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Old 06-13-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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I thought this was an interesting article.
The Smartphone Apps That May Be Killing Birds
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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I found it interesting too.

And it could be deadly.

Think about it; You've got a bird call for a ground nesting bird that blends into the landscape and you keep playing it. Sooner or later the bird is going to think another bird is encroaching on it's territory and stops sitting on eggs or stops looking for food.

It's going to be up to ethical bird watchers to use this wisely.
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:30 PM   #3
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In my old neighborhood, my neighbor and friend would carry her cordless phone out into her yard to weed. By the end of the summer the mocking bird could imitate it so well, that it fooled her constantly into thinking her phone was ringing. This went on for then on -- a decade.
I always got a good laugh out of that one.
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I've been concerned about those things and wondered why they are allowed. It's clearly not good, a form of baiting really. Is there any way to get them banned?
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I think banning them may be a little excessive. Maybe some kind of educational PSA program through Cornell, Audubon, or local DNR/DEC explaining the dangers may be a good start.
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:35 PM   #6
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Have you ever been to the Cornell web-site? They have most bird calls.

The real question is will the phone reproduce the birds call well enough to make the real bird believe another bird ? After all first it has to be recorded on an MP3 and digitally transfered. Some fidelity will be lost.

Saw the Birding Movie "The Big Year" with Steve Martin and if I took anything away from it was that calls made birding more fun.
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