Category Archives: life

New insights into avian vision


Fly like a bird.  Eat like a bird.  Sing like a bird.  These common expressions belie the human penchant for comparing our abilities to those of birds.  It’s envy mostly: we just don’t stack up that well against our feathered … Continue reading

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A fairer way to rank conservation and ecology journals in 2014


Originally posted on ConservationBytes.com:
Normally I just report the Thomson-Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge Impact Factors for conservation-orientated journals each year, with some commentary on the rankings of other journals that also publish conservation-related material from time to time…

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Global Biodiversity and our Ecological Footprint


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
A new report by the Zoological Society of London (summarized here) confirms what natural history advocates have long suspected: we’re losing species, globally and rapidly. This new report doesn’t focus so much on extinctions,…

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Earth Overshoot Day – August 13 2015


Imagine an accounting system for the resources of the earth.  The earth provides us with the natural resources needed to sustain life and industry, but our use (or waste) of those resources can also reduce the capacity of the earth … Continue reading

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James Borrell on the 10 Essential Skills for Modern Conservationists


Conservationist James Borrell almost always posts thought-provoking ideas.  In this case, I found strong personal agreement with every one of these ten: James Borrell: 10 Essential Skills for Modern Conservationists – Posted on: Apr 1 2015 Posted in: Resources 10 … Continue reading

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Landscaping for birds? Here’s what I do.


Originally posted on The Waterthrush Blog:
A colleague recently asked me for advice on an educational program about landscaping for birds in suburban backyards. While I have some opinions on that, and of course I’m going to share them, there…

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Birding Community E-Bulletin – August 2015


RARITY FOCUS The Little Egret is an Eastern Hemisphere species, ranging from western Europe, Africa, and southern Asia and Japan south to Australia. This species was first seen in North America in Newfoundland in the spring of 1954,

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