Posts tagged: bird mortality

What Would Happen If We Brought Birds Back From The Dead?

Extinction is deeper than death—it’s an irreversible biological loss that extends well beyond individuals. At least, that’s what we’ve always understood it to be. Now, some researchers are betting that, in certain cases, extinction might be able to be undone. The emerging field of de-extinction seeks to revive lost species using advances in synthetic biology, including cloning. […]

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Alaska’s Shorebirds Exposed to Mercury

Shorebirds breeding in Alaska are being exposed to mercury at levels that could put their populations at risk, according to new research from The Condor: Ornithological Applications. Thanks to atmospheric circulation and other factors, the mercury that we deposit into the environment tends to accumulate in the Arctic. Mercury exposure can reduce birds’ reproductive success and […]

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Feather-Munching Bacteria Damage Wild Bird Plumage

A new study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances links feather-degrading bacteria to damaged plumage on wild birds for the first time, offering new insights into how birds’ ecology and behavior might affect their exposure to these little-studied microbes. Scientists know surprisingly little about the diverse community of microbes that lives on bird feathers. A few of these […]

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Botulism in Waterbirds

Outbreaks of botulism killed large percentages of waterbirds inhabiting a wetland in Spain. During one season, more than 80 percent of gadwalls and black-winged stilts died. The botulinum toxin’s spread may have been abetted by an invasive species of water snail which frequently carries the toxin-producing bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, and which is well adapted to […]

Storks Fill Up on Junk Food

White storks are addicted to junk food and make round-trips of almost 100km to get their fix — according to new research from the University of East Anglia. In folklore, storks would carry babies to parents around the world. But since the mid 1980s, increasing numbers no longer migrate from Europe to Africa for the […]

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Protected Birds Illegally Poisoned

A new report has highlighted the number of illegal poisoning and persecution incidents of birds of prey in Northern Ireland. The report, by the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime Northern Ireland (PAWNI), found that there were 30 illegal poisoning or persecution incidents, affecting 33 protected birds of prey. The most frequent casualty was the […]

Bats at Greatest Risk from Turbines in Illinois

Bats are much more likely than birds to be killed or injured by wind turbines in Illinois, according to state data. “About 22,000 bats a year are killed by wind turbines,” said Keith Shank, who tracks wind turbine collisions and endangered species for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Shank said bats killed by wind […]

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Bill to Gut Bird Protection Laws

A bill that would seriously curtail the reach of two major federal bird protection laws has been introduced in the House of Representatives, and its sponsors clearly intend the measure as a boon to the renewable energy industry. The bill, H.R. 493, would require that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant permits of at […]