Oriole Migration Update: April 30, 1998
Today's Report Includes:
Here Come the Baltimore Orioles: Feeder Up?
They're coming your way! We have 13 new sightings to report today, and from new states such as Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinios--even Wisconsin and Massachusetts. Notice how the orioles suddenly pop fly across the country. Compare the pattern of this migration with that of the monarchs, hummingbirds, loons or robins. In what ways are they the same, and how are they different? How do you account for this?
Please let us know when your first orioles arrive. And when your feeder is up, report that you've helped Unpave the Way for Orioles!
But cats are dangerous predators for birds at other times of the year, too. For example, most young birds leave
the nest before they can fly well. You'll soon see baby robins on the ground taking short practice flights, the
first few days after they fledge. These young birds are easy prey for a cat.
With over 65 million cats in the U.S. alone--1 for every 4 people--imagine the toll they take on songbirds each
Let's Vote: Challenge Question # 6
Most communities restrict dogs from roaming the neighborhood, but cats can move as they please. What's your opinion?
We're interested in hearing what you think! To send your vote, please follow the Challenge Question instructions at the end of this report.
Radio-Collared Cats: Students to the Rescue
The results of Dr. Temple's research concerned him. What could be done, he wondered? He challenged the computer & engineering students at his university to come up with a solution: A cat collar that would send out a warning to nearby birds. And last December, they completed their first design: a device that would emit a high-frequency "eeeeep" which birds would recognize as a signal of danger. If the collar is successful, they'll put it up for sale. Thanks to the combined talents of this university team, such a collar may one day be available at a store near you.
How to Respond to Today's Challenge Question
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