News on the Wing

October Edition

Trees for Life Trees for Life – @treesforlifeuk
The Millingerwaard rewilding story – a 600-hectare rewilding site in the Netherlands, demonstrates perfectly how both people and wild nature can benefit when natural processes are given free rein to reshape landscapes.

Millingerwaard celebrates 25th anniversary | Rewilding Europe
rewildingeurope.com
Little Green Space  Little Green Space – @LGSpace
Sadly, the skylark’s beautiful song is increasingly uncommon. Keep the magic in our countryside by supporting conservation coalition

@NatureMattersNI

e-action here: (link: http://bit.ly/2Mej1iA) bit.ly/2Mej1iA #wildlife #MakeADifference

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Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety
After sparking a U.K. birding movement over the past decade,

@urbanbirder is now bringing his message to the international stage. Learn about the art of city birding from our FAQ session: (link: http://ow.ly/FU4d30m6wRm) ow.ly/FU4d30m6wRm

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Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety
Gorge yourself on the photos of these “gorgets”—the glittering feathers on the throats of many male and some female hummingbirds: (link: http://ow.ly/Dxni30kw3Al) ow.ly/Dxni30kw3Al

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Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety
Yes, birds can get drunk—and if they don’t sober up before they fly, the outcomes can be deadly. (link: http://ow.ly/9NXh30m6jJ3) ow.ly/9NXh30m6jJ3

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BirdGuides BirdGuides – @BirdGuides

No matter how many photos you see of Oleander Hawkmoth, they never fail to impress! This one caught overnight in Glamorgan by

@Llynfian

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Oleander Hawkmoth by paul parsons
birdguides.com
J. of Avian Biology  J. of Avian Biology – @AvianBiology
Small birds fly at high altitudes towards Africa – This new study shows that passerines migrating from Scandinavia to Africa fly as high as 4000 m above sea level #ornithology #MigConnectivity (link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jav.01821) onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ja…

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Woodland Trust Woodland Trust – @WoodlandTrust
“There is rhythm in the woods, and in the fields,
Nature yields:
And the harvest voices crying,
Blend with Autumn zephyrs sighing;
Tone and color, frost and fire,
Wings the nocturne Nature plays upon her lyre.”
– William Stanley Braithwaite

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BBC Springwatch BBC Springwatch – @BBCSpringwatch
Scottish GPs to begin prescribing rambling and birdwatching

Scottish GPs to begin prescribing rambling and birdwatching
theguardian.com
BirdLifeBirdLife – @BirdLife_News
Last year, the Critically Endangered Hooded Grebe’s courtship dance was filmed for the first time.

The last dance? Critically Endangered grebe’s mesmerising display filmed for first time
birdlife.org
BBC Earth  BBC Earth – @BBCEarth
Bird tweets and chirps could teach us about our own language

The link between birdsong and language
bbcearth.com
Phys.org Phys.org – @physorg_com
Chinese Cretaceous fossil highlights avian evolution

@PNASNews

Chinese Cretaceous fossil highlights avian evolution
phys.org
BBC Earth  BBC Earth – @BBCEarth
Who doesn’t love a bumblebee?!

The plight of the bumblebee
bbcearth.com
American Bird ConservancyAmerican Bird Conservancy – @ABCbirds
Kiwikiu is among the rarest and most #endangered of Hawaiian birds. Recent #ornithology studies estimate that just 300 individuals or fewer remain! ABC and partners are working to save this species. Learn more and contribute to the campaign today: (link: https://buff.ly/2NC7YAs) buff.ly/2NC7YAs

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Long Point Bird Obs. Long Point Bird Obs. – @LongPointBirdOb
Special thanks to Linda Slade for finding and sharing her sightings of a Yellow-headed Blackbird a few km E of Port Rowan!

@BirdStudiesCan

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Long Point Bird Obs. Long Point Bird Obs. – @LongPointBirdOb
After a long quiescence, things have picked up today with close to 300 birds of more than 50 species banded. Blackburnian Warbler pictured.

