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The history and lasting impacts of Acclimatization Societies

In 1854, a French anatomist named Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire established La Societé Zoologique d’Acclimatation, the first acclimatization society, headquartered in the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, where he held a senior position. By 1860, the society had over 2,500 members, including diplomats, scientists, foreign heads of state, and military men. In another forty years, there were over fifty societies around the world, swapping species everywhere from Algiers to Tasmania. Some transplants died quickly, while others thrived, with European rabbits multiplying like, well, rabbits in Australia, European starlings taking down planes and ruining crops in the United States, while the English now battle American grey squirrels (previously). [via Presurfer] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 9, 2016 - 17 comments

Movement in the Sky

An amazing murmuration of starlings to make your Monday more enjoyable. [slyt | previously 1,2]
posted by quin on May 4, 2015 - 31 comments

This is no domestic moggy.

Earthflight is a BBC nature documentary narrated by David Tennant that takes a breathtaking flight on the wings of birds across six continents and experiences some of the world's greatest natural spectacles from a bird's-eye view. There are some full episodes up on YouTube (including South America, Africa, and the Making Of), but in particular these two clips caught my eye: Feral Cat Hunting and Peregrine Falcon Hunting.
posted by lazaruslong on Feb 14, 2013 - 9 comments

An unexpected murmuration.

An unexpected murmuration.
posted by Jofus on Nov 3, 2011 - 80 comments

Birds are a liquid

Birds are a liquid. One video. One minute. 300,000 starlings. (via)
posted by maudlin on Nov 12, 2009 - 51 comments

Heed the Birds

Brian D. Collier is attempting to teach the starlings to say the name "Schieffelin." [more inside]
posted by Knappster on Jul 25, 2008 - 19 comments

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