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  1. Chris Merkord

    Nests, Eggs, and Incubation

    Provides a comprehensive overview of the fascinating and diverse field of avian incubaiton Covers the nest, the egg, incubation, and the study of avian reproduction Incorporates new research on nest structures, egg traits, and life history Discusses contemporary methodologies such as self-contained temperature probes and citizen science Describes how biological knowledge can be applied to challenges such as conservation and climate change Nests, Eggs, and Incubation brings together a global team of leading authorities to provide a comprehensive overview of the fascinating and diverse field of avian reproduction. Starting with a new assessment of the evolution of avian reproductive biology in light of recent research, the book goes on to cover four broad areas: the nest, the egg, incubation, and the study of avian reproduction. New research on nest structures, egg traits, and life history is incorporated, whilst contemporary methodologies such as self-contained temperature probes and citizen science are also discussed. Applied chapters describe how biological knowledge can be applied to challenges such as urbanisation and climate change. The book concludes by suggesting priorities for future research. This book builds upon the foundations laid down by Charles Deeming's 2002 work Avian Incubation (available for readers of this book to access online for free), much of which remains relevant today. Read in conjunction with this previous volume, it provides an up-to-date and thorough review of egg biology, nest function, and incubation behaviour, which will be an essential resource for students of avian biology, as well as both professional and amateur ornithologists working in the field of avian reproduction.
  2. Chris Merkord

    The Life of Buzzards

    The fascinating lives of Buzzards are revealed from extensive studies over many years A long overdue update of the natural history and ecology of the Common Buzzard Provides detailed accounts of their breeding cycle from courtship until fledging of broods Guidance provided on Buzzard breeding studies including interpretation of aerial behaviour This is a much-needed and authoritative account of Common Buzzards gained from extensive studies by the author over 60 years and also from enthusiasts in this country and across northern Europe. The accounts describe the life history and ecology of Buzzards mainly inhabiting the British uplands where historically they have always been most numerous. For the first time, population activities are followed through successive seasonal stages of their life cycle. These include the vital and inter-related aspects of Buzzard territories and social behaviour, diets and hunting methods, food requirements, prey abundance and breeding success, survival and life spans and how Buzzard numbers and distribution have changed, particularly in relation to the influence of Man. The book also demonstrates how well Buzzards have adapted to living in our modern and rapidly-changing landscapes, constantly adapting their habits in response to prey resources and environmental conditions. In the book’s first section, The Year of the Buzzard, the sequential changes in the composition and behaviour of a Buzzard community, their seasonal patterns of food habits and hunting methods, their breeding season from courtship until fledging of broods and their subsequent dispersal are outlined. The second section, Special Topics, provides greater detail of six key aspects of their ecology which are explored within the following chapter topics: Territory; Energy and Food Needs; Predation; Food Supply and Breeding Success; Demography and Population Dynamics; and Changes in Buzzard Abundance.
  3. Chris Merkord

