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Birds in Cities

BIRDS IN CITIES

BIrds over city gate, Jaipur, India A 2007 study of urban birds and their close relatives in the wild in 73 major cities across the...

Cranial Kinesis

CRANIAL KINESIS

Often I watch birds just for general relaxation; seeing them flit among branches or hop along the ground or tossing seeds in the air...

 
 
 
Forty Years From Now

FORTY YEARS FROM NOW

I'm baking bread and looking out my kitchen window at the first migratory visitors to my bird feeder. There's a White-crowned Sparrow....

It's Migration Time

IT'S MIGRATION TIME

In the northern hemisphere, birds have been heading south for the past few weeks, or even longer, depending on the species and where...

 
 
 
Birds are Disappearing

BIRDS ARE DISAPPEARING

You have probably heard from one of many news sources, like the NY Times and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology , that birds are...

Home, Sweet Home

HOME, SWEET HOME

Sauble Beach, Lake Huron,Ontario Imagine coming home one day and finding your house severely damaged, all your bank accounts drained,...

 
 
 
More Birds In Your Yard

MORE BIRDS IN YOUR YARD

New Hope's Guide to a bird-friendly backyard Many people feed or just watch birds out their kitchen window; that's a treat but one...

Bird Mites

BIRD MITES

Bird Mite From the Middle English meaning very small or Middle Dutch meaning small copper coin, we get the term mite. Mites are small...

 
 
 
Big Bird

BIG BIRD

Elephant Bird Even though Big Bird was 8 feet two inches tall, he wasn't the biggest bird we know about. The biggest bird that ever...

Birding Namibia

BIRDING NAMIBIA

Ruff Namibia , with the second least dense human population , sits on the southwest side of Africa, just above South Africa. I have...

 
 
 
Beware, Seagulls

BEWARE, SEAGULLS

Just today I received an email from a reported at a British newspaper in Yorkshire, England, asking if I knew anything about babies...

Birdman of Las Vegas

BIRDMAN OF LAS VEGAS

This is an old blog from 2011 you might not have seen but I think it's one of the funniest, so here it is. A while back, I listened...

 
 
 
Singing for Fun

SINGING FOR FUN

European Starling in Breeding Plumage In 1889 a religious book emphasized the spur provided by the possession of a song. This notion...

The White-crowned Sparrow Can Teach Us

THE WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW CAN TEACH US

A common winter visitor is the White-crowned Sparrow. This bird nests all over northern North America and the western mountains, wintering...

 
 
 
The Mysteries of Eggs

THE MYSTERIES OF EGGS

A Variety of Bird Eggs I've always known that birds' eggs are pretty amazing structures. Encased in a shell with everything it needs...

Migratory Bird Treaty Act Defiled

MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT DEFILED

From NPR : The new Secretary of the Interior, responsible for the protection of our natural resources, is a former gas and oil lobbyist....

 
 
 
The Brown-headed Cowbird

THE BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD

Brown-headed Cowbird Male We think of a parasite as an organism that lives on or in another organism and derives its food from its...

Roxie and The Feather Lab

ROXIE AND THE FEATHER LAB

Roxie Laybourne at the Smithsonian Part of my job as a professor and ornithologist was managing the university's vertebrate museum....

 
 
 
The Incredible Shrinking Birds

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING BIRDS

Bergmann's Rule According to Science Daily , May 23, 2019, warm blooded animals - birds and mammals - are getting smaller. That seems...

Montana Birding

MONTANA BIRDING

Chestnut-collared Longspur I just returned from a fishing trip to northeastern Montana with two biologist friends from graduate school....

 
 
 



Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

Master's in Animals and Public Policy Candidate 2020 Education: B.S., Animal Science, Cornell University, 1990 D.V.M., North Carolina State University, 1998 What were you doing... Read more ...

Katie Dabney

Katie Dabney

Master's in Animals and Public Policy Candidate 2020 Education: B.S & B.A., Biology with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary Medicine & Psychology, Shippensburg University, 2017... Read more ...

Alexandria Laing

Alexandria Laing

Master's in Animals and Public Policy Candidate 2020 Education: B.A., Integrative Biology, Harvard University, 2019 Current Position: Professional Ice Hockey Player, The NWHL... Read more ...

Mikhala Kaseweter

Mikhala Kaseweter

Master's in Animals and Public Policy Candidate 2020 Education: B.A., Sociology and Environmental Studies, Saint Mary's College, 2017 I graduated in 2017 with a B.A. from Saint... Read more ...

Shannon Giguere

Shannon Giguere

Master's in Animals and Public Policy Candidate 2020 Education: B.A., Psychology, Colby-Sawyer College, 2019 What were you doing before entering the Masters in Animals and... Read more ...

Casey Boyer

Casey Boyer

Master's in Animals and Public Policy Candidate 2020 Education: B.S., Animal and Poultry Sciences with an emphasis in Companion and Laboratory Animals, Virginia Tech, 2018 What... Read more ...

Eugenics or Dysgenics

Eugenics or Dysgenics

Natural Selection is nature's fail-safe method to maintain eugenics. All dogs are different; individual variation is an inherent characteristic of sexual reproduction... Read more ...

Birds in Cities

Birds in Cities

BIrds over city gate, Jaipur, India A 2007 study of urban birds and their close relatives in the wild in 73 major cities across the world found that the native ranges of urban... Read more ...

Science Says Having A Dog Makes A Man More Attractive And We Tend To Agree!

Science Says Having A Dog Makes A Man More Attractive And We Tend To Agree!

Does owning a dog increase the attractiveness of men? Um, yes! Okay, personal opinion aside, science actually says that it does. Dogs are pretty darn good at manipulating our... Read more ...

Trader Joe's Will Have Treat-Filled Advent Calendars For Dogs And Cats

Trader Joe's Will Have Treat-Filled Advent Calendars For Dogs And Cats

Christmas is filled with exciting gifts for humans, but of course, your dogs and cats want to get in on the fun as well! So, last year, Trader Joe's launched an advent calendar... Read more ...