Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on November 14, 2005

  • Giant Eagle Owls are being secretly and successfully raised in England's North York Moors. It's the largest owl in the world and breeding efforts are drawing some controversy. Some believe the bird is non-native and could wreak havoc on existing wildlife, but raptor specialist Roy Dennis believes the owl was once a British bird hunted to extinction. Watch "Natural World - Return of the Eagle Owl" on BBC Two on November 16.
  • Inmates at state prison in Kingman, Arizona helping to build habitats for Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) displaced by development in Phoenix.
  • Young Whooping Crane (Grus americana) found dead in its temporary holding pen while it awaited for improved flying conditions on its escorted migration from Wisconsin to Florida. Operation Migration uses an ultralight to train the endangered birds how to migrate.
  • Voice of America Park in West Chester, Ohio receives Audubon Important Birding Area designation.
  • Highway contractors pay the State of Florida $250,000 as a settlement over the destruction of wetlands near Myrtle Beach. The money will be used to buy acreage in the Sandy Island Mitigation Bank, a 16,000-acre preserve set up to offset the loss of wetlands on coastal road projects.
  • Marin Audubon Society and other environmental groups to appeal decision to fill a pond in Corte Madera, California. The owners want to fill it with dirt and turn it into a parking lot, but environmentalists say it supports up to thirty bird species and should be protected as a wetland.
  • Australian man tries to smuggle six Galah Cockatoo (Elopholus roseicapillus) eggs on a flight to Bangkok. He has been charged with attempting to smuggle native wildlife without a permit, and could receive a fine of AU$110,000 and 10 years in jail.
  • Australian firefighter receives public affection from a cockatoo he'd rescued from a fire a year earlier.
  • Hawk flies into apartment of Jefferson Park, Illinois woman while chasing a pigeon. Apparently the type of hawk wasn't identified, since it was referred to as the generic term "chicken hawk". Their photo doesn't provide much help for identification either.

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