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Cornell Lab eNews

July 1, 2010

Singing Sandpipers?


After watching shorebirds at your local beach, you might not guess that these birds are accomplished singers on their breeding grounds in the arctic tundra. Ben Clock takes you there to listen to the Semipalmated Sandpiper. 
Watch the video and share it with friends.

Up Close: Magnificent Frigatebirds

Experience the bizarre mating displays of Magnificent Frigatebirds in our new video with Martha Fischer in Florida’s Dry Tortugas National Park. Watch the 2.5-minute video.

Streaked Spiderhunter, Thailand, by Mike (NO captive birds) in Thailand

Try eBird from Anywhere in the World!

For the first time, eBird now accepts sightings for any of the world’s 10,005 bird species, plus subspecies, hybrids, etc. We invite you to try our global eBird beta version by entering your checklist today, no matter where in the world you’re watching birds. Read more.

While walking in a cemetery, Ian Taschner
noticed this nest with three robin eggs on a statue.

Which Photo Has the Funkiest Nest?

Browse the images in our 2010 Funky Nest contest, sponsored by Kaytee, or send in your own by July 15. Which nest do you think is the most unusual, funny, or surprising? See photos.

Voices of Sapsucker Woods

This digital re-release celebrates the 35 most common breeding birds in Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, home of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Listen to samples or purchase the MP3 audio guide with photos. Listen to the sounds.

Cedar Waxwings by Sparkle1103

Enrich Your Understanding of Birds with Our Online Course

Birds are fascinating to watch–and even more so when you understand the reasons behind their behaviors. Register today for our next online courses beginning August 4 and September 15. Learn more.

Piping Plover by Olivia Bouler

Young Artist Helps Gulf Coast Birds

Eleven-year-old Olivia Bouler, an aspiring ornithologist and artist, wept when she heard about the oil spill along the Gulf Coast, a place where she spent many vacations with her grandparents in Louisiana and Alabama. She decided to give away bird drawings to those who donated to wildlife recovery efforts. Her efforts have gained national attention and raised more than $155,000 for organizations helping birds in the Gulf region. She says she dreams of going to Cornell to study ornithology some day. Olivia is this month’s featured artist on our All About Birds website. See Olivia’s gallery

Gulf Coast Updates

• For slideshows and bird news from the Louisiana coast, visit our Round Robin blog.

Read Update: Oil Reaches Bird Rookery on Island of Mangroves
Watch Video: Birds of Grand Terre, Louisiana, After Oil Washes Ashore

View Slideshow: Breton Island, Home of 100,000 Seabirds

Read Update: Searching for Plover Nests in the Sand

• Scientists need your help to find and monitor nests, including in Gulf Coast states. Toxins in the environment often have their earliest and most profound influences on reproduction. It is possible that birds passing through the Gulf region could carry contamination with them, creating an "oil shadow" of declines in bird reproduction hundreds of miles from the coast. Our
NestWatch team asks for your help in monitoring Tree Swallows, Northern Cardinals, Purple Martins, and other species in your area. Learn more.

View our new maps showing eBird reports with oil spill locations and forecasts. We have received more than 207,000 reports of birds from Gulf Coast states since May 4, including 12 species observed with oiled plumage. These data will be used to help in immediate and long-term recovery efforts.Thanks to all of you who have been reporting your observations to eBird.
• A heartfelt thanks to all our members and supporters for your contributions toward our work on the Gulf Coast. Your generosity helps our efforts to ensure the long-term recovery and health of wildlife affected by the oil spill.
Click here to donate.
Images, top to bottom: Roseate Spoonbill chicks with oiled plumage, Brown Pelicans, and Wilson’s Plover nest by Benjamin M. Clock/Cornell Lab. Tree Swallow by Mary Fran. 

 

 
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