From: Cornell Lab of Ornithology <cornellbirds>

Date: August 23, 2010 5:56:49 AM EDT


Subject: Cornell Lab eNews: Hear the Nighthawk’s Boom

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Cornell Lab eNews

August 23, 2010

Experience a Close Encounter with Nighthawks

Common Nighthawk by Gerrit Vyn
Common Nighthawks breed throughout most of North America, performing spectacular displays at dusk. Hear the sizzling sounds produced by a nighthawk’s wings as it dives to within a few feet of the ground. The Cornell Lab’s Greg Budney shares insights in our latest YouTube video. Watch now.

Have You Seen More Surprising Nests than These?

Sometimes birds build their nests in the most unexpected places. We received nearly 200 photos for our “Funky Nests” contest, sponsored by Kaytee. See winning photos.

Osprey nest on statue by Gene Harriman

eBird, Satellites, and Supercomputers Help Track the Movements of Birds

With millions of observations from birders, landscape data from satellites, and 100,000 hours of computing time, scientists will get a new view on the movements of birds. Read more.

Indigo Bunting by Ed Schneider

From Fossils, Evidence of the Color of Early Feathers

Impressions of pigments in a fossil have given scientists a color palette for dinosaur feathers. The bright markings may have had a role in communication through visual displays. Read more.

Illustration of flightless dinosaur Anchiornis huxleyi by Michael DiGiorgio

Oil Stops But Hard Work Begins

Thanks to support from members and donors, the Cornell Lab continues to lead monitoring efforts with eBird on land and in the ocean with marine autonomous recording units. Read about our multimedia production team’s experience on Raccoon Island, Louisiana.

Immature tern with oiled plumage. Photo by Gerrit Vyn/Cornell Lab.

Win an iPod touch and BirdsEye App!

The BirdsEye iPhone app helps you find birds by tapping into eBird along with information on 857 North American birds, plus sounds and images. Submit at least one checklist to eBird before September 6 for a chance to win an iPod touch and BirdsEye app. Learn more.

Include the Cornell Lab
in Your Estate Plans

A great way to provide for the conservation of birds is to include the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in your estate plans. Visit our website for some simple ideas that have a profound and lasting legacy for students, birds, and conservation. See more.

Cedar Waxwing by Red–Star

More to Explore

1. Enjoy Bird Photos
This month’s featured photographer is Nick Chill. See gallery.

2. Top 10 Birding-for-Science Projects
Get started with these ideas from the Cornell Lab. See top 10.

3. Learn How to Record Birds
Find tips on gear and techniques for capturing the sounds of nature. Get started.

4. Did You Know…?
Male and female chickadees look so alike that scientists rely on DNA tests to distinguish who’s who. But research shows that chickadees can see the difference using their ultraviolet vision. Read more.

5. Which Chickadee is Which?
Learn how to distinguish among different chickadee species using these tips from eBird. Read more.

6. Get Kids Involved with BirdSleuth
Did you know that the Cornell Lab offers a curriculum to engage children in science and birding? Help spread the word to teachers, afterschool programs, and parents of homeschoolers. Visit BirdSleuth online.

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