    The Lanner Falcon

    This book provides a worldwide review of the ecology, behavior, morphology and breeding biology of the Lanner falcon (Falco biarmicus). From historical sources to the most recent ornithological literature, a comprehensive approach reveals the uniqueness and adaptability of this falcon from Afrotropic to Palearctic ecozones.
  4. Finally, the work of Wilfried Hansen and Dr. Jürgen Synnatzschke is available as a book. So far, it was scattered in 11 separate issues of the scientific journal Beiträge zur Naturkunde Niedersachsens and only accessible to a small number of experts. In the meantime, these issues are all out of print. They have now been revised, updated with extensive new data and united into a single book. The resulting monograph treats the tail feathers (rectrices) of the birds of Central Europe. The identifying characters of the tail feathers of more than 300 bird species are described in detail and depicted on first- class black-and-white drawings. New measurement tables for the longest wing feather complete the work. The foreword by Prof. Dr. Urs N. Glutz von Blotzheim makes this historical work a real classic of ornithology. An English summary and image captions in English open this German work to an international public. Erstmals liegt das Werk von Wilfried Hansen und Dr. Jürgen Synnatzschke als Buch vor. Bisher war es auf 11 separate Hefte der wissenschaftlichen Fachzeitschrift Beiträge zur Naturkunde Niedersachsens verstreut und nur wenigen Fachleuten zugänglich. Diese Hefte sind in der Zwischenzeit alle vergriffen. Sie wurden nun als Buch zusammengefasst und mit zahlreichen neuen Daten ergänzt. Die entstandene Monographie behandelt die Steuerfedern der Vögel Mitteleuropas. Die Bestimmungsmerkmale von über 300 Vogelarten anhand der Steuerfedern werden ausführlich beschrieben und auf erstklassigen Tuschezeichnungen dargestellt. Vervollständigt wird das Werk durch neu hinzugefügte Schwungfeder-Tabellen. Durch das Vorwort von Prof. Dr. Urs N. Glutz von Blotzheim wird dieses historische Werk zu einem echter Klassiker der Ornithologie. Eine englische Zusammenfassung und Bildunterschriften auf Englisch öffnen dieses deutschsprachige Werk einem internationalen Publikum.
  5. The extraordinary ruins of Machu Picchu, at an elevation above 2400 m, were among the most amazing creations of the Inca Empire at its height: its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem to have been cut out of continuous rock escarpments. This remote site lies on the eastern slope of the Andes on the upper reaches of the Amazon basin in a region exhibiting a rich diversity of flora and fauna. With the publication of this Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu and the Cusco Region, visitors from all over the world can now appreciate and identify the birds of the mountains, valleys, and forests of this World Heritage Site. The Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu and the Cusco Region is the result of a unique, three-continent collaboration between Barry Walker in Peru, Buteo Books in Virginia (USA), and Lynx Edicions in Barcelona. The text from previous versions of Barry Walker’s field guide has been completely rewritten and updated. Covering the nearly 500 species known to occur in the region, the individual species accounts provide details on habitat, behavior, localizations, and occurrence. The 165 color plates on pages facing the text are drawn from illustrations painted for the monumental Handbook of the Birds of the World. This is a field guide with all the essentials to identify the bird in the field, yet compact and light enough to fit in a pocket or carry on the Inca Trail. A section of the book contains a detailed guide to the best birding sites in the region and an annotated checklist, both of which will be of great value to the visiting birdwatcher.
  6. Call for Proposals for Training Opportunities, Short Courses and Workshops The North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) will be held in Washington, DC from August 16–20, 2016. We are inviting proposals for training opportunities, short courses, and workshops related to ornithological research and conservation, due by December 1. We hope to provide something of interest to a wide audience, from agency staff to young ornithologists from North and Latin America. DESCRIPTION OF EVENTS Training Opportunities are geared towards the professional development of attendees, mainly in government and NGO sectors. Proposed events should be scheduled for a half or a whole day, and could include topics such as Remote monitoring systems, Overview of avian collision impacts, or an Introduction to full annual-cycle models and monitoring needs. Preference will be given to proposals that provide training opportunities to which the target audience does not have regular access. Short Courses are multi-day, interactive experiences that offer training in relevant tools and skills for ornithological research and conservation. These courses are targeted towards students, academics and professionals, and will be held 2 days prior to the start of conference. Example topics include Advances in tracking of bird migration and movement, Urban avian ecology, or an Introduction to multi-species modeling. Workshops provide overviews of concepts, topics, and initiatives across diverse fields of interest and audiences. Examples include Effective science communication, an Overview of the bird habitat Joint Ventures, Social science for the biologist, or Innovations in the teaching of ornithology. All proposed events will take place during the days preceding the conference: Monday, August 15 and Tuesday, August 16. Six conference rooms, accommodating a range of 50–200 people per room, will be provided at the Washington Hilton Hotel each day. Proposals that require off-site facilities will also be considered. Participation in all workshops is through advance registration only. PROPOSALS Proposals should be 1–3 pages, and specify the following: Type of event (Training, short course, or workshop) Title of event Desired times and dates (up to 3 options) Name and affiliation of instructor(s) Number of participants (min, max) and target audience Proposed cost to participants (if applicable) Summary of course objectives Overview of topics or syllabus Prior experience teaching proposed topic Room set up, location and other requirements The NAOC Training Opportunities and Workshops Committee must receive all proposals by December 1, with the subject line NAOC Proposal to workshops@naoc2016.com. Please do not hesitate to contact the Committee Chair (Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez) with any questions or concerns.
  7. Chris Merkord

