Imperial woodpecker videos


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA writes about these two videos:

Watch the Only Known Footage of Imperial Woodpecker

In a new study published in The Auk, Cornell Lab scientists have analyzed the only known footage of the Imperial Woodpecker. It was the Ivory-billed Woodpecker‘s closest relative and is now probably extinct. Filmed in 1956 by William L. Rhein in Mexico, the footage shows a female Imperial Woodpecker hitching up the trunks of Durango pines, her extraordinary crest of feathers curving overhead, shaking as she chips at the bark with her bill. See the footage and read more.

See also here.

USA: The red-cockaded woodpecker once thrived in southeast forests. Learn what’s being done to bring it back from the brink: here.

Royal Society archives online


This video from England is called Treasures of the Royal Society Archive – Horizon: Science Under Attack, Preview – BBC Two.

From Nature News Blog:

Royal Society frees up journal archive

October 26, 2011

Ben Franklin’s account of his electric kite experiment (1752) and Isaac Newton’s first ever paper (1672) are among 60,000 historical scientific papers now freely accessible online, after Britain’s Royal Society opened up its journal archive.

The archive goes all the way back to 1665, when Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society first appeared – probably the world’s first peer-reviewed scientific journal. It’s now fully searchable, and all papers published more than 70 years ago are free to view. (You’ll still have to pay for the newer ones).

The BBC picks out some weird and wonderful papers, including the woman who swallowed a bullet (in 1668), and an experimental canine blood transfusion (1666). The archive was digitized in 1999 by JSTOR, the US-based archive for academic journals, for a sum in the ‘high five figures in US dollars’. Royal Society commercial director Stuart Taylor says they have been thinking about making part of the archive free for some time. As digitization of print works gets easier and cheaper, “we do not feel it is justifiable to continue charging for access [to out-of-copyright material]”, Taylor said. The Royal Society’s pay-per-view income for the entire archive (including papers after 1941) amounts to less than 0.5% of their total publishing revenues.

In July, programmer Greg Maxwell uploaded nearly 19,000 articles from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, all of them published before 1923, onto the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay (in stated support for computer coder Aaron Swartz, who is still facing a federal indictment for downloading over 4 million articles from JSTOR). The Royal Society’s release today means that the articles Maxwell uploaded are all now free to view. Maxwell’s action did not affect the Society’s decision, says Taylor.

Posted by Richard Van Noorden on October 26, 2011

Pygmy hippo and zebra born in Rotterdam zoo


This video from an Australian zoo says about itself:

Baby pygmy hippopotomus Monifa takes her first swim, watched by her Taronga Park Zoo keeper.

On 18 October, a pygmy hippo was born in Rotterdam zoo.

Early, this week a Chapman’s zebra foal was born there as well.

Fieldfares in Dutch nature reserve


This is a fieldfare video.

Now, many migratory fieldfares have arrived in Dutch nature reserve Nieuwkoopse Plassen.

Their favourite food there are black chokeberries, which are ripe now. This is not a native shrub species. It was imported from North America. First to gardens, and it spread from there.

Fieldfare photos: here. And here.