[Photo © Josh Engel: Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Point Reyes National Seashore, California, 5 Sep 2011] Read more about A first for Illinois, discovered in The Field Museum's collection
Every day during fall migration, the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors deliver to the Field Museum a bag of birds that died flying into windows in the loop as they tried to make their way south to their wintering grounds farther south. These salvaged birds provide a critical component of the museum's bird collection, specimens that can be used by researchers for generations to come to learn about many aspects of our area's birdlife. Read more about A Cassin's Sparrow meets its end a long way from home
Via Facebook, a colleague shared a link to an essay in Animal Behavior by Tim Caro and Paul Sherman entitled: Eighteen reasons animal behavioralists avoid involvement in conservation (Animal Behavior (2012) 85:305-312). They exhort behavioral scientists to think more about the conservation value of their research. I agree with this idea, but that does not mean that I think this is universally appreciated. Read more about How much science is needed for conservation?