    bird banding online courses

    The NABC website mentions a training module on their workshops page: http://www.nabanding.net/workshops-and-courses/ I'm not sure what that is, but it doesn't list dates so I'm guessing its an online thing. Unfortunately the link is not written correctly and it takes you to a page that does not exist. It should take you to this URL: http:/www.ccac.ca/en_/education/niaut/wildlife/wl-migratory-birds Unfortunately that page no longer exists! If you can track down this training module, it might be what you're looking for. Let us know if you find out anything more. A while back Stu MacKenzie posted this video titled LPBO Technical Series - Tying a Mist Net: Maybe there are others in the series?
  8. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology Published by: The Wilson Ornithological Society Table of Contents Jun 2015 : Volume 127 Issue 2 [/div] Frontispiece The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), i-ii [div=padding-top:1.5em]MARGARET MORSE NICE MEDAL ESSAY From passion to science Edward H. Burtt The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 167-180 MAJOR ARTICLES Social behavior and organization of a native chukar (Alectoris Chukar Cypriotes) population Philip U. Alkon The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 181-199 Habitat preference and survival for western meadowlark (Sturnella Neglecta) fledglings in a contiguous prairie system Matthew D. Giovanni, Larkin A. Powell and Walter H. Schacht The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 200-211 Habitat use by grassland birds in natural areas and soybean fields in southern Brazil and Uruguay Thaiane Weinert Da Silva, Graziela Dotta, Daniel Tourem Gressler and Carla Suertegaray Fontana The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 212-221 Reproductive success of Field Sparrows (Spizella Pusilla) in response to invasive Morrow’s Honeysuckle: does Morrow’s Honeysuckle promote population sinks? Holly M. McChesney and James T. Anderson The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 222-232 Breeding origins of Northern Shovelers (Anas Clypeata) wintering on the Great Salt Lake, Utah Anthony J. Roberts and Michael R. Conover The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 233-238 Food habits and resource partitioning in a guild of Neotropical swifts Charles T. Collins The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 239-248 Nesting biology of the Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria Coronata) in south temperate forests of central Argentina Luciano N. Segura, Bettina Mahler, Igor Berkunsky and Juan C. Reboreda The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 249-258 Female Red-Breasted Flycatchers (Ficedula Parva) mated with older males produce male-biased broods Joanna Mitrus, Cezary Mitrus and Robert Rutkowski The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 259-265 SHORT COMMUNICATIONS Population Variation in Mobbing Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) by American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) John M. Marzluff, Jack H. DeLap and Kristina Haycock The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 266-270 Song Repertoire of Carolina Chickadees (Poecile carolinensis) in Southeastern Pennsylvania Evan P. Kelemen, Karen E. Zusi and Robert L. Curry The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 271-276 Probable Interspecific Song Learning in a Florida Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus) Erin L. Hewett Ragheb, Cody Mezebish and Bernard Lohr The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 277-280 Observation of Sandhill Cranes’ (Grus canadensis) Flight Behavior in Heavy Fog Eileen M. Kirsch, Michael J. Wellik, Manuel Suarez, Robert H. Diehl, Jim Lutes, Wendy Woyczik, Jon Krapfl and Richard Sojda The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 281-288 Incidence of Cartwheeling Flights in Raptors of South-Central Chile Victor Raimilla, Tomás Rivas-Fuenzalida, Alejandro Kusch, José Díaz, Jorge Toledo, Álvaro García and Jaime E. Jiménez The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 289-297 On a Tightrope: Use of Open Sky Urban Telephone Wires by Azure-crowned Hummingbirds (Amazilia cyanocephala) for Nesting Juan F. Escobar-Ibáñez and Ian MacGregor-Fors The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 297-302 A Radio-telemetry Study of Home Range and Habitat Use of the Endangered Yellow-billed Cotinga (Carpodectes antoniae) in Costa Rica Karen M. Leavelle, Luke L. Powell, George V. N. Powell and Adrian Forsyth The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 302-309 Brood Habitat Selection of Chinese Grouse (Tetrastes sewerzowi) at Lianhuashan, Gansu, China Zhao Jin-Ming, Fang Yun, Lou Ying-Qiang and Sun Yue-Hua The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 310-318 Nest, Eggs, and Nestlings of the Atlantic Forest Endemic Star-throated Antwren (Rhopias gularis) Daniel F. Perrella, Carlos H. Biagolini-Júnior, Lais Ribeiro-Silva, Paulo V. Q. Zima, Pedro M. Galetti and Mercival R. Francisco The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 319-323 Cooperative Breeding at a Nest of Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrushes (Catharus fuscater) Harold F. Greeney, Andrzej Dyrcz, Romuald Mikusek and Jeff Port The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 323-325 First Nesting Records in Southwestern Louisiana for American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) and Reddish Egrets (Egretta rufescens), with Implications for Dredge Spoil Island Restoration Will Selman and Bruce E. Davis The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 326-332 Observations on Fecal Sac Consumption and Near-ground Foraging Behavior in the Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) Julie C. Hagelin, Shannon Busby, April Harding-Scurr and Aleya R. Brinkman The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 332-336 Common Ravens (Corvus corax) Prey on Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) Eggs, Chicks, and Possibly Adults James L. Hayward, Gordon J. Atkins, Ashley A. Reichert and Shandelle M. Henson The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 336-339 A Modified Leg-noose Trap for Crab-plovers (Dromas ardeola) at Burrow Nests Giorgio Chiozzi, Giuseppe De Marchi and Mauro Fasola The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 339-343 ORNITHOLOGICAL LITERATURE Ornithological Literature John Faaborg The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 344-357 Publication Edward H. Burtt The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 2015 127 (2), 358-358
  9. There are still openings for this workshop as of today.
  10. Modelling Patterns and Dynamics of Species Occurrence Darryl I. MacKenzie Date: 24-28 August 2015 Venue: University of Guelph, Guelph Course Fee: CAD$800 before 1 Aug; CAD$850 thereafter The presence or absence of a species across a set of landscape units is a fundamental concept widely used in ecology (e.g., species range or distribution, epidemiology, habitat modelling, resource selection probability functions, as a monitoring metric, metapopulation studies, biodiversity and species co-occurrence). An important sampling issue, however, is that a species may not always be detected when present at a landscape unit. This will result in "false absences" causing parameter estimates to be biased if unaccounted for, possibly leading to misleading results and conclusions, even with moderate levels of imperfect detection. This short course will cover many of the latest methods for modelling patterns and dynamics of species occurrence in a landscape while accounting for the imperfect detection of the species. Participants will be introduced to available software through worked examples, and there will be special emphasis on aspects of study design. While primarily aimed at the beginner and intermediate level, more experienced researchers will also benefit from attending. For more details go to: http://www.proteus.co.nz/coursedetails.php?course=17
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  12. Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Application Deadline Approaching Call for Scholars, Researchers and Professionals in Environmental Sciences The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2016-2017 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. Of the nearly 600 awards being offered this year, currently there are some http://catalog.cies.org/searchResults.aspx?wa=&dc=ALL&ac=ALL&di=Environmental+Sciences&dr=&pr=ALL&kw=>106 awards available in the field of environmental sciences. Moreover, there are over http://catalog.cies.org/searchResults.aspx?wa=&dc=ALL&ac=ALL&di=All+Disciplines&dr=&pr=ALL&kw=>365 All Discipline awards that welcome teaching and/or research proposals in this field and others, including interdisciplinary projects. Exciting opportunities are available in countries around the globe, including but not limited to: Namibia: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=6044&dc=WA>Award #6044 Engineering and Information Technology Jamaica: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=6503&dc=JM>Award #6503 All Disciplines Ecuador: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=6489&dc=EC>Award #6489 Science and Technology China: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=6078&dc=CH>Award #6078 China Studies Postdoctoral Scholar Award Finland: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=6196&dc=FI>Award #6196 Fulbright-Saastamoinen Foundation Award in Health and Environmental Sciences Oman: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=6422&dc=MU>Award #6422 Multiple Disciplines – Caledonian College of Engineering Maldives: http://catalog.cies.org/viewAward.aspx?n=6439&dc=MV>Award #6439 All Disciplines Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about core Fulbright U.S. Scholar opportunities by visiting the online http://catalog.cies.org/>Catalog of Awards or by viewing our archived instructional webinars: http://www.cies.org/event/crafting-successful-project-statement> Crafting a Successful Project Statement http://www.cies.org/event/fulbright-opportunities-environmental-science> Fulbright Opportunities in Environmental Science The application deadline for most awards is August 3, 2015. Please make sure to review the http://www.cies.org/application-guidelines>application guidelines before submitting your application. This will give you an idea of the elements required for a full application submission. Pay close attention to the guidance on http://www.cies.org/project-statement-core-fulbright-scholar-program>Project Statements in particular, which features a checklist of topics to consider when structuring a proposal. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. For more information, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright>eca.state.gov/fulbrighthttp://eca.state.gov/fulbright>.
  13. Multivariate Analysis for Community Ecologists using PC-ORD 2.5-day WORKSHOP (must attend in person) will be held Tuesday-Thursday 11-13 August 2015 (~08:30-16:30) at The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton, AB, Canada More information about this and future courses can be found at: http://ecosystems.psu.edu/research/labs/silviculture/pc-ord To receive registration instructions, ask specific questions, or be placed on a mailing list for future course announcements, contact Jeri Peck at Penn State: peckj@psu.edu
  14. Chris Merkord

