- New York City skyscrapers dimming their lights at night to help save migrating birds. This is such a great gesture towards conservation. In fact, Toronto, Canada has adopted the same practice. It's estimated that at a minimum, 10,000 migratory birds are killed or injured from collisions with lighted buildings at night in Toronto's financial district alone.
- Religious skirmish caused by the excellent documentary "March of the Penguins". Conservative Christians claim that Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) are a parable of family virtues, a role model for men, an argument against abortion and convincing proof that Darwin was wrong. But Secularists disagree, saying that Emperor Penguins have a freewheeling sexual life and that homosexuality among penguin species is quite common. No matter what your beliefs are, go see it for yourself!
- Kern River Valley to host its 11th Annual Turkey Vulture Festival on Saturday and Sunday September 24th and 25th.
- Volunteers asked to help the British Trust for Ornithology estimate the number of Tawny Owls (Strix aluco) in the UK. They've set up and "owlaphone" to help people recognize the calls. Find out what you can do to help.
- Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville, North Carolina rated as one of the best nonprofits to donate to by Charity Navigator as it rates 28 Charlotte, NC area charity organizations.
- Seven Kansas men charged in the shooting deaths of two endangered Whooping Cranes (Grus americana) last year. They told wildlife officials they mistook them for the legally-hunted Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis). Each faces up to six months in jail and a $15,000 fine. As of December 2004, only 468 Whooping Cranes existed.
Update Oct. 3, 2005: The men have pleaded guilty.
- Canada celebrates its 100th anniversary of bird banding. The methods haven't changed much and the information gathered has been key in the conservation of birds.
- Whooping Cranes (Grus americana) to start their fall migration. 230 are expected to make the 2500-mile trip from Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta, Canada to their winter destination of marshes around Aransas National Wildlife Refuge on the Texas Gulf Coast. HOpefully they won't cross paths with Hurricane Rita.
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