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Bird Studies Canada Bird Studies Canada – @BirdStudiesCan
In our “Canada’s Voice for Birds” series of videos, staff from across the country share their bird stories & the motivations behind their work. Watch this inspiring example featuring our President, Steven Price: (link: https://www.birdscanada.org/organization/index.jsp?lang=en&targetpg=subscription) birdscanada.org/organization/i…

@StevenPriceBSC
BBC Wildlife  BBC Wildlife – @WildlifeMag
How to make a pine cone birdfeeder Encourage hungry birds into your garden with this simple feeding station: (link: http://ow.ly/H6KS30lJ9H0) ow.ly/H6KS30lJ9H0

Alan Batley

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BBC Science News BBC Science News – @BBCScienceNews
Nightingales ‘could become extinct in Hampshire’

Nightingale

On the search for nightingales
bbc.co.uk

 

NPR  NPR – @NPR
A new wildlife refuge on the grounds around an old nuclear weapons plant.

A New Wildlife Refuge On The Grounds Around An Old Nuclear Weapons Plant
npr.org

 

BirdWatchingMagazine  BirdWatchingMagazine – @BirdWatchDaily

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BBCT BBCT – @BumblebeeTrust

How does pollen stick to #bees? Research has shown that when #bumblebees fly, they accumulate a positive electrical charge & pollen tends to be negatively charged so it sticks to #bumblebees! #conservation #wildlife #nature

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BirdLifeBirdLife – @BirdLife_News
What’s a Roseate Spoonbill doing in Minnesota?

Hey, that’s no loon! Subtropical bird spotted in Minnesota for…
grandforksherald.com
BirdLifeBirdLife – @BirdLife_News
Birds crashing into windows is terrible, but it’s really only one symptom of human encroachment on wilderness.

Why we need to break down the barriers between us and nature
birdlife.org
BirdLifeBirdLife – @BirdLife_News
We’re losing species at an alarming rate.

10 amazing birds that have gone extinct
birdlife.org
BirdLifeBirdLife – @BirdLife_News
What will happen with the MBTA?

Eight states are fighting Trump’s attempt to declaw the Migratory Bird Treaty
washingtonpost.com
BirdLifeBirdLife – @BirdLife_News
Which bird can fly through the eye of a storm?

10 things we didn’t know about seabirds (until now)
birdlife.org
BirdLifeBirdLife – @BirdLife_News
A beautiful look at some of Asia’s forests.

Inside Asia’s Forests of Hope: A Photo Essay
birdlife.org
BirdLifeBirdLife – @BirdLife_News
On the verge of extinction, how was this duck saved? And what can it teach us about saving other species?

Spain’s mission to save the White-headed Duck
birdlife.org
BCI Journal BCI Journal – @bci_journal
How should we manage the Yangtze River floodplain to maximise habitat for waterbirds? This study points the way: (link: https://bit.ly/2BDzRTL) bit.ly/2BDzRTL #ornithology

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Parrot Of The Day Parrot Of The Day – @ParrotOfTheDay
Known in Portuguese as the caturrita, a monk parakeet alongside the Transpantaneira Highway across Brazil’s Pantanal #ParrotOTD. Pic by Ana Silva (link: https://flic.kr/p/yX2Ftw) flic.kr/p/yX2Ftw

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Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety
Have you ever heard these common bird songs and calls?

@RosemaryMosco  helps you decode them: (link: http://ow.ly/mwsP30b1Fj0) ow.ly/mwsP30b1Fj0

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Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety
It’s that time of year again: migrating birds are heading south but they face myriad man-made obstacles. During the #YearOfTheBird, here are some actions you can take to make a difference. (link: http://ow.ly/FKqt30lCCau) ow.ly/FKqt30lCCau

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WWT Conservation WWT Conservation – @WWTconservation
Great news from team Spoonie in #China! Today they sighted a 2018 headstarted Spoony which was hatched & raised by Russian colleagues with the help of WWT’s Jodie Clements! White ‘4H’ is now in the Rudong area of China. #ConservationBreeding #Conservation

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Weird Science Weird Science – @weird_sci
Birds are just modern dinosaurs.

