Posted by ardeidae on January 03, 2006

  • It's estimated that at least a billion birds a year are killed by flying into windows. Swarthmore College near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is using a $71 million science center to test a new kind of glass designed to ward off oncoming birds. NPR has the details.
  • Increased farming causing threat to the Missouri Coteau, a haven for some of the world's largest concentrations of waterfowl and grassland birds. A study led by Ducks Unlimited showed 144,000 acres of grasslands were converted to cropland in the Coteau between 1984 and 2002, a grassland conversion rate of 2 percent annually. At that rate, half the Coteau grasslands could be lost in 30 years. If the plowing accelerates, as it has since 2002, half the grasslands could be lost in 15 years.
  • Raptor Education Group in Antigo, Wisconsin currently rehabilitating 75 birds, one of them a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) suffering from rat poisoning. It's an unusually high number for them. "Normally, winter is a quieter time for us, so we count on it, with no baby birds to feed. But this year we've been seeing a lot more poisonings, some shootings and trapping incidents," said Executive Director Marge Gibson.
  • 22nd annual Bald Eagle Watch to take place on Saturday, January 7 near the Iowa/Illinois border. Clinton Community College in Clinton, Iowa will host exhibits, while eagle Watching will take place at Lock & Dam #13 in Fulton, Illinois. A free courtesy bus will take participants from the college to the viewing site starting at 9am.
  • Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) attracting attention in Berks County, Pennsylvania. It's the first sighting of the bird in the area since 1996.
  • Bird Island at Lambert's Bay on South Africa's West Coast deserted after seal attacks on bird colonies. It's normally home to more than 30,000 gannets. Between 200 and 300 breeding adult gannets have been killed by seals. The rest, frightened by the night attacks, have left the island and no one knows where they have gone.





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