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 […]

Video and audio technology bring Manhattan to life, circa 1609

Media Note: To view the four Manhattan soundscapes/360 experiences, visit www.unsung.nyc.    NEW YORK – Imagine sitting on your couch at home and through the magic of technology, you are transported to the lobby of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. You see and hear the people bustling about; then everything fades to […]

Audio landscapes take listeners to Manhattan before it was Manhattan

Experience Manhattan’s natural world before the Dutch arrived during journalists-only audio showcase and virtual reality immersion premiere WHO:            Creators of “Calling Thunder: The Unsung History of Manhattan” project unveil soundscapes and 360 experience of the natural world of Manhattan island before the Dutch arrival with a formal audio presentation, and break-out sessions for journalists to […]

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 […]

Say ‘chickadee’ – Merlin app now IDs birds from pics

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Merlin Bird Photo ID mobile app has been launched and, thanks to machine-learning technology, can identify hundreds of North American species it “sees” in photos. The app was developed by Cornell Tech and California Institute of Technology computer vision researchers in partnership with the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and bird enthusiasts. Because Merlin Bird Photo ID […]

A planet not fit for animals is not fit for humans either

Amanda Rodewald, Director of Conservation Science at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, says the WWF’s Living Planet Report showing that populations of vertebrate animals have declined by 58 percent should be considered a warning for people to change habits before making our planet unsuitable for people, too. Rodewald says: “The declines in wildlife populations are shocking […]

Warbler genomes look to be 99.97 percent alike

For decades, conservationists have considered blue-winged warblers to be a threat to golden-winged warblers, a species being considered for federal Endangered Species protection. Blue-winged warbler populations have declined 66 percent since 1968, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. The two species are known to frequently interbreed where they co-occur, and scientists have been […]

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 […]