Posted by ardeidae on December 15, 2005

  • Pair of Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) returns to Chicago. It's the third winter in a row and experts are optimistic that the eagles will make a permanent nest along Little Calumet River. If so, it will be the first known Bald Eagle site in the Chicago area since 1897. In support of the eagles, the City Council voted unanimously to buy 26 acres of land and turn it over to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
  • Commissioners in Palm Beach County, Florida vote to stop the shooting of carrion-eating birds at a landfill, a project that started last June. The US Department of Agriculture, who was shooting the birds, claims that displaying a dead, upside-down vulture is the best weapon to turn vultures away, but the commissioners want a nonlethal solution. Audubon of Florida wrote a letter to the chairman of the waste authority board that lead to the commission's decision.
  • Stoned Screech Owl (Otus asio) found perched in a Christmas tree while being decorated by Sarasota, Florida family. They called the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary to rescue the bird. "The owl was leaning back on its backside and 'vegging' out," said Jeffrey Dering, the sanctuary's executive director. A blood test confirmed the presence of marijuana. The owl has been named "Cheech the Screech".
  • Department of Parks and Recreation in Edwardsville, Illinois offering eagle-watching trips for senior citizens on Tuesday, January 31 and Wednesday, February 8. A van will take participants to the Visitor's Center at Pere Marquette State Park to see a short film on Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and then follow it up with stops at several lookout points. Contact the Edwardsville Parks Department for more information.
  • Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) sets up home in a tree in Inverness, Scotland. It's thought that it's been imprinted by humans, possibly an escaped or released bird. Some fear that the bird may swoop down to pick up a dog or a cat. Brian Etheridge of the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, dispelled the fears, saying "They are obviously a big predator. They mainly feed on rabbits but it could possibly pick up any smaller wild bird or animal if it goes hungry. But they are no real threat to domestic animals or people."
  • California's Coastal Commission approves $25 million to fight effects of DDT posioning in Southern California. Part of that money will be spent on returning Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) to Santa Catalina Island.





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