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Willamette University Theses
WU Theses on Bird Research
Nearly 400 theses have been written by Willamette students who have some connection to birds, whether through biology, the arts, physics, the environmental sciences, chemistry, or history.
Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab of Ornithology
One of the highest ranked birding apps. First, Merlin asks you a few simple questions. Then, almost like magic, it reveals the list of birds that best match your description. Pick your bird, then delve into more photos, sounds, and ID tips about your bird!
Bird Calls, Sounds & Ringtones
This app is both fun and educational, because you can learn how to discern the sounds of each kind of bird. Set some of them as a ringtone, notification sound or alarm and you will never bother yourself with the irritating sounds you already have in your mobile phone.
National Audubon Society
History of the Audubon
Provides an abbreviated history of the National Audubon Society, including a brief video.
Audubon Christmas Count
Prior to the turn of the 20th century, hunters engaged in a holiday tradition known as the Christmas "Side Hunt" with the winner being whoever brought in the biggest pile of feathered and/or furred quarry. Early conservationist were concerned about declining bird populations. Beginning on Christmas Day 1900, ornithologist Frank M. Chapman proposed a new holiday tradition: a "Christmas Bird Census" that would count birds during the holidays rather than hunt them. The continuing data collected is used throughout the world today.
Birds in Society
A popular YouTube series about a cat who occasionally crosses paths with cats...
(Image source: Youtube.com
Bing is a major search engine that rivals Google. It sports new gorgeous high definition background images each day, occasionally bird-themed.
Birds are frequent subjects within art, whether it is the impression of birds painted abstractly or a realistic photograph. And society loves to view these little creatures through art, such as this art work by Carol Hanna.
Theater and Dance
Theater and dance are arts that are heavily influenced by our avian friends. Consider ballet in which dancers "fly" through the air and imitate birds such as the ballet Swan Lake.
Bird Sleuth K-12 Bird Alphabet
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has put together an alphabet of birds that doubles as a coloring book for adults (and kids).
Osprey Cam Salem Electric
Salem Electric installs nesting platforms in their service area to provide a safe location for raptors to nest and hatch their young. The platforms help prevent osprey from coming in contact with power lines which would harm the birds and cause a power outage. In 2018 a new platform and camera were added near Walker Middle School to provide a close-up view of their activity when they arrive each spring. To view previous images of the osprey on their nest, drag the red dot on the timeline to the left until you find the thumbnail you’d like to view.
Image source: NNTimes.com Twigitecture article.
Some people are professional nest builders... for humans. The New York times has a wonderful article on this phenomenon, and highlights several individuals who are viewed as nest makers, artists, environmentalists, community educators, and entrepreneurs. Below are some images of other spirit nests from artist Jayson Fann.
Endangered Birds & Bird Safety
Endangered Birds of North America
There are at least eighteen bird species and bird sub-species listed on the endangered birds list that are native to North America. All of these birds are declining in population and will decline to the point where each and all of these categorized birds will become extinct.
Through the help and protection by federal, state, provincial and territory governments, by implementing laws and the creation of parklands and reserves, efforts are being put forward to prevent this from happening.
Edge of Existence
The top 100 birds on the edge of existence. Each species has photos, general location, and conservation level listed.
Biosecurity for Birds
Raising outdoor birds such as backyard poultry and pigeons is a growing trend across the United States. It is important for owners to know the basic “biosecurity” steps you can take to protect your birds.