This week in birds - #581

 A roundup of the week's news of birds and the environment:

A convention of doves of the White-winged variety, meeting on my bird feeder posts.

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If you hurry outside, you can still see the Snow Moon tonight.

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It looks likely that February will break an unprecedented number of heat records.

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More evidence that trees are our friends: Reforestation of the eastern United States is helping to stall the effects of global heating. 

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Recurring atmospheric rivers are bringing lots of rain and resultant flooding to California.

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It took a massive effort but a 65-foot-long whale that washed up on a beach in China was rescued and towed back to sea

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Did ADHD survive in the human race because it gave an evolutionary advantage to those who possessed it?

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Monarch butterfly - a representative of a genome that may look fragile but is actually very resilient.

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Corals are bleaching and dying along more than 1,000 kilometers of the Great Barrier Reef.

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The Pyrrhuloxia, also called the Desert Cardinal, was the American Bird Conservancy's Bird of the Week for last week.

And the Bird of the Week for this week is...

...the Red Crossbill.

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Why do poison dart frogs tap their toes?

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Louisiana's coastal wetlands are being slowly inundated by rising seas.

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It turns out "natural gas" is not so natural.

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Lobbyists who are supposedly representing the interests of the victims of the climate crisis are also often representing the perpetrators of the crisis.

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How exactly do we define what a species is?

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The El Niño weather system is causing major problems in South America.

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How do baleen whales communicate by vocalizing?

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Is the killing of Barred Owls in the Pacific Northwest justified in order to help the endangered Northern Spotted Owl?

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Another amazing Maya tomb has been discovered in Guatemala and it is filled with "extraordinary" funerary offerings.

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California's redwoods are once again proving their resilience by recovering from the wildfires of 2020.

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Here is a week's worth of amazing wildlife pictures.

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Though some find them a nuisance, I thoroughly enjoy watching the antics of the gray squirrels that call my yard their home.

Comments

  1. ...I'm looking forward to the butterflies returning this year. Thanks for showing yours.

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  2. I've been getting more doves in my backyard lately...and hearing robins in the morning. Definitely signs of spring. :D

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  3. I love reading about Mayan discoveries. Going to check out more of your links now.

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    1. Mayan culture was an early interest of mine, the main reason that I once considered a degree in archaeology. Ultimately, I chose a related field but it has always remained a subject that absorbs me.

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  4. It was a warm-ish winter, I thought, especially February.

    I remember seeing the crossbills up north, maybe in Montana. Beautiful birds.

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    1. We hardly even had a winter, did we?

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    2. Almost none here In Nebraska! Had a couple snow/wind chill days in the beginning of January, but that's it. Then this week we've had 70 degree days. It's fucking awful.

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    3. I'm sure that is very strange for Nebraska. Mild "winters" are a lot more common here.

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    4. It's weird. But I'm from Minnesota, which also had a mild winter. People are so happy, but I keep reminding everyone that it's SUPPOSED TO BE COLD IN FEBRUARY. Like, hello! CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENING. Ugh.

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