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News & Notes for Ornithology ZO501 Spring 2014
Here's a link to a recent article that shows urban areas worldwide have only 8% of native bird and 25% of native plant species despite cities often being placed in species rich regions: Global Analysis of Impacts of Urbanization on Bird and Plant Diversity.
This trip is extra credit. Meet at the vans a little before 7:30a. Questions? Ask in class or send Allison an email.
Check out the Aviary Guide before the trip to familiarize yourself with some of the birds we'll be seeing!
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"Where does "native" begin? All things colonize to become established, from the first tetrapods to leave the sea, we are all immigrants."
"Invasive plant species are removed regularly, to great benefit. Should we have different standards for plants and wildlife?"
Meet tomorrow (Thursday 20 Feb) at 5:15 PM or Saturday (22 February) at 5:30 PM at the entrance road to Schenck Forest. John Connors will lead a walk to view displaying woodcock. Dress warmly, wear sturdy footwear, and bring a flashlight and binoculars.
The problem is more than just amount of plastic in birds' stomach cavities -- it's the amount of trace metals from plastics in birds' tissues
The Christmas Bird Count can reveal intersting patterns in species occurrence over time, and might help you identify local species to focus on or be a good backdrop for your class project discussions. The datset summarizes counts from 1917 to 2013. Thomas Quay contributed to this count for over 60 years! You might recognize some other names on the list of observers as well.
If you create an interesting summary figure from this dataset, send it to Allison for one extra credit point. Only one figure per person.
You can find the online data source at Audubons Christmas Bird Count data portal.
You can now access the OBX species master list! The bolded species are ones reported by two groups and the purple species are the ones reported by all three groups. It's quite a list!
Remember to turn in your van species list to Allison by tomorrow (Wed 5Feb). There is a folder on her office door (DCL 219) or you can put them in her mailbox. Email her if you have any questions!
Photo of the first American Oystercatcher banded in North Carolina and resighted in Mexico. This bird (Dark Green CHK) was first banded along with its sibling by Jon Altman at Cape Lookout National Seashore on 3 July 2013. Its sibling was last seen in Dixie County, Florida on 16 November 2013. One of this birds parents was also banded (captured in 2004) and has been seen in Dixie County, Florida. The traveler in the photo (CHK) was seen in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico on 27th October 2013 and again on 5 January 2014.
The Dark Green indicates that the bird was banded in North Carolina. Photo of CHK "beaching it" in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico.
The bird was banded in North Carolina and resighted in Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico
Global warming is causing Polar Bears to spend more time on land, changing their diet.
Familiarize yourself with this list of species we're likely to see on our trip next weekend.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grapples with the ethical dilema of killing one raptor to save another.
Scientists from the Royal Veterinary College have discovered the answer to why so many birds fly in a V formation over long distances.
'A tracking device which weighs less than a paperclip has helped scientists uncover what they say is one of the world's great bird migrations.'
North Carolina Partners in Flight Newsletter is now available! http://ncpartnersinflight.org/
Tomorrow is our first lab! Meet in DCL 282 at 8a. We will be in a lab space, which means absolutely no food or drink. I know it's early, but make sure to finish your breakfast and coffee before coming to lab. Leave water bottles outside on the table outside the door. No exceptions!
Please send a picture and a short bio to Allison by Friday. Touch on your background, your interest in taking the class, and your experience with bird identification and sampling. Chris Inscore sent along this great Binocular Review from the Lab of Ornithology. Thanks Chris!
We will meet in 282 DCL from 08:00 - 11:00 this Friday 10 January to talk about bird population sampling methods. Before lab download Program Presence from the Patuxent Wildlife Research Software Archive. Bring your laptop with the installed software and sample data to lab on Friday. The link to the archive and the BLGR sample data we will use on Friday are available on the "Lab Info" page under "Handouts."
The first day of class is Monday 6 January 2014. We meet in Room 102 David Clark Labs from 9:10 - 10:00 AM. The text for this class is Ornithology, Third Edition, by Frank Gill. It is available in the NCSU bookstore. You will also need a pair of binoculars and a waterproof field notebook. Contact Dr. Simons, Allison or Eli if you have questions.