Posted by ardeidae on January 17, 2006

  • Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Twin Lake, Michigan releases Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) after helping it survive a three-month bout of lead poisoning. "This is a bird that fought to stay alive," said Susan Stamy, the one credited with bringing the bird back to life. "We need to be better stewards of the air and the land and water," she said. "I swear I'm going to be a better person because of this. It's always a privilege to work with a bird ... but I feel like my life has changed because of him."
  • Cypress trees in San Fancisco spared. They are important to the parrots who starred in the movie "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill". Months ago, Mark Bittner, human star of the movie, stopped the aging trees from being cut down by the land owner. A compromise has been reached; new trees will be planted next to the troubled cypresses and will hopefully be able to replace the them when they're deemed a danger to falling.
  • Updated Vietnam Red Book to be released. The book was first compiled in 1992, but biodiversity changes had warranted an update. The book shows that endangered species increased 209 species for animals and 173 for plants, and scientists consider six species to have gone extinct.
  • What would you do if you discovered the breeding location of a rare bird or animal? Do you keep it secret in hopes nobody will find it, or do you announce it and hope it will provide protection? Mark Brazil of The Japan Times took the "honey-pot approach" with the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) in Britain when he was younger. Now he suggests doing the same with the endangered Blakiston's Fish Owl (Bubo blakistoni, formerly Ketupa blakistoni) in Japan.





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