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BirdLife – @BirdLife_News
Spix’s Macaw among new birds that have been declared extinct.

Spix’s Macaw heads list of first bird extinctions confirmed this decade
birdlife.org
CBS Chicago CBS Chicago – @cbschicago
A new study by BirdLife International reveals that in recent years several bird species have lost their fight for survival. One of those species is the beautiful Spix’s Macaw.

‘Rio’ Blue Macaw Now Officially Extinct In The Wild
chicago.cbslocal.com
BBC Earth  BBC Earth – @BBCEarth

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Audubon Society @audubonsociety
Have you ever heard an owl calling right outside your window? It may have been a Mourning Dove.

No, That’s Not an Owl Outside Your Window
audubon.org
@BirdLife_News
In Sweden, one of the rarest breeding birds seems to be making a comeback

The Black-tailed Godwit rebounds in Sweden
birdlife.org
Audubon Society
Audubon Society
@audubonsociety
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is our country’s most important bird-protection law—but it’s under attack. During the #YearOfTheBird, take action to #ProtectTheBirds: (link: http://ow.ly/m0UA30iUeIp) ow.ly/m0UA30iUeIp

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September Edition

Cornell LabCornell Lab – @CornellBirds
Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, Peregrine Falcons were delisted in 1999. An entire generation has grown up with these phenomenal birds in our skies.

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The Wildlife TrustsThe Wildlife Trusts – @WildlifeTrusts
Swallows are beginning to leave for their wintering grounds in South Africa. They can cover around 200 miles a day.

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Little Green Space Little Green Space – @LGSpace

RT if you’re planning to help wildlife by adding one or more of these to your garden or a community space:

Nectar-rich flowers, wildflowers

Pond

Bug hotel, wild area, long grass

Fruit tree

Native tree, hedgerow

Veg bed, compost

Birdfeeder, birdbath, nestbox

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Audubon Society Audubon Society – @audubonsociety
Have you heard of “prairie strips”? Farmers are adopting this new conservation method, and the vibrant bands of native vegetation both decrease pollutants and increase grassland bird populations. (link: http://ow.ly/wJfg30lzQwn) ow.ly/wJfg30lzQwn

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American Museum of Natural History  American Museum of Natural History – @AMNH

The Painted Bunting looks like it belongs in a water color—but you can actually see this bird in real life: it lives in parts of the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America. Males have red, blue, & green plumage, while females are mainly green.

 
Wildlife Sightings Wildlife Sightings – @wildlife_uk
RT @MikeMcKen8: Little owl siblings  @NatureUK @wildlife_uk

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Audubon SocietyAudubon Society –@audubonsociety
Birds need to stay cool on hot summer days too. Here’s how they do it: (link: http://ow.ly/jvgy30e36kH) ow.ly/jvgy30e36kH

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Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety

The origins of hummingbirds are still a major mystery but recent discoveries trace their evolution back to Europe—where today there are no nectar-feeding species. (link: http://ow.ly/Kxm630kVu4s) ow.ly/Kxm630kVu4s

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Rewilding Europe Rewilding Europe – @RewildingEurope

Interesting story about the incredible journey of Slavc, a wolf who in 2011 began an epic 2,000 kilometre migration across Europe from Slovenia to Italy via the Austrian Alps. A rare insight into the secret life of a wolf.
Read The Guardian’s article here
British Nature Guide  British Nature Guide – @Britnatureguide
Have you ever been intimidated by a determined Oystercatcher? (link: http://www.britishnatureguide.com/birds.html) britishnatureguide.com/birds.html

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ITV News Anglia ITV News Anglia – @itvanglia
One Peterborough farmer has grown thousands of sunflowers because of his love of birds.
See the video of this incredible natural spectacle

Rewilding Britain Rewilding Britain- @RewildingB

Britain has one last chance to save endangered species says @Natures_Voice boss.

