NOAA Fisheries and Rutgers University Release OCEANADAPT Web Tool

The OCEANADAPT web tool was developed by NOAA Fisheries and Rutgers University to provide easy access to information about the distribution of marine species involved in commercial and recreational fishing over time. This web tool can help managers, scientists, fishermen, fishing communities, and the public track changes in the distribution of marine species with changing climate and ocean conditions. It delivers up to date information on changes in the distribution of marine species in each U.S. marine region over the last 40 years using data collected annually by NOAA Fisheries and others.

Tall prairie grass being planted at airport to cut carbon footprint

Read the full story in the Dayton Daily News.

The Dayton International Airport will plant about 270 additional acres of tall prairie grass with a goal of reducing the facility’s carbon footprint and bird strikes and creating a home for neotropical songbirds.


Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

Read the full story from Planet Ark.

The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.

The conservation group’s Living Planet Report, published every two years, said humankind’s demands were now 50 percent more than nature can bear, with trees being felled, groundwater pumped and carbon dioxide emitted faster than Earth can recover.

Audubon to protest bird ‘death trap’ stadium design

Read the full story from Minnesota Public Radio.

The Minneapolis chapter of the Audubon Society is organizing a protest at the new Vikings stadium this weekend calling on the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and the Minnesota Vikings to change the design of the new billion dollar stadium.

The stadium’s open interior and lights may attract birds, who can be killed or injured when they fly into the transparent glass.

More Than Half Of North American Birds In Trouble Thanks To Climate Change

Read the full story in the Huffington Post.

As the world gets warmer, the Baltimore oriole will no longer be found in Maryland. The Mississippi kite will move north, east and pretty much out of its namesake state. And the California gull will mostly be a summer stranger to the Golden State.

Those are among the conclusions in a new National Audubon Society report that looks at the potential effects of global warming on birds by the year 2080.

Avian Knowledge Network (AKN)

The Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) is a partnership of people, institutions and government agencies supporting the conservation of birds and their habitats based on data, the adaptive management paradigm, and the best available science. AKN partners act to improve awareness, purpose, access to, and use of data and tools at scales ranging from individual locations to administrative regions (e.g., management areas, states, countries) and species ranges. The Illinois Natural History Survey is a network partner.

AKN’s resources include data sets and data manipulation tools. You can also add your data.