Northern cardinals at New York feeder


This video from New York state in the USA says about itself:

Northern Cardinals Bring Splash Of Color To Cornell Feeders – Nov. 20, 2017

Watch a beautiful pair of Northern Cardinals bring both warm and intense shades of red to the Cornell Lab FeederWatch cam this morning! Some cardinal pairs will spend the winter together, either staying on their breeding grounds or assembling in winter flocks that can consist of family members and birds from adjacent breeding territories.

Watch LIVE at http://AllAboutBirds.org/CornellFeeders for news, updates, and more information about the pond and its surroundings.

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Saving New York snails from extinction


This video from New York in the USA says about itself:

28 September 2015

An ESF grad student is making strides in protecting the endangered Chittenango ovate amber snail, with a successful captive breeding program! Since June, she has hatched over 600 baby snails, which serve as the beginning of a healthy backup population in case anything should happen to their wild cousins. Even though they’re still smaller than their parents, they’re teaching scientists new things about the care and management of troubled gastropod species.

The full story is here.

From the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the USA:

Snails bred in lab help species crawl back from brink of extinction

September 25, 2017

Work to restore the endangered Chittenango ovate amber snail, found only in one location inside a Central New York state park, continued this month with the release of tagged adult snails raised in a laboratory at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

Called the “Chit” by those interested in its well being, the rare snail has been the subject of a conservation-focused collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (Parks), Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse and Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester.

The snail survives exclusively alongside Chittenango Falls within Chittenango Falls State Park, about 22 miles southeast of Syracuse. Biologists have feared that a single catastrophic event could wipe out the entire population.

To address this threat, Cody Gilbertson, an ESF graduate and lead research technician in the laboratory of Dr. Rebecca Rundell, has established a captive breeding population in an ESF laboratory. She is working in ESF’s Center for Integrated Research and Teaching in Aquatic Science.

In 2015, 270 laboratory-raised hatchlings were released at the park. The difference this time is that the snails are adults and large enough to be tagged so researchers can follow their life in the field.

“The fact that they’re tagged is special,” said Rundell, “because when we conduct our surveys next summer we will hopefully be able to track them.” She is also hoping the snails will overwinter and then begin reproducing in the summer of 2018. The snails are marked with tiny numbered tags, small and light enough to be glued to a bee.

“This backup population can supplement their wild population and prevent extinction in case of a destructive event such as a storm or rockslide,” said Gilbertson.

Gilbertson likens raising the snails in the lab to the Head Start program that prepares children for kindergarten. “Like a child, if you bring them to a certain stage we hope they [the snails] are more likely to succeed,” said Gilbertson.

She has spent four years researching snail husbandry from their diet to their reproductive cycles. “Their diet is incredibly important,” she said, since it affects their size, shell quality and reproductive health. She found the snails prefer decomposed leaves from oak, hickory, cherry and sugar maple trees (known to biologists as “leaf litter”), but the snails only like a certain degree of leaf decomposition and leaf thickness. The preferred leaves are collected in the late spring and stored in bins to be fed to the snails during the year. This work is labor-intensive and involves the help of many ESF undergraduate biology majors, volunteers from Syracuse and Rochester zoos, and other conservation partners.

When the terrariums are changed weekly, Gilbertson layers the leaves to create a “leaf lasagna” for the snails. “They like the thin, decomposed leaves the best because they’re easier to eat,” she said, “and they eat around the veins of the leaves.”

“Once we got that [the diet] figured out, we got high reproduction in the lab,” Gilbertson said.

The USFWS is pleased with the progress Gilberston and crew are making. “With the Chit found in just a single location in the wild, this work is critical,” said Robyn Niver, endangered species biologist. “We’re taking steps toward boosting the numbers of snails at Chittenango Falls, and growing the captive population. Thanks to an excellent partnership with ESF, DEC, Parks, and the zoos, the Chit is crawling its way back from the brink of extinction.”

