Extinction Week Recap

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Extinction endures long past regret or even memory. More than most could imagine, as Duncan estimated when pondering why this site is not called 12,000 Birds : The Holocene Extinction Event, the one we’re living in right now, is by custom divided into two parts, the prehistoric extinctions and the modern age, which begins somewhere around 1500 AD, coinciding with the beginning of the European Age of Discovery. Australia’s extinct and threatened bird species.

National Audubon Society Birds of North America: A Guide Review

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And now we have the third iteration in Audubon’s guide book history: National Audubon Society Birds of North America. The National Audubon Society Birds of North America covers all species seen in mainland United States, Canada and Baja California. Rare Birds of North America.


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Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record: A Book Review

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Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record by Errol Fuller is one of these books. Yes, it is about extinction, a popular topic in the Year of the Passenger Pigeon. But it examines extinction in a very different way. Most of the books about extinction, including Fuller’s Extinct Birds (now, ironically, out of print), describe what was lost and look for explanations, scientifically and historically. There is hope because extinction is being witnessed.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

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And why I am so happy to see new, updated editions of Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America being published. In May, I reviewed Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition.

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314 U.S. Bird Species Threatened — Many with Extinction — by Global Warming

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Many of those will lose so much range so quickly that extinction seems highly likely. Scientists all over the world are sounding the alarm about ecological disruptions already in motion, and birders in North America are already seeing changes in the distribution of species, from the 61 percent of bird species wintering farther north to expanding ranges of birds like Mississippi Kite and Great-tailed Grackle. … Extinction is forever. Most species go extinct.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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The April arrival of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition was a supremely happy moment in a very difficult, sad month. Extinct birds, such as Ivory-billed Woodpecker, are included. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition.

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Is The Hooded Grebe About To Go Extinct?

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Twenty two species are distributed among six genera, depending on what happens to be extinct, and for the most part one grebe is like another. And, in South America, there is at least one species that is being heavily preyed on by North American Minks which are not supposed to be in South America. The Hooded Grebe was discovered in 1974, and have been going extinct ever since. Their natural range is in a smallish region of southern South America.

Peak passenger pigeon – looking at “Martha” after a century extinct

Green Prophet

Read more as we attempt to solve this extinction mystery. I moved from cetaceans to insects to endangered species and finally to extinct animals. Surely someone must know what caused them to go extinct. A quick internet search told me that passenger pigeons lived in Eastern North America and were at one time the most populous bird species on earth, numbering as many as five billion. The European starling is North America’s most prolific living bird.

My Sixth Extinction Facepalm

Sightline Daily

The Sixth Extinction, Book Cover Dear Ms. Kolbert: Your new book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is equal parts masterful and perplexing. It’s a tour de force through the byways of species biology, full of fascinating scientists studying charismatic creatures that are passing or have passed into extinction. You write, for example, about the likelihood that humans began causing extinction with our own cousins, the Neanderthals.

5 Fun Facts About Animals in ‘North America’

Conservancy Talk

This month The Discovery Channel premieres a new 7-part series, North America , that gives viewers and inside look at the animals and plants of North America. Our organization works across borders to protect lands and waters in North America and beyond, for people and for nature. The best part of North America ? The elusive RCW has been forced to the brink of extinction , and was extirpated, or locally extinct, at The Disney Wilderness Preserve in Florida for decades.

Carolina Parakeet: Mystery of the Incas

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They are also popular in the pet trade and as an adornment for ladies hats, the millinery trade being pretty devastating to many of North America’s flashiest birds. Birds carolina parakeet Extinct Parrots Extinct Species Week extinction The 19-teens were not a good time for North American birdlife.

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The Ten Creepiest Spiders of North America

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bradley, author of Common Spiders of North America , is one of many professional and novice arachnologists in the country studying the planet’s eight-legged critters and working to dispel popular myths. Depending on what criteria is used, either the black widow or the brown recluse is the most venomous spider in North America. They have features you might expect to see in an ancestor that has gone extinct,” he says, adding that most of the differences are obscure and specialized.

