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This past weekend, Migratory Bird Center staff participated in a New Year's Bird Count for Kids held at Brent Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
This event brought together over 100 families to learn about birds and experience the fun of birding. The cold temperatures did nothing to dampen the excitement of seeing bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, American kestrels and other birds that are at home in the parks and yards of our nation's capital.
Organized by science teacher Mike Mangiaracina, experts from the Migratory Bird Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service, District Dept. of the Environment, National Park Service, Earth Conservation Corps, DC Audubon Society, and Great Birding Projects were there to share their passion for birds and to nurture the next generation of bird conservationists.
- A critical season approach to Allen's rule: bill size declines with winter temperature in a cold temperate environment
- Digital photography quantifies plumage variation and salt marsh melanism among Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) subspecies of the San Francisco Bay
- Early Detection of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases with Animal Morbidity and Mortality Monitoring
- Estimating migratory connectivity of birds when re-encounter probabilities are heterogeneous
- Winter food limits timing of pre-alternate moult in a short-distance migratory bird
- Characterizing avian survival along a rural-to-urban land use gradient
- The distribution and conservation of birds of coastal salt marshes
- Avian roosting behavior influences vector-host interactions for West Nile virus hosts
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