Journal archives for January 2019

January 12, 2019

Visitors flock to UCLA’s Clark Library for rare glimpse at winged guest.

UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Memorial Library is all about rare things and visitors who want to explore. And this week that definition expanded to include a visitor that has the local birding community buzzing around the library’s historic grounds — a red-flanked bluetail has taken up residence on the West Adams property.

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/visitors-flock-to-uclas-clark-library-for-rare-glimpse-at-winged-guest

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Nuttall’s woodpecker moves into unused backyard birdhouse.

Nuttall’s woodpeckers are monogamous, so Wally may have created a nesting area for his mate, who will join him later. Mating season for the woodpeckers has started; egg laying should begin in April and May.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/11/nuttalls-woodpecker-moves-into-unused-backyard-birdhouse/

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Water savings may cause suffering for burrowing owls.

For decades, the Imperial Valley, where the hardpan Sonoran desert meets the verdant agricultural fields that stretch from Mexico to the Salton Sea, has provided an improbable refuge for these owls. They were once relatively scarce here, but now the valley harbors 70 percent of the state’s population, thanks to a 3,100-mile irrigation system that transformed this stretch of desert into a multibillion-dollar agricultural industry.

https://www.hcn.org/issues/51.1/wildlife-water-savings-may-cause-suffering-for-burrowing-owls-california

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January 06, 2019

Should You Feed Hummingbirds During the Winter Months?

I'm torn as to whether I should keep putting hummingbird food or birdseed out during the winter. Will it keep the birds from migrating? Will it make them dependent on me for their food rather than find it in the wild?

https://goldrushcam.com/sierrasuntimes/index.php/news/local-news/17020-california-bountiful-magazine-should-you-feed-hummingbirds-during-the-winter-months

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January 15, 2019

What Birds Can Teach Us about Flying Robots.

Modeling the physics of bird jumping is helping engineers make more mobile machines.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-birds-can-teach-us-about-flying-robots/

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January 02, 2019

Northland Nature: Varied thrushes make surprise visit to feeders.

Like many in the Northland, I maintain bird feeders during the winter. Typically, I begin in October and continue through the cold season. Unless it is very snowy, I cease in April.

Though we feed birds, it is more for our sake. Unless conditions are very brutal, the local birds, so well-adapted to northern seasons, can survive without our handouts.

https://www.lcnewschronicle.com/sports/outdoors/4549229-northland-nature-varied-thrushes-make-surprise-visit-feeders

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January 08, 2019

THE ENDANGERED PERSPECTIVE: Can you name 150?

Your average North American can recognize 150 corporate logos without practice or effort, a statistic made especially sad when you consider this same person can’t name most of the trees or birds or insects which make up their world.

https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/community/the-endangered-perspective-can-you-name-150-273679/

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January 10, 2019

Bald eagles of Lake Tahoe: A story of triumph.

When America adopted the bald eagle as the national symbol in 1782, the country may have had as many as 100,000 nesting eagles. Soon after, this species began to decline in population due to loss of habitat and outright persecution through poisoning and poaching. Many believed they were a threat to livestock as well as a competitor for game.

In 1940, noticing that the species was "threatened with extinction," Congress passed the Bald Eagle Protection Act, which prohibited killing, selling and possessing the species.

https://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/bald-eagles-of-lake-tahoe-a-story-of-triumph/

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Rare bird, permits delay Whittaker cleanup.

Citing evidence of a bird hardly anyone ever sees and dealing with permit paperwork they see all too much of, officials supervising the cleanup of the Whittaker-Bermite site said their year-end cleanup target date has now been pushed into 2019.

https://signalscv.com/2019/01/rare-bird-permits-delay-whittaker-cleanup/

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Living on a High Wire: To stay or relocate?

It may be hard to imagine that a 4-pound bird could be responsible for igniting a grass fire or causing a power outage to hundreds of customers.

https://kernvalleysun.com/living-on-a-high-wire-to-stay-or-relocate/

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