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    • Greetings OE members, I'm a postdoctoral researcher working in the lab of Dr. Eli Bridge (ebridge on this site).  We are running a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for an ambitious birdwatching project.  We have designed a spotting scope turret that works with computer vision on a Raspberry Pi computer to automatically track the moon through the night sky.  This program records video of the moon, and automatically counts birds as they cross in front of the moon.   We have a few units built, but we want to do a bigger project.  We are going to send units to collaborators for FREE across North America to conduct a large scale study on the autumn migration.  So, we are going to try out this newfangled thing called crowdfunding.  You should take a look at our page HERE, which is full of information and pretty pictures.  We are updating the page on a weekly basis with new videos and photos.  We'd love for you to contribute and share this among your friends, colleagues, and other enthusiasts.  If you are interested in participating by using a LunAero unit in the fall, you should let us know.   SO GO CHECK IT OUT ALREADY!
    • Cooperation among different species of birds is common. Some birds build their nests near those of larger, more aggressive species to deter predators, and flocks of mixed species forage for food and defend territories together in alliances that can last for years. In most cases, though, these partnerships are not between specific individuals of the other species—any bird from the other species will do. View the full article
    • As humans, we know that some of our activities can cause cancer to develop in our bodies. Smoking, poor diets, pollution, chemicals used as additives in food and personal hygiene products, and even too much sun are some of the things that contribute to an increased risk of cancer. View the full article
    • The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies voted last week on a 2019 spending package that would keep overall funding at this year’s levels but change the way those funds are dispensed, including an $11 million cut to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $19 million more to the U.S. Geological Survey and massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. The $35.25 billion package for fiscal year 2019 would fund the Department of the Interior, as well as several other wildlife-related agencies and programs. The Wildlife Society provided comments to the subcommittee to advocate for the robust funding of conservation and management programs within these agencies. Line-item appropriations are not provided for all programs but will likely be added in future amendments and committee report language. If passed, this legislation would decrease funding for the USFWS to $1.6 billion. Migratory bird programs addressed within the subcommittee text include the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, which would see an increase in funding from $40 million to $42 million, and the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, which would see level funding, at $3.9 million. The USFWS’ State and Tribal Wildlife Grant Program would also see flat funding at $63.6 [...] View the full article
    • Researchers report important new insights into evolution following a study of mitochondrial DNA from about 5 million specimens covering about 100,000 animal species. View the full article