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Monthly Archives: August 2011

What color is this bird? (Help make bird ID smarter)

By on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 - 7 Comments

We’re training a computer program to help people identify birds—and we need your help. Here’s project leader Jessie Barry to introduce our new Merlin project, starting with a quick game that helps us learn how people see birds: Thanks to … Continue reading

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Fen-filled summer: godwits, Gyrfalcons, and fuzzy shorebird chicks [slideshow]

By on Friday, August 5th, 2011 - 2 Comments

Longtime readers of this blog may remember graduate student Nate Senner’s dispatches as he chased, “twinkled,” and banded Hudsonian Godwits in Chiloé, Chile. This time, we’re turning the blog over to one of his field assistants, who has spent the … Continue reading

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Science at work: How many kinds of Red Crossbills are there, anyway?

By on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 - 5 Comments
http://youtu.be/1NvU8WG9bg0

Red Crossbills range all over North America’s western mountains and northern forests, filling the air with their brief, metallic chips and attacking pine, fir, and hemlock cones with their unique bills. But there’s a growing realization that this species consists … Continue reading

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