He Once Trafficked in Rare Birds. Now, He Tells How It’s Done.

After a chance encounter in Brazil, Johann Zillinger became one of the world’s most prolific wildlife smugglers. Three decades and two prison stints later, he says he has gone straight.

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For Parents, Every Day Is Bird School

One bird feeder became two, then three. Months passed.

#birds, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #your-feed-selfcare

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‘I Had to See That Owl’: Central Park’s New Celebrity Bird

New Yorkers are so obsessed with Barry the barred owl that some are concerned he could be scared away. So far, he seems to like the attention.

#birds, #birdwatching, #brooklyn-bird-club, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #owls

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Bird of the Year 2020 Vote in New Zealand Hit by Hack

More than 1,500 fake votes were slipped into New Zealand’s Bird of the Year 2020 contest in favor of the kiwi pukupuku.

#birds, #contests-and-prizes, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-zealand

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These Winged Dinosaurs Hurtled Through the Trees Like Haywire Hang Gliders

To call it flying would be generous.

#birds, #dinosaurs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #iscience-journal, #paleontology, #pterosaurs, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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I Cast My Vote for Mother Nature

Our only planet cannot survive four more years of the Trump administration’s environmental policy.

#birds, #global-warming, #nashville-tenn, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Backyard Birding

Backyard birding has become the perfect pandemic pastime. Here’s how to draw more species to your yard, and maybe get a good photo, too.

#birds, #birdwatching, #cameras, #content-type-service, #flowers-and-plants, #photography, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #trees-and-shrubs

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A Florida City Is Selling Some of Its Beloved Swans

Lakeland’s swan population has thrived since Queen Elizabeth II donated a pair in 1957. Now, however, the city has too many of the birds and is seeking to offload some by holding a lottery.

#birds, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #lakeland-fla, #swans

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Tips on Bird Feeders

In the winter, feeding the birds enlivens a garden like nothing else. Here’s how to make the most of peak bird-feeding season.

#birds, #birdwatching, #gardens-and-gardening, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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A Glance at Daily Life Among the Caretakers of Britain’s Small Islands

Stationed off the coast of Britain, island wardens manage the preservation of their small speck of land — while coping with extreme weather and limited access to the mainland.

#birds, #birdwatching, #boats-and-boating, #bristol-england, #great-britain, #travel-and-vacations, #wales

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Potty-Mouthed Parrots Who Let Loose on Park Visitors to Return to View

Five birds who moved to a park in Britain the same week had unprintable vocabularies, which they deployed on amused guests. Keepers said the parrots also learned to laugh at one another.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #great-britain, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #lincolnshire-wildlife-park, #parrots

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New Mexico Mystery: Why Are So Many Birds Dropping Dead?

Scientists say that the wildfires in the West combined with drought and record heat waves could be triggering one of the Southwest’s largest migratory bird die-offs in recent decades.

#animal-migration, #birds, #new-mexico, #wildfires, #wildlife-die-offs

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Extinction Is Not Inevitable. These Species Were Saved.

Conservation efforts have saved up to 48 mammal and bird species since 1993, but scientists say much more is needed to stem biodiversity loss.

#biodiversity, #birds, #conservation-letters-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #horses, #mammals, #research, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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A 150,000-Bird Orchestra in the Sky

A huge flock of purple martins is using Nashville as a staging ground for the fall migration — and bringing music back to the city’s shuttered symphony center.

#animal-migration, #birds, #music, #nashville-symphony-orchestra

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France Prohibits a Bird Hunting Technique, 41 Years After an E.U. Ban

The country has suspended the use of glue traps, which conservationists say are cruel to animals and harm the environment.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #birds, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #france, #hunting-and-trapping, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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Black paint on wind turbines helps prevent bird deaths

Black paint on wind turbines helps prevent bird deaths

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Something as simple as black paint could be the key to reducing the number of birds that are killed each year by wind turbines. According to a study conducted at a wind farm on the Norwegian archipelago of Smøla, changing the color of a single blade on a turbine from white to black resulted in a 70-percent drop in the number of bird deaths.

