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“Rapid assessment of avian species richness and abundance using acoustic indices” – New paper with @bunnefeld @_birdyNick @SWillis_Durham @DaisyDentauthors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S14…

#Birds #Bioacoustics & #Conservation See thread to find out more 1/10 Image
An acoustic index is a metric derived from audio recordings, simplifying the complexity of sound into a single number. If we can find associations between acoustic indices and classic biodiversity metrics like species richness, it could facilitate monitoring on a huge scale. 2/10 Image
In our paper, we show consistent and coherent links between nine different acoustic indices and avian species richness and relative abundance. 3/10 Image
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On #Holi let's talk about #Indian #Biodiversity & #Colours.

These are different #birds found in India only of one #colour. Different shades of #blue. Credit: KamleshMirkale.
For names Please read from Left to Right every ROW.

1. White Bellied Blue flycatcher
2. Lesser Niltava
3. Niligiri Flycatcher
4. White bellied Blue robin.
5. Small Niltava
6. Black Naped Monarch
7. Andaman Shama.
8. Beautiful Sibia.
9. Asian Glossy Starling.
10. Andaman Drongo.
11. Ultramarine Flycatcher.
12. Grandala.
13. Tickell's Blue-flycatcher.
14. Crested Treeswift.
15. Blue Rock-Thrush
16 Spangled Drongo
17. Pale Blue flycatcher.
18. Asian fairy-bluebird (M)
19. Blue Fronted redstart.
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A thread to cover some of the major - and I mean seriously, shockingly major - gaps, mistakes and problems with the #environmental impact assessment for Montijo airport in #Portugal.

First up: no #fieldwork. AT ALL. 1/
That's right – the EIA of a major international #airport proposed for the country’s most important #wetland site for #bird #conservation didn’t bother to actually count any #birds.

Instead, they depended on studies already published for other reasons.

How did that work out? 2/
Well, the data on birds feeding in the #intertidal- the largest and most important #habitat in the #SPA- was collected in 2002-3.

In the 17 years since, the #Tagus has changed a lot for birds. Improved #water treatment but drastic increase in #shellfish harvesting. 3/
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Revealing & important article in today’s @expresso on political interference in the approval of Montijo airport:
“Montijo airport was approved despite thumbs down from technical staff”

Thread to translate the main points 1/11

leitor.expresso.pt/semanario/sema…
Technical staff at #ICNF (Institute for Conservation of Nature & Forests, part of @govpt) told bosses to reject the application, early in the evaluation.

“The project will have significant, permanent & irreversible negative impacts on the avifauna of the estuary.” 2/11
Internal doc signed by techs and directors highlights that “affecting 20% of #birds’ feeding area risks the integrity of the whole SPA”

It concluded, considering #BirdsDirective of @EU_ENV, that their verdict “must be negative”, on pain of “possible future community litigation”
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We are excited to share our pub in #EvolutionaryApplications bit.ly/2GH3tzr comparing relatedness estimates for pairing recommendations in critically #endangered #birds from #Aotearoa #NZ 🇳🇿. See this #SciComm 🧵 for more! #Conservation #Genomics #ConGen #ConSERTeam 1/13
Around the 🌏, #conservation breeding programmes strategically pair the least related individuals to enhance recovery. This is like #Tinder for threatened species, only more information goes into pairing than swiping ⬅️ or ➡️. See my #3MT for more! 2/13

It’s important to get the relatedness value right for pairing, because mating between close relatives can result in negative fitness consequences, like ⬇️ hatching success 🐣(see bit.ly/3b4IILO). 3/13
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Monday's #hailstorm was catastrophic for #Canberra's #birds. See this thread for some stories, both good and bad, about some of the birds that came into our care.
Carer Helen reports: "The storm hit and the phone went crazy. Vets were inundated with animals - one had to euthanise 38 in a row and sent us the remaining 12. We received maybe 60 birds."
Volunteer Paula continues: "ACT Wildlife's carers were so amazing, taking on as many as they could. Volunteers drove boxes of birds to carers for us. We finished at about 9.30pm. After dropping off to carers I got home at 11.30pm. It was a BIG day."
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Amazing encounter with a short eared owl at #YoloBypass tonight. #Birds #BirdPhotography #Owls

