- Kimball Garrett to speak about the ever-changing taxonomy lists on Tuesday, November 8 at Debs Park in Los Angeles. Garrett is the Ornithology Collections Manager at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He's an excellent speaker and well worth the time if you can make it.
- Research report (PDF) by the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resources shows that the population of the Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum cactorum) is down 30% since 2000 in Sonora, Mexico, near Arizona. The overall population decline is continuing, especially in areas closest to Arizona. Meanwhile, the Bush Administration is pushing to remove the bird from the federal Endangered Species list. "The Bush administration push to remove protection would doom owls to extinction in the Sonoran Desert."
- Monterey cypress trees temporarily spared from being cut down, thanks to Mark Bittner. Bittner has been the friend of Cherry-headed Conures (Aratinga erythrogenys) in San Francisco for several years. He wrote the book "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" and was the subject of the excellent documentary with the same name. Talks are in order to save the trees. "The parents use the tree to stash their babies while they go and look for food. They sleep in it and nap in it. They stop here before they come to me when I feed them."
- Minnesota man files suit against the federal government over the listing of the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) as an endangered species. A Bald Eagle nest, combined with wetlands, kept him from building on his property.
- National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count to take place from December 14, 2005 to January 5, 2006. Contact your local Audubon Society and see how you can participate.
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