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Posted by ardeidae on December 19, 2005

  • Study by biologists at the University of California, Berkeley shows that overfishing could be causing the endangered seabird Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) to rely more on less-nutritional food sources. The full study will be published in the journal Conservation Biology in early March 2006. "The dietary patterns of today's Marbled Murrelets might be artifacts of the profound changes that coastal marine ecosystems world-wide have undergone because of overfishing," said Steve Beissinger, professor of conservation biology in UC Berkeley's Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.
  • Stankuses and Riemenschneiders receive Great Egret Award from the National Audubon Society. The two Indiana couples were honored for their work in turning Spicer Lake into a nature preserve and bird sanctuary. They lead fundraising efforts and contributed their own money to make sure the land was preserved.
  • Michigan teen, Kyle Howell, sentenced to 300 days in jail after admitting to killing and mutilating a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) at the Muskegon State Game Area in 2004. He and a friend each shot a Bald Eagle then chopped them up with a hatchet. Howell claimed he was shooting at a crow, but the judge didn't buy it. "I find it hard to believe that you did not know that in shooting a bald eagle, you were killing a symbol that is sacred to this nation," Family Court Judge John C. Ruck said. "The court feels this is a very serious offense."
  • Providence, Rhode Island library auctions off John James Audubon's 1938 edition of "The Birds of America". The lucky winner spent $5.6 million. Another complete copy of "Birds of America" broke a record when it was sold by Christie's auction house for $8.8 million in 2000.
  • Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) found tangled in driving range net at Massachusetts golf course. It was cut down and taken in for a checkup and later released near where it was found.

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