Bird Feathers #6

by John Briggs on September 14, 2008

in Bird Feathers, Blog

The sixth in a series of occassional rundowns of what’s happening in the world of birds, birding and bird blogging.

Birding News

Alaska bird population has unique strategies | The strategies birds employ to survive Alaska’s upcoming season of darkness and cold, talking about the flighty birds that split, and the hardy few that stay.

Brain Birds: Amazing Crows and Ravens | No matter where you live, they’re your neighbors. You might want to watch them — carefully.

Building faux habitat to lure the cactus wren | Scientists have planted 15 green contraptions throughout Orange County’s Irvine Ranch Conservancy to entice a declining population of the birds.

PHOTO IN THE NEWS: New Bird Species Found in Gabon | A fiery throated bird spotted in the jungles of Gabon several years ago is a new African forest robin species, DNA studies prove.

Researchers study shrimp to learn more about shorebirds | Researchers from Mount Allison University have been making trips out to the Bay of Fundy mudflats to gather mud shrimp. It’s part of a project to study the eating habits of shorebirds and to find out if those habits are different between day and night.

Offshore oil rigs provide welcome stopovers for migrating birds | The Gulf of Mexico is important to migratory birds, too. Somewhere around a billion birds travel to their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central and South America every fall, and return to North America in spring.

Birding Blogs

About BirdPost | John Beetham of A DC Birding Blog gives his take on a new web service called BirdPost.

The BirdwatchRadio Podcast #9 | On this program, they observe the thirtieth anniversary of BirdWatcher’s Digest with editor Bill Thompson III.

A Quest | Jeff Wells, a senior scientist for the Boreal Songbird Initiative, has a post about a new show opening Wednesday evening, September 17, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at the Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland, Maine. The show features artist Susan Beebe.

 

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