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Learn about the most promiscuous bird

Saltmarsh Sparrow (Image: Wolfgang Wander)

Recent studies have revealed a special survival mechanism for a bird living on the east coast of the US. Now it's called the world's most promiscuous bird. The saltmarsh sparrow, that lives in the marshes of Connecticut, was found to have high levels of multiple mating. The scientists found that 95% of females mated with more than one male during each nesting period. They assume that this unusual behaviour could be a survival mechanism due to coastal flooding. Using DNA analysis and studying the birds mating behaviour in the marsh habitat, the researchers revealed the highly promiscuous activities of the bird. The results were published in the journal The Auk.

Check out this BBC website for more information.

January - February 2010 Whistler is online

2010-01 WhistlerThe January - February 2010 Whistler is available now.
Some of its content:

- Amphibian Survey and Program
- Presidents Message
- Member Form and WHAS News
- Birding Bits; Poem: Wounded Bird…
- How to Save Energy – a Conversation with B. Fisher
- Nelson Creek / Recent Fieldtrip report
- Lake Sacajawea Signs are up / Local Events
- Book Review, Officer Nomination Form
- WHAS Programs and Field Trips

New 'Palouse to Pines' Birding Trail Map

Image of the new map

State Sen. Lisa Brown and Audubon Washington cordially invite you to the unveiling of the newest map of the Great Washington State Birding Trail, the Palouse to Pines Loop, and featuring LIVE BIRDS like those seen on this route:

- a Great Horned Owl and a
- Red-tailed Hawk.

Time and Location:

Jan. 26, 2010  --  12:45-1:00p.m

Rooms ABC Cherberg Building

State Capitol Campus, Olympia, WA

Please join us in the presentation of the latest area of the state to offer the Birding Trail’s successful combination of outdoor recreation, conservation and rural economic development.

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November - December 2009 Whistler is online

The November - December 2009 Whistler is available for download.
Some of its content:

- Update on WA Audubon
- Member Form and WHAS News
- LNG Update; Oregon State Bird
- Habitat Restoration Area for Snowy Plovers
- Nelson Creek / Lake Sacajawea Sign Update
- Christmas Bird Counts, Other Events
- Book Review: Mind of the Raven
- WHAS Programs and Field Trips

September - October Whistler is online

The September - October 2009 Whistler is available for download.

Some of its content:

- Radar Ridge Wind Energy Project in Pacific C.
- Member Form and WHAS News
- Stormwater management; Washington State Bird
- WHAS Annual Picnic
- Upcoming Fall Events
- Book Review; LNG update
- WHAS Programs and Field Trips

Aesop's fable not so far fetched

British researchers report that Rooks, a member of the crow family, are indeed sharp enough to pile stones in a vase to reach a floating morsel that is out of reach a la "The Crow and the Pitcher."

Inside Birding by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

 

If you are looking to improve your birding skills check out the redesigned and updated "All About Birds" website offered by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. They provide tips, tools and techniques for identifying birds using shape, size, color and behavior. You can even listen to the songs and calls of different birds.

Bird Brains

The society for neuroscience summer 2009 brain briefing describes research into how birds acquire songs, which sheds light on language learning in humans.  Both songbirds and humans learn to vocalize through observation and sensory feedback, unlike many other species.

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