Birds and Climate in Space and Time: Separating Spatial and Temporal Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife

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Conditional occupancy explained – and well!

Occupancy surveys are widely used in ecology to study wildlife and plant habitat use. To account for imperfect detection probability many researchers use occupancy models. But occupancy probability estimates for rare species tend to be biased because we’re unlikely to observe the animals at all and as a result, the data aren’t very informative. In […]

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Latest journal rankings from Conservation Bytes

Last year we wrote a bibliometric paper describing a new way to rank journals, which I contend is a fairer representation of relative citation-based rankings by combining existing ones (e.g., ISI, Google Scholar and Scopus) into a composite rank. So, here are the 2016 ranks for (i) 93 ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary journals, and a subset of (ii) 46 ecology […]

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The Prairie Naturalist

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Handbook of the Birds of the World – newsletter #37

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So much exciting new material in the latest update from HBW Alive!  Here’s a teaser:

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Nº37, July 2017
Analytics: the new powerful tool with all your stats, graphs and maps!
My Birding started out by offering a bird sighting recording system that combines automatic taxonomic updating, access to illustrations and distribution maps for all the world’s birds and direct links to all the information and materials available in HBW Alive. But we also wanted My Birding to be your best aide for planning your trips and analyzing your birding data.

To make this trip-planning tool more powerful, just a few months ago we created a series of Maps, each with its own statistics. Now we are happy to unveil a new, global Analytics page with all your statistics and maps in one place.

The Global stats option takes you to the main statistics page, which presents all of the data related to the number of species, your first sightings, endemics and your targets for each territory. Information is also given related to your photos, videos and sound recordings of species of each territory. You can easily customize the data that interests you, and put it in order following any of the columns in the chart.

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New Split Species from the Illustrated Checklist Updated
As explained in our April Newsletter, we have been focusing our efforts on updating the passerine splits derived from Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist, both the original “mother” species and the resulting “daughter” species.

Over the last month, we completed the “new species” (resulting from splits) of the family Campephagidae (Cuckooshrikes) and we started on Meliphagidae (Honeyeaters). We also continue adding multimedia links to the completed “new species”, with Grallariidae (Antpittas), Rhinocryptidae (Tapaculos), Furnariidae (Ovenbirds) and Cotingidae (Cotingas) finished and Tityridae (Tityras and allies) under way.

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The first volumes of the Handbook of the Birds of the World series did not include the Voice section; it first appeared in the family Cuculidae (Cuckoos) in Volume 4.

We are very happy to announce that over the last month we finished the updating process of the Voice section for all the non-passerine species accounts, specifically with the completion of the last species of Alcidae (Auks), Strigopidae (New Zealand Parrots) and Psittacidae (Parrots) that where missing.

With this accomplishment, now ALL of the species accounts of HBW Alive have the Voice section completed, with the temporary exception of the “new species” of Passeriformes, resulting from splits derived from Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist, which we are working on now.

Here are four examples to peruse:

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Responding to reviewers, by

Just like there are many styles to writing scientific manuscripts, there are also many ways to respond to a set of criticisms and suggestions from reviewers. Likewise, many people and organisations have compiled lists of what to do, and what not to do, in a response to reviews of your manuscript (just type ‘response to […]

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Why can’t humans affect the climate?

If you have insights on this please help me understand. 

As noted this week, discussions of anthropogenic climate change have peaked since President Trump’s decision to renege on US commitments to the Paris Climate Accord.
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Google trend on interest in “climate change”.

One of the primary reasons for denialism of climate science is a pervasive notion among fundamentalist Christians that humans cannot change the climate; only God can do that. Can someone enlighten me on the source of that idea?
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Senator Snowball, your time is up.

Humans have caused a great many species extinctions. Humans have developed all but about 1% of the tallgrass prairie. Humans have dammed rivers to make giant lakes; we’ve made new land with sediment dredged from river bottoms and coastal waterways; we’ve blown the tops off mountains to access coal seams within. Humans have cut a canal between two continents to link oceans. Humans have affected the atmosphere in any number of ways, e.g., thinned the ozone layer, filled the air with so much soot that people die from asthma attacks, completely altered the pH of northern lakes through acid precipitation . . .

What’s so special about climate that we can affect all of these other things but somehow only God can monkey with climate?

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