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        For the Birds: Jonathan Meiburg of the Rock Band Shearwater is a Serious Ornithologist

        fileHe is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has spent weeks, sometimes months, camping in far-flung corners of the world (the Falkland Islands, the Galapagos Islands and other remote habitats) while involved in academic-based bird studies. Musically, even the name of his Austin, Tex.-based band, Shearwater, exhibits an avian influence (shearwaters are long-winged seabirds), and the group's music and lyrical themes are often influenced by the natural world… Today's interesting outdoor ...

        Posted by T.D. Wood on February 15, 2012 12:02 PM & Tagged Shearwater, birds, camping, music, ornithology and today's interesting outdoor person | permalink | Comments

        Video: A Murmuration of Starlings

        fileDid you know that the name for a group of starlings is a "murmuration"? It's an evocative word for a natural phenomenon that can be truly mesmerizing to watch. The movements of the individual starlings in a group can synchronize to such a remarkable degree that the murmuration appears to have a mind of its own. The result is a stunning show of rapidly shifting patterns across the canvas of the sky. Apparently, even scientists who have studied this behavior have yet to determine how the ...

        Posted by Craig D. on November 7, 2011 4:22 PM & Tagged birds, murmuration, starling, starlings and video | permalink | Comments

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