- Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, and Greenpeace among the coalition of 20 environmental groups suing the Bush Administration for repealing President Clinton's Roadless Area Conservation Rule that banned development, logging, and road building on nearly one-third of the nation's forest wildlands. A month ago, attorneys general for California, New Mexico, and Oregon brought forth a similar suit.
- Migrating birds feeling the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Gulf Coast is a major energy-building stopover for them before they continue south, but much of the habitat has been destroyed. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) relies on flowers to double its weight before continuing to Central America, but this year many of the flowers are gone.
- Mani, a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), stolen during a burglary at the Henson Robinson Zoo in Springfield, Illinois. Mani was hand-raised and cannot survive in the wild. Possession of a Red-tailed Hawk is a federal offense. "We're setting a kennel outside of the zoo so that the person who has him can return him anonymously," said zoo director Talon Thorntorn. If you have any information, please contact Crime Stoppers.
Update Oct. 17, 2005: Two men have been charged with burglary and felony theft for setting Mani free. Mani, however, remains at large.
- Hawaii's national wildlife refuges reporting a number of unusual migrants including the Nazca Booby (Sula granti) and American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana), both of which had never been seen on the islands.
- BirdLife International’s Save the Albatross Campaign launches Operation Ocean Task Force, placing trainers on longline fishing vessels to show the crews simple and practical techniques to prevent seabird deaths. Around 100,000 albatrosses (about one every five minutes) drown each year due to long-line fishing. Because of this, 19 of the world's 21 species face the threat of extinction. Visit Save the Albatross.
- South Florida Wading Bird Report shows wading birds in the Everglades fell victim to heavy rains and high water during their spring nesting period. Mark Cook, co-editor of the survey reports that many birds were forced to abandon nests perched in Everglades shrubs and trees, while rising water drowned nests established closer to the ground in cattail stands.
- Report by Friends of the San Juans and the national Center for Biological Diversity shows that 957 species are at risk at Puget Sound, which surrounds Seattle, Washington. Read the full report "The Puget Sound Basin: A Biodiversity Assessment" (PDF).
- Recovery efforts for the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) take another hit as Number 164 is found dead in Ventura County, California. He was captive-born and then released eight years under the supervision of the Ventana Wilderness Society. It was hoped he would be the first breeding male in Monterey County in the last 100 years. Read about my encounter with this incredible species.
- West Bengal, India to inaugurate new sanctuary on October 29. Narendrapur Wildlife Sanctuary covers about 17 acres of land in South 24 Parganas. The inauguration will mark the beginning of the celebration of Wildlife Week all over the state.
- Energy workers in Queensland, Australia move power lines down the pole to protect Sea Eagle nest. The nest has been there for four years and is getting so big they're worried the birds may get hurt by the line.
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