RSPB boss: Britain has one last chance to save endangered species theguardian.com

Chief executive warns of a devastating loss of wildlife if three new parliamentary bills do not rein in UK farming practices

Ministers may have only 12 months to rescue Britain’s degraded environment and to save its endangered birds and animals. That is the stark conclusion of Michael Clarke, chief executive of the RSPB, who has warned that parliamentary bills – to be published over the next year – will have to make crucial changes to the way our farms and fisheries are run if the wildlife and landscape of the nation are to be rescued from their dangerously depleted condition.

Link to full article here.

BBC Earth BBC Earth – @BBCEarth
Macro, nature and colour; what’s not to love?!  #EarthCapture by @MattDoogue

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August Edition

 Audubon Society@audubonsociety
Ah, our little Puffin chick. Still fluffy, still growing. Have you tuned in lately? (link: http://explore.org/puffinchick) explore.org/puffinchick @exploreorg
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BirdLife@BirdLife_News
When something’s wrong, make a change! In Chile, modifications to the purse seine fishing technique cause a 98% reduction in seabird bycatch. Now, this project has been pronounced one of the best 500 environmental initiatives in Latin America: (link: https://bit.ly/2tXlL8B) bit.ly/2tXlL8B
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WWT  WWT – @WWTworldwide
It’s good news for the UK’s crane population – according to experts at WWT, @UniofExeter and @Natures_Voice, after a 400 year absence the cranes are back, and they’re here to stay! > (link: https://www.wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/2018/07/wwt-news/cranes-here-to-stay-new-model-predicts/) wwt.org.uk/news/all-news/…
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Audubon Society@audubonsociety
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards! Take a look: (link: http://ow.ly/ZkOU30kONDm) ow.ly/ZkOU30kONDm
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Cornell LabCornell Lab –@CornellBirds
We’re thrilled to see the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act introduced to the Senate; would set aside $1.3 Bn for wildlife conservation. Thx Senators @SenatorRisch, @Sen_JoeManchin, @SenAlexander, @SenatorHeitkamp! More on the bill: (link: http://ow.ly/AB5x30l0wUL) ow.ly/AB5x30l0wUL
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Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety
The Endangered Species Act has prevented 99% of the species under its care from going extinct, including the Whooping Crane. Don’t let Congress dismantle this bedrock law: (link: http://ow.ly/O8IG30l0EgT) ow.ly/O8IG30l0EgT
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Tiel Lover  Tiel Lover – @tiellover
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Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety
Have you ever watched crows dive-bombing a hawk or an eagle—otherwise known as “mobbing”? (link: http://ow.ly/Qqsp30l5fcW) ow.ly/Qqsp30l5fcW
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ZSL ScienceZSL Science – @ZSLScience
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Fiona Spooner and 6 others
Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety
Read the incredible story of Owlier the Great Horned Owl, who endured 300 miles in a truck grille and a car wash. (link: http://ow.ly/LcGY30jHrDS) ow.ly/LcGY30jHrDS
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Little Green Space  Little Green Space – @LGSpace

Worried about declines in bees, butterflies and other insects? Easy ways to help in your garden:

 

Don’t over-tidy
Let grass grow long
Let dandelions grow
Plant lavender & sedums
Leave some nettles
Provide an undisturbed wood pile

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BBC Earth  BBC Earth – @BBCEarth
Where have Scotland’s eagles gone?
The mystery of Scotland’s ‘disappearing’ eagles
bbcearth.com
Chris Packham  Chris Packham – @ChrisGPackham
I’m the guest editor for @NatGeoUK ‘s August edition – you can read here why ‘Caring is not enough – We must act .’ (link: https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment/2018/07/caring-not-enough-we-must-act) nationalgeographic.co.uk/environment/20…
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Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety
Artist Jenny Kendler’s stirring installation features a single eye from 100 different bird species threatened by climate change. We asked her our most pressing questions, including why she chose to just focus on the eyes. (link: http://ow.ly/slQC30lbpw4) ow.ly/slQC30lbpw4
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 IUCN UK Peatlands IUCN UK Peatlands –@IUCNpeat
Our #peatlands do more for us than you might think:
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BBC Wildlife  BBC Wildlife –@WildlifeMag

