Posted by ardeidae on December 05, 2005

  • Eagle chick hatches at the Philippine Eagle Foundation. The new Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is the first of the 2005-2006 breeding season. It's the nineteenth to hatch in captivity and the first one to hatch in the new the Elias Lopez Facility for Incubation and Rearing. The newborn chick will be made available for adoption and naming under the PEF's Adopt-an-Eagle program. There are a number of birds at the center that need Godparents, and for only US$2000 a year, you could become a Godparent yourself. This bird is critically endangered and could use a little help!
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) released along the banks of the Androscoggin River in Maine. It was found injured in June and rehabilitated at Avian Haven. The bird was fitted with a satellite transmitter before release; the first for eagles in the state. "Bald eagle recovery is still in the early stages across Western Maine, and only 13 breeding pairs now nest in the entire Androscoggin River watershed. Breeding eagles disappeared from the region for 17 years until a gradual return began in 1990," said Charlie Todd, a biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Environment officials warn about imminent extinction of as many as eleven endangered species of sedentary and migrant birds in Yemen. Logging and wetland destruction are accelerating population declines.
  • Twenty volunteers show up at 5am last Friday to count Mississippi Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis pulla) during the 22nd annual crane count at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Refuge. Refuge officials estimate only 120 of the Mississippi cranes exist, all residing in Jackson County.
  • Pair of Hyacinth Macaws (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) at the Central Florida Zoo are now able to wander freely thanks to a new $25,000 aviary donated by Bob and Inez Parsell of Sanford, Florida. The birds' wings were previously clipped, but they're now allowed to grow back so the birds can fly freely, and hopefully mate. In the 1980s Hyacinth Macaws were heavily trapped for pet trade, resulting in a population crash of more than 90 percent.





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