- Penguins rescued from Hurricane Katrina placed on exhibit at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium.
- Record numbers for EuroBirdwatch 2005. Nearly 40,000 people observed 3 million birds througout the 35 participating European countries.
- Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to buy 93 acres of land that was to be developed into lakeside homes at Big Spirit Lake, Iowa. This will save the lake's last remaining bed of Bulrush (Typha latifola), aquatic plants used to shelter spawning fish. The area also is home to a dozen threatened or endangered bird species, and so many more common species that it qualifies as a state bird sanctuary.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service announces $17 million in grants to the agency's Pacific Region. This money is part of the $70.5 million offered nationally through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (authorized under section 6 of the Endangered Species Act), which may in turn be awarded to private landowners and groups for conservation projects.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service announces that it is acquiring 1,800 acres of land for the Cache River National Wildlife Refuge to benefit waterfowl and a host of other wildlife species including the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis). It's using $2.43 million raised by the Federal Duck Stamp program to buy the land, which is presently owned by The Nature Conservancy.
- Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina named one of the nation's most endangered refuges. The refuge is close to a proposed Navy landing field. "Despite overwhelming scientific evidence, court decisions and public opinion opposing the site, the Navy continues to waste money and time on this project," said Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife. See what else is on their Top Ten list. One of my favorite places, the Salton Sea, is also listed.
- Actress Julianne Moore seeking medical treatment for her African Grey. He's plucking its feathers when they're apart. She "didn't realise how needy the bird would be." People often underestimate the intellectual and emotional capacity of birds. If you ever consider taking on a companion bird, please make sure you learn about it first.
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