Posted by ardeidae on September 05, 2005

  • American Zoo and Aquarium Association announces national fundraising initiative to help its colleagues in New Orleans. The facilities and staff of the Audubon Nature Institute, which includes the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas, and the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES) are suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is spearheading the fundraising efforts. Visit their website and make a donation.
  • Bubba, the African Grey parrot, is missing from her Florida home. The owner, Jim Cheatham, suspects she has been stolen. Among her identifying marks is saying "Good morning, Cheatham" and "Don't order the fish" as well as whistling Dixie and the theme from the Andy Griffith Show. If you have any information, please contact the Sherriff's office.
  • UDOT, the Red-tailed Hawk, takes its first flight. It was six weeks old when it was found in June after being blown out of its nest durning a storm. It has spent the last three months learning to fly and hunt at the Utah Wilderness Rehabilitation.
  • Lawsuit filed against the US Army Corps of Engineers for violating the Endangered Species Act. The National Wildlife Federation and Florida Wildlife Federation claim that the Corps is mismanaging water levels in Lake Okeechobee, destroying habitat critical to the survival of the endangered Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis). In the last four years, the Snail Kite population has dropped from 3,577 individuals to 1,610.
  • Audubon Society of Rhode Island receives $2.6 million donation from the estate of Edith C. Becker, a Connecticut native who taught art at Rhode Island College. It's the largest donation by an individual to the society.
  • Sandy Lake in Minnesaota loses four loons to West Nile Virus. Residents had placed nesting platforms on the lake and this was the first time they had seen loons nesting.
  • Two women get the wrong parrots. Each had lost an African Grey and had them returned, only to find out they weren't theirs. After the discoveries, they were all reunited on Saturday.
  • Rehabilitated Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) ready for open skies. It took off from its nest at the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning in June. Instead of flying, it crashed to the ground and was hit by a car. MIraculously it only suffered a broken shoulder, but it was thought it would never fly again.
  • Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) rescued by tribal chieftain in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, a prvince of the Philippines. It was found shot and turned over to the Philippine Eagle Foundation, where it remained in good condition despite its wound.
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) receives prosthetic upper beak after it was damaged two years ago, most likely by a bullet. Other stories like this have been successful.





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