Birding News #94

:: The Calgary Zoo says that it will continue with its captive breeding program for the endangered Greater Sage Grouse, despite a difficult start which has seen only two of 13 hatchlings survive to the age of seven months.

:: GrrlScientist writing for The Guardian has her first-ever list of best bird books of the year; and her list of best nature books of 2014 is here.

:: Scientists figure out just when birds lost their teeth

:: PacifiCorp Energy pleaded guilty in federal court in Wyoming to two counts of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, after the discovery of more than 370 dead protected birds at two of the company’s wind farms, under a plea deal with prosecutors, and will pay US $2.5 million in fines.

:: The journal Science has published a series of papers on the evolutionary origin of birds, the genes and brain mechanisms that drive their behaviour, their relationships to each other. The papers are the result of an unprecedented consortium focused on the sequencing and analyses of at least one genome per avian order; the analyses have resulted in eight papers published in Science, as well as 20 papers in other journals, with the flagship study announcing that 48 birds — at least one from every major bird lineage — now have had their entire genetic code uncovered.

:: A recent study suggests a never-before documented ability in Golden-winged Warblers, to sense severe storms in advance of their arrival

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Bob at Birds CalgarySnowy Owls of the Calgary Area

:: From Maureen at Hipster Birders2014 Year in Review

:: From Clare at 10,000 Birds: Gifts to Impress a Female Friend

:: From Julie at Birding Is FunSeafood Feast at Low Tide

:: From Josiah at Birds in Your BackyardMy Field Guides Update

:: From Rob at City BirderChristmas Bird Count at Floyd Bennett Field

Birding News #21

:: A Boston Globe article about Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds radio show (I was thrilled to be interviewed for it), by Linda Matchan! PS You don’t have to be in Massachusetts to listen (I listen online whenever I can)…

:: How the rooster lost his penis

:: The Calgary Herald profiles legendary Calgary naturalist, Gus Yaki

:: 15 newly-described species of birds have been discovered in the Amazon Rainforest!

:: A new bait created to resemble horseshoe crabs, which is good news for the crabs and migrating shorebirds on the East coast.

:: Superb Lyrebirds of Australia match their songs to specific dance moves

:: Did you know that one Purple Martin banded, and tagged with a geolocator last year at the Ellis Bird Farm in Southern Alberta, clocked more than 21,000 km on her migration route?

:: Some Canadian scientists believe that Purple Martins are declining because their migration misses the peak for insects in the Spring.

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

From Kathie at Kathie’s BirdsThe Quail Saga Continues

:: From Sam at Two Birders and Binoculars: Interview with Bird LEGO Creator Extraordinaire — Thomas-Poulsom

:: From Liam at Colorblind Birder: Being a Colorblind Birder

:: From Timothy at Backyard Chirper: Common Backyard Birds Nesting Information

:: From Jeff at the ABA Blog: Remembering Betty Petersen 1943 – 2013

:: From Jeff at The City BirderWhat is an Empidonax Flycatcher??