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UC Berkeley Study Says Migratory Birds Use Infrasound to Avoid Storms

KQED Science | December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

UC Berkeley Study Says Migratory Birds Use Infrasound to Avoid Storms

It’s well-known that daylight length is an important migratory trigger, but a new study from UC Berkeley finds birds use infrasound, or tones lower than the normal range of human hearing, to flee bad weather.

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The First Annual World Shorebirds Day Kicks off on September 6

KQED Science | August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The First Annual World Shorebirds Day Kicks off on September 6

Shorebird populations worldwide are declining, and endangered birds like the spoonbill sandpiper are facing extinction in the next five years. Learn about shorebirds who migrate to San Francisco Bay during winter months and how you can join the first annual "World Shorebirds Day" celebration.

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There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

KQED Science | August 4, 2014 | 3 Comments

There’s a New Bird Species in California, Sort Of

When is a clapper rail not a clapper rail? Answer: when it's in California, as it turns out.

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A Tale of Two Tern Towns in the Bay Area

KQED Science | August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Tale of Two Tern Towns in the Bay Area

The Bay Area hosts two large breeding colonies of endangered California least terns. Find out more about these birds and the East Bay Regional Park District's efforts to manage their populations.

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It’s a Busy Time for Bird Rescue

KQED Science | June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s a Busy Time for Bird Rescue

International Bird Rescue is an aquatic bird rehabilitation center that treats more than 2,500 birds each year.

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Brown Pelican Population Plunges in California

KQED Science | June 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Brown Pelican Population Plunges in California

California brown pelicans, which were driven to the brink of extinction in the last century, are in trouble again. The reason for the decline could range from food supply shifts to changes in water temperature.

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Love’s For the Birds: Global Great Backyard Bird Count Begins Today

KQED Science | February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Love’s For the Birds: Global Great Backyard Bird Count Begins Today

Citizen scientists are helping to track bird species right in their own backyards. Sharol Nelson-Embry of the East Bay Regional Parks District explains how to get in on the largest global bird count this weekend.

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Our Top Science Stories from 2013

KQED Science | December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Our Top Science Stories from 2013

From the debut of the world's largest solar plant to Comet ISON, zombified bees to the physics of sailing — it's been another year of diverse storytelling from the KQED Science team. Here's a round-up of our top 10 stories (based on page views) that you've enjoyed in 2013.

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The Baylands Nature Preserve: A Winter Birder’s Wonderland

KQED Science | November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Baylands Nature Preserve: A Winter Birder’s Wonderland

Described by bird watchers as the go-to place for the "best birding on the bay," the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve is a feather-filled oasis during winter. This is the time that waterfowl migrate through the Pacific Flyway and settle along the California coast for the season.

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Birders Flock to See Blue-Footed Boobies

KQED Science | September 19, 2013 | 2 Comments

Birders Flock to See Blue-Footed Boobies

Blue-footed boobies are most commonly seen down in the Gulf of California or the Galapagos, but this week they’ve been flooding the Southern California coast, and making their way up north, where very few have come before.

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Diverse Populations of Terns Return to the Bay Area

KQED Science | September 13, 2013 | 2 Comments

Diverse Populations of Terns Return to the Bay Area

Terns can be found in the Bay Area year round, but they're not all the same species. Learn more about the diversity of tern populations that visit us.

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Engineers Study the Agility of Birds to Improve Robot Flight

KQED Science | July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Engineers Study the Agility of Birds to Improve Robot Flight

Birds are generally pretty good at flying. They turn corners, land on perches. They zip between branches in a forest. They don't get blown over and fall down when there's a sudden gust of wind. Flying robots, on the other hand, could use some improvement.

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Raptors-in-Residence: Monitoring Bald Eagles at Lake Chabot

KQED Science | July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Raptors-in-Residence: Monitoring Bald Eagles at Lake Chabot

A pair of bald eagles is nesting at Lake Chabot in the East Bay. For the second year, they've raised a chick there, and it's still possible to see the eagles and their nest near the lake.

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Animal Advocates Sue Caltrans Over Highway 101 Bird Deaths

KQED Science | May 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Animal Advocates Sue Caltrans Over Highway 101 Bird Deaths

A construction project on Highway 101 in Marin and Sonoma Counties is taking a toll on nesting cliff swallows. Environmental groups are suing Caltrans to remove a net that's trapping and killing the birds.

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