Hummingbird rescue!


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I get a lot of weird calls from time to time. For some reason, I’m preceived as some kind of “A-Team” for whatever bird problem you might have. On those occasions when I invent advice that actually works, I’m thrilled!

Yesterday a fellow called me out of the blue because he had a hummingbird in his office. He was on the 4th floor of a modern building with a huge atrium, but he didn’t have a window (rats!) and he had no idea how the bird got in there.

My mind raced: How could I actually capture this little bird? If I put a net across the office door, there’d be a good possibility that the bird would zip through and take up permanent residence in the atrium. If I went after it in the office with some kind of butterfly net, the chance of injuring the bird would be…

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Gretchen Newberry – migration through the Prairie Potholes


I mentioned migrating cranes in a previous post, but for sheer numbers alone, nothing beats the migrating geese, ducks, and shorebirds that pass through the Prairie Pothole Region. Check out this video I took in March. I’ve been helping out Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge with their spring counts. Not only do they manage the […]

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Can we estimate populations from camera trap surveys?


Below is a press release about the Methods paper ‘Distance sampling with camera traps‘ taken from the Max Planck Society. Camera traps are a useful means for researchers to observe the behaviour of animal populations in the wild or to assess biodiversity levels of remote locations like the tropical rain forest. Researchers from the University of St […]

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Functional diversity assessment – traits!


Post provided by Samuel RP-J Ross Our newly-developed method simulates intraspecific trait variation when measuring biodiversity. This gives us an understanding of how individual variation affects ecosystem processes and functioning. We were able to show that accounting for within-species variation when measuring functional diversity can reveal details about ecological communities which would otherwise remain unseen. Namely, […]

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Anchiornis in living color


Laser flourescence of the feathered dinosaur Anchiornis provides a picture of its life appearance in stunning detail http://ift.tt/2lTPfzX

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Writing Manuscripts: The Alternative ‘Guide to Authors’


Post provided by EMMA SAYER “If the reviewer doesn’t get it, you haven’t explained it clearly enough!” This is one quote from my PhD supervisor that I haven’t forgotte…

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Why are ecological niches important?

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? An example of a niche model. ?Horseshoe Crab eggs require a convergence of environmental conditions in which to incubate (source: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.2307/1541193). ? Last week, I talked about the decline in aerial insectivores, which includes bats, nighthawks, swifts and swallows.…

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