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Fix for Bird-Tower Collisions June 13, 2012

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Prompted by a coalition of conservation and business groups, federal aviation officials determined that it is safe to turn off steady tower lights. Flashing safety lights, which are standard equipment on antennas, are just as visible to pilots and don’t endanger birds, FAA technical experts reported last month.

In a test of the new lighting in Michigan, bird deaths dropped by more than half during 20 days of peak songbird migration, researchers at Central Michigan University and the federal wildlife service reported in 2009 in the journal Ecological Applications.”The beautiful thing about this is you turn off these steadily burning red lights and within minutes the birds leave,” said avian ecologist Joelle Gehring at Michigan State University. “It is an immediate effect.”

Up to 15 billion birds are estimated to be in North America in the spring and up to 30 billion in the fall.

via Fix for Bird-Tower Collisions – WSJ.com.

“He has WiFi” May 14, 2012

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12 year old Autistic Artist June 28, 2011

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David Barth Kunst » Portretten.

This link will take you to the Portfolio of an amazing 12 year-old Autistic Artist from Rotterdam.

from an email from David’s mother to Jill Mullen, who runs an Autistic Artists website:

His drawings often represent his current obsessions. In the attachment I send you, it’s not hard to guess what’s keeping him busy right now. There are almost 400 birds on it and he knows the names and Latin names of most of them.

Click on the picture to enlarge. Thanks to Caroline Collier.

Birds That Hit Plane Photo Released January 22, 2009

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Thanks to Pilot Chad Brisbane

Thanks to Pilot Chad Brisbane


Gay penguins expelled from zoo colony December 16, 2008

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A pair of gay penguins thrown out of their zoo colony for repeatedly stealing eggs have been given some of their own to look after following a protest by animal rights groups.

Last month the birds were segregated after they were caught placing stones at the feet of parents before waddling away with their eggs.

But angry visitors to Polar Land in Harbin, northern China, complained it wasn’t fair to stop the couple from becoming surrogate fathers and urged zoo bosses to give them a chance

via Gay penguins expelled from zoo colony for stealing eggs are given their own to look after following animal rights protest | Mail Online.

Spider Eats Bird October 23, 2008

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Spiderd Bird

Joel Shakespeare, head spider keeper at the Australian Reptile Park, said the spider was a Golden Orb Weaver.

“Normally they prey on large insects… it’s unusual to see one eating a bird,” he told ninemsn.com.

Mr Shakepeare said he had seen Golden Orb Weaver spiders as big as a human hand but the northern species in tropical areas were known to grow larger.

Queensland Museum identified the bird as a native finch called the Chestnut-breasted Mannikin.

Giant spider eating a bird caught on camera – Telegraph

Cat Beds With Chicks December 16, 2007

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