Feral Cats Are An Invasive Species in North America (and elsewhere)

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It was not a kitty cat, even though all of its relatives in the Americas were. But they don’t live in North America. I find it astonishing that people argue of whether feral cats are bad for birds in North America. In North America, you’ve got Bears at the large end, Cats in the middle, and at the smaller end, the Mustilids. There is not a wild cat, such as the Wildcat, in North America, at that lower end of the size range for cats.

A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World

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Commentators seemed to take their extinction as inevitable, although in fact their numbers had begun a slow climb from their historical nadir and would break the 100-individual mark in 1986. As the subtitle implies, this appreciation drives the bulk of A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World. A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World by Paul A. As a child of the eighties, I experienced a number of elegies for Whooping Cranes.

The Cactus Smuggler: Are Desert Plants Being Loved to Extinction?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Some of the cacti they had were labeled appendix two, which means they aren’t currently “threatened with extinction but may become so unless trade is closely controlled,” according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The case, which moved partially through federal courts in Los Angeles in 2015, and is still ongoing today, helps illuminate a greater problem with North America’s public lands, flora and fauna.

Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean: A Book Review by a Lover of Parliaments

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Here are some things I’ve learned from the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean by Scott Weidensaul: The Burrowing Owl is the only North American owl species where the male is larger than the female, albeit, only slightly larger. All now extinct. ’ Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean covers 39 species found in, as the titles says, North America and the Caribbean islands.

National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: A Book Review

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The second edition of the National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition has one of the longest book names in bird bookdom: National Geographic Complete Birds of North America, 2nd Edition: Now Covering More Than 1,000 Species With the Most-Detailed Information Found in a Single Volume. It is also, the cover tells us, “fully revised and updated,” and “companion to National Geographic to the Field Guide to the Birds of North America.”

Rev. Bachman’s Lost Warbler

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Rightly or wrongly, there’s an hierarchy of extinct birds in North America, in the United States in particular. North America certainly doesn’t want for wood-warblers, many of whom are more dramatic that the little canebrake dweller. … Extinction is forever. It is correct, of course, to think of extinction this way during the Holocene Extinction, which we are living through right now. Most species go extinct.

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GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

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Before I delve into some of these avian treasures let me give you a few non-birding reasons to visit this gem of South America. Decades of trapping for the pet industry drove them to the brink of extinction, and their survival into the future was seriously in doubt.

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Adventures with Bowfin, North America’s Underdog(fish)

Nature Conservancy - Science

What we see today in the backwaters and wetlands of eastern North America is a modern representative of a very ancient line of “primitive” fishes or “living fossils,” organisms that appear to have changed little over time. The bowfin lineage has persisted for over 150 million years, surviving extinction events that killed the dinosaurs and many other species, but can they survive this modern age of humans?

Meet the Coywolf, North America’s Beautiful New Coyote-Wolf Hybrid

Eco Chic

They have successfully spread over much of eastern North America since then and have become one of the most successful predators in the United States, despite also being one of the least protected. Historically, wild gray wolves occupied almost all of North America and were once the world’s most largely distributed mammal. The post Meet the Coywolf, North America’s Beautiful New Coyote-Wolf Hybrid appeared first on Eco-Chick. Photo: ForestWander.com via Wikipedia.

The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It: A Book Review

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At several points in recent history, Kirtland’s Warbler appeared to be on the verge of extinction. The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It by William Rapai tells the story behind this conservation success story, and it’s a good one. The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Save it.

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Recovery: America’s Dwarf Fox Gets a Second Chance

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fish and Wildlife Service delisted three endangered subspecies of island fox, the smallest wild canid in North America and native to six of the eight Channel Islands off southern California. The take home for me is that this project shows what can happen when people get together and just decide they’re not going let something special go extinct on their watch.”. On August 11 the U.S.

Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America: A Photographic Guide – A Librarian Birder’s Review

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This is probably because Gulls of America , the Peterson Reference Guide co-authored by Howell with Jon Dunn, has a prominent place on my bookshelf, and because I spent some time last year, while staffing the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Visitor’s Center, explaining to beginning birders why “molt”, as in Howell’s Guide to Molt in North America , on display at the SHBO, was a subject worth reading. This is the first field identification guide on tubenoses in North America.

The complete guide to Dodo relatives, living and dead

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The Dodo ( Raphus cucullatus ) — that towering icon of modern anthropogenic extinctions — was a pigeon. In fact, the Dodo belonged to a clade (sometimes called Raphini) of 15 remarkable, bizarre, intriguing island-adapted pigeons, some of which are still alive today, but eight of which have been hacked from the tree of life, driven to extinction by humans. Thankfully not extinct: Western Crowned-Pigeon ( Goura cristata ) at the National Zoo © David J.

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If you ask this Great Ornithologist, extinction is an extremely depressing issue. These species have seen the infamous Brink of Extinction, seemingly gone over the edge, and have scrambled back to solid ground in the nick of time…with a little extra help. In 1904, they were still “tolerably common on both coasts of Vancouver Island”, but by 1949 the Steller’s Albatross was thought to be extinct. Most species go extinct.

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Filling the Gap Left By DeBooy’s Rail

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Back in 2009, Tai Haku sent us a fascinating post exploring a question that ecologists worldwide grapple with: can the translocation of rare species into niches left empty by extinction be successful or justified? For a successful relocation, check out Rare Birds: The Extraordinary Tale of the Bermuda Petrel and the Man who Brought it Back from Extinction.) We’re pleased to republish this post for Extinction Week. It is extinct. … Extinction is forever.

An Outopia for Pigeons: a Comedy about Salvation

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If that’s your cup of tea, you will be rewarded with a rich meditation on death, life, success, failure, and the nature of the strange historical/geographical project that is America. Reviews extinction passenger pigeon theatre This is not a review proper, because — full disclosure — playwright Justin Maxwell is a friend of mine and a somewhat better friend of my boyfriend. I never would want to be accused of log-rolling.

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The Passenger Pigeon & A Message From Martha: One Pigeon, Two Book Reviews

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It is the 100th Anniversary of the extinction of the species known as the Passenger Pigeon and writers are paying attention. Three books will have been published about the Passenger Pigeon by the end of 2014: A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction by Joel Greenberg, The Passenger Pigeon by Errol Fuller, and A Message From Martha: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and Its Relevance Today by Mark Avery.

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New Zealand’s Other Eagle

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The species was likely large enough to pose a threat to people, and given its predisposition to attacking two legged creatures, namely moa, it is likely that it may well have prior to its extinction. The bones of t species were not at all what you’d expect from a New Zealand eagle, resembling the Bald Eagle of America rather than the much closer White-bellied Sea Eagl e of Australia. Birds biogeography extinction mistakes New Zealand extinctions

Acclimatisation Societies of New Zealand

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Secondly, New Zealand had already experienced on wave of extinction due to the introduction or rats and human hunting. California Quail are familiar birds to West Coast birders of North America, and Kiwis too now. Ferrets, stoats and weasels were released and quickly became destructive vermin in their own right, quickly causing the extinction of the Laughing Owl and stymieing efforts to establish game birds. Brown Quail are related to the extinct New Zealand Quail.

Contemplating California Condors

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Author Sherrida Woodley finds inspiration at the intersection of avians and extinction. The largest flying land birds in North America, they appear like folded umbrellas at first, their wing feathers draped blanket-like, enveloping bodies that naturally weigh about 20 pounds at maturity. Conservation California Condor extinction vulturesThe dearly departed Passenger Pigeon plays a pivotal role in her award-winning bio-thriller, Quick Fall of Light.

Why Red-ruffed Fruitcrow?

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This pre-Andean rainforest is one of the few sites where visitors may reliably find the endemic Cauca Guan , once thought extinct and still deemed endangered for its small, fragmented population. Encountering this stunner, one of the largest passerines in South America, raises a number of questions. Birds Colombia cotinga fruitcrows South America

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National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition: A Field Guide Review

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The point is, the field guide I grabbed without hesitation was the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition by Jon L. The 7th edition of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America covers 1,023 species that reside, migrate, or have been documented as accidentals or exotics in North America. Also, a search for one of the suspected extinct species, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, finds it in the main section.

