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CCB News – Spring weather dampens woodpecker season
The 2016 spring season was challenging for both birds and biologists. The consistent rain throughout the heart of the breeding season appeared to have an impact on breeding performance for many species throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Bald eagles had small broods, osprey in the lower ...
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Bryan Watts gives plenary lecture to Waterbird Society:

The 2016 Waterbird Society meeting was held between the 20th and 23rd of September in New Bern, North Carolina https://waterbirds.org/annual-meeting. The 40th anniversary meeting drew most of the living past presidents of the society as well as waterbird biologists from 20 countries. Bryan Watts gave the plenary lecture to the meeting on Thursday morning. The lecture focused on ecological relationships that have emerged as waterbird species in the Chesapeake Bay have begun to approach carrying capacity. Later in the meeting, Watts gave the closing lecture of the Eastern Black Rail Symposium. Photo by Bart Paxton.
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Hope returns to Great Pond:

This morning (26 August) we received word from local ecologist Lisa Yntema that Hope has returned to her winter home on St. Croix. Hope typically spends September through March on her winter territory in the mangroves of Great Pond. Great Pond is a 50-hectare mangrove wetland designated as an Important Bird Area and supports at least 72 bird species during some portion of their life cycle. This is the first time Hope has been seen since leaving St. Croix in early April bound for her breeding grounds on the Mackenzie River in western Canada.

This is the eighth time that Hope has returned to her winter territory on St. Croix since she was tagged by The Center for Conservation Biology in the spring of 2009. She has traveled at least 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers) during that time.

Hope with friends at Southgate Pond in 2013. Photo by Lisa Yntema.
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Soaring Bald Eagle Population Finds Prey in Other Bird Species | NPR: Maine Public Radio
Call it conservation blowback: Since the 1970s, when the pesticide DDT was banned and the Endangered Species Act took effect, the emblematic American bald
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Dam Neck Annex ospreys banded for research | The Flagship
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Starving bald eagle chicks hint at ecosystem collapse in Florida | New Scientist
Florida Bay eagles feed their chicks much less food than birds in other regions, nest cameras reveal, suggesting the ecosystem doesn’t have enough of their prey
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Citizen scientists work to fill the nightjar information gap | The Center for Conservation Biology
Whip-poor-wills and other nightjars are part of our collective past times. Before television and social media filled many of our evening schedules, the simple summer pleasure of sitting out on the front porch to watch the sun slip behind the tree line and to hear the night sounds rise from the ...
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Fruit availability and consumer demand within a migration bottleneck | CCB News
There are few things in life that match the electricity of standing within a major fall staging area during a morning fall-out event. In the pre-dawn hours the sky is full of sound. As the sun begins to rise you can see the birds appearing in mid-air by the thousands like raindrops falling from ...
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Last week, Lisa Yntema took this great photo of Hope (the whimbrel) in her primary feeding area on St. Croix. She appears to be in great condition just after completing her long trip from arctic breeding grounds.

Hope at Great Pond on 26 August, 2016. Photo by Lisa Yntema.
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Bald eagle pair recently made rare Albemarle nest | The Daily Progress
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Last peregrine of 2016:

On Monday the 25th of July, CCB banded the last peregrine falcon of 2016 and capped off an unusual breeding season. The season began in late February but poor weather through the spring resulted in a number of failures, renesting events and subsequent late broods. This male from the Mills Godwin Bridge was the sole young produced in a second attempt by the Suffolk pair. The bird was one of the smallest in memory weighing only 565 grams and was tiny in stature but healthy.
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Editorial: National symbol prospers in Virginia | The Free Lance-Star
Virginia’s bald eagles are doing well, thank you.
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