In the July issue of The Auk, Bird Division and University of Chicago (Committee on Evolutionary Biology) graduate student Ben Winger, Research Scientist Jason Weckstein, and colleagues describe a striking new species of bird, the Sirá Barbet (Capito fitzpatricki) from the eastern Andes of Northern Peru. The bird was found on an expedition Ben and several colleagu Read more about New species of Barbet discovered in Peru
Northerly Island is one of Chicago's top birding locations, with a bird list in excess of 230 species. It is well known among birders as one of the best spots in the area to find Ammodramus sparrows, especially Nelson's Sparrow (photo at left © Josh Engel) and Le Conte's Sparrow, shy and uncommon birds that love Northerly Island's grassy patches. Read more about What's up with Northerly Island?
In the journal Biology Letters Field Museum Research Associate and Post-doctoral Fellow Jake Esselstyn and colleagues have published a description of a fascinating new genus and species of rat, Paucidentomys vermidax, from their survey work on Mount Latimojong and Mount Gandangdewata on Sulawesi Indonesia. The new mammal is called a shrew-rat because al Read more about Surveys in Sulwesi mountains uncover new genus and species of rat
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Principal Investigators Jason Weckstein and John Bates of the Field Museum, Vasyl Tkach of the University of North Dakota, Alexandre Aleixo of the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi and several other parasitologists from the USA, Brazil, Bulgaria, and Ukraine have been funded by the National Science Foundation's Biodiversity and Discovery and Analysis P