Cool Green Review: Spine of the Continent, Imperial Dreams

Nature Conservancy - Science

This month: Get connected to conservation biology in Mary Ellen Hannibal’s The Spine of the Continent and join Tim Gallagher as he risks abduction and worse on the track of a possibly extinct woodpecker in Imperial Dreams. The Spine of the Continent: The Race to Save America’s Last, Best Wilderness. The imperial woodpecker – a stunning bird, the largest of its kind – has been declared extinct for decades.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, April 24

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A fish previously thought to be extinct is making a comeback in Nevada. ( Animals Biodiversity Conservation Issues Environmental News Environmental Science North America Science The Green Buzz The Nature Conservancy alligator attack cutthroat trout Discovery News extinct fish florida hovering car Huffington Post kids MNN nature makes kids healthier nevada New York Times npr Outside PETA sea world stock traffic

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Pieces of the New Zealand Puzzle

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First off, it seems that New Zealand’s two iconic families of ratites, large flightless southern birds that includes emus, rhea, ostriches, cassowaries and the extinct elephant birds, are not particularly closely related. It seems, in fact, that the moa’s closest relatives are the tinamous , familiar to birders that have been to South America. Conservation New Zealand endemics New Zealand extinctions

Getting the Guan (Pawi Edition)

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Dark as night with attractive white markings and an electric blue face and wattle, this charismatic tree turkey is close to extinction in Trinidad. Trips Caribbean features guans South America trinidadThe island paradise of Trinidad boasts three bands of mountains running east to west. From south to north, these imaginitively named geological features increase in width, breadth, and height from the punty Southern Range to the moderate Central Range to the mighty Northern Range.

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The Green Buzz: Friday, June 14

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Near extinct Philippine Eagle found to be thriving elsewhere in the Philippines – queue the R. Adaptation Africa Animals Arctic Climate Change Conservation Issues Coral Reefs Ecotourism Fish Global Warming Habitats Indigenous Communities Kids Land Use North America South America Uncategorized Kelly track, “I believe I can fly.” ” National bird of the Philippines found nesting in previously unknown region, leads to conservation effort ( ABS-CBN ).

Evidence of earlier humans in Madagascar is unconvincing but interesting

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There is a virtual flock of new and interesting bird science news all of the sudden, including the rediscovery of an extinct Bahama Nuthatch. It was after that date that many of the great and strange animals of that island went extinct, presumably because of human hunting. But now, there have been possible cut marks fond on extinct elephant bird bones dated to about 10,000 years ago.

Securing a Positive Climate Legacy

Sierra Club Compass

As the most recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change notes, the impacts of climate change are already being felt around the world as seas rise, extreme weather events increase, areas suffer drought or flood, and plants and animals edge closer to extinction. TAKE ACTION: Tell President Obama to keep dirty fuels in the ground! -- Dan Chu, Director of the Sierra Club Our Wild America campaign.

Canary in the Cornfield: Why the Fuss about Monarchs?

Nature Conservancy - Science

No scientists are arguing that monarchs will go extinct, but numbers are dwindling at an alarming rate. As mentioned above, there are two major populations of monarchs in North America. Are migratory monarchs really declining in eastern North America? Tracking multi-generational colonization of the breeding grounds by monarch butterflies in eastern North America. Monarch feeding on orange glory, Asclepias tuberosa, a variety of milkweed.

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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, March 6

Conservancy Talk

If species become extinct , should we bring them back? Environmental News Green Living International North America Policy Sustainable Livelihoods The Green Buzz United StatesIn case you hadn’t heard… The New York Times has slashed its environmental coverage (minus story #3). We’re bummed. Mongabay ). National Geographic ). The Fish and Wildlife service is finally deciding on whether 258 species are endangered or not. ( New York Times ).