Wind power is surging right now, with more than 60GW of new generating capacity added worldwide in 2019. As long as you put the turbines in the right spot, wind power is reliably cheaper than burning fossil fuels. And most people would prefer to live next to a wind farm than any other kind of power plant—even solar.

Not everyone is a fan of wind turbines, however, because of their impact on local populations of flying fauna like birds and bats. Politicians with axes to grind against renewable energy say that we should continue to mine coal and extract oil because of the avian death toll, and US President Donald Trump has called wind turbines “bird graveyard[s].” Estimates from the US Fish and Wildlife Service calculated that approximately 300,000 birds were killed by wind turbines in 2015 (which is probably two orders of magnitude fewer than die as a result of colliding with electrical power lines each year), and bird deaths from turbines are trending down as the industry moves to larger turbine blades that move more slowly.

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#birds, #science, #wind-power, #wind-turbines

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Helen Macdonald Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of the Natural World

“Vesper Flights” is a collection of essays exploring the connection between humans and the world at large.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #birds, #books-and-literature, #conservation-of-resources, #falcons, #hawks-birds, #macdonald-helen-author, #vesper-flights-book

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She Doesn’t Make Animals Cry, but She Collects Their Tears

By studying the numerous ways animals keep their eyes wet and healthy, scientists hope to help address human vision problems.

#animals, #birds, #crying, #evolution-biology, #eyes-and-eyesight, #frontiers-in-veterinary-science, #reptiles, #research, #turtles-and-tortoises, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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17 Learning Tools For Your Next Outdoor Excursion

Ever wonder how underwater creatures make light? Or what a Carolina leaf-roller eats? Our list of apps, podcasts and websites will help you figure out what’s going on in the great outdoors.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #computers-and-the-internet, #earth, #mobile-applications, #oceans-and-seas, #travel-and-vacations

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Kerry James Marshall’s Black Birds Take Flight in a New Series

Inspired by John James Audubon, the painter explores the societal “pecking order” in two works that dovetail with “this mystery about whether or not Audubon himself was Black.”

#art, #audubon-john-james, #birds, #chicago-ill, #marshall-kerry-james, #mastry-exhibit, #molesworth-helen, #race-and-ethnicity, #tuymans-luc

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The Mysterious Life of Birds Who Never Come Down

Swifts spend all their time in the sky. What can their journeys tell us about the future?

#animal-behavior, #birds, #books-and-literature, #england, #wind

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Canada’s Sparrows Are Singing a New Song. You’ll Hear It Soon.

Over 20 years, scientists tracked the transformation of the traditional trill of a common bird from western Canada to Ontario.

#alberta-canada, #animal-behavior, #animal-migration, #birds, #canada, #current-biology-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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How to Attract Birds to Your Garden

Using native plant species helps, but there are two other things you can do to make birds feel at home — and they don’t involve any planting at all.

#birds, #gardens-and-gardening, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Migration Numbers Plunge for the Red Knot, a Threatened Shore Bird

Every May, these birds stop in the Delaware Bay on their way to Arctic Canada. But a shortage of food this season puts their flight at risk.

#animal-migration, #beaches, #birds, #your-feed-science

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Birds Do It. People, Too. Is Migration Simply Natural for All Species?

In her latest book, “The Next Great Migration,” the science journalist Sonia Shah traces the global movements of humans today to age-old patterns in other species.

#animal-migration, #birds, #books-and-literature, #darwin-charles-robert, #illegal-immigration, #invasive-species, #linnaeus-carl, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #shah-sonia, #tanton-john-h, #the-next-great-migration-the-beauty-and-terror-of-life-on-the-move-book

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What Birds Do for Us and What We Can Do for Them

We want to return to our lives and livelihoods without sacrificing the natural world that supports us in body and in spirit.

#animal-behavior, #animal-migration, #birds, #birdwatching

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The Birds Are Not on Lockdown, and More People Are Watching Them

Bird-watching has surged in popularity during the pandemic. It’s easy to start, and you can do it anywhere — even from inside, and even in urban spaces.

