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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Do Siskins Move in Straight Lines?

By on Thursday, September 30th, 2010 - 12 Comments

The winter of 2008-2009 was a huge year for Pine Siskins across the United States. As the dainty yellow-and-brown finches poured across the country, sightings from Project FeederWatch participants documented one of the largest siskin irruptions on record. Now, a … Continue reading

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Field Report: Sounds of Gabon—and a Few Sights

By on Monday, September 27th, 2010 - 5 Comments

One glossy python and eight automated recorders: those were the highlights we heard about this weekend from Peter Wrege and Liz Rowland. They’re spending the next six weeks recording elephants in Gabon—here’s post #2 from them: Everything is in place: … Continue reading

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Elephants Visit Round Robin

By on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 - 13 Comments

Not everything we study at the Cornell Lab has feathers. Some have thick wrinkly skin, enormous ears, and an oversized nose they can grab things with. That’s what the scientists in our Elephant Listening Project study. Two of them—Peter Wrege … Continue reading

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Oil spill news: Species-by-species tally released

By on Friday, September 17th, 2010 - 7 Comments

This week we were encouraged to see that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun posting counts of bird species that have been recovered in the Gulf of Mexico during the oil spill. The first such report lists 4,676 … Continue reading

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From Brazil: Doing Fieldwork by Satellite

By on Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 - 3 Comments

I’ll admit it, satellites boggle my mind. Even though I’m quite happy to listen to my phone tell me where to find the best Caribbean restaurant in Albany, I still can’t quite believe that our species has built machines that … Continue reading

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