My daughter asked me to drop her off to meet a friend in town and so I said sure and grabbed my camera bag thinking I could swing by #YoloBypass for a few minutes. And so I did. 1/n
I got there around 3 PM and the light was getting nice and I headed towards the area where I had seen a short eared owl a few weeks ago. After seeing a few birds here and there I saw a car pulled over up ahead and I approached slowly. 2/n
The person in the car waved me forward and pointed ahead. I got next to the car and the woman in the car said "There is a short eared owl up ahead on the ground.' After scanning for a bit I found it and took a few pics.
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You talk about #Indian #Biodiversity.

These are different #birds found in India only of one #colour. Different shades of #blue. #Unknown
For names Please read from Left to Right every ROW.

1. White Bellied Blue flycatcher
2. Lesser Niltava
3. Niligiri Flycatcher
4. White bellied Blue robin.
5. Small Niltava
6. Black Naped Monarch
7. Andaman Shama.
8. Beautiful Sibia.
9. Asian Glossy Starling.
10. Andaman Drongo.
11. Ultramarine Flycatcher.
12. Grandala.
13. Tickell's Blue-flycatcher.
14. Crested Treeswift.
15. Blue Rock-Thrush
16 Spangled Drongo
17. Pale Blue flycatcher.
18. Asian fairy-bluebird (M)
19. Blue Fronted redstart.
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Visiting #LaReunion allowed for a very special adventure with my 8-month old son. We wanted to see one of the rarest birds in the world before it disappeared: the Reunion Cuckoo-shrike.

This is a thread about #birds, #birding, fatherhood, #biodiversity and #extinction ... 1/13
@Team_eBird @BirdLife_News @BirdWatchingMag @Natures_Voice @WildlifeMag @Britnatureguide @RareBirdAlertUK @extinctsymbol @BirdNoteRadio 2. What does #extinction mean? What does it feel like? How does our species internalise, let alone rationalise, the loss of another?

Perhaps, like the Universe itself, the #anthropocene sixth mass extinction is too big, too abstract, just too *much*, for us to absorb.
@Team_eBird @BirdLife_News @BirdWatchingMag @Natures_Voice @WildlifeMag @Britnatureguide @RareBirdAlertUK @extinctsymbol @BirdNoteRadio 3. So let's focus on just one species: a bird few have heard of, and fewer would likely think or care about. A type of cuckoo-shrike found only on #Reunion, the next-door island to my home in #Madagascar.

A bird from an island where avian extinctions have already occurred.
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I have a love-hate relationship with the Common (or Ring-necked) pheasant, a species native to Asia and perhaps SE Europe but introduced in its MILLIONS to the UK. Here's a brief thread on this species and what it means for us in the UK... #birds #ornithology
Across the British countryside, the Common pheasant is ubiquitous, typically being the only 'large groundbird' you might see. Lone males - often calling loudly (gogOK!) - are commonly seen, as are groups of females and juveniles. They're everywhere in agricultural landscapes.
Because they look great - they're attractive, large, and represent a body shape we don't see in other commonly encountered British birds (more on that in a minute) - I think we mostly enjoy their presence in the land here...
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#TetZooCon 2019: a thread. We've over the half-way mark as goes filling up the venue, and it's only early September. TetZooCon is being held at University of London's THE VENUE, Malet St, #London, Oct 19th & 20th. Around 18 talks, an art exhibition, 3 discussions, stalls, merch..
Book places here (we don't send paper tickets)... this is also where you book for the conference meal and the (separate) #palaeoart workshop (which currently runs in parallel to part of the main event, alas): tetzoo.com/convention
#TetZooCon 2019 includes a special session on natural history film-making, with a talk from Amber Eames (on her #swans film) and an on-stage discussion and Q&A with Paul Stewart, Nick Lyon and Zoe Cousins...
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This is how tame daddy blackbird is getting couldn’t believe this. Third nesting this year. Feeding in full frenzy now @Natures_Voice @RSPBNews @BBCSpringwatch @ChrisGPackham @michaelastracha @SpringWatchUK
#blackbirds #songbirds #birdsuk #birds
My cats are indoor cats and the blackbirds are used to seeing them out in garden on their leashes
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It’s #Monday, I’m boozing it up at a 4 seat bar, the #barkeep is a long pourer, and I’m all fucking set if I get something stuck between my teeth.👇🙃 #RandomThoughts #drinking #OutAndAbout
Shooting the shit with a friend, she’s proud to be doing well with her plants - unusual for her.