How to identify common caterpillars Here are 12 common UK species for you to look for with typical foodplants: (link: http://ow.ly/sCOo30l64Lp) ow.ly/sCOo30l64Lp

Felicity Rose Cole

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Little Green Space  Little Green Space –@LGSpace

RT if you’re going to help bees, butterflies, moths and hoverflies in your garden by thinking like a pollinator!

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 Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety

Greater Sage-Grouse once numbered in the millions, but their numbers have declined precipitously. Don’t let @BLMNational weaken conservation protections for this iconic species. Take action to #SaveGrouse: (link: http://ow.ly/ea7x30le6eW) ow.ly/ea7x30le6eW
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BirdLifeBirdLife – @BirdLife_News
How will climate change affect bird migrations?
How will climate change affect bird migration? Our scientists explain
Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety
Have you had a chance to look at the winning shots from this year’s Audubon Photography Awards? (link: http://ow.ly/ZkOU30kONDm) ow.ly/ZkOU30kONDm
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RSPB Birders  RSPB Birders – @RSPBbirders
Pictures of the first white-tailed sea eagle chicks to hatch on Orkney in 145 years: (link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-45011797) bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotla… @RSPBScotland
Parent eagle approaching two chicks in the nest
Orkney’s sea eagles pictured in the nest
bbc.co.uk
BirdLifeBirdLife – @BirdLife_News
Our flagship scientific study found that one in eight birds is threatened with extinction.
Even familiar birds at risk of extinction, new study finds
birdlife.org
David Steel  David Steel – @SteelySeabirder
Young Puffling being ringed ready for release. Thousands are on the move after a good breeding season.
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American Bird Cons. American Bird Cons. – @ABCbirds1
Kirtland’s Warbler recently secured the support of the Towsley Foundation, which will fund continued efforts for this #conservation-reliant species, where management efforts are necessary for a stable or growing population. Learn more: (link: https://abcbirds.org/article/kirtlands-warbler-recovery/) abcbirds.org/article/kirtla…
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bird/h bird/h – @BirdPerHour
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Audubon SocietyAudubon Society – @audubonsociety
Whooo’s who? On #OwlAwarenessDay get to know these different owls.
Who’s Who
Bento the Bird  Bento the Bird – @pepitamem
from: potatopato on facebook
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July Edition 

From CBC

Sweetpea, the Sunnyside Greenhouses parrot, loving new home, owners say

The blue-and-gold macaw is more relaxed and less vulgar with her new human flock

Laurie Rupert is the new owner of Sweetpea, the long-time resident parrot of now-shuttered Sunnyside Greenhouses in Calgary. (Danielle Nerman/CBC)

 

“The popular Sunnyside Greenhouses parrot is settling in well at her new Calgary home — and has even stopped swearing, her new owner says.”

Read Rachel Ward’s full article here on the heartwarming story of how Sweetpea is settling into her new home.


From CBC News Edmonton:

Alberta neuroscientists identify what makes parrots not so bird-brained

“Brains of the tropical birds wired differently than avian relatives, study finds

July 05, 2018

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New research from the University of Alberta sheds light on the inner workings of the parrot brain. (Canadian Press)

Being called a bird-brain may not be so insulting after all, suggests a new University of Alberta study.

Neuroscientists have discovered that parrots, remarkably intelligent birds, share neural circuitry similar to primates.”

Read CBC’s full article here.

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Audubon Society
Audubon Society – @audubonsociety
Customize your own birdsong alarm clock with this smartphone app: (link: http://ow.ly/z2bu30kGSEc) ow.ly/z2bu30kGSEc
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RSPB
RSPB – @Natures_Voice
If you find a baby bird on the ground, please follow this advice on our website before acting: