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‘It can feel like a detective story’: birders asked to help find 126 ‘lost’ bird species | Birds

‘It can feel like a detective story’: birders asked to help find 126 ‘lost’ bird species | Birds

[ad_1] The coppery thorntail and New Caledonian lorikeet are among the 126 birds “lost” to science, having not been seen for a decade or more, according to the most comprehensive list of missing species composed to date. The new tally is based on millions of records collected by enthusiastic birders and amateur scientists documenting wildlife in some of the planet’s most remote locations. To be part of the dataset, the bird must not have a recorded sighting in at least a decade, and not be assessed as extinct or extinct in the wild by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. “Figuring out why these birds have become lost and then trying to find them can feel like a detective story,” said John C Mittermeier, the director of the Search for Lost Birds at American Bird Conservancy, which has created the dataset alongside BirdLife International and Re:wild. The authors hope that releasing the list will encourage people to come forward with new sightings of some of the lost birds and spur conservation efforts. “While some …

First human case of H5N2 bird flu died from multiple factors: WHO

First human case of H5N2 bird flu died from multiple factors: WHO

[ad_1] GENEVA: A man infected with H5N2 bird flu, the first confirmed human infection with the strain, died from multiple factors, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday (Jun 7), adding that investigations were ongoing. The WHO announced on Wednesday that the first laboratory-confirmed human case of infection with H5N2 avian influenza virus had been reported from Mexico. Mexico’s health ministry said the 59-year-old man had “a history of chronic kidney disease, type 2 diabetes (and) long-standing systemic arterial hypertension”. He had been bedridden for three weeks prior to the onset of acute symptoms, developing fever, shortness of breath, diarrhoea, nausea and general malaise on Apr 17. The man was taken to hospital in Mexico City on Apr 24 and died later that day. “The death is a multi-factorial death, not a death attributable to H5N2,” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a media briefing in Geneva on Friday. “The patient came to the hospital after weeks of multi-factorial background of multi other diseases.” His body was subsequently routinely tested for flu and other viruses, and …

Why has bird flu in the US spread to cows and what’s the risk for humans? | Health News

Why has bird flu in the US spread to cows and what’s the risk for humans? | Health News

[ad_1] The bird flu virus, which was first reported in US poultry farms in 14 states in early 2022, has spread to cows and two humans in the first-ever cases of bird flu in humans in the United States. The same subtype of bird flu is also spreading in other countries, in what experts are calling a “global pandemic for animals”. US public health officials have been monitoring dairy cow herds, as well as beef and milk products around the country since the first outbreak in cows was reported in March. So far, the US is the only country to have reported bird flu in cattle, but there are fears that it could pose a serious threat to humans, too. In April, a Texas farm worker contracted the virus in what is believed to be the first-ever transmission of the virus from a mammal – in this case, cattle – to a human. Thankfully, he suffered only mild conjunctivitis – an infection in the eye – and has since made a full recovery. The US’s …

Inadequate bird flu testing is making pandemic experts concerned we’re “flying blind” with H5N1

Inadequate bird flu testing is making pandemic experts concerned we’re “flying blind” with H5N1

[ad_1] After public health officials confirmed H5N1, the virus also known as bird flu, jumped from poultry to cows and recently infected an American, they’ve warned that if the virus strain made its way to pigs, it could be a time to press the panic button. That’s because swine are closer to humans in genetic terms, acting as a prime reservoir for viruses to mutate into something that could turn into a far-reaching pandemic in people. But now, a new study suggests that dairy cows might have the same potential as pigs, which could improve the bird flu’s capability of being more human-to-human transmission.  As reported by Nature, preliminary data shows that the flu virus can jump back and forth between cows and birds thanks to a specific receptor. This specific trait might allow the virus to spread more widely and develop more mutations along the way. If a single cow can be a host to multiple types of influenza over time, it could evolve to more readily infect humans.  “The biggest question is whether …

US to Post Influenza A Wastewater Data Online to Assist Bird Flu Probe, Official Says

US to Post Influenza A Wastewater Data Online to Assist Bird Flu Probe, Official Says

[ad_1] CHICAGO (Reuters) -The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is planning to post data on influenza A found in wastewater in a public dashboard possibly as soon as Friday that could offer new clues into the outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in cattle herds. CDC wastewater team lead Amy Kirby told Reuters on Thursday that the agency has identified spikes of influenza A, of which H5N1 is a subtype, in a handful of sites and is investigating the source. She said there is no indication of human infection with H5N1. Testing wastewater from sewers proved to be a powerful tool for detecting mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kirby said the CDC has been collecting influenza data in wastewater in about 600 sites since at least last fall to better track respiratory infections. That data can now be helpful in tracking the outbreak of H5N1 bird flu that has infected 42 dairy herds in nine U.S. states, and one dairy farm worker. Scientists are closely watching for changes in …

