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I am, at long last, concluding the cowbird/ Kirtland’s Warbler series: what is the future of Kirtland’s Warblers?

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kirtland’s warbler 101

December 7, 2005

in Birds,Science

An introduction to Kirtland’s Warbler.

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Cowbird control has been credited with saving some rare bird species. But is it really the cure-all that the public thinks it is?

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The December 2005 issue of the journal Conservation Biology has a paper on a topic near and dear to my heart (heh-heh): deer overpopulation. In case you missed previous installments, there was the overview of the ecological problems of too…

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The last post, Cowbirds 101, received a few comments which I’d like to address.

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cowbirds 101

November 30, 2005

in Birds,Science

Many people have an immediate negative reaction to cowbirds, and it’s often based on a lack of understanding about their ecology and impact on other birds. Let’s start out this series of posts by getting to know cowbirds.

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Recently, there has been a buzz going around birding and conservation lists about some funding cutbacks for Kirtland’s Warbler management. Specifically, some of the cowbird trapping will be reduced. A message circulating regarding the cuts from one organization calls for…

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For many years, I have judged a middle school science fair at a very affluent private school where two close friends are teachers. I always enjoy it. My fellow judge for eighth grade biological science projects is a riot, and…

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I’ll admit, the holidays are not my favorite time of year. At least here in the U.S., they are well able to represent many of the uglier aspects of American culture: consumerism, waste, over-indulgence, keeping up with the Joneses (“affluenza”),…

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more collared geese

November 15, 2005

in Birds,Field work

The other day I posted on reporting neck-collared Canada Geese. Since then, I’ve come across another group of geese near home, of which ten had collars. Remarkably (or not, site fidelity is one thing we learn from these types of…

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