Monday, June 27, 2016

how citizens - and birders - can use the 2016 State of the Birds report, and take action




Many people think bird conservation actions are beyond their ability - that those actions can only be taken by agencies, non-governmental organizations, or other large entities. But here is a list of actions any individual can take: http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2016/resources/change/#citizens

Businesses can also play a role:  http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2016/resources/change/#business

With one-third of our birds needing conservation action, we need everyone to get involved on some level. Learn about what you can do to help protect our birds!

Monday, June 20, 2016

grassland birds in northeast more affected by climate change

A new paper published in the journal Landscape Ecology looks at how birds in various habitats may respond to the effects of climate change. The authors (M.A. Jarzyna of Yale, B. Zuckerberg of UW-Madison, and A.O. Finley of Michigan State University, and W.F. Porter) conclude that birds in forest habitats may be somewhat "buffered" from climate-related effects, but that species found in open habitats, especially those that are fragmented may experience more severe effects.
The paper is published in the journal's June 2016 online edition, with the title:
Synergistic effects of climate and land cover: grassland birds are more vulnerable to climate change

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The State of North America's Birds - new report





Read a great summary of the new "State of North America's Birds" at http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/sonab2016/

One third of North American birds are in need of conservation action. 

Read the full report at http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2016/

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Recent ornithological news stories


 Recent ornithological news stories:

Habitat quality drives birds' reproductive success: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160518074005.htm

Uncovering the secrets of Arctic seabird colonies: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160513083144.htm

These audio cues are for the birds: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160511154422.htm

Bird news from Audubon: http://www.audubon.org/news/birds-news

Sunday, May 15, 2016