- US Department of the Interior and US Fish and Wildlife Service being sued by Miccosukee Tribe in Florida. The tribe alleges that while wildlife officials try to help the endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis) breed by preventing water from entering the Everglades National Park, they are hurting the population of another endangered species, the Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis). The tribe claims that the population of the sparrow hasn't risen, but the population of kites has declined by 50%. "Basically their biological opinion is authorizing the killing of snail kites...purportedly to help another endangered species," tribe spokeswoman Joette Lorion said.
- Bourne Conservation Commission approves building of wind turbine by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but Taylors Point residents feel they had no input and may appeal the decision to the state Department of Environmental Protection, which could prompt input and bird surveys by the US Division of Fish and Wildlife. "This is not a bird kill issue," said Commission chairman Robert Gray. "The state act protects bird and endangered species habitat, not the species itself. This turbine is not proposed in an area that is the habitat any rare species. Under the Bourne bylaw, we could protect the species, but the academy is part of a higher level of government that does not come under our local bylaw." Sounds like it's time to update the state act to include saving the actual species.
- Birding excursions for children being offered by the Massachusetts Audubon Society at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary on December 17.
- Hundreds of owls nesting in trees in Suceava, Romania. Supersitious residents want them gone, fearing the owls are messengers of bad news and death.
- BirdLife Botswana investigating the widespread poaching of the Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori) for food and export. It's the world's largest bustard and its population is declining rapidly due to habitat loss.
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