance: a cross-community analysis

Sarah R. Supp and S. K. Morgan Ernest
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1717-1723.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (561 KB)

Grass invasion increases top-down pressure on an amphibian via structurally mediated effects on an intraguild predator

Jayna L. DeVore and John C. Maerz
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1724-1730.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1090 KB)

Morphological variability in tree root architecture indirectly affects coexistence among competitors in the understory

Erik T. Aschehoug and Ragan M. Callaway
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1731-1736.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (388 KB)

Articles

How the timing of weather events influences early development in a large mammal

D. K. Hendrichsen and N. J. C. Tyler
Ecology, Vol. 95, No. 7, July: 1737-1745.
Abstract | Full Text | PDF (1537 KB)
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ESA Bulletin – 14 July 2014 14 July 2014

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THESE ARTICLES AND MORE ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE IN ESA BULLETIN 95, NO. 3, JULY 2014

Candidates for 2014 ESA Elections

Minutes of the November 2013 Governing Board Meeting

The Paper Trail

Rereading Polis: Viewing Our Multi-Colored World from Space Is an Ecological Starting Point by Elizabeth T. Borer

Buzz Holling and the Functional Response by Mark Denny

The Correlated Random Walk and the Rise of Movement Ecology by William F. Fagan

How to Become a Forest Ecologist In Only 40 Years by Lee E. Frelich

From Community Ecology Back to the Riddle of Mimicry by Peter Grant (more…)

Christianity is the McDonald’s of worldviews 13 July 2014

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I was reading this story about science and religion that included a link to this pie chart of world religious affiliation.
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The point of Adam Frank’s commentary is to highlight the need to address the “science vs religion” question specifically: which religion under consideration can have important implications for the direction of that conversation. Of course the mere recognition that there is an entirely different worldview presented in Buddhism or Hinduism – and that there are millions upon millions living those faith traditions every day – is precisely the mental kick-in-the-pants that so many raised in the Western traditions could really use. Still, I was surprised to see that Christianity occupied the biggest slice of that pie.

So I looked up some data on the number of franchises of fast food burger joints in the US and made my own pie chart. It confirmed my suspicion: Christianity is to worldview as McDonald’s is to hamburgers.

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*Oklahoma* Waterfowl Stamp competition open 11 July 2014

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July 10, 2014
A Service of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

STATE WATERFOWL STAMP DESIGN CONTEST SEEKS ENTRIES

The pintail duck has been selected as the subject for this year’s Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp design competition. Artists have until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29 to submit artwork for this prestigious contest that has been conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation since 1980.
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The winning artwork will serve as the design for the 2015-16 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp, which is purchased by waterfowl hunters in the state and collectors nationwide. The winning artist will receive a $1,200 purchase award courtesy of NatureWorks, a Tulsa-based conservation organization.
“This is really much more than an art contest,” said Micah Holmes, information supervisor for the Wildlife Department. (more…)

Michigan Merlin, No. 2 10 July 2014

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Check out the 2nd installment of the Michigan Merlin, the newsletter of the Michigan Young Birders’ Club.

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Michigan Merlin #2 pdf

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