67 What we learned about birds in 2023

67 What we learned about birds in 2023


What did we learn about birds in 2023? What was the big bird news of the year?

Hillary sits down with fellow falconer, bird lover, and owl enthusiast Simone Lupson-Cook to talk about our favorite facts about bird behavior, ethology, conservation, and more that we learned about birds this year. From birds in the news, our visit to the Raptor Research Foundation Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and reading books together, we share our favorite facts that we have come across, from snowy owl talons, barn owl math, and the many many threats that face birds globally past and present.

Books include
World on the Wing Scott Weidensaul

What an Owl Knows Jennifer Ackerman

If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal Justin Gregg

How Birds Evolve  Douglas Futuyma

Cited works

Arjun Amar, Chevonne Reynolds, Julia Van Velden, Christopher W Briggs, Clinal variation in morph frequency in Swainson’s hawk across North America: no support for Gloger’s ecogeographical rule, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Volume 127, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages 299–309, https://doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blz037
Swainson’s Hawks and the male mate preferences
Briggs, Christopher W.  Carry-Over Effects and Plumage Polymorphism in Swainson’s Hawks. University of Nevada, Reno ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2011. 3472741.
Asynchronous Hatching