- Four-month-old African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erathicus erathicus) stolen from Petland in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. There's a $350 reward for the return of the bird.
- Forest Practices Board of Washington state rejects request to study more closely the timber cutting in the habitat of the threatened Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis). Instead, the board called for environmentalists, timber companies, tribes and the government to work out their differences with the help of a professional "facilitator". "They didn't do anything that will change anything on the ground by the time the birds' nesting season starts March 1," said Nina Carter, executive director of Audubon Washington. Wildlife officials say two-thirds of nesting sites identified a decade ago have been abandoned. Seattle Audubon Society and Kittitas Audubon Society have filed a federal lawsuit to force federal plans to protect the birds.
Update Nov. 14, 2005: The Board approved two emergency rules and three resolutions. Congrats to all involved, especially the owls.
- Thirteen Important Bird Areas desginated in the state of Indiana by the National Audubon Society. These are the first IBAs for the state. The areas are Beehunter Marsh and Goose Pond, Beverly Shores, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Cane Ridge Wildlife Management Area and Gibson Lake, Chinook Fish and Wildlife Area and Chinook Mine, Cowles Bog, Indiana Dunes State Park, Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, Kankakee Sands Project, Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area, Pine Creek/Robert Feldt Marsh, Sugar Creek Valley, and Universal Mine. Audubon has a list of profiles for each one. Mary McConnell, director of the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy calls the 8000-acre Goose Pond "the super Wal-Mart of places to stop."
- Korean longlining ships working in South African causing devestation of seabirds. At least 1,400 birds were hooked and drowned by just 10 fishing vessels in the past few months. "These deaths are just a snapshot of what is happening across the Southern Oceans where millions of albatrosses and other seabirds live," said Dr Ben Sullivan, BirdLife International's Global Seabird Programme coordinator.
- Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregatus magnificens) rescued from a field in Whitchurch, Shropshire, United Kingdom. It's suspected that the bird was blown thousands of miles off course by a hurricane. It's being nursed back to health at the Chester Zoo.
- Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri, or "Lehututu" facing extinction. There's only about 1500 left in South Africa and their numbers have dropped more than 10% in the last three decades due to the loss of habitat.
- Research by RSPB Scotland shows that population of buzzards is on the rise, thanks to the reduction in poisoning and trapping.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service investigating the shooting death of a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) near Surrey, North Dakota. It was found alive, but had to be put down after it was determined that it couldn't be rehabilitated. If you have any information, please contact Rich Grosz at the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge, or any Game Warden. There is a reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the responsible party.
- More than a dozen people rally outside Western Australia's Parliament to protest against logging at the Palmer jarrah forest. They fear logging is destroying the habitat of the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo.
- Three Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) found shot and injured in north Alabama. At least two of them are being sent to the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center at Auburn University, where they are expected to make a full recovery and be released.
- Fledging Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) spotted last Spring at Roaring Fork River near Aspen, Colorado could be the valley's first.
- Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) takes up residence in Rochester, Minnesota family's garage.
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