Birding News #87

:: In a new study, scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources found that corn and perennial grassland fields in the southern part of the state could provide not just biomass for bioenergy production, but also bountiful bird habitat. In fact, fields with plentiful grasses and wildflowers supported more than three times as many bird species as cornfields, including 10 “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” found only in the grasslands.
:: NPR profiles Michelle Raffin, author of the new book The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and the Endangered”, her memoir which “does for rare birds what Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief did for rare orchids, Joy Adamson’s Born Free did for lions, and Jane Goodall did for chimpanzees and apes”.

:: And Julie Zickefoose reviews “The Birds of Pandemonium” for The Wall Street Journal

:: A Red-tailed Hawk in Massachusetts took on a drone

:: Cyclone Hudhud, which is headed for India, was named for Oman’s translation of Israel’s state bird, the Hoopoe

:: A recent study by the US Geological Survey names Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) as the cause of death for multiple Kittlitz’s Murrelet chicks found dead on Alaska’s Kodiak Island. The Kittlitz Murrelet is a federal species of concern, and according to the report, “The impact of PSP in marine bird populations may be more severe than previously recognized”.

:: Audubon Magazine profiles UK ornithologist David Lindo and his campaign for a British national bird.

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