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Bird Bill Deformities - Julie Craves of Rogue River Bird Observatory has compiled historic and current records of beak deformities in passerine species.

Falcon Research Group - Bud Anderson and others are investigating a cluster of more than 100 hawks with beak deformities in Washington State. 

California Academy of Sciences - Jack Dumbacher is helping to investigate whether a virus may be associated with the deformities.

British Trust for OrnithologyBTO has started the Big Garden Beak Watch program in response to similar beak deformities reported in Europe. 

Read Tim Harrison's September 2011 article about beak deformities in the U.K. (409 kb PDF)

Media Reports:

Audio Broadcasts

pin Listen to the 11/21/13 CBC Radio One interview of ASC scientist Caroline Van Hemert on "Mid-day Cafe" with Roch Fraser. (mp3 file 9.75 mb)

pin Listen to the 4/21/08 KSKA broadcast interview of ASC scientist Colleen Handel on the Pacific Northwest "Long-billed syndrome" by Libby Casey, KUAC Fairbanks. (mp3 file 1,878k)

pin Listen to the 1/13/07 interview of ASC scientist Caroline Van Hemert on America the Wild with Shoup Shepherd.  (Click on January 13, 2007, segment 2.)

pin Listen to the 10/11/06 KSKA broadcast interview of ASC scientist Colleen Handel, "Birds in southern Alaska are turning up with deformed beaks" by Jay Barrett, KMXT Kodiak.


pin Cornell Lab of Ornithology' ScienceScope Winter 2011 article

pin Read the 11/9/10 article, "More deformed beaks seen on birds in Alaska, Northwest"

pin Read the 11/8/10 article, "Scientists probe beak trouble in Alaskan and Northwestern birds"

pin Read the 11/10/10 article, "Deformed beaks trigger environmental hunt"

pin Read the 11/15/10 article, "Mystery in Alaska: Deformed beaks striking birds at record rate"

pin Read the 12/22/10 article, "Beak deformities mar Alaska's chickadees, other birds"

pin Read the 12/24/10 article, "Beak deformities spread through crow population"

pin Read the 12/29/10 article, "Beak deformities spread in the Pacific Northwest"

pin Read the 12/15/10 article, "Mystery of the chickadees"

pin Read the 6/22/08 article, "Beak Disorder Baffles Scientists" in the Juneau Empire.

pin Read the 3/31/08 article, “Deformed beaks mean slow starvation for region's birds; cause a mystery” in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

pin Read the 9/07 article, “Alaskan birds at Risk: Widespread beak deformities in resident species” in American Birding.

pin Read the 1/11/07 article, “Biologists ask public to help with deformed bird study” in the Juneau Empire.

pin Read the 4/6/04 article, ”Deformed beaks spotted in Southeast” in the Juneau Empire.

pin Read the 2/16/03 article, “Scientists look for clues to rise in bird deformities” in the Juneau Empire.

pin Read the 7/19/99 article, “Cause of chickadee deformities a mystery” in the Juneau Empire.

pin Read the Spring 1999 article, “Mysterious Bill Deformities Seen in Alaskan Chickadees” in Birdscope.


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