Laboratory of Ornithology 02-24-12

Backyard Bird Count preliminary results
The preliminary results of the 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 17-20, are in, with the top 10 most frequently reported birds being (from most to least): Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch, American Crow, American Goldfinch, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse. The most numerous birds were: Snow Goose, Red-winged Blackbird, Canada Goose, Common Grackle, European Starling, American Robin, American Goldfinch, Mallard, American Crow, Dark-eyed Junco. As of Feb. 21, 78,241 checklists had been submitted from across the U.S. and Canada, with 597 species observed and 10,886,519 individual birds counted. For more information: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/.

Upcoming Monday Night Seminars

Messing around with birds
Join naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul for a lighthearted exploration of his many avian research projects, from banding hawks and tiny Saw-whet Owls to studying the migration of hummingbirds that aren’t supposed to be in the East in December (but are), Feb. 27, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Lab of Ornithology.

Best of all, learn how anyone with some enthusiasm and time can make important contributions to the science and conservation of birds, and have a great time doing it.

More than the birds of paradise
Ben Freeman, graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Alexandra Class, research fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will share the results of two years of fieldwork in Papua, New Guinea, March 5 at 7:30 p.m., at the Lab of Ornithology.

New Guinea is justly famous for the birds of paradise, the most extravagantly plumaged birds on Earth. But the world’s largest tropical island is also home to a fascinating array of other bird lineages, from nocturnal kingfishers to honeyeaters that blush and even a poisonous bird. This seminar will discuss the natural history and distributional ecology of the New Guinean avifauna.

Information: Contact (800) 843-2473, cornellbirds@cornell.edu.