‘Light Pollution’ Affects Love Lives of Viennese Birds

‘Light Pollution’ Affects Love Lives of Viennese Birds

“Light pollution” from artificial light in cities may affect the love lives of birds in the Viennese Forest, according to recent research. Artificial light has negative affects on humans and the environment, but it reportedly impacts the reproductive behavior of blue tits. Researchers are hopeful that their study could help develop concepts, minimizing negative effects … Continue reading

Technology tracks the elusive Nightjar

Technology tracks the elusive Nightjar

Bioacoustic recorders could provide us with vital additional information to help us protect rare and endangered birds such as the European nightjar, new research has shown. The study, led by Newcastle University, found that newly developed remote survey techniques were twice as effective at detecting rare birds as conventional survey methods. Using automated equipment to … Continue reading

Scientists develop birdsong identifier software

Scientists develop birdsong identifier software

Scientists have developed a new system that decodes birdsongs from large sets of recordings to identify which birds are present. Scientists from Queen Mary University of London used recordings of individual birds and of dawn choruses to identify characteristics of bird sounds. It took advantage of large datasets of sound recordings provided by the British … Continue reading

‘Four-winged’ dinosaur discovery suggests prehistoric beasts could fly before birds

‘Four-winged’ dinosaur discovery suggests prehistoric beasts could fly before birds

Archaeologists have unearthed the fossil of a “four-winged” dinosaur bird – indicating that feathered dinosaurs may have been able to fly before the evolution of birds. The long tail feathers of Changyuraptor, from north-east China, would have provided the stability and speed control required for a safe landing. At four feet long and weighing 90 … Continue reading

Precipitation, not warming temperatures, may be key in bird adaptation to climate change

Precipitation, not warming temperatures, may be key in bird adaptation to climate change

A new model analyzing how birds in western North America will respond to climate change suggests that for most species, regional warming is not as likely to influence population trends as will precipitation changes. Several past studies have found that temperature increases can push some animal species – including birds – into higher latitudes or … Continue reading

NZ battles pests to save native birds

NZ battles pests to save native birds

New Zealand’s largest pest control programme has been given the go ahead to protect native wildlife from a plague of rats and stoats, Conservation Minister Nick Smith says. Dr Smith outlined the “battle for our birds” programme in January. The final programme has now been determined. Some new areas have been added, such as D’Urville … Continue reading

Could Rare Bird on Tiny Island Be India’s Ecological Canary?

Could Rare Bird on Tiny Island Be India’s Ecological Canary?

A little over a month after India’s new government came to power, conservationists have begun worrying that the administration may be less than committed to protecting some of the country’s environmental treasures. Within days of the election, the government granted clearances to several defense projects that had been pending for years due to potential environmental … Continue reading