Posted by ardeidae on January 23, 2006

  • US Army Corps of Engineers to spend $54 million to protect endangered and threatened species along the Missouri River. Included in the plans is the building of a sandbar habitat for the Least Tern (Sterna antillarum) and the Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus). The corps will also monitor adult populations and nesting success. "This level of funding allows us to not just comply with the Endangered Species Act, but gives us a good start on the path to recovery for these species," said Brig. Gen. Gregg Martin, northwestern division engineer for the corps.
  • Seventeen of Hawaii's endangered state bird, the Nene (Branta Sandvicensis), to be released at the remote area of Paliku in Haleakala National Park. They were hatched and raised at the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda and will be trucked to Hosmer Grove, where they will catch a short helicopter flight, courtesy of the Friends of Haleakala National Park Inc.'s Adopt-a-Nene program. The addition of these birds will bring up the total population in the park to about 250. Around 25,000 Nene existed on Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai when the islands were discovered by Captain Cook in the late 1700s, but due to habitat destruction and hunting during its breeding season, the population took a serious dive and by 1950, only about 50 remained. Thanks to captive breeding programs and conservation efforts, the population is on the rise.
  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) found shot in Hopkins County, Kentucky. It's currently being treated at Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, but will not be able to return to the wild. Wildlife officials are offering up to a $1000 reward for information. If you have any information, please contact Bob Snow of the US Fish and Wildlife Service at (502) 695-2722.
  • Check out "Birds of a father" by Tony Deyal. It's very punny. "Polly has to be a mathematical genius. She figured out the odds on escaping and beat them fairly but not squarely. Instead, it was a perfect polly-gone."





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