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The Science of the Syrinx

THE SCIENCE OF THE SYRINX

A little anatomy today. In Chicago when I was a kid of about 10, I was sitting on my home's front porch when a parakeet landed on my...

The First Frontier

THE FIRST FRONTIER

I am reading the The First Frontier by Scott Weidensaul, prolific nature writer and eminent ornithologist. A synopsis of the book reads:...

 
 
 
Birding Bob

BIRDING BOB

There's a birdwatcher in Central Park in New York City who calls himself Birding Bob. He leads bird walks in the park for the nominal...

Are East Texas Birds Toxic?

ARE EAST TEXAS BIRDS TOXIC?

Just returned from East Texas a short while ago. Did some birdwatching of course but saw nothing exotic or unexpected, but I was struck...

 
 
 
The Golden Eagle

THE GOLDEN EAGLE

The majestic Golden Eagle , named for the shining feathers on the back of its head and neck, inspires awe around the world. Reflecting...

Why Only 10,000 Bird Species?

WHY ONLY 10,000 BIRD SPECIES?

Why are there only 10,000 species of birds when there are 25,000 species of fish and 350,000 species of beetles out of at least 900,000...

 
 
 
Swallow Migration

SWALLOW MIGRATION

In Late and Middle English, the word “swallow” meant “gulf, abyss, hole in the earth or whirlpool,” and later “throat or gullet.” The...

Lars Jonsson, Bird Artist

LARS JONSSON, BIRD ARTIST

I earlier talked about Elizabeth Gould, bird artist of the 19 th century who may not have been given enough credit for her works. There...

 
 
 
Nestlings and Fledglings

NESTLINGS AND FLEDGLINGS

I received another email yesterday about birds falling out of their nests. The emailer didn't say where he lived but indicated that...

The Emu

THE EMU

The Emu , another ratite , is the second-largest living bird after the Ostrich and the largest bird species in Australia where it is...

 
 
 

CAPTIVATING HABITATS FOR YOUR OWLS

Imagine for a moment, you are relaxing in your backyard, and in one of the trees, there is an owl nesting box comprising of a small...

Diseases at Bird Feeders

DISEASES AT BIRD FEEDERS

The British naturalist James Fisher wrote that the first person recorded as feeding wild birds was the 6th-century monk Saint Serf...

 
 
 
The Word Spreads Fast

THE WORD SPREADS FAST

Over the last few years there have been sightings of rare birds in Central Park in New York City. Birders were obviously excited to...

Photobugs and Birds

PHOTOBUGS AND BIRDS

I've noted before the occasional conflicts between birdwatchers and photographers and I've received stories from readers regarding...

 
 
 
Research in Ornithology

RESEARCH IN ORNITHOLOGY

You often hear the word “research” related to someone looking up new information - researching a new car, researching a term paper,...

Science and the Giant Eagles

SCIENCE AND THE GIANT EAGLES

The other day I received an email from a person who swears he saw three giant eagles as big as men on a roadway a few years ago. He...

 
 
 
The Townsend's Solitaire

THE TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE

The Townsend's Solitaire, not a familiar species to most, is a bird found year- round in the mountains of the western U.S. and Canada...

Bird Friendly Coffee

BIRD FRIENDLY COFFEE

I don't always think about the environmental issues surrounding food purchases, mainly because it's too complicated. When I buy a head...

 
 
 
Elizabeth Gould

ELIZABETH GOULD

Mrs. Gould's Sunbird of the Himalayas and the Gouldian Finch of Australia were named after Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841), bird artist...

Elizabeth Gould

ELIZABETH GOULD

Mrs. Gould's Sunbird of the Himalayas and the Gouldian Finch of Australia were named after Elizabeth Gould (1804-1841), bird artist...

 
 
 



Genome‐wide SNP analysis clearly distinguished the Belarusian Red cattle...

Summary Local breeds can serve as an important source of genetic variability in domestic animal species. This study aimed to assess the genetic diversity and population... Read more ...

For the Love of Trogons

For the Love of Trogons

2021 is turning out to be a good year for trogons. So far, one third of my weekly outings have involved trogon sightings, with their distinctive calls being heard on a few... Read more ...

Participating in My First “Normal” Birdathon

Participating in My First “Normal” Birdathon

Note: Erika is the Communications Director for Audubon Florida. A flash of orange streaked across my field of vision, landing at the top of a nearby tree. I whipped my... Read more ...

When should you get your dog ready for a ‘return to normal'? Yesterday

When should you get your dog ready for a ‘return to normal'? Yesterday

Clinical assistant professor Stephanie Borns-Weil spoke with NBCNews.com for a story on how dog owners can get their dogs ready for a ‘return to normal'. Read more ...

Art Heals- The BVT Chalk Art Festival

Art Heals- The BVT Chalk Art Festival

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine was pleased to support the Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District event “Art Heals- The BVT Chalk Art Festival”. Read more ...

Clinical Case Challenge: acute onset of cranial nerve deficits in a 20...

History: The first patient is an 11-year-old Thoroughbred gelding presenting for evaluation of an acute onset of head tilt to the left and circling behavior. Physical... Read more ...

Family Heartbroken After Lost Dog With Microchip Is Given Away

Family Heartbroken After Lost Dog With Microchip Is Given Away

2020 was a rough year, but the Marino family had other worries piled on top of the pandemic. At the beginning of the year, their beloved Poodle mix, Byron, went missing. They... Read more ...

Alley Cat Allies Denounces East Bay Parks Vote for Cats to Be Shot

OAKLAND, Calif. - June 15, 2021 - Alley Cat Allies President and Founder Becky Robinson condemned today's decision by the East Bay Regional Park District in California to move... Read more ...

Pet Rescue Group Advertises 'Pre-Owned Senior Dogs' In Hilarious Post

Pet Rescue Group Advertises 'Pre-Owned Senior Dogs' In Hilarious Post

"Are our dogs slow moving?" asks Vintage Pet Rescue. "You bet they are!" Read more ...

US Bans Bringing In Dogs From More Than 100 Countries Over Rabies Risk

US Bans Bringing In Dogs From More Than 100 Countries Over Rabies Risk

The one-year ban was announced after a spike in puppies being denied entry because they were too young to be vaccinated. Read more ...