The unfortunate and likely end result of this Moustached Kingfisher controversy is that the task of raising funds for bird research, already a major challenge, is only made more difficult.
Invasive species have absolutely wrecked Hawaii’s native ecosystems and despite best efforts of committed conservation groups the native birds and plants are rapidly being lost.
My goal is to open these students’ eyes to astounding nature sitting right in their ‘backyards,’ to use these local resources as teaching tools for global biodiversity challenges.
…as of yet, there are no ‘bird-friendly’ colleges and universities in the US. Duke is uniquely poised to be the first.
This is a huge victory!
Imagine all the cats in your neighborhood running around with bibs or frilly rainbow collars. That’s a sight that birds and I would love to see.
…huge flocks of hungry herbivores have been forced to forage elsewhere.
Bird everywhere you go, especially if you visit hotspots, which represent the front lines of conservation crises.
“…over the years and decades forests on campus have been gradually chipped away for construction…”
An army of robotic, automated microphones and cameras may eventually render all us birders and field naturalists irrelevant, but in the meantime, scientists are tapping into our collective expertise to advance knowledge of biodiversity patterns across spatial scales all over the world.