Posted by ardeidae on April 23, 2006

  • Bird lovers from throughout Alabama will be flocking to Decatur next month for the North Alabama Birding Festival. The festival, set for May 5-7, will celebrate the diversity of birds along the North Alabama Birding Trail and Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.
  • Residents of the Riviera Bay community in Florida are fighting to protect nesting birds from encroaching development. After successfully blocking a Wal-Mart, members of the Riviera Bay Civic Association still face mounting pressure with more proposed development and its impact on habitat and birdlife.
  • Conservation efforts to save the Eastern Bristlebird is slow-going after a 1991 bushfire wiped out the largest known colony in Queensland, Australia. Seventy-six birds perished from the fire that is believed to have been caused from a discarded cigarette. Due to the slow breeding rate of these birds, usually raising one chick per year, it could take up to 80 years to replace the colony.
  • The dramatic population decline of the Red Knot have scientists fearing that the shorebird might go extinct within five years. Over fishing of horseshoe crabs in Delaware Bay has been found to be the main contributing factor to the 90 percent decline since the early 1990's.
  • The Chicago-based Bird Conservation Network is fighting to stop an 86,000 square foot hotel from threatening bird habitat at the Indiana Dunes State Park. The hotel, a 200 space parking lot and lights would negatively impact the largest system of freshwater dunes in the world.
  • An estimated 60,000 people from all over the world flock along the Platte River in Nebraska each spring to watch Sandhill Cranes as they make their annual three to four week layover in the area.





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