Category Archives: Great Auk

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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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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Puffin Cam!


Yes, now you can watch puffins off the coast of Maine thanks to Audubon’s puffin cam!  Right now they’re sacrificing video quality at the expense of audio, but there appear to be plans to get the audio going sometime soon.

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Alaotra Grebe confirmed extinct


Against the backdrop of the seemingly endless flow of oil from the Gulf of Mexico, the IUCN has announced the likely extinction of the Alaotra Grebe, an endemic species from brackish lakes in Madagascar. Matt Walker’s BBC article implicates widespread … Continue reading

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UConn’s egg collection


A friend sent me a link to this story that appeared on NPR’s Living on Earth. Fascinating stuff! Reporting courtesy of Laurie Sanders. The article can be found in the archives for April 9, 2010. Bird Eggs Unhatched YOUNG: When … Continue reading

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Frozen mice cloned!


They said it couldn’t be done – some said it shouldn’t be done – but Japanese scientists have successfully cloned mice that had been frozen for 16 years at -20 degrees C. Teruhiko Wakayama, lead scientist on the project with … Continue reading

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