3 Money Signs He’s Financially Stable Enough For A Serious Relationship | Tabatha Bird Weaver

3 Money Signs He’s Financially Stable Enough For A Serious Relationship | Tabatha Bird Weaver

[ad_1] Financial security and stability are important to most people before they enter a relationship or marriage — and for good reason. According to a 2015 study by NerdWallet, 42 percent of men bring credit card debt into new relationships while only 29 percent of women do. NerdWallet management recognizes the strain that one’s finances and money decisions can create in relationships. Kevin Yuann stated that with existing debt and the expense of starting a new life, “You are facing an uphill battle to happily ever after.” The idea that women want financial stability from their mates is not new. My clients still report this as a major concern in their relationships. While the desire is still present, it has shifted with increased empowerment and opportunity for women. Instead of the old idea, “I need a man to take care of me,” we have a new idea: “I don’t want to carry him.” Nonetheless, it’s still a burden that deserves attention, especially because money habits and attitudes can be hard to shift. And in healthy …

Bird flu has hit US cows but tracking efforts fall woefully short

Bird flu has hit US cows but tracking efforts fall woefully short

[ad_1] Bird flu is now in US dairy herds mladenbalinovac/Getty Images Public health experts warn not enough is being done to contain the spread of a bird flu virus in US dairy cows, raising the risk of the disease spilling over into people. More than a month has passed since the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) first announced that dairy cattle in several US states had tested positive for a bird flu virus called H5N1, which has killed millions of birds and hundreds of mammals worldwide. The virus has since been detected in 36… [ad_2] Source link

Lack of US bird flu tracking in cows may raise risk of human infection

Lack of US bird flu tracking in cows may raise risk of human infection

[ad_1] Bird flu is now in US dairy herds mladenbalinovac/Getty Images Public health experts warn not enough is being done to contain the spread of a bird flu virus in US dairy cows, raising the risk of the disease spilling over into people. More than a month has passed since the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) first announced that dairy cattle in several US states had tested positive for a bird flu virus called H5N1, which has killed millions of birds and hundreds of mammals worldwide. The virus has since been detected in 36… [ad_2] Source link

Cats ‘should wear bells’ to help revive declining bird population | UK | News

Cats ‘should wear bells’ to help revive declining bird population | UK | News

[ad_1] Cats should wear bells to alert birds to their presence. That is the view of Natural England chairman Tony Juniper who has come up wiith a number of ways to revive Britain’s declining bird population. Speaking to BBC Radio 4, he said: “Yes, I think bells on cats is a good idea. There’s been work done on that to work out the effectiveness of it and it certainly wouldn’t do any harm.” Mr Juniper raised concerns about the overall declining numbers of birds while lamenting the loss of spring birdsong on International Dawn Chorus Day, reports The Telegraph. Data shows the British bird popular has been steadily in decline since the 1970s, with numbers now around 15 percent lower than they were back then. It has had a significant impact on spring dawn chorus, with Mr Juniper saying there are no longer thrushes outside his Cambridge home. Cats are estimated to kill around 27 million birds a year, with the RSPB finding they kill 41 percent fewer when they’re wearing a bell. The PDSA …

‘Exceptional’: rare books of illustrations from Darwin’s ‘bird man’ on sale for £2m | Books

‘Exceptional’: rare books of illustrations from Darwin’s ‘bird man’ on sale for £2m | Books

[ad_1] John Gould was one of the most sought-after taxidermists in 19th-century London, commissioned by King George IV to stuff the first giraffe to arrive in England. But Gould’s lasting legacy is birds. He travelled the world documenting and cataloguing as many avian species as he could find, many of them never seen before, earning him the nickname the Bird Man and the appointment as official “bird stuffer” to the Zoological Society. Gould commissioned a series of beautiful paintings from his notes and sketches of birds he discovered – including specimens brought back to Britain in 1836 by Charles Darwin, following his expedition on HMS Beagle. Next week, an extremely rare set of folios containing all the illustrations will be presented at a rare book fair in London with a £2m price tag. Pom Harrington, owner of books dealer Peter Harrington and chairman of Firsts, the rare book fair which takes place at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 16-19 May, said it is almost unheard of for a full set of the folios to be …