Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on February 24, 2005


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Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on February 22, 2005

Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on February 20, 2005


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Florida’s “Bird Island” Threatened

Posted by ardeidae on February 20, 2005

A plan to build a marina between Florida’s Nassau Sound and Big Talbot Island State Park is a surprise to area locals.

“There’s a viewscape coming across that bridge,” said Jody Hetchka, co-owner of Kayak Amelia, a business that rents kayaks for quiet, nature-soaked water tours of Big Talbot Island State Park. “You’re heading toward the park and see nothing but natural environment - trees and beaches. It’s all natural. This would totally destroy the viewscape.”

“It’s insane, perhaps arrogant, to put it there,” said Pat Leary, an area naturalist and conservationist who volunteers in state park efforts. “It’s an extremely vulnerable location - it’s in a state preserve and an aquatic preserve. And putting that many boats there is a threat to the natural resources of the area.”

Many people, including the BEAKS sanctuary just four miles south of the proposed marina location, are concerned with the disturbance of “Bird Island”, a popular nesting area and stopover for migrating birds.

Florida has 36 birds on its state Endangered/Threatened/Concern list(PDF). Even the local fishermen are against it. If you’d like to file a complaint, see Jacksonville’s website.


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Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on February 16, 2005


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Critically Endangered Puaiohi to Be Released

Posted by ardeidae on February 15, 2005

Wildlife officials are planning the release of eighteen Puaiohi (Myadestes palmeri) into their native habitat, the Alaka`i Wilderness Area on Kauai. These birds are listed as critically endangered and estimates put the current population at less than 300. In 1995, a partnership was formed between the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and The Peregrine Fund to help save these birds. The first release took place in 1999 and the birds have since been confirmed breeding in the wild. In 2001, the Hawaiian Endangered Bird Conservation Program composed a five-year workplan and breeding operations were passed from The Peregrine Fund to the Zoological Society of San Diego.


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Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on February 15, 2005


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Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on February 14, 2005


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Northern Aplomado Falcon Reintroduction

Posted by ardeidae on February 14, 2005

The US Fish and Wildlife Service plans on reintroducing the endangered Northern Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis septentrionalis) to southern New Mexico, releasing up to 150 birds per year for ten years. Environmental groups such as Forest Guardians say this only feeds into oil and gas companies since the USFWS is designating the release as a “nonessential experimental population”, allowing the falcon to be stripped of nearly all Endangered Species Act protections.

The Peregrine Fund is working hard on restoration efforts. They have been successful in Texas with the help of the Safe harbor Agreement, but the Northern Aplomado Falcon population is still struggling in New Mexico because of Safe Harbor exceptions.


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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: The Movie

Posted by ardeidae on February 09, 2005

In 1990, a homeless street musician by the name of Mark Bittner found himself being drawn in by a flock of 26 wild conures that inhabited San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill. It started with a little curiosity, but with time and patience, Mark found the birds eating out of his hands. When he first noticed them in 1990, there were 26 birds, mostly Cherry-Headed Conures (Aratinga erythrogenys), but as breeding seasons passed, the flock grew, to an estimated 160 today.

Mark documented his experiences through the years and in January 2004, his story was told when “The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill” was published. And today, after four and a half years of painstaking filming, the movie version hits the theaters. Make sure to check out the trailer.


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