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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…)

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.
Website: http://www.wildlifedepartment.com
Telephone: (405) 496-0350

 
This program receives federal assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and sex (gender), pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. To request an accommodation or informational material in an alternative format, please contact the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation by calling (405) 521-3855. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or service, please contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Attention: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Access, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203.
 

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.
Website: http://www.wildlifedepartment.com
Telephone: (405) 521-4632

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.

ARTICLES
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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.

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…)

*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.
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Wilson Journal of Ornithology: table of contents for vol. 126, #2 9 July 2014

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The Wilson Journal of Ornithology
(formerly The Wilson Bulletin)
15594491-126.2.cover
Journal of the Wilson Ornithological Society

Volume 126, Number 2 CONTENTS
June 2014

Major Articles
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The avian biogeography of an Amazonian headwater: the Upper Ucayali River, Peru
Michael G. Harvey, Glenn F. Seeholzer, Daniel Cáceres A., Benjamin M. Winger, Jose G. Tello, Flor Hernández Camacho, Miguel A. Aponte Justiniano, Caroline V. Duffie, Sheila Figueroa Ramiírez, Ryan S. Terrill, Clare E. Brown, Luis Alberto Alza León, Gustavo Bravo, Mariela Combe, Omar Custodio, Alessandra Quiñones Zumaeta, Abraham Urbay Tello, Willy Antonio Garcia Bravo, Aaron Z. Savit, Frans Willy Pezo Ruiz, William M. Mauck III, and Olivier Barden

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150 years of changes in bird life in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1860 to 2012
Michael W. Strohbach, Andrew Hrycyna, and Paige S. Warren

207

The historical distribution of Gunnison Sage-Grouse in Colorado
Clait E. Braun, Sara J. Oyler-McCance, Jennifer A. Nehring, Michelle L. Commons, Jessica R. Young, and Kim M. Potter

218

Phylogeography of the Gambel’s Quail (Callipepla gambelii) of western North America
Damon Williford, Randy W. Deyoung, Rodney L. Honeycutt, Leonard A. Brennan, Fidel Hernández, James R. Heffelfinger, and Louis A. Harveson

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Range expansion and the breakdown of Bergmann’s Rule in Red-bellied Woodpeckers (Melanerpes carolinus)
Jeremy J. Kirchman and Kathryn J. Schneider

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OSNA news update – July 2014 8 July 2014

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Here’s the latest from the Ornithological Societies of North America:

A NEW ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
MARK C. PENROSE, has been appointed to The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications, by the joint publication office of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Cooper Ornithological Society (the Central Ornithology Publication Office–COPO). Mark will support the authors, editors and reviewers in the publication of articles in The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

AOU-COS-SCO 2014 DEADLINE APPROACHES
Only one week remains to take advantage of the lowest available registration rates for the AOU-COS-SCO 2014 Annual Meeting to be held in Estes Park Colorado, September 23-27, at the YMCA of the Rockies. Early Bird meeting registration rates expire on Tuesday, July 15. Save money, and don’t miss out on the meeting’s plenaries, sessions, symposia, workshops, and various events by registering today!

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To access online meeting registration, simply go to the website: http://www.birdmeetings.org/aoucossco2014 and follow the links for registration. We recommend making your reservations early for your stay at the YMCA of the Rockies by visiting: https://www.ygroupres.org/AOU/.
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Dual purpose kiosk/swift housing 7 July 2014

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The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has installed its latest information kiosk, and it comes with a cool option: a central tube designed to provide nesting opportunities for Chimney Swifts.

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Dominic Sherony photo

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Why is this important? Check it out:

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Though still common, Chimney Swifts have been experiencing steady declines in our state for decades.  Our landscapes tend to lack the giant dead trees that these birds nested in originally, and increasingly our urban landscapes lack the open chimneys that the birds took to so readily following European settlement of North America.

 

July 7, 2014

A Service of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Information Kiosk Added to Great Plains Trail

Chimney swift towers are going up across western Oklahoma as the Oklahoma Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance (OWPHA) and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) partner to promote the wildlife watching and outdoor recreation opportunities found along the Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma.

A Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma kiosk was recently installed at Red Rock Canyon State Park. Photo provided by Sharon Bennett.

A series of 13 road-based driving loops, the Great Plains Trail showcases the unexpected landscapes and unique wildlife found in western Oklahoma. Over 100 public and privately owned destinations are featured on the loops, including 11 Oklahoma state parks and 16 areas managed by the Wildlife Department.

The most recent kiosk installation at Red Rock Canyon State Park near Hinton marks the fourth of 14 planned kiosks. The park is on the Caddo Canyon driving loop. Melynda Hickman, a Wildlife Department biologist, said, “The construction process for each tower begins when students with the Treasure Lake Job Corps, a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, cut and pre-assemble some parts of the kiosk.” Final construction is completed over a two-day period at the predetermined installation site.

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Ecology and Society Vol. 19, #2 3 July 2014

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Table of contents for the latest issue of the always-fascinating Ecology and Society:
New Issue Announcement

Volume 19, Issue 2| June 2014

Editors-in-Chief Carl Folke and Lance Gunderson are pleased to announce the publication of Volume 19, Issue 2 of Ecology and Society. This issue sees the closure of four special features: 1) Bridging Conservation and Development in Latin America and Africa: Changing Contexts, Changing Strategies edited by Claudia Romero and Lisa Seales, 2) Vulnerability and Adaptation to Oil Spills edited by So-Min Cheong, 3) Exploring Opportunities for Advancing Collaborative Adaptive Management (CAM): Integrating Experience and Practice edited by Jim Berkley and David Galat, and 4) Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Cultural Landscapes: Analysis and Management Options edited by Tobias Plieninger, Claudia Bieling, Christian Schleyer, and Dan van der Horst. We are also pleased to publish the first manuscripts in the following special features: 1) Urban Water Governance edited by Lennart Olsson and Brian Head, 2) Rebuilding Fisheries and Threatened Communities: the Social-Ecology of a Particularly Wicked Problem edited by Barbara Neis and Rosemary Ommer, 3) REDD+ national policy networks: information flows, influence and coalitions for change edited by Maria Brockhaus, Monica Di Gregorio, and Rachel Carmenta, 4) Exploring Feedbacks in Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS) edited by Jianguo Liu, Vanessa Hull, and Mao-Ning Tuanmu, 5) Multicriteria Assessment of Food System Sustainability edited by Hugo Alrøe, Henrik Moller, Jeppe Læssøe, and Egon Noe, and 6) Coupled Human-Coastal Ecosystems: Building Resilience Through Teaching and Research Partnerships edited by Anne Salomon and Ken Lertzman.

To read the full text of the articles in these features, or to access all other articles published in this issue, please see the table of contents below or online.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: Volume 19, Issue 2

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Guest Editorial

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Introduction to exploring opportunities for advancing collaborative adaptive management (CAM): integrating experience and practice
David L. Galat and Jim Berkley
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Sustaining ecosystem services in cultural landscapes
Tobias Plieninger, Dan van der Horst, Christian Schleyer, and Claudia Bieling
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New species of Sengi (Elephant Shrew) from Namibia 2 July 2014

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Focusing on Wildlife is reporting today on the naming of a new species of sengi from Namibia: the Etendeka Round-eared Sengi.  It’s an unlikely-looking creature in a group of unlikely-looking creatures.  For this and other great stories and photos, check out Focusing on Wildlife.

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