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Swamp Sparrows

Swamp Sparrows sing time-honored songs, research shows

What makes human cultural traditions unique? One common answer is that we are better copycats than other species, which allows us to pass our habits … Read More “Swamp Sparrows sing time-honored songs, research shows”

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10 potential changes to the North American checklist

In addition to the recent news that the North and Middle America Classification Committee of the American Ornithological Society is changing the name Gray Jay … Read More “10 potential changes to the North American checklist”

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Rufous-and-white Wren

Study: Climate change spells trouble for tropical birds

The wildlife species most often associated with the risks of climate change (loss of sea ice, warming oceans, more precipitation) are the so-called charismatic … Read More “Study: Climate change spells trouble for tropical birds”

Bicknell’s Thrush

Researchers create private reserve in Dominican Republic for Bicknell’s Thrush

Scientists put their research on Bicknell’s Thrush into conservation action when they created the Dominican Republic’s first-ever private reserve … Read More “Researchers create private reserve in Dominican Republic for Bicknell’s Thrush”

Extinct-in-the-wild kingfisher hatches at Smithsonian

A female Guam Kingfisher, a brightly colored bird and one of the most endangered bird species on the planet, hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology … Read More “Extinct-in-the-wild kingfisher hatches at Smithsonian”

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Conservation groups sue feds over bird law

Bird-conservation and other environmental groups are taking the fight for the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to the courts. National Audubon Society, American Bird … Read More “Conservation groups sue feds over bird law”