Fledglinks

Posted by ardeidae on January 24, 2006

  • South Florida Birding Trail officially opens, completing the 2000-mile, 446-stop Great Florida Birding Trail. "We're trying to get communities aware they can draw birders from Florida and from all over the world by taking good care of their wildlife," said Mark Kiser, birding trail coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "Some tourists are looking for experiences where they can get a better feel for what Florida used to look like many years ago, where they can get a more natural kind of experience."
  • Commissioners in Coos County, Oregon suing the US Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) from the threatened species list so logging can proceed. The bird was declared an endangered species in 1992, but the commissioners say the 17,000 to 20,000 birds nesting in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California are not significantly different from the one million birds in Canada and Alaska. Marbled Murrelets prefer nesting in trees more than 200 years old and it's not okay to eradicate any species from an area just because they exist elsewhere.
  • Trustees of the Dudley Butterfield estate donate island to the Bermuda Audubon Society. Pearl Island, part of the Great Sound islands in Bermuda, is barely a quarter of an acre, but is an important breeding area for the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo). "When sailing around the Great Sound my father delighted in saying he'd bought [Pearl Island] for five pounds," said trustee Jim Butterfield. "Now it is of very little use to anyone other than the birds and navigational aid. By giving it to the Audubon Society, everyone is a winner."
  • Socorro Soil and Water Conservation District working to create nature area and education center on a piece of land in New Mexico deemed unsuitable for agriculture and housing. The owners donated 178 acres of land after the district approached them saying the land was ideal for bosque restoration work.

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