|Bald Eagles nesting / Photo by Bill Buchanan/USFWS|
Birds and birding news
- U.S. Bank Stadium, site of the recent Super Bowl, kills more birds than any other building in Minneapolis.
- Great Spotted Woodpeckers can recognize other individuals by their drumming patterns.
- Ducks play an important role in spreading seeds from one wetland to another.
- Preserved woodpecker brains show evidence of brain damage, in the form of tau protein buildup.
- A Bald Eagle pair in Washington, DC, laid their first egg this week. That nest has a nest cam.
- Japanese Tits use a specific call to warn others about snakes.
- Small birds have more efficient wing beats than bats to allow for long-distance migration.
- Researchers think they have identified the structure on a bird's retina that allows them to see the Earth's magnetic field.
Science and nature blogging
- Avithera: Fairy Terns – from chicks to fledged and flying juveniles
- Gulls to the Horizon: Mixed breeding pair Herring Gull x Lesser Black-backed Gull in IJmuiden 2017
- Mia McPherson's On The Wing Photography: Drake Redhead Courtship Display
- Anything Larus: Pale 1st Cycle American Herrings, Hybrids, Or Something Else?
- Natural Newstead: A ‘flock’ of frogmouths
- earthstar: The habit of looking
- The Prairie Ecologist: Diversity, Redundancy, and Resilience
- Incidental Naturalist: Pint-sized Poisoner – Green & Black Poison Dart Frog
- Birding Beijing 北京观鸟: Code of Conduct for Chinese Bird Photographers
Environment and biodiversity
- Here is a timeline of the Trump administration's attacks on public lands and conservation.
- The Trump administration is threatening to undermine Colombia's peace agreement, which could result in increased deforestation in areas formerly controlled by FARC.
- January was unusually dry in the continental US.
- Over 2,500 toxic chemical sites are in flood-prone areas of the US, and flooding is likely to get worse with climate change.
- Cougars need better protection within their existing range, including managing conflicts between humans and large carnivores.
- The largest tract of private land in Cape May County will become part of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.
- The NY/NJ Baykeeper will become the deputy commissioner in the NJ DEP.