- Georgie, a three-year-old conure, stolen from his cage at a restaurant in Bonita Springs, Florida. He speaks English and Greek. If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers at (800) 780-TIPS. There's a $500 reward being offered for his return.
- Big O Birding Festival to be held January 27-29 in Moore Haven, Florida. Dr. Jerome Jackson, one of the world experts on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), will be giving the keynote address Saturday night. The festival has an excellent schedule, so make sure to check it out if you're in the area.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service rejects proposal to reclassify the Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) as endangered. It's currently listed as threatened. About 3000-4000 breeding pairs remain, but its restricted habitat faces heavy development pressure. "I was not only disappointed with the initial determination of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, but also surprised," said Mary Sphar of the Sierra Club. "The evidence has been mounting that the Florida Scrub-Jay population has been declining at a rapid rate.
- Five-year study by Matt Holloran, a doctoral student at the University of Wyoming, shows that oil and gas development is adversely affecting populations of Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) in Pinedale Anticline and Jonah Field. Focusing on the impact of drilling close to leks, the study found drilling activity cut male Sage-grouse populations at nearby mating grounds by 51 percent. "This study changes the debate on sage grouse and oil and gas development," said Erik Molvar, a wildlife biologist with Biodiversity Conservation Alliance. "The Bureau of Land Management will have to change their oil and gas practices and mitigation measures to protect the sage grouse."
- Redwood Region Audubon Society in Eureka, CA holding their annual banquet and auction on Saturday, February 25. The speaker will be Phil Nott, a research scientist at the Institute of Bird Populations at Point Reyes. His presentation is titled "Birds, Climate Change, and Migration Connectivity." If you'd like to attend, make sure to contact the RRAS as tickets must be purchased in advance.
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