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Newswise: 'The blob,' food supply squeeze to blame for largest seabird die-off
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    15-Jan-2020 2:00 PM EST

'The blob,' food supply squeeze to blame for largest seabird die-off

University of Washington

When nearly one million common murres died at sea and washed ashore from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, it was unprecedented — both for murres, and across all bird species worldwide. Scientists from the University of Washington, the U.S. Geological Survey and others blame an unexpected squeeze on the ecosystem's food supply, brought on by a severe and long-lasting marine heat wave known as "the blob."

Channels: Birds, Climate Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Wildlife, PLOS ONE, All Journal News,

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8-Jan-2020 7:05 PM EST
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Marine Heatwave Likely Caused Mass Starvation of Seabirds off the U.S. West Coast and Alaska

PLOS

Unprecedented numbers of common murres—North Pacific seabirds—died between 2015 and 2016. A new analysis lays out the scope of this event and suggests a potential culprit: severely reduced food supplies resulting from unusually elevated sea temperatures.

Channels: Birds, Climate Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Nature, All Journal News, PLOS ONE, Staff Picks,

Released:
9-Jan-2020 11:40 AM EST
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Study: Pig virus is easily transmitted among chickens and turkeys

Ohio State University

The first animal study of a pig virus’s potential to jump to another species shows that the virus, once introduced to a select group of birds, is easily transmitted to healthy chickens and turkeys.

Channels: Agriculture, Birds, Food and Water Safety, Infectious Diseases, Public Health, All Journal News,

Released:
15-Jan-2020 10:55 AM EST
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13-Jan-2020 1:40 PM EST
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Newswise: Team led by NUS avian researcher discovered 10 new bird taxa in little-explored islands of Wallacea

Team led by NUS avian researcher discovered 10 new bird taxa in little-explored islands of Wallacea

National University of Singapore

A research team led by Associate Professor Frank Rheindt from the National University of Singapore found five bird species and five subspecies new to science in three small island groups off Sulawesi, Indonesia. The islands are situated in Indonesia’s Wallacea region, an archipelago at the interface between the Oriental and Australian biogeographical realms, named after Sir Alfred Wallace.

Channels: All Journal News, Birds, Climate Science, Environmental Science, Nature, Wildlife,

Released:
10-Jan-2020 3:00 AM EST
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Newswise: The Birds and the Bats: Evolving to Fly May Have Had Big Effect on Gut Microbiome
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    7-Jan-2020 6:00 AM EST

The Birds and the Bats: Evolving to Fly May Have Had Big Effect on Gut Microbiome

University of California San Diego Health

UC San Diego researchers studied nearly 900 vertebrate species and found that bats have unusual gut microbiomes that more closely resemble those of birds than other mammals, raising questions about how evolutionary pressures change the gut microbiome

Channels: Birds, Microbiome, Nature, Wildlife, All Journal News,

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3-Jan-2020 2:25 PM EST
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Newswise: Polluted Wastewater in the Forecast? Try A Solar Umbrella
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    6-Jan-2020 8:00 AM EST

Polluted Wastewater in the Forecast? Try A Solar Umbrella

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Evaporation ponds, commonly used in many industries to manage wastewater, can occupy a large footprint and often pose risks to birds and other wildlife, yet they’re an economical way to deal with contaminated water. Now researchers at Berkeley Lab have demonstrated a way to double the rate of evaporation by using solar energy and taking advantage of water’s inherent properties, potentially reducing their environmental impact. The study is reported in the journal Nature Sustainability.

Channels: Birds, Energy, Environmental Health, Food and Water Safety, Nature, Technology, Wildlife, Nature (journal), DOE Science News, All Journal News,

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3-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
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Newswise: The Ant, the Woodpecker, and the 3-D Printer: A Tale of Interdepartmental Collaboration
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18-Dec-2019 2:05 PM EST
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Local, Native Birds Declining Rapidly While Non-native, Invasive Species Thrive

American Technion Society

When Israeli conservation scientists looked at trends of common bird populations over the last 15 years, they found that invasive bird species are thriving, and native ones are largely declining. They present the reasons for these changes, and flag the importance of strategies to mitigate the spread of non-native birds.

Channels: All Journal News, Birds, Nature, Israel News,

Released:
17-Dec-2019 2:25 PM EST
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