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For the return of the #UNMBioblog after our year hiatus, I chose to write about the negative consequences for cats, humans, and #wildlife when we allow #cats to roam freely. I couldn't help myself with the punny title.…
I was inspired to write this blog after I witnessed my neighbor's outdoor pet #cat killed a #bird under my feeder. A heated argument ensued. I know nothing has changed because I still scare him out of my backyard. I've counted 9 different cats in my backyard, here is one
I am a paradoxical #catlover, which stems from my #science & #ornithology career. I know how cute it is for my own #cat to frolic in flowers but I understand how dangerous it is for #cats, human #health, & #wildlife when cats roam #CatsOfTwitter #Caturday #catsofinstagram
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Last yr, I helped monitor birds & bugs at the pentagon #Sept11 memorial. It was devastating. I saw thousands of birds & insects revolving around the lights, disoriented & disrupted from their nightly travels.Thread.

Those tiny specs are hundreds of #birds.

Vid @allisonhuysman
The setup involved 30+ lights that projected beams super high into the air. I don’t know the specs of the height of the beams, but suffice to say you can see the light from very, very far away. The noise in the video is the sound of power needed to supply this setup. #birds
This yr I saw the light tonight & it made me sick to my stomach. I have so much sadness for what this light represents, but know that there are so many ways to memorialize lives & loved ones (art! Gardens! Annual poetry & livestreams!) that don’t involve affecting #wildlife.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 09/04/2021…
Study shows a whale of a difference between songs of birds and humpbacks…

#songs #birds #HumpbackWhales #ResearchStudy #differences
A Function Approximation Approach to the Prediction of Blood Glucose Levels…

#BloodGlucose #levels #prediction #diabetes #FunctionApproximation
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My #BirdsWithTalons long #Thread from Delhi. Seeing raptors around Delhi is a Joy. Each sighting is unique but not always gr8 wrt #photograghy

On a good day, they can be found up close
Black-winged kite & White-Eyed buzzard
#IndiAves #BirdsSeenIn2021
#birdwatching #birds
And there are days when they surprise me by visiting the fig tree just outside my house -like this Shikra which I clicked from my balcony.
#BirdsWithTalons #indiAves
#BirdsSeenIn2021 #birds #birdwatching #thePhotohour #birdphotography #NaturePhotography
But on some other days(should I call them bad days?) they are quite far. Like this Grey-headed fish eagle from Okhla & the Short-toed snake eagle from Mangar.

#BirdsWithTalons #indiAves
#BirdsSeenIn2021 #birds #birdwatching #thePhotohour #birdphotography #NaturePhotography
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This beautiful collection of owls found in #IndianSubcontinent, created from his own pictures by @KamleshMirkale

#birds #birdwatching #birdphotography #IndianBirds #IndiAves #nature #BirdTwitter #PhotoOfTheDay #owls
TOTAL 30. 
(Please read & View from left to right – Row-wise)
Collared Scops Owl (Otus lettia) – Tinsukia, Assam
2. Serendib Scops-Owl (Otus thilohoffmanni) – Sri Lanka.
3. Sri Lanka Bay Owl (Phodilus assimilis) - Thattekad, Kerla
4. Andaman Barn Owl (Tyto deroepstorffi) - A&N
5. Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl (Bubo nipalensis) – Nameri Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
6. Oriental Bay Owl (Phodilus badius) - Dehing Patkai, Assam
7. Andaman Scops Owl (Otus balli) - Andaman & Nicobar Islands,
8. Mountain Scops Owl ((Otus spilocephalus) – Tinsukhiya, Assam
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Happy 130th Birthday to us!

The TTFNC was founded on July 10th 1891 in order to: “...give pleasure to its members by observation of animal, insect and plant life in Trinidad”.

This thread will revisit some key milestones in our long history! 1/n #130yearsofTTFNC Image
In 1892, the first issue of our peer-reviewed journal was published as an outlet for our members to publish interesting and novel #NaturalHistory observations. It continues to this day as "Living World, the Journal of the TTFNC".… 2/n #130yearsofTTFNC Image
The first issue of our journal included J. E. Tanner's breakthrough discovery that #leafcutter #ants (locally known as #bachacs) cultivate fungus & feed it to their larvae, rather than eating the leaves directly as previously thought. 🐜🌿🍄3/n #130yearsofTTFNC ImageImage
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Asian Barred owlet #Thread

I have photographed (shared earlier here) a pair of Asian barred owlet earlier last month which I found in the backyard of my home in Assam in my recent visit in April.