    New online class: conference poster design

    By far the most viewed topic in this forum lately. Lots of interest in this.
  15. “Master” R in Washington DC this September! Join RStudio Chief Data Scientist Hadley Wickham at the AMA – Executive Conference Center in Arlington, VA on September 14 and 15, 2015 for this rare opportunity to learn from one of the R community’s most popular and innovative authors and package developers. It will be at least another year before Hadley returns to teach his class on the East Coast, so don't miss this opportunity to learn from him in person. The venue is conveniently located next to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and a short distance from the Metro. Attendance is limited. Past events have sold out. Register today! Cross-posted from the RStudio Blog, http://blog.rstudio.org/2015/06/12/hadley-wickhams-master-r-developer-workshop-washington-dc-registration-is-open/
  16. Chris Merkord

    10 years Xeno-canto!

    This from the team at Xeno-canto (http://www.xeno-canto.org/), a collaborative website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world: -- On the 30th of may 2005 Xeno-canto went on-line. It was announced in an email to the NEOORN mailing list: "... We hope that over time it will turn out to be a useful and enjoyable resource, and we also hope that it will generate a bit of honest web community effort. " 10 years later we can say that we certainly got what we were hoping for, and then some! What an amazing adventure it has turned out to be so far: 2400 recordists worldwide, 240000 recordings, 9300+ species, 10000+ discussions on the forum .... We want to thank you all for joining that adventure, and would like to renew that original call! team XC
  17. From the June 2015 Birding Community E-bulletin: It's not pretty, and it's a bit like déjà vu, harkening back to 1969. The 1969 spill at Santa Barbara was so dramatic that it helped to ignite an environmental movement and launch a host of federal and state laws to protect the environment. Although last month's spill is far smaller than the 1969 catastrophe, it still prompted California's governor to declare a state of emergency in the county. A broken 24-inch diameter onshore pipeline ruptured, and it spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours before it could be shut off. The pipeline transports crude oil for 10.6 miles from Exxon Mobil's breakout storage tanks in Las Flores Canyon to a pump station in Gaviota. Plains All American, the company responsible for this pipeline, is among the worst violators listed by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration. The federal agency said that the company surpassed all but four of more than 1,700 operators in the area of safety and maintenance infractions. The 105,000-gallon spill is yet another "wake-up call" for the hazards associated with oil development and the nation's dependence on fossil fuels. The California region's ocean waters host crucial forests of kelp. The seaweed grows to lengths of 130 feet, and it helps support more than 800 species, including many small fish and invertebrates. If these small creatures ingest the oil they will either die directly or get eaten by larger animals, thus spreading toxic material up the food chain. Larger marine mammals (e.g., sea lions and sea otters) also forage for food in the underwater vegetation. When kelp breaks loose and washes up on shore, arthropods and birds eat it; shorebirds, gulls, terns, and cormorants forage at or near the shoreline. About 19,000 gray whales migrate through the channel at this time of season, sometimes as close as 100 feet from shore. And intertidal areas support sea anemones, soft corals, shrimp, muscles, crabs, and small fish. Bird species face some of the greatest risks. Foraging on the beach often means running into sticky oil that washes up on shore. Brown Pelicans-which