Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on July 17, 2005

  • BirdLife International's "Chim Vietnam" ("Birds of Vietnam") goes into second printing. It's the first color Vietnamese-language field guide to birds of Vietnam. 3000 copies were printed for the first edition in 2000.
  • Census shows population increase of New Zealand's Takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri). It was rediscovered in 1948 after being listed as extinct for fifty years. It's still endangered, but gaining ground.
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service seeing success in recovery program to help the Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis). They were declared endangered in 1970. The USFWS launched a program in the 1990s and since 1994, the population has grown 30% to over 6000 birds. Officials say at this growth rate, it will be another 70 years before the bird can be taken off the endangered list.
  • Thousands of bird watchers in India participate in a census of the Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps). The IUCN said last year the bird could be extict within a decade.
  • Blackpoll Warbler (Dendroica striata) added to the Pennsylvania endangered species list. Although fairly common as a migrant, it was added to acknowledge the nesting population.
  • Department of Public Work employees in Hornell, New York rescue juvenile American Kestrel. Its parents left it to fend for itself, but it wasn't quite ready.

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