Birds of North America
Did you know that Hekman Library subscribes to the Birds of North America database from Cornell Lab of Ornithology? Professor Darren Proppe in Biology is our bird specialist on campus; his research centers around the effect of human-gednerated noise on songbird behavior and demographics. Dr. Proppe and other faculty in Biology are some of the top users of this database.
This week, the e-newsletter from the ornithology lab focuses on "the cutest owl in North America," the Northern Saw-whet Owl. (Pictured on the right). For decades these owls were scarcely known at all. "Then came Project Owlnet, a grassroots banding program that discovered the tiny mousers..." See Owlnet veteran Scott Weidensaul, as he takes you out for a night of owl banding.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology reports that in North America, we've lost 1 in 4 breeding birds since 1970. Nearly 3 billion birds are gone across virtually all groups of birds in the U.S. and Canada! Check out the story and see what you can do to reverse this downward trend.