3-D scanning project of 20,000 animals makes details available worldwide

ITHACA, N.Y. – What began as a Twitter joke between two researchers has turned into a four-year, $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to take 3-D digital scans of 20,000 museum vertebrate specimens and make them available to everyone online. Cornell’s Museum of Vertebrates, with 1.3 million fish specimens, 27,000 reptiles and amphibians (called herps), […]

Study illuminates dramatic impact of night lights on bird migration

Media Resources: Download images, video, and radar animation. Note: The video file from The Messenger may only be used in connection with this story and only as-is, with no changes to the clip itself. Credit: SongbirdSOS Productions, Inc. ITHACA, N.Y. – Billions of birds undertake migratory journeys each spring and fall. Most of these spectacular movements go […]

Dino-killing asteroid’s impact on bird evolution

ITHACA, N.Y. – Human activities could change the pace of evolution, similar to what occurred 66 million years ago when a giant asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, leaving modern birds as their only descendants. That’s one conclusion drawn by the authors of a new study published in Systematic Biology. Cornell University Ph.D. candidate Jacob Berv and […]

Climate change, habitat loss threaten eastern forest birds

Media note: Images of common eastern North American birds and a map of their breeding grounds can be viewed and downloaded here: https://cornell.box.com/v/LaSorteBirds ITHACA, N.Y. – Human-caused habitat loss looms as the greatest threat to some North American breeding birds over the next few decades. The problem will be most severe on their wintering grounds, according to a […]

Migrating birds may bring bird flu to North America

Colin Parrish, John M. Olin Professor of Virology at the Baker Institute for Animal Health in Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, an expert on influenza viruses and the spread of the virus in animals, says the highly pathogenic influenza strain currently infecting wild birds and domestic poultry in several European countries could be transmitted […]

Citizen-science pioneer, Project FeederWatch soars into 30th year

Media note: Two audio clips featuring conversations with citizen scientists and the founder of Project FeederWatch, as well as additional graphics can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/ProjectFeederWatch ITHACA, N.Y. – This winter, Project FeederWatch – a citizen-science program where participants track birds visiting their backyard feeders from November to April – celebrates its 30th anniversary. The […]

New initiative aims to protect birds on private lands

Media: To view and download images and graphics, go to https://cornell.box.com/v/landtrust. ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Land Trust Alliance are partnering to help protect birds on private lands. The goal of the new Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative and associated website (birdtrust.org) is to improve conservation for declining species by […]

Puffin problems in Europe should trigger call to action for ocean conservation

The Atlantic Puffins are among four United Kingdom bird species now at risk of extinction. Stephen Kress is a Visiting Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and develops techniques for re-establishing various seabird colonies in Maine through Project Puffin. Kress says the decline of the Atlantic Puffin in the UK signals bigger trouble for […]

Bird mystery solved: Morphing chicken pathogens behind house finch apocalypse

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE  Bird mystery solved: Morphing chicken pathogens behind house finch apocalypse  Thursday, July 11, 2013 Scientific detective work has partially reconstructed how a bacteria causing respiratory illness in domestic poultry jumped to the wild house finch population and morphed to cause an eye disease, killing at least half the population of […]

Farms, ranches and timberlands provide vital habitat for declining birds

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE  Farms, ranches and timberlands provide vital habitat for declining birds State of the Birds report highlights value of bird-friendly practices on private lands  Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Two Cornell Lab of Ornithology experts discuss a key finding from the State of the Birds 2013 report released today: How management of private lands […]