In this issue: Mothers teach their chicks while still in the egg; Canada, Mexico, and U.S. unite on State of North America's birds; a heavyweight visits the FeederWatch cam; and more.



Cornell Lab eNews

June 2016

female Super Fairywren
A female Superb Fairywren in Victoria, Australia. Photo by Aaron Kinzer via Birdshare.

Baby Birds Learn Calls From Their Mothers While Still in the Egg

It turns out humans aren't the only species that can hear sounds before birth. New studies from Australia find that some mother fairywrens call softly to their eggs. The chicks not only hear their mothers, they actually begin learning parts of her calls while still inside the egg. The calls may later serve as a sort of family password once the birds hatch. Read the story and listen to the calls.
State of North America's Birds Report 2016
Illustration by Misaki Ouchida.

More Than One-Third of North American Birds Are in Trouble

For the first time, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico joined forces to issue a trinational State of North America's Birds Report based on assessments for all 1,154 native bird species. The report finds more than one-third of all birds need urgent conservation action. Oceanic birds are particularly at risk, as are birds in tropical and subtropical forests. The good news is that with this report in hand, vulnerable areas and species can be targeted for conservation. And from homeowners to multinational corporations, everyone has a role they can play in bird conservation. For main results, breathtaking animated maps, and ideas for action, see the new report.
Which Species are these? Video from the Cornell Lab's FeederWatch cam
Lots of birds show up for the buffet at the Cornell Lab's FeederWatch cam.

Which Species Are These?

This month's quiz comes as a video, and gives you a front row seat to birding amid a frenzied flock of feeder fans. One bird steals the show, sampling just about everything on offer, but the feeder is hopping with other visitors. We count seven species in all—how about you? Watch the video (you'll find answers posted in the video's description field).

Create Your Own Summertime Backyard Buffet: Birds are busy nesting at this time of year, and with new mouths to feed, they often take advantage of feeders. Check out our ideas to welcome feeder visitors this summer.
Araripe Manakin video

Meet the Araripe Manakin

This male Araripe Manakin wears an immaculate white coat with a beret-like crimson crest. Discovered in the late 1990s, this spectacular bird lives in a tiny range along an escarpment in northeast Brazil. Only about 800 birds remain, but fortunately a local conservation group called Aquasis is already at work protecting them. The Cornell Lab is working with Aquasis to produce conservation media that can help local campaigns build pride about the unique animals living on their doorsteps. This video is a sneak peek from a visit we made in late 2015. Meet the manakin.
Rose-bellied Bunting was one of the 658 species reported from Mexico on the Global Big Day. Photo by Ian Davies/Macaulay Library.
Rose-bellied Bunting was one of the 658 species reported from Mexico on the Global Big Day. Photo by Ian Davies/Macaulay Library.

Thanks to You, Global Big Day Was Birding's Biggest Day Ever

With 6,313 species recorded, 45,944 checklists submitted, and 16,758 participants from 148 countries, April 14th was the biggest recorded birding day of all time. Checklists came in from almost two-thirds of the world's countries, with Peru having the highest country total of 1,185 species. Thanks to everyone for participating, and to our sponsor Swarovski Optik. More highlights.

Team Sapsucker set a new Colorado record, finding 232 species in one day. Read about their Big Day adventure.

Team Redhead. On the same day, the Cornell Lab’s student teams competed in the 33rd World Series of Birding in New Jersey. Read about Team Redhead's successes.
Birding From the Top of the Big Apple: Helen McDonald, author of H Is for Hawk (read our review), tells the New York Times about night birding atop the Empire State Building with the Cornell Lab's Andrew Farnsworth.

There's an Ornithology Conference, and You're Invited: The North American Ornithological Conference, held every four years, comes to Washington DC in August. Join bird biologists from all over the world for an inside look at ornithology. Find out more.

Celebrate Urban Birds Offers Full Scholarships for Youth Workshop: A workshop designed for urban youth, and focused on birds, careers, and conservation, will be held at the Cornell Lab, August 9-10. Ages 12-19 are eligible. Apply by June 30th.

Surprise Nest Box Resident: A NestWatch participant has found the first known instance of a Dark-eyed Junco using a nest box.

Looking for a Job? We're looking for talented people who love birds for positions including web development and science writing. Check out our job opportunities.

Take the June eBird Challenge: Submit at least 20 complete checklists containing at least one breeding code during June, and you could win a pair of Zeiss binoculars

Bird Events, Near And Far: Looking for an opportunity to combine birds and travel? Choose your destination from our Bird Festivals webpage.

Show Off Your Love of Birds With a New Bag

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Cornell Lab donors help us share the joy of birds through our All About Birds site, Merlin Bird ID app, citizen-science projects, and more. Please donate today to support educational and conservation initiatives that inspire more people to understand and care about the amazing birds that enrich our lands and our lives.

By giving $50 or more, you’ll receive a royal blue drawstring backpack featuring a beautiful bird silhouette and the Cornell Lab logo as a token of our appreciation. You can show off your love of birds by sporting this bag around town!

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Attention Educators: Check Out These Resources

Birds Without Borders

Award-Winning Book: With the help of the acclaimed book Birds Without Borders, educators can equip youth with the skills, knowledge, and tools to take positive conservation actions.

Nature as a Classroom: This summer, take kids outside with the Explorer’s Guidebook, a fun booklet available as a free download that’s perfect for both families and educators.

Engage Students in Science: Investigating Inquiry is our new self-paced, online course designed to give educators tools to engage students in outdoor inquiry and citizen science. Course credit is available.
Bird Brainiacs

New Activity Book for Young Birders

Bird Brainiacs is an activity journal and log book for young birders and naturalists. It's packed with fun activities, bird facts, and a space to log bird sightings. Nature challenges, games, and even “nature truth or dare,” encourage young enthusiasts to write, draw, and give their opinions about all things birds.

Get 20% off your purchase on the Cornell Lab Publishing Group website by using the code CLPGSAVE20 through the end of July.
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