Category Archives: evolution

Handbook of the Birds of the World – newsletter #37


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

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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.   One of the primary … Continue reading

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Elm Sawfly – something I learned today


Last night I found this really cool caterpillar in the woods: Cool, right?  So I did some research to try to identify it.  Nothing.  That caterpillar showed up nowhere in online guides to caterpillar identification. ‘Cause it’s not a caterpillar. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 via Laser flourescence of the feathered dinosaur Anchiornis provides a picture of its life appearance in stunning detail — Like For Real Dough

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HBW Alive Newsletter #21 – March 2016


The latest newsletter of the Handbook of the Birds of the World has been released and it, as usual, is chock full of fascinating discoveries*, insightful synthesis, and stunning multi-media features. *For example, I just learned that a flightless owl … Continue reading

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Waterthrush Podcast #24: FOY Season


There’s a new episode of The Waterthrush Podcast available.  Check it out to learn about 4 big ideas to advance science, the biggest big year ever, and what this FOY stuff is all about.

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Birding Community E-Bulletin, January 2016


Welcome to the first Birding Community E-Bulletin for 2016!  There’s a lot going on, so read on and enjoy. The Birding Community E-bulletin is distributed to active and concerned birders, those dedicated to the joys of birding and the protection … Continue reading

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American Bird Conservancy update: Araripe Manakin Reserve


First-ever Reserves Established to Protect Brazil’s Araripe Manakin The first-ever bird reserves have been created for the critically endangered Araripe Manakin, a six-inch bird only discovered in 1996 that numbers fewer than 800 individuals and survives in the smallest of … Continue reading

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Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Vol. 126, #4


The Wilson Journal of Ornithology (formerly The Wilson Bulletin) Volume 126, Number 4 CONTENTS December 2014 Major Articles 623 Long-term dynamics of bird use of clearcuts in post-fledging period Paul A. Porneluzi, Rafael Brito-Aguilar, Richard L. Clawson, and John Faaborg … Continue reading

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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

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After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly


Thanks to K. P. McFarland for this important post from 26 Aug. 2014.  I have been following this story for years, but even I was surprised to learn that things had gotten so grave so quickly.  

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


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. Did you look? Okay good. … Continue reading

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Wilson Journal of Ornithology: table of contents for vol. 126, #2


The Wilson Journal of Ornithology (formerly The Wilson Bulletin) Journal of the Wilson Ornithological Society Volume 126, Number 2 CONTENTS June 2014 Major Articles 179 The avian biogeography of an Amazonian headwater: the Upper Ucayali River, Peru Michael G. Harvey, … Continue reading

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Puffin Cams and other delights from the National Audubon Society


The latest Audubon newsletter features Green Heron nestlings, live feeds of nesting puffins on Seal Island, ME, and lots of other cool stuff.  Check it out!   Atlantic Puffin burrow-cam!  (The Common Tern soundtrack sure brings back memories.) Here’s the … Continue reading

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The “rim-laying” Black Robins of the Chatham Islands


The islands of New Zealand are, like those throughout much of the Pacific, a hotbed of ornithological endemism.  Thousands – and millions – of years in isolation from mammalian predators led to the evolution of vast numbers of species poorly … Continue reading

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Spoonbill Sandpipers displays tenacity amid adversity


Wild species, even ridiculously cute wild species, can be remarkably tough.  Witness the wanderings of the adult male Spoon-billed Sandpiper in the latest Cornell Lab of Ornithology e-News.

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Audubon’s Online Guide to North American Birds


The National  Audubon Society has published a new Online Guide to North American Birds, and it’s worth a look.   At a glance, the guide contains similar content to what birders expect in field guides:  images (photographs) of birds, descriptions … Continue reading

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Wickedly cute and disturbing: Gray Mouse Lemur


As this photo from David Haring clearly illustrates, the Gray Mouse Lemur is a legitimate contender for World’s Cutest Creature: I challenge anime artists to make a mouse lemur-inspired character that’s cuter than the real thing.  You can’t.  FACT. Yet, … Continue reading

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