Posted by ardeidae on October 03, 2005

  • New Orleans Audubon Nature Institute announces "Audubon October" to help raise funds for recovery efforts of the Aquarium, Zoo and Species Survival Center, which were victims of Hurricane Katrina. Zoos and aquariums across the nation are joining in by hosting donation boxes throughout the month of October. Online donations may be made by visiting the Audubon Nature Institute website. They're expecting it's going to take at least $60 million and 2 years to restore their facilities.
  • Three critically endangered Visayas Writhed-billed Hornbills (Aceros waldeni) successfully fledge at Mari-it Conservation Park in the Philippines. This marks the world's first successful breeding in captivity for this hornbill. This bird is one of the most critically endangered species of hornbills in the world, with an estimated 65 pairs remaining in the wild.
  • Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) taking up residence in Woodland, California. The population has grown from about 10 to 30 in recent months. Gino Celoni, an 89-year-old resident, is just hoping they're not looking for him.
  • Workshop a noisy success after over a hundred kids register for a day of Screech Owl education and nest-building at the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota.
  • Massachusetts Environmental Police investigating an alleged attack on a Blue Heron by three teens. The bird was too badly injured to be saved.
  • Nearly fifty people attend parrot workshop hosted by Minnesota's University Raptor Center. Barbara Heidenreich, author and trainer, helped people understand parrot behavior. She presented advice on the basics of training, reading body language and modifying behavioral problems. Parrots are often abused or put up for adoption because people don't understand them.
  • Pigeon fancier in Scotland fined £450 after pleading guilty to owning traps used to catch and kill wild hawks.
  • Public invited to help install Osprey platform in a salt marsh in the lower area of the Quinnipiac River in North Haven, Connecticut on Sunday morning at 9. It's a wonderful way to learn about Osprey (Pandion haliaetus). They usually move right into the nests. This will be the 19th nesting platform along the river.





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