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Saving the Helmeted Hornbill The Helmeted Hornbill is under threat from a resurgence in demand for carvings made from its solid red casque. The trade is so intense that the bird is now Critically Endangered. Can it be saved?

BCR 150: John Kricher, The New Neotropical Companion His most recent book is The New Neotropical Companion, a third edition, fully revised and full color throughout, much expanded iteration of Kricher's now familiar handbook. What started out as "the little green book" of John's highly successful book A Neotropical Companion.

Christmas Bird Count 2019 Another year, another Christmas Bird Count. It always seems like the worst weather too. This year, I did Pennypack Park on Saturday in drizzle and dreary overcast conditions. My territory is pretty boring but at least I found a Great-horned Owl sitting out.

New discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years An international team of palaeontologists has discovered that the flying reptiles, pterosaurs, actually had four kinds of feathers, and these are shared with dinosaurs - pushing back the origin of feathers by some 70 million years.

Birds can mistake some caterpillars for snakes; can robots help? This is exactly what happened in Costa Rica earlier this year, when researchers witnessed a hummingbird defending its nest from what it interpreted to be a snake, but was actually a larva of the moth Oxytenis modestia. The encounter is described in a new paper published in the Ecological Society of America's journal Ecology.

When the beach clean-up is over Beach clean-ups have become a bittersweet sight to see. Although their impact is immediately seen, what happens after all the volunteers are gone? Praia dos achados, or Finders-Keepers Beach, in Cape Verde, was the scene of an apparently successful beach clean-up just six months ago.

Kent Birding….& A Royal Dip 3rd December : Alpha Pool Cliffe Marshes Black necked Grebe with a Tufted Duck. News of both Red necked and B…

Non-stop Birding Highlights Of 2018 Here's a few highlights from this year's trips away and adventures at LITTLE OAK GROUP: No better way than breaking up the Northern winter than with a trip to the tropics. Planning on setting up a small winter project in Ghana so in 2018 we did a recce to find a project area.

Guatemala photo trip After returning to the UK from Texas, two days later Peter was travelling again. Others in the group were from Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain and the USA. The tour began with a two-hour journey by road from the airport in Guatemala City to Monterrico, a town on the Pacific Coast.

Headline Birds There was a frosty outlook and a cold south-easterly and I was ready for a spot of fresh air birding. Once again a hunting Barn Owl stole the morning headlines as it put on a short display over Stalmine Moss. Soon it was gone, back to roost in a nearby barn.

Narragensett, Rhode Island I have spent surprisingly little time birding Rhode Island over the years, especially considering how often I have driven through the state, particularly when I was attending Stonehill College in Easton, MA. Still, I know that the Ocean State has some fine habitat to offer birders.

Bird of the Year 2018 - Voting Now Open! As another eventful year at International Bird Rescue comes to a close, the time has come to reflect on our experiences and accomplishments and select our 2018 Bird of the Year.

23 Condors Killed by Poison in Argentina At least 23 Andean Condors have been poisoned in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The remains were found by locals who subsequently alerted the authorities. Necropsies conducted revealed that the birds had died after ingesting a concentrated organophosphate pesticide.

Beddington Farmlands Bird And Wildlife Report 2017 Just back from the printers. If you would like to order a copy please email me [email protected] This is my birding and nature blog/profile. I am director of Little Oak Group, an enterprise for people and nature.

Moun­tain birds de­clin­ing in Europe The situation is the direst for species that only inhabit mountain regions and are unable to live in other European environments. For these species, known as mountain specialists, the numbers dwindled by as much as 10% during the monitoring period. Changes in land use also threaten mountain birds.

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Natural England’s Kill List Following on from Wednesday's post about the wholesale Killing of Ravens here is another troubling story. This also concerns Natural England. Natural England is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

No time to lose, European Council! Open Letter by BirdLife Europe, the European Environmental Bureau and Greenpeace to the Heads of State and Government of the European Union Member States. "Leaders, you must lead", Sir David Attenborough said just last week when speaking at the United Nations Climate Conference in Katowice.

Country diary: a winter chorus line A core of 50-plus starlings was in full frenzied cry, out-shouting one another in a euphoric crescendo that seemed to shift between chorus and cacophony. Out of this tumultuous thicket of sound rose peculiar whoops and peals as if there were individuals who wanted to stand out from the crowd.

Tiny tech tracks hummingbirds at urban feeders But given that urban hummingbird feeders are highly prevalent, researchers want to understand the health implications for birds congregating and sharing food resources at these bird buffets. Data from the study is one piece of that puzzle.

More 'heatwave' summers will affect animals Heatwaves similar to those experienced in Europe in 2018 can have a very negative impact on animals. A new study shows that overheated birds have smaller offspring, and that those that are born may have lower chances of survival.

Scotland Leads The Way There is a health warning on the below. It will make you angry. From Rob Sheldon - RDS Conservation 11th December 2018 Rob Sheldon - RDS Conservation 11th December 2018. "Previous information on the subject of licensed Raven killing has shown that in England the numbers being legally killed are increasing.

Birdwatch: spoonbills take a winter break in Somerset marshes A wetlands trip was made more memorable by an unseasonal sighting of this exotic species.

Fantastic Fox I don't remember seeing such a stunning specimen of a fox round here. What a beauty - in the obs garden this morning. This is my birding and nature blog/profile. I am director of Little Oak Group, an enterprise for people and nature.

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