Tag Archives: biodiversity

You Share the Planet With #2: Glistening-green Tanager


It’s taken me one year for the 2nd installment of this series on species of birds new to me, and perhaps to you too. I want to resist the temptation to only present the most colorful species when I do … Continue reading

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Wildlife of the real Gilligan’s Island(s)


Please don’t ask how I come up with these things because I can’t explain it, but I found myself wondering if anyone had ever eBirded Gilligan’s Island? Rabbit hole: entered. Quick history: Gilligan’s Island was a goofy comedy brainchild of … Continue reading

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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

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You Share the Planet With #1: The Malay Peacock-pheasant


If you’re like most people – I mean literally most, as in >99% of the people who have ever lived – then this one you will file under TIL (today I learned). My Ornithology students are currently exploring the diversity … Continue reading

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HBW Alive – newsletter #45


I’m always excited when I see the notice in my inbox of a new newsletter from Handbook of the Birds of the World. Here’s the first thing that caught my eye in this one: Okay. First, I am going to … Continue reading

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July 2017 iNaturalist Vermont Photo-Observation of the Month — Vermont Center for Ecostudies


Has a Painted Lady ever looked more ravishing?  If you haven’t discovered iNaturalist, it’s time. Painted Lady nectaring on coneflower. /© Bryan Pfeiffer Congratulations to Bryan Pfeiffer for winning the July 2017 iNaturalist Vermont photo-observation of the month contest. His … Continue reading

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eBird News – September 2016 newsletter


In this issue: eBird Profile Pages are here! 2016 eBird Taxonomy update Your historic eBird sightings make a difference Free trial of the newly updated Birds of North America Get early access to new features in eBird as an eBird Partner … Continue reading

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Birding Community E-Bulletin, Sep. 2016


A vagrant Jabiru, questions of how much someone should pay for poaching an endangered Whooping Crane, and a new National Monument in Maine dominate the headlines of this month’s Birding Community E-Bulletin:   The Birding Community E-bulletin is distributed to … Continue reading

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Oh, are birds migrating yet?


That’s a question I sometimes hear once the leaves start changing.  Migration never really stops, though.  There’s always something on the move, it’s just that we notice more when it’s a mass movement, especially of big noisy things like flocks … Continue reading

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BirdWatch Ireland eWings newsletter, August 2016


BIRDWATCH IRELAND eWINGS Welcome to the August 2016 issue of eWings, BirdWatch Ireland’s email newsletter. BirdWatch Ireland would be nothing without the support of its members. As Ireland’s largest conservation charity, we have a special responsibility to ensure that the … Continue reading

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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

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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

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2016 State of the Birds


It ain’t much better than the last one.  Check out the press release for the 2016 State of the Birds Report to see the gains and losses in conservation, and consider options for the future. (Complete and well-organized overview here.) … Continue reading

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Birding Community E-Bulletin, April 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 … Continue reading

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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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Birding Community E-Bulletin: March 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

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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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HBW Alive Newsletter – Dec. 2015


Check out so many wonderful things in the HBW Alive Newsletter #18 for December, 2015!  Just a taste: An observational and experimental study suggests that the animal dung pavement in nests of the Black Lark (Melanocorypha yeltoniensis) may reduce the … Continue reading

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2015 Natural Areas Conference


This week, I’ll be speaking at the 2015 Natural Areas Conference in Little Rock, AR.  I’m looking forward to interacting with some boots-on-the-ground conservationists, but first I’ve got about 99 things to do before I leave town!

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Environment for the Americas – Sep. 2015 Newesletter


Planning for International Migratory Bird Day 2016 is underway.  Think about events that you could hold to celebrate our migratory birds.  Next year will mark 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act – that’s a century of multiple countries … Continue reading

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