spent almost 50 years on the Federal list of Endangered and Threatened species before their removal in 2009 - dive into the water to pursue fish, which means they can potentially end up plunging into an oil slick. It may be too early to tell exactly what will happen at Santa Barbara. Ben Halpern, a marine conservation researcher at UC Santa Barbara, says the most visible short term effect will be bird deaths from eating oil-related chemicals. "It's clearly a disaster, but it will be relatively contained," he says. "There will be major impact on the local scale, but not the regional one." At the same time, oil spill protocols have triggered an active response from the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Crews have deployed for clean-up, wildlife rescue, and damage assessment. International Bird Rescue and a number of local organizations have also been helping with clean-up and wildlife assistance. The Santa Barbara Audubon Society has been monitoring the beaches and watching for dead and injured birds.
  18. From the June 2015 Birding Community E-bulletin: News items on regional efforts to reduce bird deaths through collisions with buildings have appeared many times in the Birding Community E-bulletin, including most recently in March and April 2015: http://refugeassociation.org/?p=11238/#new and http://refugeassociation.org/?p=11355/#san Last month, Congressmen Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA) introduced H.R. 2280, the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act. The bill is designed to prevent the deaths of millions of birds by calling for each public building constructed, acquired, or significantly altered by the federal government's General Services Administration (GSA) to incorporate - to the maximum extent possible - bird-safe building materials and design features. We know that many buildings constructed by GSA are already, in fact, bird-friendly. The legislation, however, would require GSA to take similar actions on existing buildings, at least where practicable "This bill is a balanced approach, applying strictly to federal government buildings. It is simple, cost neutral legislation that will protect millions of birds," said Congressman Griffith. "The U.S. Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act, a cost neutral bill, would help prevent these deaths by including bird-safe building materials and design features across federal buildings," added Congressman Quigley. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. You can find out more specifics on the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2280 and get details from the American Bird Conservancy here: http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/150513.html
  19. A comprehensive examination of the molt processes (feather growth) of different species of birds, one of the most important and fundamental processes in the life history of any bird. To most observers, molt seems an overwhelming subject. But birders use many aspects of molt more than they realize—to distinguish juvenile birds from adults, to pick out an individual hummingbird from among dozens visiting a feeder, and much more. And for those whose interest goes beyond simply identifying birds, questions such as What triggers molt to start? How fast do feathers grow? and How long do they last? offer a fascinating window into the lives of birds. Put plainly, molt relates in some way to everything a bird does, including where it lives, what it eats, and how far it migrates. Here, for the first time, molt is presented for the nonscientist. Molt is very orderly and built on only four underlying strategies: simple basic, complex basic, simple alternate, and complex alternate. This book clearly lays out these strategies, relates them to aspects of life history, such as habitat and migration, and makes this important subject accessible.
  20. Chris Merkord