#IndiAves #birds #birdwatching #BirdsSeenIn2021 #TwitterNatureCommunity Image
Today, my bother called me in the morning and told me that he found a chick at the bottom of a tree with a large hole. I ID the bird and he managed a bamboo 🪜 to place the chick in the hole. He noticed 2 more chicks there.

#IndiAves #BirdsSeenIn2021 #birdwatching ImageImage
While doing so he was attacked by one the parents. The hole was little wide at its mouth so we concluded that the chick came out of its own while crawling inside the hole.

#IndiAves #BirdsSeenIn2021 #birdwatching Image
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"As damaging as #H5N8 has been to birds, it had never infected people. Until February."… #pandemics #risk
1/ "The Russian health authorities also tested about 200 of the people involved in the cleanup of the farm in #Astrakhan, using nasal swabs and later blood tests for antibodies. They reported that for the first time, #H5N8 had jumped to people."
2/ "Seven of the workers appeared to have been infected with the virus, although none of them became ill. Only one of those seven cases, however, was confirmed by genetically sequencing the virus."
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"people are finding animals affected by #masks, gloves, & other #PPE. "The material that is helping us is harming others,"

But it's not. The material is not helping us. It serves as safety blanket, virtue signalling & inescapable reminder to retain #narrative. Nothing more.
When we harm nature, by default, we harm ourselves.

When we protect nature, by default, we protect ourselves.

We are part of nature.

We cry "protect #biodiversity" "protect #nature" - as we contribute to her destruction.

Enough. Just stop.
Nov 9 2019: "Pictures of Greta Thunberg are being used to shame office workers who use single-use plastic." [The Independent]

2020-2021: 6 billion face #masks consumed/discarded each day. Those that refuse are shamed. Demand for plastic has exploded.

#Microplastics #Pollution
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Ranveer Singh as Indian Birds 😉😉😉🙈
I like this guy, hence the effort.
(Images are not mine)

1. Himalayan Monal
#birds #IndiAves #fun #RanveerSingh #Ranveer #Bollywood #thursdayvibes ImageImage
2. Black Hooded Oriole

#RanveerSingh #Ranveer #birds #fun ImageImage
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1ere partie d'un #ThreadPhoto, résumé de notre ballade ce matin avec @petitesarcelle au (quasi) lever du jour dans le parc Paul Mistral à @VilledeGrenoble .
⚠️Clic sur les 📸 pour les voir en format réel 😊
#TwitterNatureCommunity #NaturePhotography #nature #Grenoble
C'était une matinée "étournesque". Cet #Etourneau sansonnet ( Sturnus vulgaris) était en train de se laver en barbotant dans l'eau, pas très loin de nous
#Starling #photography #birds #BirdsSeenIn2021
#birdphotography #TeamOrnitho #ornithology Etourneau sansonnet (Common starling) - Sturnus vulgaris
Du coup Cette petite Merlette (#Merle noir ♀ - Turdus merula) s'y est mise aussi, pour notre plaisir =)
#blackbird #photography #birds #BirdsSeenIn2021
#birdphotography #TeamOrnitho #ornithology
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It’s #WorldWildlifeDay! To celebrate, here’s the most unusual #wildlife interaction I’ve captured w/ a #CameraTrap: a golden eagle attacking a great-horned owl, which were then attacked by a mule deer, followed by a coyote rushing to join in! 🧵
Let’s break this down a bit. Our scene opens with a golden #eagle standing over (what we soon discover is) a great-horned #owl. Is this an attempted predation event? A scuffle over territory or food? Not sure. #BirdTwitter help me out. What do you think is happening here?
Then this rando mule deer shows up. A chance encounter between two (or three) species can happen when they use similar habitats, so this in itself isn’t that weird. But what happens next blows my mind. Also, check out the look on that eagle’s face! It’s not happy.
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Back from Mayfield Park, a mix of wooded, beech-dominated hillsides and seasonally flooded, willow-dominated valley. Here's a thread of things I saw. First of all, active burrow complex. Either badger sett or fox earth, I think badger... ImageImage
The UK needs more thickets, they're really important for small birds, mammals and arthropods, especially in the winter. There are a few good ones in the park, I hope that they persist... ImageImageImage
Robins are abundant, and tame and ready to approach people. I've written about #robins at #TetZoo, here's an article....… #passerines #birds #ornithology Image
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Just did more organising of #TetZooMCon with @thejohnconway, we're aiming to launch website today. #Paleoart event will HAVE to have limited places (sorry!), but we're anticipating most interest in the talks. Still more to get sorted, but I can confirm some speakers... (thread) ImageImage
Ok, we definitely have Becky Wragg Sykes @LeMoustier - author of #Kindred - on #Neanderthals, Natalia Jagielska @WryCritic on #pterosaurs, David Lindo @urbanbirder on supposedly extinct #birds.... #TetZooMCon ImageImageImageImage
We also have THE RJ Palmer @arvalis on matters of creature design, a BRITISH BIG CAT discussion event involving me, Rick Minter and others... #TetZooMCon ImageImageImage
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Got drawn into Birding as a hobby about 3 to 4 years back. Since then I have been observed close to 200 species - mostly in M.P., some in Assam and few in Bhutan. #birds teach us the virtues of patience, ability to not just see, but actually observe the minute differences.
Birds within a species are different due to various reasons. It could be plumage - the colour of the plumage changes when they breed for e.g. Or for that matter the toes colour could be different. Sometimes, one identifies based on the colour of the beak and the toes combined!
Then there are birds of prey - Eagles, Ospreys, Kites, Kestrels, Buzzards. They look very similar from distance but then as we start observing them, we start noticing the minor differences.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 09/26/2020…
The misunderstood limits of folk science: an illusion of explanatory depth…

