Harlequin Duck / Photo by Laura L. Whitehouse (USFWS)
Bird and birding news
- A bird exposed to stressful situations in the nest will feel the effects throughout its life.
- Scotts is expanding its bird suet recall to an additional seven products. The suet contains contaminated peanuts.
- NJ Audubon posted New Jersey Birds for Winter 2009 (pdf). Sightings included in the winter edition are from summer 2008.
- Corkscrew Swamp is having its best breeding season on several years, thanks to higher rainfall last summer.
- This year's swallow festival at Capistrano passed without any swallows.
- Unlike in past years, Malta will not permit a spring hunt for migrating quail and turtle doves.
- The Long-tailed Tit was among the top ten birds in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch for the first time. The event is similar to the Great Backyard Bird Count on this continent.
- Coffee & Conservation: Nicaraguan shade coffee: Finca Esperanza Verde
- BES Group: Pellet casting by non-raptorial birds
- Boreal Bird Blog: One in a Hundred
- 10,000 Birds: Cyprus: killing Europe’s songbirds for a snack?
- BrdPics: Black-winged Redbird
- Birding in Maine: Yard Birds from a Blind
- Dig Deep: 24th March 2009: Teluk Air Tawar coast and Kubang Semang, mainland Penang
- Many rare plants in New Jersey's Pine Barrens lack protection along roadways. Road repair crews frequently scrape out the native plants and replace them with foreign topsoil and turf.
- An expedition in Papua New Guinea discovered fifty-six new species of various organisms, most of which were spiders.
- Increased aquatic plant growth due to higher carbon levels could help mitigate the effects of climate change on coastal wetlands, since decaying plant matter builds up soil levels. That is, if the sea does not rise faster than the accumulation of plant matter.
- One proposed technological fix for climate change, dumping iron filings in the ocean to stimulate algae growth and absorb carbon, is looking less workable, thanks to unforeseen effects.
- A research project is linking animal migratory movement to population density.
GrrlScientist is trying to revive the dormant Circus of the Spineless and Tangled Bank carnivals. The latter may appear under a new name.