Archive for March, 2009

They call it “avian erotica”

March 1, 2009

Yes, one might think initially it is pretty cute. Except, one wouldn’t like it if he were the one being used for “science”.

To find out whether a bird is paying attention these days, it seems you have to get a little risqué.

That’s what a researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton did in a recent study to determine whether Japanese quail can recognize images on a video screen as being from real life.

Alex Ophir, 28, a PhD student in the department of psychology and author of the study that soon will appear in the journal Animal Behaviour, has been showing what amounts to avian erotica to numerous eligible female quail, to see how they respond.

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Reposting from New York Bird Club

March 1, 2009

Discussion: http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/luciedove/vpost?id=3334365

Today I went to Chase bank at 86Th St and York Ave (445 E. 86 St. – Channel Club Condominium) and I stopped to say hello to the elder gentleman that sits in the garden area, in front of the bank, to feed breadcrumbs to a few pigeons. Very sadden with tears in his eyes, he told me “This morning I counted 8 dead pigeons here, they are killing the birds! This sweet man has not been told, by anybody in the area, not to feed the birds.

The cowards that are poisoning the birds are doing it while nobody sees them. Isn’t it illegal to kill/poison wild-life in New York?

I remember, a few years ago, dozens of pigeons were being poisoned at that same corner, the building that was killing the birds was 126 East 86 St. People even posted signs outside the bank stating that the building was poisoning birds and the killings suddenly stopped.
Is there anything that could be done to stop this bastards? Is there any local animal welfare agency that would actually do something about this crime?

Dept of Bldgs info:
http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/OverviewForComplaintServlet?requestid=2&vlcompdetlkey=0001068034

Contact info: 1637 York Ave
New York, NY 10028
Phone: (212) 348-2441