Posted by ardeidae on November 28, 2005

  • Wind farm at Altamont Pass in California shutting down half of its turbines. The controversial wind farm is facing lawsuits from environmental groups because of its deadly record. It lies on an important bird-migration route. "It's the worst possible place to put a wind farm," said Jeff Miller, a wildlife advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. "It's responsible for an astronomical level of bird kills." Earlier this year, Miller also reported "Altamont is killing more birds of prey than any other wind farm in North America." A 2004 report by the California Energy Commission found that 880 to 1,300 raptors are killed at Altamont every year.
  • Mani, the Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), found safe after being stolen from the Henson Robinson Zoo in Springfield, Illinois on October 6. Two suspects are being charged with burglary and felony theft after they set Mani free. Zoo officials were concerned Mani couldn't fend for himself. "He looks good. He's very thin, but other than that, he seems to be fine," said zoo director Talon Thornton, who called the homecoming "a huge relief."
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) clashes with train in Caroline County, Virginia and survives. The conductor didn't realize it, but a conductor travelling in the opposite direction noticed the bird and called dispatchers. The eagle, named "Hood Ornament" is recovering at the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia.
  • Audubon Zoo in New Orleans sees 66,000 visitors in first weekend since Hurricane Katrina. Admission was free. The zoo will open only on weekends until February, except between Christmas and New Year's, where it will be open every day.
  • Ecologists and conservation groups outraged as Pakistan's government issuing permits to allow falcons to be trapped and trained to hunt the Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis undulata), an Arab delicacy. The government had said no permits would be granted this year, then issued a record number of fifteen.
  • Woman catches husband cheating after their African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) mimicked him calling out another woman's name.





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