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Yes, we know that “the climate has always changed”…
… but that’s not the point. Here’s what that point really is. The concentration of global, atmospheric CO2 today exceeds 400 ppm. The last time that happened on Earth was something like 2–5 million years ago, in the Pliocene Epoch … Continue reading
Posted in academics, deforestation, editorial, Endangered Species Act, environment, evolution, history, IUCN, overpopulation, skepticism and science, weather Tagged #climate justice, #climate proxy, #ClimateAlwaysChanges, #coastal, #famine, #greenhouse gases, #Homo habilis, #human migration, #IPCC, #land cover, #land use, #Pliocene, #ppm, #refugee, #sea level, climate, CO2, environment, nature, NOAA, population, science, sustainability Leave a comment
The state of global biodiversity — it’s worse than you probably think — ConservationBytes.com
Sobering synopsis here by CJA Bradshaw. For those of us who study natural history, such information confronts us every day. It can be easy to forget that we are a tiny minority of the billions of humans on this planet … Continue reading
Posted in bat conservation, birds/nature, deforestation, editorial, Endangered Species Act, environment, evolution, history, IUCN, nature deficit disorder, No Child Left Inside, overpopulation, paleontology, population estimates, population monitoring, skepticism and science, wildlife Tagged Anthropocene, biodiversity, Conservation Bytes, Diaz et al. 2019, environment, extinction, nature, population, science, Sixth Mass Extinction Leave a comment
HBW Alive #42 – December 2017
The latest newsletter update from the Handbook of the Birds of the World is out, and it took me about 10 seconds to open the file and learn something new. In this case, the first thing I learned was that … Continue reading
Posted in animal behavior, bird evolution, birding, birds/nature, deforestation, Endangered Species Act, environment, evolution, HBW Alive, IUCN, life, wildlife Tagged Grey-browed Wren, Handbook of the Birds of the World, HBW Alive, Herve' Jacob, New Guinea Highlands, Nick Athanas, Snow Mountain Tiger-parrot Leave a comment
Some perspective on peak abundance of Passenger Pigeon
You’ve heard the story before, and it’s sobering: Once perhaps the most abundant vertebrate on the planet, a combination of unremitting exploitation and habitat loss reduced the Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) from billions to none in a few short decades … Continue reading
Posted in bird evolution, birds/nature, deforestation, editorial, Endangered Species Act, environment, history, IUCN, life, Links, National Audubon Society, Partners in Flight, population estimates, population monitoring, skepticism and science, wildlife Tagged abundance, billions to none, conservation, environment, exploitation, extinction, habitat loss, nature, Partners in Flight, Passenger Pigeon, population, population estimates, science 1 Comment
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. One of the primary … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
2016 Partners in Flight Landbird Conservation Plan
The updated Landbird Conservation Plan from Partners in Flight has just been released. As with previous iterations, the emphasis is on applying objective criteria to determine those species in most need of conservation, delineating the habitats within ecoregions important for … Continue reading
Posted in birds/nature, deforestation, Endangered Species Act, environment, migrants, monarch butterfly, overpopulation, Partners in Flight, population estimates, population monitoring, skepticism and science, wildlife Tagged biodiversity, birding, conservation, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, eBird, ESA, Grassland Restoration Incentive Plan, GRIP, Landbird Conservation Plan, Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture, ornithology, Partners in Flight, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, USDA Farm Bill Leave a comment
Birding Community e-Bulletin, August 2016
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, … Continue reading
The Waterthrush Podcast #20: Little Martha
Today, 1 September 2014, is the centenary of the death of Martha, the very last Passenger Pigeon. In an op-ed published today by the New York Times, executive director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology John Fitzpatrick shares his thoughts … Continue reading
NABCI All-Bird Bulletin: Wetlands Conservation in Mexico
bulletinfall13 Newsletter of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.
Posted in birding, birds/nature, deforestation, Endangered Species Act, environment, life, Links, migrants, wildlife Tagged Mexico, NABCI, NAWCA Leave a comment
American Bird Conservancy: webinar on Northern Spotted Owl
To: All Conservation Organizations and Scientific Societies From: Steve Holmer Date: May 24, 2012 Fly-in June 18-20 to Conserve Northern Spotted Owl Habitat Conservationists from California, Oregon and Washington State are invited to Washington, D.C. June 18-20 to meet with … Continue reading
West Virginia Smiles revisited
‘Twas way back in 2006 that I posted chord progression and lyrics to my song West Virginia Smiles. Way back then, I promised to figure out how to post mp3s, and it looks like I can finally make good on … Continue reading
How they do it in Colombia – bird conservation and kids
International Migratory Bird Day Celebrations: Just look at those angelic faces, turning out to celebrate their unique place in the world as a home to migratory birds! Here’s a description of International Migratory Bird Day from the link above, but … Continue reading
The Wildlifer – Issue 369
Follow this link to Issue 369 of The Wildlifer, the e-newsletter of The Wildlife Society. There’s an especially important article there from Executive Director Michael Hutchins on “PUBLIC DENIAL OF SCIENCE AND THE ROLE OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES.”
Pro-Aves: Nov. 2010 update on Colombian Conservation
E-newsletter accessed here.
Simple pleasures, important pleasures: birding
It’s a singular irony that many folks who have pursued careers as professional ornithologists seldom have time to just go birding. Blue-winged Teal at Teal Ridge Wetland in Stillwater, OK. That’s why I try to steal a couple of hours … Continue reading
ProAves update #81 on Colombian Conservation
Follow link here.
NABCI All-Bird Bulletin
Latest bulletin downloads as a pdf from here.
NABCI meeting notes – August 2010
Follow this link for the latest update from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.