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Birds and Beans: Study Shows Which Type of Coffee Plantations Are Best for Bird Diversity

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Which is better for bird diversity: Arabica or Robusta beans?

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Brain, Evolution, Genetics, Birds, Reptiles, Intelligence

Birds and Primates Share Brain Cell Types Linked to Intelligence

In a new study, published this week in the journal Current Biology, scientists from UChicago show that some neurons in bird brains form the same kind of circuitry and have the same molecular signature as cells that enable connectivity between different areas of the mammalian neocortex.

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Extinction, Extinct Species, moa, New Zealand, DNA, Ancient Dna, Environment, prehistory, Ecosystem, Ecology, History

Middle Earth Preserved in Giant Bird Dung

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While the giant birds that once dominated New Zealand are all extinct, a study of their preserved dung (coprolites) has revealed many aspects of their ancient ecosystem, with important insights for ongoing conservation efforts.

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Prolactin, Zebra Finch, Birds, Hormone

Lactation Hormone Cues Birds to Be Good Parents

Toppling a widespread assumption that a “lactation” hormone only cues animals to produce food for their babies, Cornell University researchers have shown the hormone also prompts zebra finches to be good parents.

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Ornithology, Tech, Solar Power, Tracking, Birds

Long-Lasting, Solar-Powered Tag to Track Birds Over Their Lifetimes

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Cornell University researchers have created a solar wildlife tag, an innovation that solves key challenges in bird-tracking devices: how to make them lightweight and long-lasting.

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Bald Eagles, hawks, Raptors, Lead Poisoning, Rodenticide

Rescued Raptors a Reminder Household Toxins Still Threaten Beloved Birds

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Two local raptors made unexpected recoveries this month following exposure to common and deadly man-made toxins: lead and rodenticide.

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Fossil Evidence Shows Bats Colonized From Islands to Continents

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Plants and animals are generally thought to colonize from continents to islands, over time leading to the evolution of separate island species. But a new study published in the Journal of Biogeography suggests a re-thinking of colonizing patterns.

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An Outdoor Cat Can Damage Your Sustainability Cred

If you install solar panels on your roof and avoid dousing your lawn with chemicals and pesticides, your online peers may consider you to be environmentally friendly. But this street cred can all be erased if you let your cat roam around outdoors.

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BRI Publishes Chapter in Elsevier's Encyclopedia of the Anthropociene

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The chapter, The Effects of Methylmercury on Wildlife: A Comprehensive Review and Approach for Interpretation, authored by BRI Executive Director and Chief Scientist, David Evers, was recently published in Elsevier's Encyclopedia of the Antrhopocene, 1st Edition.

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Birds, Ecology, Lighting, Urban Planning, Migration patterns, Zoology, Ornithology

City Lights Setting Traps for Migrating Birds

A University of Delaware study has examined how light pollution lures birds into urban areas during fall migration, a trend that poses risk for the fowl that often fly into buildings and has increased with the addition of brighter LED lights. The researchers were interested in seeing what factors shape the birds' distributions and why they occur in certain areas.







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