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    • Disinfecting branches?
      Hi, I’m preparing some natural branches for my budgie, but I’ve never disinfected any before and I’m not sure how to do it properly. I know that some people soak branches in bleach, or bake them in the oven but I’d like to avoid those methods if possible. I’m going to disinfect some branches...
    • semi-idle MBS thoughts... think with me
      Hubbs and I want to expand the flock. That is pretty much always a given as a passive desire(always open to taking on a rescue if need be and we are able, plus a more general desire to expand breeding slowly and responsibly), but sort of considering expansion more actively now. My grandmother...
    • Urgent! Electric heater killed my bird!
      Image: I don't know where to put this; we like to believe that electric space heaters are safer than gas, or kerosene. But I purchased this heater several years ago, and it had worked just fine. Today I came home to find...

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    • Crows and Chips November 29, 2020
      Crows didn't get where they are today by being shy or slow. They take advantage of whatever food they find, where and when they find it. Listener Jerry Campbell told his story of one crow making off with three chips. Be sure to watch the video of another clever crow in Japan -- in Sights […] (BirdNote)
    • Feisty Cardinal November 28, 2020
      You may not have seen a Northern Cardinal in the wild, but you've probably seen one on holiday cards or the cover of a bird book. During spring breeding season, biologist Eric Lind and his team capture and band birds at Constitution Marsh on the east side of the Hudson River. For eight years in […] (BirdNote)
    • Seabirds of St. George Island November 27, 2020
      Every year, close to two million birds nest on St. George Island, one of the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea, a couple hundred miles north of the Aleutian chain of Alaska. Murres, kittiwakes, cormorants, fulmars, Horned Puffins, and Parakeet Auklets arrange themselves on the cliffs. Gerrit Vyn (BirdNote)
    • Wishbones and Dinosaurs November 26, 2020
      The anatomical structure we call the wishbone was long thought unique to birds. But fossil discoveries of recent decades have shown that some dinosaurs, including the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, and the Velociraptors of ”Jurassic Park,” also had wishbones. And there is now wide consensus among experts (BirdNote)
    • More Eyes and Ears November 25, 2020
      A family of dapper Black-capped Chickadees call as they hang upside down, pecking at alder seeds. A wren skulks and buzzes through the underbrush. A petite Downy Woodpecker whinnies nearby. Mixed-species flocks may include a dozen species and more than fifty individuals. More ears and eyes mean (BirdNote)
    • Collecting Murre Eggs November 24, 2020
      On St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea, Ivan Melovidov collects speckled murre eggs in the traditional Aleut way, by descending over the edge of a cliff. With a rope tied around his waist he runs along a cliff-face, dodging fulmars, seabirds known for projecting foul-smelling stomach oil with (BirdNote)
    • Rough-legged Hawk November 23, 2020
      After breeding on Arctic cliffs and tundra hillsides in summer, Rough-legged Hawks winter throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Open country is their ideal territory, where the small rodents they depend on are usually so plentiful that the hawks have enough to eat. But the rodents are cyclic, with (BirdNote)

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    • Videos: CahowCam2 Chick Leaves Burrow June 15, 2020
      On the evening of June 10, the CahowCam 2 chick named ‘Zephyr’ left the burrow on Nonsuch Island and took off over the open sea, completing the 2020 Cahow nesting season. A spokesperson said, “Right in the middle of World Oceans Week, at 10:32 pm on June 10, as viewers from around the World watched […]
    • Video: Nemo CahowCam1 Chick Has Fledged June 2, 2020
      At 2.03am on May 25, the Cahow chick named ‘Nemo’ of burrow #831 – from which CahowCam1 has been live streaming – fledged. Jeremy Madeiros, Chief Terrestrial Conservation Officer, The Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, said, “At 86 days old, this is one of the shortest Cahow fledging times that I have logged. […]

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