Friday, March 14, 2008

Loose Feathers #141

Belted Kingfisher / Photo by C. Schlawe (USFWS)

Bird and birding news
  • The NJ Assembly passed the horseshoe crab ban, 70-6. The state Senate votes on Monday.
  • Among Lincoln's sparrows, the first laid egg is the least likely to hatch, possibly because eggs are laid over several days and the mother sparrow does not start incubating right away. However, the first hatchling typically has an advantage over its siblings. The full article is available here.
  • Wandering albatrosses use their sense of smell to find food. These seabirds can detect potential food sources from several miles away.
  • New radar technology can differentiate between birds and flocks of insects. The new technology should help air traffic controllers direct aircraft away from potential bird strikes and provide biologists with better data for studying bird migration.
  • A lumber company is challenging the constitutionality of Canada's Migratory Bird Convention Act.
  • New Jersey Audubon conducted a two-year bird survey in the Meadowlands to gauge the potential effects of massive developments underway in the area. The survey recorded 200 bird species, including 29 listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern.
  • A new study found that bird vocalizations are governed by the same brain region that controls physical movement.
  • The Post followed up on the Great Backyard Bird Count results.
  • A North Island Brown Kiwi hatched at the National Zoo.
  • Navajo Nation is seeking better power pole designs to prevent golden eagle electrocutions.
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