Friday, June 15, 2018

Loose Feathers #651

Greater Sage-Grouse / Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS
Birds and birding news
  • Audubon sent reporters to cover three teams competing in New Jersey Audubon's World Series of Birding: one adult team, one youth team, and one big sit team. The article is pretty good, but birds that only part of the team sees or hears are not "dirty birds" as the authors say repeatedly. The rules just limit the number a team can count.
  • A study of songbirds in Missouri found that habitat restoration (including the use of controlled burns) leads to more successful nesting
  • Toxins in marine mammal carcasses might be why coastal California Condors produce fewer offspring than inland condors.
  • Australia's most threatened species, like the King Island Scrubtit and the King Island Brown Thornbill, are monitored mostly by volunteers because of a lack of funding for conservation agencies.
  • Over the past forty years, average daily temperatures on New York’s Whiteface Mountain have risen 3°F and birds have moved 270 feet up the mountain from their previous ranges in response.
  • The US Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for reports of banded Piping Plovers.
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