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NMSU Professor Conducts Research on Golden Eagles Being Killed by Wind Turbines

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A New Mexico State University professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is conducting research on golden eagles being killed by wind turbines and other human-related factors.

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bats, Bats Disappearing, white-nose syndrome, Genomics, DNA, Northern Arizona University, NAU, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center, NWHC

Researchers Use Genomics to Determine Origins of Deadly White-Nose Syndrome

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NAU researcher Jeff Foster led the team of international scientists who tried to definitively answer several questions—where did this fungus come from? And more importantly, can a resistance be evolved?

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Ecology, Forests, National Forests, Logging, spotted owl, Endangered Species, Birds, Forestry

Decades-Past Logging Still Threatens Spotted Owls in National Forests

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Logging of the largest trees in the Sierra Nevada’s national forests ended in the early 1990s after agreements were struck to protect species’ habitat. But new research reported Dec. 6 in the journal Diversity and Distributions by University of Wisconsin–Madison ecologists shows that spotted owls, one of the iconic species logging restrictions were meant to protect, have continued to experience population declines in the forests.

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UW Bothel, University of Washington, Crows, Bird behavior, Animal Behavior, Acoustics

Rooftop Wiretap Aims to Learn What Crows Gossip About at Dusk

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An interdisciplinary team is using a covert sound-based approach, worthy of an avian CSI, to study the link between crows' calls and their behavior.

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Animals, Cognition, Behavior, Animal intelligence, Evolution, Psychology

Pigeons Can Discriminate Both Space and Time

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Pigeons aren't so bird-brained after all. New research from the University of Iowa shows that pigeons can discriminate the abstract concepts of space and time, likely using a different region of the brain than humans and primates to do so. Results appear in the journal Current Biology.

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Tulane Univeristy, Tulane, Ecology/Environment, Birds, Central America, Songbirds

Loss of Breeding Grounds Hits a Sad Note for Common Songbird

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A Tulane University researcher has found that a decline in the number of wood thrushes is probably due to deforestation in Central America.

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Birds, Climate Change, Models, Biodiversity, Ecology

Climate Change Models of Bird Impacts Pass the Test

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A major study looking at changes in where UK birds have been found over the past 40 years has validated the latest climate change models being used to forecast impacts on birds and other animals.

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Study Pinpoints Arctic Shorebird Decline

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A new study co-authored by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) addresses concerns over the many Arctic shorebird populations in precipitous decline. Evident from the study is that monitoring and protection of habitat where the birds breed, winter, and stopover is critical to their survival and to that of a global migration spectacle.

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Update on Restore the Call: Loon Conservation Project

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An update on the Restore the Call including the release of eight loon chicks onto lakes in southeastern Massachusetts.

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University of Vienna, Alice Auersperg, Cornelia Habl, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Goffin cockatoo, NUT, tool-use, cognitive biologists, Parrot

The Key to a Nut

The Goffin's cockatoo is not a specialised tool user in the wild but has shown the capacity to invent and use different types of tools in captivity. Now cognitive biologists from the University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna tested these parrots in a tool use task, requiring the birds to move objects in relation to a surface. The animals had to choose the correct "key" to insert into a "keyhole" in a box, aligning its shape to the shape of a surface cutout inside the box during insertion. The parrots were not only able to select the correct key but also required fewer placement attempts to align simple shapes than primates in a similar study.







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