Scientists create a family tree for birds

“The first time scientists have created a family tree for birds…”

“it is hoped the research could help prioritise conservation efforts in a bid to save the most diverse species from extinction.”

Credit: Yale University

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Puget Sound Bird Fest 2012

Puget Sound Bird Fest announcement

“Puget Sound Bird Fest is a celebration of birds and nature in Edmonds, Washington, on the beautiful shore of Puget Sound.

“Our mission is to increase awareness of species of birds that spend all or part of their lives in the Puget Sound region, and especially the environs of Edmonds. Residents and visitors will have opportunities to observe birds in their native habitats, and learn about ways in which habitat for birds and other wildlife can be preserved and restored in urban and suburban areas. The 3-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults.”

I’ve been attending this bird fest since I was around 5 years old. This year I was invited to give a presentation and guide a birding walk for families through Yost Park.

We had a great turnout of both kids and grownups and saw warblers, flycatchers, and woodpeckers.



A cool dino bird, Archaeopteryx

This being one of my first posts and the beginning for this blog, I’m going to start by sharing a few photos from my trip to England this summer. I’ll share some photos of the birds I saw over there later, but I’m starting here with Archaeopteryx (say it like this: Ark-ee-op-tur-icks), a 150 million year old bird. This guy has claws or talons on the upper middle of the wings and best of all, teeth.

This is a pretty cool reconstruction of Archaeopteryx, an early prehistoric bird, dating from about 150 million years ago during the Jurassic period. I think there is some evidence now that Archaeopteryx was probably black.

So it turns out that birds are living dinosaurs and dinosaurs like this T-Rex probably had feathers of some sort. Check it out.

The museum has the remains of what was one of the last Dodos and these remains are considered “one of the greatest treasures of the Museum” (Oxford University Museum of Natural History).