Navigation Links
It's for the birds
Date:3/18/2009

On Nov. 1, 1933, Mrs. Bruce Reid recorded seeing both a male and female ivory-billed woodpecker in Texas. And on May 28, 1938, Oscar McKinley Bryans observed a ruby-throated hummingbird in Michigan, noting that the birds were most common when apple trees were blooming.

These are just two of more than 6 million personal observations scribbled and preserved on notecards in government files. The cards record more than a century of information about bird migration, a veritable treasure trove for climate-change researchers because they will help them unravel the effects of climate change on bird behavior, said Jessica Zelt, coordinator of the North American Bird Phenology Program at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

That is -- once the cards are transcribed and put into a scientific database.

And that's where citizens across the country come in the program needs help from birders and others across the nation to transcribe those cards into usable scientific information.

"These cards, once transcribed, will provide over 90 years of data, an unprecedented amount of information describing bird distributions, migration timing, and migration pathways and how they are changing," said Zelt. "There is no other program that has the same historical depth of information that can help us understand the effect that global climate change has on bird populations across the country. When combined with current information, scientists will better understand how birds are responding to climate change and how to develop tools to help manage that change, especially for at-risk species."

The millions of hand-scribbled cards sit in row upon row of federal green filing cabinets of ancient vintage in a modest and fittingly old office dating from before WWII. The cards contain almost all of what was known of bird distribution and natural history from the Second World War back to the later part of the 19th century, said USGS senior scientist Chan Robbins,
'/>"/>

Contact: Jessica Zelt
jzelt@usgs.gov
301-497-5745
United States Geological Survey
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Savanna habitat drives birds, and perhaps others, to cooperative breeding
2. Uncertainty drives the evolution of cooperative breeding in birds
3. A dog in the hand scares birds in the bush
4. City birds better than rural species in coping with human disruption
5. Do migratory birds see the magnetic field?
6. LSU professor studies army-ant-following birds
7. Time-sharing tropical birds key to evolutionary mystery
8. Lavishly illustrated guide to Perus birds describes 1,800 species
9. Threatened birds may be rarer than geographic range maps suggest
10. Siberian jays can communicate about behavior of birds of prey
11. High degree of resistance to antibiotics in Arctic birds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/24/2014)... that characterize sustainable university and college programs designed ... teachers. Specifically, one or more faculty members who ... with institutional motivation and commitment can ensure that ... Math (STEM) teacher shortages are especially acute in ... institutions seeking to increase the number of STEM ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... June 24, 2014 Some sticky research out of ... against a certain species of toxic grass fungus: moose ... month,s Biology Letters , "Ungulate saliva inhibits a ... applied to red fescue grass (which hosts a fungus ... in slower fungus growth and less toxicity. , "Plants ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University ... Foundation for Parkinson,s Research to translate a basic science ... discovery project will test chemical compounds on a newly ... that acts on an underlying cause of the disease. ... people manage their symptoms, we are eager to stop ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Creating sustainable STEM teacher preparation programs 2Moose drool inhibits growth of toxic fungus: York U research 2Albert Einstein College of Medicine receives grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation to fund drug discovery project targeting Parkinson's 2Albert Einstein College of Medicine receives grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation to fund drug discovery project targeting Parkinson's 3
... some have argued, can be reversed with a large-scale ... liquefied sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere or building tens ... to filter out carbon dioxide. ... of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and a member and ...
... biological tit for tat may hold clues to improving ... type 1 diabetes, according to a Medical College of ... attacks insulin-producing cells causing high blood glucose levels that ... an immunologist in the MCG Center for Biotechnology and ...
... Ind. - Purdue University researchers found a mechanism that ... how to keep that switch turned on may be ... Nicholas Carpita, a professor of botany and plant pathology, ... in plant development by shutting off genes involved in ...
Cached Biology News:No quick or easy technological fix for climate change, researchers say 2No quick or easy technological fix for climate change, researchers say 3No quick or easy technological fix for climate change, researchers say 4High blood sugar's impact on immune system holds clues to improving islet cell transplants 2High blood sugar's impact on immune system holds clues to improving islet cell transplants 3Researchers find nature's shut-off switch for cellulose production 2
(Date:7/25/2014)... (PRWEB) July 25, 2014 At the ... has granted a 60-day extension for the public comment ... Special Rule for Model Aircraft established by Congress as ... 2012. The 60-day extension establishes the new deadline for ... States Department of Transportation/FAA notice published in the Federal ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... , July 24, 2014  Now available is a ... Rehealth Regenerative Therapies , located in ... physically active people a new health option: stem ... of age, countless patients suffer from joint and muscle ... as muscle tears, torn rotator cuff, tennis elbow, and ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... have yet to materialise. Yet, scientists are making ... computers faster. One such approach relies on quantum ... applying an electric field. A new study demonstrates ... quantum dots (TQDs) with electrical impulses can help ... should TQDs be used as quantum information units, ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Your cell phone may stay ... battery storage capacity. , New research indicates that ... created at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ... carbon components will perform as electrodes. , The ... need for higher-performance batteries. Several key characteristics of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:FAA Grants Comment Extension at the Request of AMA 2Stem Cells In Sports Injuries, Joints And Muscular Pain 2Stem Cells In Sports Injuries, Joints And Muscular Pain 3Getting More Life out of Lithium-ion Batteries 2
... MONROVIA, Calif., June 9 STAAR Surgical Company (Nasdaq: ... marketer of minimally invasive ophthalmic products, today announced that ... Preloaded Hydrophobic Acrylic Injector for use in minimally invasive ... Surgical to market this foldable intraocular (IOL) KS-X lens ...
... Mass., June 8 Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... Customer and Investor Open House entitled, "Innovation for Experimentation" to ... The company will webcast the Investor Breakout Session from 2:30 ... of the conference will feature presentations by Kevin Hrusovsky, President ...
... BEIJING, June 8 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Sinovac Biotech ... of vaccines in China, announced today that it,begins the production of ... from US CDC and was delivered to the company on June ... President and CEO of Sinovac, commented, ,In,the midst of a global ...
Cached Biology Technology:STAAR Surgical Receives CE Mark Approval for KS-X Preloaded Hydrophobic Acrylic Lens Injector System 2STAAR Surgical Receives CE Mark Approval for KS-X Preloaded Hydrophobic Acrylic Lens Injector System 3STAAR Surgical Receives CE Mark Approval for KS-X Preloaded Hydrophobic Acrylic Lens Injector System 4Caliper Life Sciences to Webcast Investor Session of Open House 2Sinovac Begins the Production of Influenza A (H1N1) Vaccine 2Sinovac Begins the Production of Influenza A (H1N1) Vaccine 3