Saturday, October 31, 2020

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All about birds: News, Stories, Facts & Science

Bees Soar Above Computers At Math

(BEES/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Bees vs. Google maps, who will win? A bee, of course! Even though their brains are only the size of grass seeds, bees are able to find the fastest route possible between several flowers, much like a computer can calculate the quickest route to the airport, only bees do it faster. Read on to learn more on how bees are secretly mathematical geniuses. — Global Animal
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Owl-Napping Blamed On Kid’s Fascination with Harry Potter’s Hedwig

(OWLS) INDIA– A record number of owls have been disappearing in India and Harry Potter's infamous owl Hedwig may be to blame. Children's fascination with owls has been peaked--and kids are nabbing the owls as pets. Black magic rituals are also suspected as cause to sharp decreases in owl populations. -- Global Animal

‘Flying’ People Teach Endangered Birds To Migrate

EUROPE - Conservationists in microlights are teaching the critically endangered northern bald ibis, or Waldrapp, bred in captivity how to migrate. Without this knowledge the birds could never survive in the wild, so people are going up in microlights and leading the birds in their first migration.

Divorced Swan Remarries

UNITED KINGDOM - Swans are famously monogamous, but not Sarindi. She 'divorced' her first mate, and quickly has moved on to a second. Will this marriage last, or is it doomed to failure? Find out here!

Confused Pelicans Migrate North Instead Of South

RUSSIA - November, 21, 2010, A flock of lost pelicans accidentally migrated north to Siberia rather than south to Africa. Locals captured some of the exhausted birds and are caring for them until it is safe for the birds to fly south. Read to find out what made the pelicans think north was south.

Woman Detained After Attempting To Smuggle Gyrfalcons

MOSCOW, Nov. 24, 2010 – A smuggler has been detained after eight gyrfalcons were found in her luggage. As many smuggled animals don't survive the trip, we're thankful these magnificent predators will be returned to the wild and hope this smuggler is punished to the full extent of the law.

Floods Create Wildlife Boom

AUSTRALIA — Thousands of water birds have flocked to the Murrumbidgee for the bird paradise created by floods in the area. Discover how the birds are aiding the area, and how locals intend to keep this "bird city."

Birdsongs Cure Winter Blues

(BIRDS/SKIES) December 21 is Winter Solstice—the darkest and shortest day of the year. But instead of getting bummed out, listen to some birdsongs instead! – Global Animal

Did Fireworks Cause Birds To Fall From Sky?

ARKANSAS– More than 1,000 blackbirds plummeted from the sky just before midnight New Year's Eve. Game officials will investigate the mystery, including whether fireworks stressed the birds to death.

Bittern Bird Makes First Appearance In 150 Years

Jan. 5, 2011  UK– Some good bird news: The bittern, one of the UK’s most elusive birds, was spotted by Irish birdwatchers. In fact, there were three!

Fact Vs. Conspiracy: What Killed The Blackbirds?

ARKANSAS – The reporting on this event has been almost as weird as the events themselves. Everything from an article by CNN yesterday saying that mass deaths were 'normal' to interviews with fringe conspiracy theorists giving air to a wide range of hooey. Read the heartbreaking facts and then some of the more bizarre theories here. Our bottom line? The planet, and the animals that we share it with, are stressed – Global Animal

Floods Give New Life To Some Species

AUSTRALIA — The floods may be wreaking havoc for land dwellers, but many water birds are only benefiting from the rain. Even in the midst of tragedy and disaster, not all the news is bad. Find out why the birds that were in decline have having a baby boom now.

Scientists Race To Rebuild Parrot Population

TASMANIA — With only 30 to 50 orange-bellied parrots left in the world, scientists have reached the point where they must step in to save the bird from extinction. Learn what steps are being taken to prevent this beautiful species from disappearing forever.

Don’t Just Wing It: How To Choose The Best Pet Bird For You

(PETS/BIRDS) Not all birds would make good pets, so when looking for a feathery addition to your family make sure you read up on this helpful information from the Humane Society. Read on to learn which birds make good pets, and which birds should be left in the wild. — Global Animal

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