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Why the swamp sparrow is hitting the high notes

... Sciences Department of Biology, shows that the swamp Sparrow has the ability to emit songs that are ... AUDIO: The slow trills of the swamp sparrows can be heard during spring and summer ... published online in Biology Letters is entitled swamp Sparrows Modulate Vocal Performance in an ...

Scientists find how amber becomes death trap for watery creatures

... Fla. Shiny amber jewelry and a mucky Florida swamp have given scientists a window into an ancient ... entombed inhabitants settled to the bottom of the swamp was covered by sediment and after millions of ... well could be formed from resin exuded in watery swamp environments. Later the swamps may dry up and the ...

UN climate conference hears how EO can help

... The application, which has been implemented in the extensive peat swamp forests of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, has played an important role in ... generating carbon credits from the conservation of peat swamps. Peat swamp forests store large quantities of carbon in the ground, resulting in them ...

When palm trees gave way to spruce trees

... not enough to create much in the way of continental ice on East Greenland," he said, "but it did wipe out palms and other subtropical trees such as swamp cypress. They were replaced by temperate climate trees such as spruces and hemlock." The researcher said that, nonetheless, the middle period of ...

Random picks better than complicated process in gene identification

... vast amount of data that can be obtained through modern DNA sequencers. "Normalization used to be required because commonly expressed genes would swamp the signal of rare genes," DeWoody said. "But normalization also discards valuable information about the relative levels of gene expression in a ...

First jaguar photo taken at Smithsonian Research Station in Panama

... Adult males can weigh more than 300 pounds. Strong swimmers, jaguars tend to live near water and often prefer rainforests and seasonally flooded swamp areas. Historically, they ranged from the southern United States to northern Argentina. Habitat loss due to agriculture and urban sprawl has been a ...

World's top minds to celebrate 'the birth and life of beginnings'

... of history at the University of South Florida and a prolific writer of Florida history. Mormino will speak on "The Origins of Modern Florida: From swamp to Swamped" on March 18. Sean B. Carroll, a professor of molecular biology and genetics and writer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is ...

Sequence matters in droughts and floods

... tolerant. The gumbo-limbo (bursera simaruba, also known as West Indian birch) tends to be drought tolerant. The red maple (acer rabrum, also known as swamp maple) has intermediate tolerances to drought and flood. Each species tested showed higher mortality and lower growth rate when flood was first in ...

Wildlife Conservation Society discovers 'Planet of the Apes'

... remoteness and inaccessibility of some of the key locations where the gorillas were found; and a food-rich habitat, particularly in some of the swamp forests and the herb-rich "Marantaceae" forests. WCS has worked with the Government of Republic of Congo in the northern area of the country for ...

Great Ape Trust's Wich lead author of Oryx paper on continuing orangutan population declines

... land-use planning was a mega rice project, funded primarily by Indonesia's reforestation fund, which eliminated 10,000 square kilometers of peat swamp forest and killed an estimated 15,000 orangutans from 1996 to 1999. "Both are examples of ill-advised projects with few benefits to local economies ...

Birds migrate earlier, but some may be left behind as the climate warms rapidly

... temperatures. Temperatures in eastern Massachusetts have risen by 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since 1970. Species, such as the swamp sparrow, that winter in the southern United States are generally keeping pace with warming temperatures and earlier leafing of trees. They migrate ...

Logging road threatens rare peat dome, tigers

... coalition of local NGO network Jikalahari, Walhi Riau, and WWF-Indonesia. The Kampar peninsula is one of the worlds largest contiguous tropical peat swamp forests, with more carbon per hectare than any other ecosystem on Earth. It is morally reprehensible for one of the worlds largest paper ...

Destruction of Sumatra forests driving global climate change and species extinction

... by WWF and partners has found. The study found that in central Sumatra's Riau Province nearly 10.5 million acres of tropical forests and peat swamp have been cleared in the last 25 years. Forest loss and degradation and peat decomposition and fires are behind average annual carbon emissions ...

Inside the brain of a crayfish

... of dead fish. They constantly flick their antennules, says DeForest Mellon, a University of Virginia biology professor, as he watches a Southern swamp crayfish in a bucket doing just that. It is doing two things that are processed simultaneously in the brain as he flicks: smelling the water, and ...

Researcher says flu responders can learn from 1918 epidemic

... cause of the disease to arcane notions such as the wrath of an angry God, swamp gas or electricity in the air. "This notion of swamp gas, or miasma, is like something out of the Middle Ages," said Higgins. ...

Researchers find 24 species believed new to science in Suriname rainforest

... miles) southeast of Paramaribo, the capital. They found a virtually unexplored region of mountain savannah forest, high dryland rainforest and palm swamp with freshwater sources clean enough to support abundant fish and amphibian life. Among the 24 species believed new to science are an Atelopus ...

A case of mistaken identity for the ivory-billed woodpecker?

... populated South-eastern USA for so long." However, the original video published in Science catalysed conservation efforts in SE USA's bottomland swamp forests, which face continuing development. Furthermore, it spurred renewed efforts, in Florida and elsewhere, to find the Ivory-billed Woodpecker ...

Discovery of T-cell 'traffic control' boosts new drug promise

... its receptor on T cells -- usually prevents T cells from launching harmful reactions. But when the S1P traffic cop reacts incorrectly, T cells can swamp healthy tissue. The new research explains how a promising experimental drug treats the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis by blocking excess S1P ...

South America's vast pantanal wetland may become next everglades, UNU experts warn

... it gets dry and more easily burns, leading to more frequent fires which destroy flood-adapted trees, in which aquatic birds nest, while killing swamp deer and other animals. (The Pantanal's other fauna includes giant anteaters, armadillos, capybara, the Brazilian tapir and jaguar, and endangered ...
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