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Posted by ardeidae on December 01, 2005

  • Bobby Harrison, a member of the team that rediscovered the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) earlier this year, to speak about his experiences at 4pm on Saturday at at Historic Bok Sanctuary in Lake Wales, Forida. Bobby is also an accomplished writer and photographer.
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is objecting to plans to build the world's largest wind farm on the Hebridean island of Lewis in Scotland. The plans consist of 234 turbines, each raising 462 feet high. The developer's own environmental assessment shows a disturbing number of bird deaths caused by the wind farm. Stuart Housden, the director of RSPB Scotland, said, "By selecting a site protected under EU conservation legislation for this huge wind farm, Amec and British Energy seriously threaten habitats of vital importance for birds and biodiversity. We believe this is the wrong development in the wrong place, and are resolved in our opposition to the scheme. We welcome renewables, but not at the expense of the environment. Alternatives must be explored."
  • Final donations sent to Audubon Nature Institute to help it recover from Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to generous support, $900,000 was raised by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association's fundraising campaign, which was spearheaded by the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
  • Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) in Redlands, California, used for target practice. The bird was found alive a couple of days after the incident and is recovering thanks to the VCA Lakeside Hospital and Moonridge Animal Park. A Redlands man has been arrested. It's amazing this bird even lived; it suffered a broken left wing and at least two gunshot wounds, one in the chest that exited the leg, and another through the lower part of its body.
  • US government and environmentalists settle lawsuit in exchange for a federal decision on whether or not to include the Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) on the endangered species list. In 2000, the population was estimated at 3500, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service said other species needed protection more urgently. The USFWS will make a decision by March 31.

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