The key was a #video explaining the benefits of pruning.

She needs REASONS. She got them.

Apparently, pruning in a particular manner stimulates growth hormones.
#RandomThoughts
Of course, this led to me initiating a discussion about the #movie I just watched on Hulu, called “The German Doctor.”

The main character was Josef Mengele. #ThisHappened

People, this is why I’m known in my circles as “The Black Hole Of Conversation.” SMTH
#RandomThoughts
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1/ Thread #Pets #Livestock #Horses #DisasterPreparedness
#HurricaneSeason

After the awful #CampFire #DisasterAssistTeam created a searchable Found Pets database w/ 1000+ animals - most were forever separated from their families

Make a #DisasterPlan for your whole family

#DAT
2/ #Pets #Cats #Dogs #HurricaneSeason2019 #DisasterPreparedness

The AVMA (American Vet Med Assoc) & ASPCA have excellent #resources & tips for what to include in #DisasterPrepKits

🔗 avma.org/public/Emergen…

🔗 aspca.org/news/disaster-…

#DisasterAssistTeam #Animals #DAT
3/ #Pets #Cats #Dogs #HurricaneSeason2019

Red Rover has printable #DisasterPrep lists & #info specific to different disaster events 🐶

🔗 redrover.org/resource/pet-d…

Info for #CompanionAnimals 🐱
🔗 paws.org/library/pet-in…

#DisasterAssistTeam
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Birds for scale.
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#LotR #wetadigital #weta #VFX #PeterJackson #Birds #visualEffects #MattePainting #digimatte
Birds for scale.
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#LotR #wetadigital #weta #VFX #PeterJackson #Birds #visualEffects #MattePainting #digimatte #BirdsForScale
Birds for scale.
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#LotR #wetadigital #weta #VFX #PeterJackson #Birds #visualEffects #MattePainting #digimatte #BirdsForScale
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#germanophoneculture
Today is the 145th #birthday of great #Austrian poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1929). He wrote both brilliant poetry and prose. He was a #monarchist and staunch supporter of the legendary Austro-Hungarian Empire; the outcome of #WWI was a blow to him.
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..The poem of Hofmannsthal's reproduced below is one of his both earliest and most famous. It was first published in Dec. 1892 in Vol. 2 of #StefanGeorge's journal when Hofmannsthal was 18 years old, under a #pseudonym(which allowed him to hide his tender age).
I'll translate..
.. the poem (in #prose, without any attempt at recreating #rhyme or #rhythm).
There is a lyrical #adaptation of the poem, published while von Hofmannsthal still alive, in
Charles Wharton Stork: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘺𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘗𝘰𝘦𝘮𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘶𝘨𝘰 𝘷𝘰𝘯 𝘏𝘰𝘧𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘭.
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TIL eagles have barbed tongues. 🦅

*ahem*

BARBS. ON. THEIR. TONGUES.

#Birds are so metal…
A thread 👇👇#scicomm
I study teeth.. but when animals lose their teeth through evolution they come up with other nightmarish solutions and I love them all.

Herons and Egrets have harpoon tongues.
Penguins have a solution for slippery fish.

Spoiler: Its a spike mouth.. like why did you go and lose teeth if you are just going go to do this!? 😒🐧
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