Snail Kites photo by Corey

There’s something for everyone in this week’s bird news—gotta get ’em all!

First off, does your injured bird need a blood transfusion? Now, you can get one, thanks to the world’s first avian blood bank.

Apparently humans aren’t the only creatures that engage in booty calls—the prospect of getting some on the side leads Field Sparrows to sing for mates at night.

In Florida, Snail Kite nests are being threatened by a government-sponsored plan to combat an algae bloom.

If your surroundings are carcass-free, you have crows to thank, according to new research about their scavenging services.

Speaking of valuable services, some New Zealand researchers depend upon the trusty nose of a “conservation dog” to sniff out species for study.

And last but not least, someone has finally taken the nascent Pokemon Go mania and married it with birding (or at least, being curious about the nature in which all those Pikachus are frolicking). Ladies and gentlemen, I give you #Pokeblitz.

Written by Meredith Mann
The lowly Red-winged Blackbirds in suburban New York triggered Meredith Mann's interest in birds. Five years later, she's explored some of the the USA's coolest hotspots, from Plum Island in Massachusetts to the Magic Hedge in Chicago to the deserts of Fallon, Nevada. She recently migrated from the Windy City (where she proudly served as a Chicago Bird Collision Monitor, rescuing migrants from skyscrapers and sidewalks) to Philadelphia, where she plans to find new editing and writing gigs; keep up her cool-finds chronicle, Blog5B; and discover which cheesesteak really is the best. And she will accept any and all invitations to bird Cape May, NJ.