Volunteer opportunity

Original post on Ornithology Exchange. 2 – 3 volunteer field assistants are needed to help with field research on nesting seabirds. Fieldwork will occur at Burgess Island, New Zealand. Rats were removed from Burgess in 1990, and since, seven Procellariiform seabirds have established breeding colonies at Burgess (White-faced Storm-petrel, Black-winged Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel, Sooty Shearwater, […]

via Volunteer opportunity — Christy N. Wails


Happy #SuffolkDay from SongBird Survival!

Did you know today is Suffolk Day? Celebrating the beautiful county of Suffolk!

Our long-term farmland bird research project is based in the wonderful Suffolk countryside. Sadly, in spite of dedicated wildlife-friendly farming efforts at this site, the number of breeding songbird territories has declined by 30% in 10 years.

SongBird Survival is working to find out why. Read more about this project on our website: http://bit.ly/2rPttn4


Farmland Bird Counts

All Those Nice Houses We’re Building Are Affecting Songbird Reproduction | Care2 Causes

Interesting findings from songbird research in the USA


By: Susan Bird
Here’s something to think about whenever you pass by a new housing development. Researchers now say that as we continue to add to burgeoning suburban sprawl, we’re cheating songbirds out of the prime years of their reproductive lives.
University of Washington (UW) researchers released a study in December 2016 that paints a sad picture for certain types of songbirds. It seems that as we keep building houses and other infrastructure, we often disrupt their lives in ways they have a tough time recovering from.

The research team spent a decade following the movements and breeding habits of six types of birds who live in areas east of Seattle. Between 2000 and 2010, some of these sites transitioned from forested areas to new suburban developments. What happened to the hundreds of birds tracked in this study is a cautionary tale for us all.

Songbirds tend to fall into…

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Invasive non-native species and why we intervene

An interesting blog about management of invasive non-native species in Scotland. Invasive species are damaging to our environmental economy and health – should Scottish Natural Heritage’s straight-talking approach be replicated across the UK?

Scotland's Nature

To be blunt, invasive non-native species damage our environmental economy and health.  Stan Whitaker, SNH’s Policy & Advice Manager for Ecosystems & Biodiversity, explains further.

Uist wader project worker lamping for hedgehogs on the South Uist machair, Western Isles Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH Uist wader project worker lamping for hedgehogs on the South Uist machair, Western Isles Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH

In conserving threatened species, we have to focus our limited resources on those where we can make the most difference.  This often means dealing with invasive non-native species INNS) that threaten native species. The following short blog post outlines some of the work we are currently involved in.

Not all non-native (alien) species are damaging. Many species that have been introduced to our gardens, fields and landscapes are now an important part of Scotland’s diversity and underpin many of our primary industries. However, a minority have serious negative impacts on native Scottish habitats, our health or our economy. We refer to these species as invasive non-native species


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