Birds, 100 years after extinction of passenger pigeons


100 years after extinction of passenger pigeons

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

August 30, 2014

Look for an important story about bird conservation in this weekend’s New York Times Sunday Review. In his op-ed marking 100 years since the passing of Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon on earth, Cornell Lab of Ornithology director John Fitzpatrick imagines Martha asking, “Have you learned anything from my passing?”

Dr. Fitzpatrick’s answer: yes we have, but we need to do much more. Read about citizen-science efforts, such as eBird, that help scientists track how birds are faring and correct course before species become imperiled. Learn about the 2014 State of the Birds Report, to be released in Washington, DC, on September 9 by the Cornell Lab and partners. Based on citizen-science data, the report highlights which species are rebounding where conservation efforts are working, and which species urgently need our help.

Thank you for your passion for birds and conservation. Your involvement and support are helping to fuel an entirely new conservation movement–one in which thousands of bird watchers, scientists, and concerned citizens are taking action together to help prevent more species from sliding toward extinction.

Please share John Fitzpatrick’s op-ed with your friends, family, and fellow bird lovers to help raise awareness about the plight of birds and how your support of the Cornell Lab is shaping a better future for birds and wildlife.

Sincerely,


Miyoko Chu
Senior director of Communications
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Mural about bird evolution and diversity, you can help


This video from the USA says about itself:

From So Simple a Beginning: Celebrating the Evolution and Diversity of Birds

13 August 2014

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and fine artist Jane Kim of Ink Dwell Studio are collaborating to create a mural that depicts the evolution and diversity of birds. Jane will paint the history of birds spanning over 375 million years, featuring one representative bird from every bird family in the world, including several extinct species. You can contribute to this exciting new project here.

Internet game about hummingbirds


This video is called Full Documentary – Incredible Nature: Hummingbirds – Magic in the Air.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

New Citizen Science Blog Takes Flight

The citizen science program at the Cornell Lab invites you to be the first to preview a new kind of blog. Our new Citizen Science Blog is a blog inspired by the contributions and passions of citizen scientists—like you!

In its inaugural month, Citizen Science Blog will start with a look at everyone’s favorite winged jewels, hummingbirds! Can you match the speed of a hummingbird’s wings with your fingers? Find out in the interactive game, Beat the Beats. Plus, see how much liquid you’d have to consume to eat like a hummingbird. Check in often as new posts are added weekly.

Birds and musicians, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

Birds Got Swing: A Musical Experiment

8 July 2014

What happens when a jazz composer challenges a vocal virtuoso to match the voices of some of her favorite birds? Serious fun. Join Grammy recognized artists Maria Schneider and Theo Bleckmann in their musical experiment to help us tune in to nature’s music—from the melodious to the downright weird. You’ll never think of a sparrow or a toilet plunger in the same way again.

Then explore our Birds Got Swing playlist from the Macaulay Library archive.

Theo’s music at http://theobleckmann.com.

Maria’s music at http://mariaschneider.com.

Brought to you by the All About Bird Biology team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Young red-tailed hawk saved


This video from Cornell in the USA is called Cornell Hawks: E3 Fledges. June 14, 2014.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

E3 Recovering After Post-Fledging Mishap

All three young Red-tailed Hawks fledged from the nest of Big Red and Ezra, with E2 departing on June 6, followed by siblings E1 and E3 on June 14. Watch this clip of E3’s spectacular first flight. [see above]

Unfortunately, just one day after fledging, E3 was injured while resting on a greenhouse roof. An automated greenhouse vent closed, pinning E3. BOGs (birders on the ground) and chat moderators swung into action immediately to notify greenhouse staff. Meanwhile, the vent automatically opened and the staff soon disabled it to prevent it from closing again. Because E3 was unable to fly, Victoria Campbell, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and Cornell Lab staffer, took E3 to Cornell University’s Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center. Veterinarians there performed surgery on June 18 to repair E3’s broken wing.

Surgery went well but we will have to wait and see if and how the bone heals and if the flight muscles are fully functional. Meanwhile, E3 is eating and doing well. We’ll continue to post updates to the Bird Cams Facebook page as we learn more. A special thanks to the veterinarians and staff at the Wildlife Health Center for the excellent medical care, and to the cams community for your support.

Young red-tailed hawks fledging on webcam


This video from the USA says about itself:

First Cornell Hawks Fledge of 2014. June 6, 2014.

At 8:05AM EDT, the first nestling, E2, fledged a little earlier than expected!

On a blustery morning the young bird walked out to the ‘fledge ledge’, where we have seen juveniles from previous years fledge. After standing on the ledge for a while the nestling stretches its wings and loses balance. Sweeping under the nest platform the hawk glides towards Weill Hall, coming to a safe stop on a window sill with its back against the window. It then manages to grab hold of the edge of the window sill as it tumbles forward. After hanging from the ledge for a few moments of suspense it manages to flap up safely on to the sill where it stays. The bird appears to be fine, with no injuries as it stretches out its wings and begins preening. It is likely to stay there for a while and will probably be visited and fed by the parents.

Watch the Hawks live at http://allaboutbirds.org/cornellhawks.

See Newly Hatched Osprey Chicks on Live ‘Critter Cam': here.

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North American bird songs learning game


This video from the USA says about itself:

Bird Song Hero: The song learning game for everyone

27 May 2014

For the full challenge, including the Bird Song Hero Ultimate round and free bird song downloads, visit here.

Train your brain to recognize and remember bird songs with the Bird Song Hero matching game. In this five-question video quiz you’ll listen closely to featured songs and match each with the correct sound visualization. Bird Song Hero is a fun way to practice the key skills you need to ID all the bird songs you’re curious about. Brought to you by the All About Bird Biology team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. You can find more interactives, quizzes, and videos to help you understand birds on our free educational website.

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