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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.

Bat Houses for Sale

Inspired by Andrew Emlen's spring program on bats, the Lower Columbia College Biological Society is selling a limited number of single-chamber bat houses as a fundraiser.  These houses have been assembled by students using outdoor-grade plywood and furring strips following the specifications provided by Bat Conservation International (BCI) for the Pacific Northwest climate (i.e., they have been painted black and do not have a ventilation gap; see photos below).  Each house measures approximately 27.5" H X 24" W X 1.75" D (70 cm H X 61 cm W X 4 cm D), with the roost chamber being .75" (18 mm) deep.

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Be Careful! Don't mess with some birds

The University of Florida discovered some interesting bird habits. Mockingbirds may look pretty much alike to people, but they can tell us apart and are quick to react to folks they don't like. Check out the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) article or this msnbc website for more information.

Bald Eagle will be released at Willow Grove

For most nature lovers, spotting a bald eagle is a conversation-halting moment. Without fail, everyone falls silent to watch the magnificent bird soar, swoop, or simply reign over a towering tree.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 31st at 12:30 PM, celebratory cake to follow

WHERE: Willow Grove Park, Willow Grove Rd., Longview, WA 98632

Note: the closest parking lot to the release site is the one just after the boat launch parking lot. Please keep your eyes open for signs and volunteers providing directions.

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Fall 2016 Whistler is online

The Fall 2016 Whistler is available now.

 

Click to Download the pdf

Read more of its content: 

  • Program: The Natural World Puts on a Show -- Celebrating What's Right With the World
  • Charlotte Persons Retires from the Board
  • Membership Form
  • NW Bird Events
  • Fallen Leaf Nature Library Niche needs new space
  • Cowlitz County Birdlist
  • Murder Mystery
  • Vaux's Swifts are starting to roost in the chimney of Carpet One in Rainier
  • Mary Ellen Covert Remembrance
  • State Fears Extinction of Marbled Murrelets
  • Programs and Fieldtrips

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