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Feed the birds, but be aware of risks, say wildlife experts

Feed the birds, but be aware of risks, say wildlife experts

Science
Scientists are warning of the risks of wild birds spreading diseases when they gather at feeders in gardens.Experts led by Zoological Society of London say people should continue to feed birds, especially in winter, but should be aware of the risks.If birds look sick, food should be withdrawn temporarily, they say.The review of 25 years' worth of data identified emerging threats to garden birds. Finches, doves and pigeons are vulnerable to a parasite infection. Meanwhile, a form of bird pox is becoming more common, causing warty-like lumps on the bodies of great tits and other birds.Other disease threats, such as salmonella, appear to be declining."Our study shows how three of the most common diseases that affect British garden birds have changed both dramatically and unpredictably over th...
Angry Birds maker Rovio closes London studio

Angry Birds maker Rovio closes London studio

Technology
The company behind the hit mobile game Angry Birds has closed its London studio, after warning its profits were likely to fall.Rovio's head of games, Wilhelm Taht, also resigned on Friday, leaving chief executive Kati Levoranta in charge.The Finnish games company has warned that its brand licensing revenues could decline 40% this year.It has blamed tough competition and higher marketing costs for the poor outlook.Rovio's London studio was opened in 2017 and the company went public in September with a valuation of £786m.But on 22 February, the Finnish games maker issued a profit warning that caused its shares to drop by 50%.Announcing the closure of its London studio, Rovio said it wanted to concentrate on its studios in Finland and Sweden. The company had employed seven games developers i
Blinded by the light: Birds lured into ecological traps by light pollution

Blinded by the light: Birds lured into ecological traps by light pollution

Science
Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Humans aren't the only animal drawn to the bright lights of the big city. New research suggests urban light pollution attracts migrating birds, luring them into ecological traps.As birds in the Northern Hemisphere trek southward during the fall, they make stopovers en route to their wintering grounds. Most species travel from stopover to stopover at night. Scientists were able to use data from 16 weather surveillance radars to track the movements of migrating birds."Shortly after sunset, at around civil twilight, they all take off in these well-synchronized flights that show up as a sudden bloom of reflectivity on the radar," Jeff Buler, an ecologist at the University of Delaware, said in a news release. "We take a snapshot of that, which allows us to map out where they we...