- Endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) spotted during bird count in Mathews, Virginia on New Year's Day. It's "a pretty rare bird for this part of the country," said the organizer/compiler Mary Pulley.
- Iowa Tribe opens rehabilitation center in Perkins, Oklahoma. It's the second Indian tribe to open an avian care facility. The first one, the Zuni Eagle Aviary in New Mexico, is a reservation-based aviary for non-releasable eagles. Some birds rehabilitated at the Iowa Tribe's center will be eligible for release. John Antonio, Native American liaison for the Fish and Wildlife Service, said "These eagles will eventually be released back into the wild, so this is the first tribal rehab center in the whole country."
- Purdue researchers discover that feather-plucking is influenced more by stress and genetics rather than being learned from other birds. "It leads to an obvious change to suggest to people," said Joseph Garner, assistant professor of animal sciences and author of the study. "You don't want to have your bird on the edge of a kitchen island or something where someone can come in and surprise him." Good advice for those with feathered companions.
- Help the Birds 2006 campaign launched in India to help save the lives of birds during the Uttarayan and international kite festivals. The Animal Help Foundation, India's forest department, and Bombay Natural History Society are all working to rescue injured birds. Dr. Devojit Das, an avian expert working with BNHS from Chandigarh, said: "The population of vultures has gone down by 99 per cent in the span of 10 years. We are here to ensure that no deaths of this endangered speices take place during the kite festival." They're short of volunteers, so help them out if you can.
- Male Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) released at Trinidad Lake in Colorado. It was taken to the Pueblo Raptor Center in November after being poisoned by feeding on the carcass of a horse that had been euthanized and left in a field.
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