    A History of Ornithology

    What did we know about birds a thousand years ago, and how has our understanding developed? ‘A History of Ornithology’ offers a complete history of birdwatching in Britain, a classic for every nature lover's bookshelf. Today there is a huge interest in birdwatching as a hobby, and over the years amateur birdwatchers have contributed enormously to our understanding of the birds around us. At the same time, ornithology has developed as a science – in the field, in the laboratory, and in the universities – and birds have played their part in pushing forward the frontiers of biological knowledge. Peter Bircham looks at the history of British ornithology, spanning a millennium and exploring along the way the first bird book, the earliest British lists, various notable scientists, collectors and artists, the first studies of migration, and the challenges presented by classification. He traces the development of the British Ornithologists' Union and other organisations, and finishes with a review of the current state of ornithology in Britain. ‘A History of Ornithology’ is an authoritative and engrossing account, packed full of fascinating stories – not only about the birds but also about the many colourful characters who have studied them through the ages. This beautifully illustrated book will hold great appeal both for the student of ornithology and for the enthusiastic amateur naturalist.
  21. Chris Merkord

    Bird Ringing Station Manual

    In an attempt to standardize elements of the station routine, the book describes the procedures used in passerine and wader ringing stations. It offers a comparative analysis of versatile evaluation techniques such as measurements, orientation experiments and monitoring. The authors meticulously analyze different methods used to track birds, including catching passerines with mist-nets in land and wetland habitat, as well as the use of the Heligoland trap. The monograph, as a successful bid to establish a bird station routine that is favourable to both birds and ringers, will benefit all professional and amateur ringers.
  22. Living on the Neuse River in Raleigh, NC affords him the opportunity to photograph many species of birds. Unlike his previous books, including A Guided Tour of Avian Anatomy (2014), this book is not directed primarily toward veterinary students. A Guided Tour of Birds and Their Anatomy is directed toward a more “general public.” There are hundreds of “bird books,” but what sets this book apart is its emphasis on anatomy. It is written from the perspective of a veterinary anatomist. Some of the questions answered in this book include: Do some birds hibernate? Why do some birds migrate? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Which came first, the feather or the bird? Did feathers evolve for flight? What is that “white blob” attached to the egg yolk? Do birds have a cleft palate? How do owls fly so quietly? Do some birds have rocks in their stomach? How can birds breathe without a diaphragm? Can some birds drink seawater? How can birds sing without vocal cords? Why can’t birds lay more than one egg a day? Just why did the chicken cross the road? The 2015 edition consists of 180 pages, and contains some 348 photographs and illustrations. The book is perfect bound and is printed on high quality paper.
  23. A Guided Tour of Avian Anatomy includes introductory chapters on the comparative anatomy of birds and on the evolution of birds, as we currently understand it. Other chapter topics include: Integument; Terminology, Osteology, and Arthrology; Myology; Digestive System; Respiratory System; Urogenital System; and Nervous System. An attempt has been made to emphasize applied anatomy as it relates to physiology, pathology, radiology, medicine, and surgery. The 2014 edition consists of 150 pages, and contains some 249 photographs and illustrations. The book is perfect bound and is printed on high quality paper.
  24. Enduringly popular, Puffins are perhaps our most iconic species of bird, and are the most immediately identifiable of seabirds with their decorative bills and clown-like gait. Yet when they take to the air they wheel and turn with great agility and underwater these stocky little birds use short specially adapted wings to propel themselves through the water in pursuit of small fish. Surprisingly little was known about Puffin ecology until recently thanks to their preferred breeding habitat being underground on remote islands or hard-to-reach coastlines. Now Euan Dunn discloses all we have learnt about them as a result of technological advances, and provides a revealing account of their life cycle, behaviour and breeding, what they eat, how they interact in their busy colonies, and where they migrate to in winter. Euan also exposes the mounting threats Puffins face and offers advice on the best places to see them.