Posted by ardeidae on November 07, 2005

  • State of Indiana buys 8000 acres of wetlands to restore waterfowl habitat. The $8 million purchase was funded by federal grants and groups such as The Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited. "This is not just a gas station for these birds; this is a Super Wal-Mart," said Mary McConnell, director of The Nature Conservancy's Indiana office. This is a huge boost for conservation as experts say 87 percent of the original wetlands have been destroyed.
  • Team of scientists proposing that captive-raised California Condors (Gymnogyps californianus) be released near seal and sea lion rookeries so that the birds can feed on the carrion of dead marine mammals. A study published in the November 7 online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) concluded that whales and seals have been an integral part of the bird's diet since the last Ice Age, and that encouraging them to feed on the dead seals and sea lions could help bolster the restoration program. The California Condor is critically endangered and eats only dead animals.
  • Scientists at the University of California Riverside publish study claiming to improve water quality by 90 percent in the rivers flowing into the Salton Sea. They hope to remove phosphorus and silt, which contribute to algae growth, odors, low dissolved oxygen and fish kills, which in turn decreases the habitat for birds. See what you can do to help save the Salton Sea.
  • Free birdhouse-building clinics held at the Peter Anderson Festival in Moss Point, Mississippi this past Sunday. The clinics were part of Operation Backyard Recovery, a project designed to help restore birdhouses and plants lost during Hurricane Katrina. "Many trees that were home to common backyard birds are gone and our feathered friends are in need of a place to spend the winter," said Mark LaSalle, coastal project director of Audubon Mississippi.
  • Dead Red-footed Falcons (Falco vespertinus) cause avian flu scare in Manipur, India. Wildlife officials recovered the carcass of one of the birds and sent it in for testing. India hasn't reported any cases of H5N1 yet, but incoming migrants are the cause for concern.
  • Nearly 2000 dead birds found on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin this fall. US Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison confirmed it was the same intestinal fluke worm that caused past die-offs. The worms were ingested after eating a small non-native river snail.
  • Elizabeth Whealy named the new president and chief executive officer of the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was previously the CEO of the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, Alaska.
  • Florida woman accused of stealing rare greenwing parrot and trading it for a vintage Karmann Ghia. She bragged about stealing the bird to the owners of the car, who turned out being friends of the the bird shop she stole it from.
  • Tweety the Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) rescued by bomb squad robot. The apartment building it lived in was evacuated after partially collapsing and residents weren't allowed to reenter.





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