Hopefulness Despite 2.9 Billion Lost Birds

Guest Post by Jim Steele What’s Natural In 2019 bird researchers published Rosenberg et al “Decline of the North American Avifauna”, reporting a decline in 57% of the bird species. They estimated a net loss of nearly 2.9 billion birds since 1970, and urged us to remedy the threats, claiming all were “exacerbated by climate…

Shades of Jurassic Park! Miniature dinosaur “exquisitely preserved in amber”

Guest “amateur paleontology” by David Middleton NEWS 11 MARCH 2020This miniature skull belonged to a 2-gram dinosaurThe 100-million-year-old animal might have been the smallest dinosaur. Giuliana Viglione A miniature creature exquisitely preserved in amber for almost 100 million years is probably the smallest dinosaur ever discovered. The animal’s bird-like skull, described in Nature on 11 March1, is…

Killing Birds

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen — 4 February 2020 The driver of the car pictured in the image here has committed a Federal Crime — a misdemeanor under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA) punishable by a fine of up to US$15,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months.  His crime?  He…

More Junk Science From the AAAS of A: Bird Apocalypse Edition

Guest Science! (as in “she blinded me with”) critique by David Middleton One of the best things about my morning emails from the American Association for the Advancement of Science of America (Google “Dodgeball” if you don’t get the joke), is that there’s almost always at least one article deserving of ridicule… Many state birds…

A case of comparing apples to tangelos and strawberries…

Guest post by Juliet Walker Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown’s objection to a proposed wind farm in Tasmania due to the toll on bird life and visual pollution will hopefully bring to the fore an issue that has been steadfastly ignored by the mainstream media. Despite growing opposition to wind farms around the world…