NYSDEC is also excited about the work on the Chittenango ovate amber snail. “DEC’s habitat conservation efforts are a key component to protecting declining species and keeping them from becoming endangered,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “The demonstration that these captive-raised snails can be successfully released at Chittenango Falls is the ultimate success for managing a species that is only known from a single location. The maintenance of captive-raised populations will help ensure this rare snail is part of New York’s fauna for generations to come.”

The goal for these efforts is to boost the population, which is of great interest for the conservation partners involved, as well as the local community. The species is named for its home and its opaque, egg-shaped, amber-colored shell.

Pileated woodpeckers, other birds in New York, USA


This video from New York state in the USA says about itself:

Pileated Woodpeckers on Cornell Feeders – August 21, 2017

As one Pileated Woodpecker snacks on suet, watch a second Pileated Woodpecker make its way over from the wooden post to the top of the Cornell feeders.

Watch LIVE at http://AllAboutBirds.org/CornellFeeders for news, updates, and more information about the pond and its surroundings.

This FeederWatch cam is located in the Treman Bird Feeding Garden at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Perched on the edge of both Sapsucker Woods and its 10-acre pond, these feeders attract both forest species like chickadees and woodpeckers as well as some species that prefer open environments near water like Red-winged Blackbirds.

Pileated woodpecker at New York feeder


This video from New York state in the USA says about itself:

27 June 2017

Check out the plumage characteristics (and enormous size) of the Pileated Woodpecker when this male steals some one-on-one camera time in the Treman Bird Feeding Garden.

Watch LIVE at http://AllAboutBirds.org/CornellFeeders for news, updates, and more information about the pond and its surroundings.

This FeederWatch cam is located in the Treman Bird Feeding Garden at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Perched on the edge of both Sapsucker Woods and its 10-acre pond, these feeders attract both forest species like chickadees and woodpeckers as well as some species that prefer open environments near water like Red-winged Blackbirds.

American robin nest feeding time video


This video from New York state in the USA says about itself:

Male Robin Feeds Chick (12 May 2017) on the Cornell Lab | Sapsucker Woods American Robin Cam

Watch live with highlights and information here.

This pair of robins has built a nest on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, right near the shore of Sapsucker Woods pond. The nest is an open cup of grass and twigs held together with a thick layer of mud and lined with fine dry grass. The female built the nest from the inside, pressing dead grass and twigs around them into a cup shape using the wrist of one wing. This nest site is well protected from the elements, tucked beneath an overhang and out of the wind.

The male will bring food to the nest for the nestlings, but the female (who wears a band on her right leg) will do all of the incubation and brooding. American Robins eat large numbers of both invertebrates and fruit. Particularly in spring and summer they eat large numbers of earthworms as well as insects and some snails. (They have rarely been recorded eating shrews, small snakes, and aquatic insects.) Robins also eat an enormous variety of fruits, including chokecherries, hawthorn, dogwood, and sumac fruits, and juniper berries. One study suggested that robins may try to round out their diet by selectively eating fruits that have bugs in them.

Baltimore oriole, other birds, in New York, USA


This video from New York state in the USA says about itself:

12 May 2017

Watch this male Baltimore Oriole spend some quality time with an orange right in front of the camera!

Watch LIVE at http://AllAboutBirds.org/CornellFeeders for news, updates, and more information about the pond and its surroundings.

This FeederWatch cam is located in the Treman Bird Feeding Garden at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Common grackles in New York, USA


This video from New York state in the USA says about itself:

28 February 2017

In this short clip, a group of Common Grackles previews the diverse behaviors that we’re sure to see more of as spring arrives. First, notice the male on the feeder exhibit a song spreading display before exchanging a threatening bill-up posture with a new arrival. Such displays will become more frequent (and more intense) during the onset of the breeding season when the birds begin to pair up and establish territories.

Watch LIVE at http://AllAboutBirds.org/CornellFeeders for news, updates, and more information about the pond and its surroundings.

This FeederWatch cam is located in the Treman Bird Feeding Garden at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.