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Chernobyl’s lesson: Tell it to the birds

By Rupa Sengupta | October 16, 2015 It has flaming orange and blue feathers, a long orange beak and round dark eyes. It’s a thing of beauty, of grace, of plucky unselfconsciousness. Meet the male moustached kingfisher, long dubbed “ghost bird” for rarely, if ever, having been sighted. Sadly, what I’ve described is only an image recently circulating in the media. Reportedly, Christopher Filardi of the American Museum of Natural History captured this rare bird in Guadalcanal in the Solomon …

Bird poo spider fires up Hilton

By Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness | October 12, 2015 Pietermaritzburg – A new species of spider, cleverly ­disguised as a bird dropping, has been discovered by Hilton College Environmental Education and Conservation head John Roff. The spider, known as Hilton ­Pasilobus, was first discovered by Roff in 2006 when he noticed the species’s unusual looking egg case. “The spider has a very distinctive egg case. When I saw it, I knew I had found something unusual,” said Roff. “I went …

A New Study Reports 99 Percent of Sea Bird Species Could Be Eating Plastic by 2050 – CityLab

By John Metcalfe | September 1, 2015 Plastic—it’s what’s for dinner, tragically, if you happen to be a hungry sea bird. A new study in PNAS estimates nearly 90 percent of all living marine birds have eaten some type of plastic. With concentrations as thick as 580,000 pieces per square kilometer of ocean—and with global plastics manufacturing increasing exponentially—99 percent of seabird species could be ingesting the crud by 2050, say researchers at Australia’s Commonwealth …

While scientists squabble, Africa’s only penguins at risk of extinction as weakened birds abandon chicks | National Post

By Courtney Quirin, The Associated Press | August 27, 2015 CAPE TOWN, South Africa — They’re cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African Penguins — the continent’s only species of the flightless bird — are at risk of extinction. As shoals of anchovies and sardines have migrated south into cooler waters, the population of African Penguins that feeds on the fish has plummeted by 90 per cent since 2004 along South Africa’s west coast, …

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