#bangkok-thailand, #birds, #birdwatching, #cornell-lab-of-ornithology, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freeport-me, #hobbies, #london-england, #new-orleans-la

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Christian Cooper, That Central Park Incident and His Feelings About Her Fate

Christian Cooper is already back birding at Central Park. “I’m not excusing the racism,” he said. “But I don’t know if her life needed to be torn apart.”

#birds, #black-people, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #cooper-amy-may-25-2020-central-park-incident, #cooper-christian-birder, #discrimination, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #race-and-ethnicity

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Wild Cockatoos Are Just as Smart as Lab-Raised Ones

Previous research suggested that spending a lot of time with humans might make animals more innovative. These birds had another idea.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #birds, #indonesia, #parrots, #scientific-reports-journal, #university-of-vienna, #your-feed-science

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How (and Why) to Use Native Plants

You know they support pollinators and native wildlife, but you may not have a meadow where they’ll feel at home. Here’s what to do.

#birds, #butterflies-and-moths, #delaware, #gardens-and-gardening, #insects, #mt-cuba-center-hockessin-del, #native-plants, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Keeping a Distance, From Everything but Nature

As warm weather beckons, New York City residents are slowly venturing back outdoors. We suggest some spots families can enjoy while staying safe.

#birds, #brooklyn-nyc, #cemeteries, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #green-wood-cemetery-brooklyn-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #inwood-hill-park-manhattan-ny, #jamaica-bay-wildlife-refuge-queens-ny, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #prospect-park-brooklyn-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #snug-harbor-cultural-center, #staten-island-nyc, #urban-areas

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Still Life With Fly Swatter, or Hourglass, or Lemons

Five housebound photographers used everyday items to create images that speak to both their inner lives and the world beyond their walls.

#art, #beauty-concept, #birds, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #flowers-and-plants, #fruit, #photography, #skull-body-part

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How Watching Bald Eagles Build a Nest Prepared Me for the Pandemic

As the coronavirus forces many of us to conduct more of our lives online, nest cams reassure us that there can be value in parasocial companionship.

#animals, #birds, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eggs, #hummingbirds, #quarantines, #spiders

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7 Tips for Watching Birds During the Spring Lockdown

Here are some principles you can apply to any form of nature study.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #quarantines

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Bored In Your Lockdown? Try Watching Birds

Here are seven tips to get started.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #quarantines

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These Birds Eat Fire, or Close to It, to Live Another Day

A willingness to experiment with new foods and ways of foraging may make some birds less vulnerable to extinction.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #barbados, #birds, #ducatez-simon, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #gujarat-state-india, #lefebvre-louis, #nature-ecologyevolution-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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Clean Air, Wandering Goats. It’s Getting Wild in the City.

The pandemic is allowing us to see how ready the natural world stands to reclaim the planet we have trashed.

#birds, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #global-warming, #shutdowns-institutional

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How to Make It in America as a Professional Falconer

The job promises flexible hours, a connection to nature and irresistible Instagram content. But is it recession-proof?

#birds, #falcons, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #hawks-birds, #labor-and-jobs, #los-angeles-calif, #social-media

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How Bird-Watching Prepared Me for Sheltering in Place

I’ve learned to pay attention, to seek solace in the act of looking, again and again.

#birds, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #quarantines, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #united-states

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The Sound of One Shrimp Snapping

How climate change is altering nature’s sonic landscape.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #australia, #birds, #drought, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #frogs, #global-warming, #krause-bernie, #nagelkerken-ivan, #oceans-and-seas, #puerto-rico, #reproduction-biological, #spring-season, #summer-season, #weather, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-science

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Bought for a Song: An Indonesian Craze Puts Wild Birds at Risk

Songbirds are being entered into high-stakes singing competitions across the country, and conservationists say protected species are in danger.

#birds, #collectors-and-collections, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #indonesia, #joko-widodo, #poaching-wildlife

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