A new feature on The Metropolitan Field Guide will be a video post every other week. There are a lot of great videos out there about urban wildlife, urban biodiversity and many other topics related to the design of urban wildlife habitat. Some are art films while others are documentaries, lectures and discussions.
To kick off this feature, the first video features the Congress Avenue Bridge Mexican free-tailed bats in Austin, the largest urban bat colony in North America. The bats leave the crevices at dusk every night from March through November while…
- London’s a real hoot after dark, say twitchers:: This article discusses another aspect of London nightlife, the owls. Owl Prowl, taking place in August is run by the the London Wildlife Trust and aims to survey urban owls to raise awareness of the city’s owl population.
- Troops called in to scare storks with eye contact:: A fascinating article about a conflict between birds and an air show and a creative, non-violent solution found where people stared at the storks making them uncomfortable enough to leave the area.
- ‘Weeds’: In Defense Of Botany’s Cockroach:: This NPR…
- A bird sanctuary in the city:: This is a really interesting look at habitat on the Ateneo Loyola Heights campus in Manila in the Philippines with a surprising number of birds found just steps from the buildings on campus. It also acts as one of the few green corridors in the city and as a valuable educational tool and several participants in recent bird walks included a diversity of attendees including faculty, students and administrators.
- Water firm’s special thank you gift to city school pupils:: Another article about campus habitat, this time in the form of a pond which provides habitat…
- Requiem for a Moth:: This half-hour radio program from BBC Radio 4 is a delightful blend of science and music, all focused on moths.
- What’s the buzz – the conservation and ecology of urban pollinators:: “Some ecologists see urbanisation as one of the major causes of insect decline, through its effects on the availability of things like food and nesting sites. But, surprising though it may seem, flower-rich oases in otherwise uninviting city habitats can provide just the right conditions to support large numbers of pollinators.”
- Migratory Birds Drawn to NYC’s Green Spots:: This interesting article…
- ‘Bee road’ plans to save key pollinators:: This fascinating article from The Guardian looks at a new project to plant bee roads, corridors of planted wildflowers for pollinators.
- In birds vs. buildings, feathered friends gain ground:: An article from The Globe and Mail in Canada features FLAP, Fatal Light Awareness Program and how new legal action and regulations partnered with education is making a difference.
- ‘Lights Out’ policies save thousands of migratory birds from fatal attraction:: Another detailed story about success in preventing bird strikes, this time in Chicago.
- Birds crashing into buildings, windows all too common:: From…
The Bat Conservation Trust in the U.K. has a fantastic resource about urban bat habitat on their website. It’s called the Bat Trail and it’s an interactive website that features the many urban habitats and elements that can be beneficial to bats. It’s aimed at bats of the U.K., but the information is still relevant for many bats. It would be wonderful though to see this replicated specifically for North American bats.
There is a lot of information packed into this small landscape including tips, how to watch bats and videos. Among the habitats featured are: