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Global seabird populations have dropped 70 per cent in past 60 years say researchers

Started by Steph S. Jul 23. 0 Replies

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have revealed…Continue

Petey the Puffin tells the future

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 16. 3 Replies

Here's Petey the Puffin, trying to swallow a butterfish that's far too large for his throat.... the little grey fluff ball... keeps tossing his head back, trying to choke down the…Continue

Tags: tipping point, phytoplankton collapse, Gulf of Maine, Climate Destabilization, Petey the Puffin

Seabirds may navigate by scent

Started by Steph S. Jul 15. 0 Replies

Seabirds called shearwaters manage to navigate across long stretches of…Continue

Bird-Safe Wind Power

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jun 30. 1 Reply

Chaska company designs wind turbine of the futureBird proof wind energy that harvests works in low wind, what a…Continue

Tags: bird safe, wind energy, SheerWind's INVELOX technology

Male peacocks keep eyes low when checking out competition

Started by Steph S. Jun 16. 0 Replies

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Eye-tracking cameras show that peacocks checking out…Continue

Go fish! Ancient birds evolved specialist diving adaptations

Started by Steph S. May 26. 0 Replies

Date:May 22, 2015Source:Taylor & FrancisSummary:A new study of…Continue

These birds provide their own drum beat

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 23. 1 Reply

Listen closely to a Java sparrow sing: Interspersed among the notes…Continue

Bird flu found at 4 more Iowa farms with 2M chickens

Started by Steph S. Apr 27. 0 Replies

Some sad news today about the bird flu virus.State officials say the bird flu virus has been found in four more northwest Iowa poultry farms with more than 2 million chickens.The Iowa Department of Agriculture announced Monday there were probable…Continue

Researchers create tool to predict avian flu outbreaks

Started by Steph S. Apr 13. 0 Replies

A simple and effective portable tool to predict avian flu outbreaks on farms has been created by University of Guelph researchers.U of G researchers devised a real-time way to analyze chickens and other farm birds for avian flu. The tool uses a…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2013 at 7:18pm

I'm glad to know we shouldn't feed bread to ducks, geese, and swans. I'll remember that and inform others when appropriate.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 5:06pm

Angel Wing or Slipped Wing

I have not heard of this condition. Interesting deformity, and terrible for wild birds who do not have protection. Do you plan to keep them as a permanent resident, or are there places, such as families or parks who want non-flying geese? 

My neighbor across the street has a duck, she makes diapers for her, and lets her in the house. She loves my back yard because I have so many things she likes to eat ... especially likes to sit on the Wooly Thyme. I keep a tin bushel basket with fresh water for her and she likes to climbs in. Her name is "Fritz" ... don't ask me why!

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2013 at 4:57pm

Dominic, I understand about bread. Is there any seed not good for wildlife? Have you seen any research on GMO seeds in bird feeds? I haven't paid any attention, and I assume GMO is as bad for raising seeds as for raising corn for seeds. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 14, 2013 at 3:55pm

I agree Mindy.  That blue is an excellent color.  I like it in flowers also.

Comment by Steph S. on May 14, 2013 at 12:12am

Wow - Booklover and Ruth - those are great -thanks.

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 13, 2013 at 5:53pm

I have three rescued Canadian Geese with angel wing.  It prevents them from flying.  Yes, bread is the worst thing to feed wildlife.  There are quality feeds and grain mixes which would be fine, but bread is a waste of time and nutrition.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 8, 2013 at 11:44pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 7, 2013 at 9:43pm

That would make a good discussion topic Dominic.

Parakeet versus Budgie. I actually hear them referred to as Parakeet here. I do also see the term Budgie.

Here's a good link on the topic.

http://www.talkbudgies.com/showthread.php?t=2618

Comment by Dominic Florio on May 7, 2013 at 6:43pm

Actually budgerigar or budgie is correct.  In the US, we do call them parakeets, but parakeets belong to a whole family of hook bill birds. The larger English Budgie, is the same bird but bred to be a half size bigger.  We do call those budgies.  It is a little confusing, but we should really call them budgies.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 7, 2013 at 4:47pm

I suspect they're called budgies in most of the UK and UK affiliated countries.

 

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