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algal bloom, Feces, Ecosystem, Reservoir, Water Pollution, Dead Zone, Nitrogen, Phosphorus

When Birds of a Feather Poop Together

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Algal blooms deplete oxygen in lakes, produce toxins, and end up killing aquatic life in the lake. Researchers are tracing the role of bird feces, which are rich in phosphorus and nitrogen.

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loon conservation, Wyoming, Common Loon, Environment, Ricketts Conservation Foundation, Loons

BRI Reports Status of Common Loon Species in Wyoming

Biodiversity Research Institute will hold its annual meeting of the Wyoming Loon Working Group in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on May 24. Collaborators from state and federal agencies, nongovernmental research and conservation groups, and local universities will meet to discuss the status of Common Loons in the state. These meetings are an integral part of Wyoming’s conservation efforts regarding loons.

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Brain, Evolution, Science, Song Birds, Ingelligence, Cornell University, Psychology

In Brain Evolution, Size Matters – Most of the Time

Which came first, overall bigger brains or larger brain regions that control specialized behaviors? Neuroscientists have debated this question for decades, but a new Cornell University study settles the score.

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University of Washington, sage grouse, Birds, Conservation, Conservation Biology, Conservation Reserve Program

Shrubs, Grasses Planted Through Federal Program Crucial for Sage Grouse Survival in Eastern Washington

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A federal program that pays farmers to plant agricultural land with environmentally beneficial vegetation is probably the reason that sage grouse still live in portions of Washington’s Columbia Basin, according to a new study by UW, state and federal researchers.

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Animal Cognition, Mating, mating behavior, song sparrow, Avian, Songbirds, Animal Behavior, Memory, Memory & Cognitive Processes, memory accuracy, mating habits

Do Smart Songbirds Always Get the Girl?

Compelling evidence shows females prefer mates with better cognitive abilities in a number of animals and even humans. For male songbirds, their ability to sing complex songs has been suggested to signal cognitive ability and is vital for attracting females as well as repelling rival males. What’s not clear is how female songbirds can judge the cognitive abilities of potential mates, which is a necessary first step if smarter mates are preferred over their not-as-smart counterparts.

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Palenontology, Dinosaur, anatomic pathology

New Research Disproves Common Assumption on Cranial Joints of Alligators, Birds, Dinosaurs

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Researchers from the University of Missouri School Of Medicine recently discovered that although alligators, birds and dinosaurs have a similar skull-joint shape, this does not guarantee that their movements are the same.

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Avian Influenza, H7N9, flu, Avian Flu, avian flu virus, Flu Virus, poultry disease, poultry farms , Agricultural And Applied Economics, Economics, Farming, farming practice, Biosecurity, Extension Service, commodity markets, Chickens, Poultry Industry, poultry producers, Disease, disease control, H7N9 flu, Bird Flu, Genomics, Commodities, ag research, ag policy, Fa

Experts Available as Sources on Avian Influenza, Prevention, Biosecurity, and the Economic Impacts of Outbreaks

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Non-breeders, University of Vienna, Social Groups, Ravens, Cognitive Skills, Thomas Bugnyar, Cognitive Biology, Intelligence, scientific reports

Ravens: Non-Breeders Live in Highly Dynamic Social Groups

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Ravens have impressive cognitive skills when interacting with conspecifics – comparable to many primates, whose social intelligence has been related to their life in groups. An international collaboration of researchers led by Thomas Bugnyar, Professor at the Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, could uncover for the first time the group dynamics of non-breeding ravens. The results help to understand the evolution of intelligence in this species and were published in the scientific journal "Scientific Reports".

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Penguins, Birds, Animal Behavior, Parenting, Ecology, Evolution, Galapagos Islands, feeding behavior

In Times of Plenty, Penguin Parents Keep Feeding Their Grown Offspring

A research team reports that fully grown Galapagos penguins who have fledged -- or left the nest -- continue to beg their parents for food. And sometimes, probably when the bounty of the sea is plentiful, parents oblige and feed their adult offspring.

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Biological and Environmental Research, biological and environmental sciences, Atmospheric Science, Atmospheric Research, biometeorology, Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility, University Of Oklahoma, Great Plains, Birds, bats, nocturnal behavior, Migratory Behavio

ARM Data Is for the Birds

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Scientists use LIDAR and radar data to study bird migration patterns, thanks to the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility.







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