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View Resource Birds: Bellwethers of Watershed Health

This useful educational resource was recently added to the EPA's Watershed Academy Website (first reviewed in the January 19, 2000 Scout Report for Science & Engineering). Described as "bellwethers" (indicators) of watershed health, birds are introduced here -- from their basic ecology to conservation needs. Color graphics and concise paragraphs present each topic, and the site is loaded with...

https://cfpub.epa.gov/watertrain/pdf/modules/Birds.pdf
View Resource Cornell Lab of Ornithology

New research from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology points to acid rain as a major cause of songbird decline, where previous research focused on forest fragmentation. Along with a press release and a downloadable Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) version of the entire study, the site includes other ornithological resources, news items, and information about the lab.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478
View Resource The North American Bird Banding Program: Bird Banding Laboratory

This Web site from the US Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Bird Banding Laboratory provides a variety of information on bird banding in North America. Data gathered from banded birds "increases our knowledge and understanding of birds and their habitats and assists us in their management and conservation." This Web site serves a broad audience including permitted banders,...

https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pwrc/science/bird-banding-labor...
View Resource Mourning Dove Population Status

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)'s Office of Migratory Bird Management offers this annual migratory bird population status report for mourning doves and woodcock. The report is presented in scientific format (introduction, methods, results, and discussion) and include the full text and figures.

https://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/pdf/surveys-and-data/Popu...
View Resource Nature: Extraordinary Birds

This Web site is the online companion to Extraordinary Birds, a recent documentary from PBS's Nature. "From Kundha Kulam's vibrant monsoon marshes to the rugged American Rockies," Extraordinary Birds explores the "intimate links that people have forged with birds." This is a great site to visit whether you've seen the program or not. Users will find video clips, an interview with the editor of...

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/extraordinary-birds-introduct...
View Resource American Woodcock Population Status

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)'s Office of Migratory Bird Management offers this annual migratory bird population status report for mourning doves and woodcock. The report is presented in scientific format (introduction, methods, results, and discussion) and include the full text and figures.

https://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/pdf/surveys-and-data/Popu...
View Resource Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds

A Cornell Lab of Ornithology creation, this All About Birds website provides birders with a wealth of resources. The website features a first-rate online bird guide with photos, songs and calls, range maps, and information on reproduction, behavior, habitat, and more. The site's Birding 1, 2, 3 program offers instructions for identifying birds, where to go birding, and how to report observations...

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/
View Resource The American Ornithologists' Union

The American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) was established in 1883, making it "the oldest and largest organization in the New World devoted to the scientific study of birds." Although primarily "a professional organization, its membership of about 4,000 includes many amateurs dedicated to the advancement of ornithological science." The AOU website contains information about membership, upcoming...

http://www.americanornithology.org/
View Resource BirdLife International: State of the World's Birds

Concerns about the world's biodiversity are not new, but the BirdLife International organization has taken on an important challenge by documenting the state of the world's birds via the important research papers featured on this site. The news they offer is not terribly encouraging, but these documents will be important tools for anyone interested in these pressing issues. The primary work here...

http://datazone.birdlife.org/home
View Resource BirdNote

For bird lovers, BirdNote is a delightful weekly podcast and blog dedicated to the diversity of bird species and their unique behavior and characteristics. Each episode is just a minute or two in length, yet is full of a lot of interesting information, including bird calls, often courtesy of the Cornell Ornithology Lab. As of this write-up, the most recent episode of BirdNote (which visitors can...

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https://www.birdnote.org/