Highlights / birds

Environment, International, Society

Majority of North American birds threatened by climate change

A new study just released by the Audubon Society shows that about two-thirds of the continent’s birds are going to be negatively affected by climate change. The report presents three scenarios of the effects ranging from the international goal of» 

The Link

The LINK Online, Sep 27.28.29, 2019

Your hosts Terry, Levon, and Marc  (video of show at bottom) Major research projects to understand climate change effects on the Arctic Hundreds of scientists from several countries have now embarked on two simultaneous and related research projects in the» 

Environment, International

Massive loss of N.American birds: study

A new study for the first time has quantified the number of birds that have disappeared from our skies. The  study (and website) note there are now almost 3 billion fewer birds than there were in 1970 Adam Smith (PhD)» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

E-scooter, e-bike users and companies to be fined if wrongly parked in Montreal

The city of Montreal, in the French-speaking province of Quebec, is fed up with badly parked electric scooters and is going to go after the bad riders. The regulations governing these self-service vehicles have been amended and, as of October» 

Environment, International

How did dinosaurs learn to fly? It could be for sex

A recent study suggests that feathers evolved not for flight, but at first were hair-like structures developed as insulation for warmth, somewhat akin to fur. It was later that they then grew into larger and more complex features for sexual display» 

Environment, International

Are loons another species under threat?

The haunting call of the common loon is an iconic wilderness and cottage sound in a Canadian summer. With the arrival of spring, people can expect the return of loons from the south. But will there be fewer? There are» 

Economy, Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Canadian oil company fined (again) for migratory bird deaths

The Syncrude company operating in the western province of Alberta’s oilsands region, has been fined $2.7 million dollars for causing the deaths of 31 blue herons. A large containment pond for a mixture of bitumen, water and other chemical byproducts» 

Environment

Contagious disease reported in eastern birds

There are about 10 unconfirmed reports that trichomonosis may have affected birds in Canada’s eastern provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick this year.  The disease, caused by a microscopic parasite, can make it hard for birds to breathe, eat» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Mercury linked to dramatic decline of migratory songbirds: study

Examination of tail feathers suggests that mercury is one of the determining factors for the steep declines of many songbird populations that migrate long distances to and from North America. The study by researchers at Western University in Ontario compared» 

Environment

Climate change, habitat loss, hard on migratory birds

Changes to the climate and habitat are occurring so rapidly that it is difficult for some bird species to adapt and, if they cannot adapt or conditions do not improve, they could face extinction. Migratory birds in eastern Canada face»