Our bylaws state that DFO "is established to promote interest in the study and preservation of birds and their habitats and to support local and national movements for bird and habitat protection". These links to interesting articles from around the country and even the world should help keep the membership informed of conservation issues and solutions.
Climate change is causing birds to shrink, study suggests
BBC News (04 Dec 2019)
By Kelsey Vlamis
As the climate warms, birds are shrinking and their wingspans are growing, according to a study of
70,716 specimens from 52 North American migratory bird species collected over 40 years.
Bipartisan Senate Passes Great American Outdoors Act to Finally Fund Maintenance Backlog in National Parks
Good News Network (goodnewsnetwork.org) (21 Jun 2020)
By Andy Corbley
By a vote of 73-25, nearly equal numbers of Ds and Rs passed the Great American Outdoors Act of 2020, introduced by Colorado's own Cory Gardner. The Act creates a fund out of revenues earned from energy production on public lands, and designates 90% of the proceeds to be used to fund $20 Billion of deferred maintenance in our national parks and public lands. The bill now goes to the House for a vote.
These Black nature lovers are busting stereotypes, one cool bird at a time
CNN (04 Jun 2020)
By A. J. Willingham
Black Birders' Week was launched by #BlackAFinSTEM, a group of Black scientists, scholars, students and nature lovers to raise awareness of Black achievement in the sciences, including conservation. Their actions have created a positive movement, aided by the Audubon Society, the National Park Service and other organizations to challenge and change science stereotypes and introduce social media to a whole realm of cool birds and new discoveries.
Coronavirus Has Slashed Global Air Pollution. This Interactive Map Shows How.
Earther.Gizmodo.com (25 Mar 2020)
By Brian Khan and Dhruv Mehrotra
Fascinating! If you read the article, in paragraph 3 you'll find a hyperlink to an interactive map. Click on that. Then type "Denver, CO, USA" in the SEARCH field of the interactive map to see the impacts of COVID on the Denver metro area. You can swipe the bar R or L to see the before & after maps of pollution density. You can even alter the dates at upper right. Typing in any location you like will let you see the pollution effects in that region.
10 ways to help birds
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
How to be an effective advocate in less than 5 minutes
'Because Insects Are Key to Our Own Survival,' 73 scientists unveil global roadmap to battle bugpocalypse
Common Dreams (06 Jan 2020)
By Jessica Corbett, staff writer
The immediate "no-regret" measures they propose include aggressively curbing planet-heating emissions and the use of synthetic pesticides.