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Archive for September, 2011

Winer Finch Forecast

Good news, bad news.  Good news is that it’s a good year for boreal cone and berry crops.  Bad news is that we’re not going to see a lot of finches and other irruptive migrants around here this winter.  See the details here.

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New Bird Species

From the Smithsonian:

“For the first time in decades, researchers have found a new bird species in the United States. Based on a specimen collected in 1963 on Midway Atoll, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, biologists have described a new species of seabird, Bryan’s shearwater (Puffinus bryani), according to differences in measurements and physical appearance compared to other species of shearwaters. Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute analyzed the specimen’s DNA to confirm that it is an entirely new species.”

Read the full press release here.

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Bird Migration Article

Check out this article from the latest issue of Science. Birds burn protein from their own muscles and organs to stave off dehydration during migratory flight.

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Welcome to this brand new group. Join us if you like birds or birding and would like to share your interest with other CUNY folk. We will be posting news about NYC area birding and ornithology in general, as well as organizing group birding trips around the region.

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