#folk #science #stories
Provably exact artificial intelligence for nuclear and particle physics…

#physics #particle
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| An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth | 👁️🦷🦅

#TwitterNatureCommunity #comics #birds ImageImageImageImage
Some bird’s names are still obscure nowadays. And if birds with silly names had a queen, it would be the black-winged kite, “élanion blac” in French. “Élanion” is not the problematic part, as it comes from the Greek “elanos”, meaning kite.

📷Yathin S Krishnappa Image
For the 2nd part of its name, “blac”, it’s another story. François Levaillant, a French ornithologist, chose this name in 1799. But he did not provide any explanation for this choice...

⤵️ François, feeling pleasure imagining people pulling their hair out about this bird's name Image
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Today in #rewildingscience: Avian winners & losers of rural land abandonment (Regos et al 2016)

The study found
-An overall positive effect on biodiversity ⬆️
-13 shrubland & forest bird species showed an increase ⬆️
-4 ecotone & open-habitat species showed a negative trend ⬇️ Image
The study analysed remotely sensed data-derived maps in combination with bird census data carried out in 2000 and 2010 at both landscape and census plot scale. 2/9 Image
They found a gradient of change from bare ground and open shrubland to closed shrubland and woodland. With closed shrubland increasing by 17% and evergreen and deciduous forest increasing by 14% and 107%. While bare ground decreased by 85% 3/9 Image
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This bird, most probably, Tailor Bird, got tired that birders are not coming over to their sites. So, they have started coming over to our home!!! They have been visiting on a regular basis. @goldsant @ChandrakalaRat7 @prasanu202 @pnkjshm @pankajsinghPHO - Please confirm the id!
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> be '#British'
> give a damn about animals and plants
> have leftover ammunition from #WW2
> have the 'brilliant' idea of ferrying all of it to #Heligoland and blow-up a beautiful German island, in 1947, in the strongest non-nuclear explosion until 1985…
loc. cit. "Adding to the bitterness is the obvious fact that the British had really enjoyed blowing up #Helgoland.

“There is nothing I would like to do better,” is how Air Marshal Sir Philip Wigglesworth announced his intentions to attend the explosion as a spectator.
> The Royal Navy had arranged for the blast to be photographed from as many angles as possible — and then published the results in a souvenir book.

The #BBC had a reporter reporting live from an aircraft circling the site, and keen radio listeners in the south of #England
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#California #DAT #Equine #MaderaCounty #Evacuations #Animals
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Me and the family went to ZSL #LondonZoo today, had a great time and saw all the #animals. Here's a short thread. Some highlights: Western lowland gorilla, Sumatran tiger, Komodo dragon, Galapagos giant tortoise... ImageImageImageImage
Just a few of the literally 100s of birds at #LondonZoo: Woolly-necked stork, Northern crested caracaras (big, semi-terrestrial American falcons) and Red and yellow barbet. Barbets are members of the woodpecker group; some are close kin of toucans. #birds #animals #zoos ImageImageImage
Some #reptiles: the remarkably yellow Cuming's water monitor, an awesome Reticulated python (cue #HarryPotter link), Big-headed turtle (able to climb, prehensile-tailed) and Rio Fuerte beaded lizard... #lizards #snakes #squamates #turtles ImageImageImageImage
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