Friday, May 26, 2006

Ornithologists in the News #1

These news items gleaned from Google News span the period from May 19-25, 2006 (and are listed here in reverse chronological order):

In Iceland, ornithologist Olafur K. Nielsen reports that a recent spell of harshly cold weather has killed a number of nesting birds and driven others off their nests. (05/25)

In Pacific Grove, California, the Museum of Natural History’s new permanent exhibit will feature “The Life Adventures of Rollo Beck,” a career ornithologist and scientific collector extraordinaire (1870-1950). (05/25)

Nigel Clark, an ornithologist with the British Trust for Ornithology, is quoted on the significance to shorebirds of the purchase by the non-profit Conservation Fund of a 75-acre spit of sand, mud, and rock in Mispillion Bay, Delaware. (05/25)

Catherine Rideout, an ornithologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, is quoted in this article about Mississippi Kites frequenting in towns. (05/24)

French ornithologist Pierre Jouventin has produced DNA evidence that the rockhopper penguins of Amsterdam and St. Paul islands are a unique species, Eudyptes moseleyi. (05/24)

Obituary of Patrick Watt Sandeman, a Scottish ornithologist who spent many years studying Golden Eagles in the Scottish Highlands. (05/24)

Laura Erickson, staff ornithologist at binoculars.com and the genius behind the Birder Blog (and who has recently published her third book about birds) is the focus of this wonderful interview. (05/21)

Michael Good, identified as an ornithologist who runs a nature tour business, is quoted in this article on the Down East Birding Festival. (05/21)

Cliff Shackleford, an ornithologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, is quoted in this article on bird-plane collisions. (05/20)

Allan Drewitt, senior ornithologist for English Nature, is quoted on the recovery of the Marsh Harrier. (05/19)

Brief remarks of Mark Robbins, a University of Kansas ornithologist, in response to news that Ivory-billed Woodpeckers eluded searchers this winter. (05/19)

CapeNature ornithologist Tony Williams on a proposal to shoot seals that “came into the colony, killed birds and ate them,” forcing the gannets to leave the island. (05/16)

Daniel Klem, an ornithologist at Muhlenberg College, is quoted on the special treatment being afforded to birds that collide with buildings in Chicago. (05/13)

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